Daily Archives: August 1, 2013

Long-run Valuations Chart Pack

On a long-run basis, the NZD is more than one standard deviation overvalued against the AUD and GBP. In contrast, the NZD/USD and NZD/EUR have become less overvalued (at 10% and 2% above their respective LREs). The NZD/JPY is the only NZD pair that is currently undervalued on a long-run basis. read more

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Dot Earth Blog: Google’s Science Fellows Challenge the Company’s Fund-Raising for Senator Inhofe

Scientists who were once invited to Google to discussion climate science communication now communicate their anger about the company’s fund-raiser for Senator James Inhofe. read more

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Dot Earth Blog: Two Climate Analysts Fault Gas Leaks, but Not as a Big Warming Threat

Two global warming researchers say natural gas leaks are a problem, but not a big part of the climate problem. read more

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Bits Blog: Flares in Canada at the Thought of Verizon

Prominent ads have appeared across the country over the last few weeks denouncing any possible incursion by Verizon. read more

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Bits: Governments, Led by U.S., Seek More Data About Twitter Users

In its semiannual transparency report, the micro-blogging service said it received 1,157 data requests, mostly from United States government officials, in the first half of 2013. read more

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DealBook: Icahn Sues Dell to Halt Changes to Buyout Vote

The billionaire Carl C. Icahn is seeking to prevent the company and its board from altering terms of a scheduled vote on a $24.4 billion takeover bid by the computer maker’s founder. read more

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With Moto X, Google Enters a Crowded Smartphone Market

The search giant, which has stumbled in its forays into the hardware market, says its high-end Moto X smartphone has innovative voice controls. read more

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DealBook: A Fallen Wall Street Programmer Tells His Side

Sergey Aleynikov, a former Goldman Sachs computer programmer accused of stealing computer code from the bank, is the subject of a profile in Vanity Fair. read more

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Corner Office: Luc Levesque of Trip Advisor, on Frequent Evaluations

Luc Levesque, founder of TravelPod and now at Trip Advisor, manages on the basis of moving very fast, including a “user manual” to help new hires. read more

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Google bets customization will be Moto's X-factor

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Motorola on Thursday unveiled a new smartphone that consumers can personalize with a choice of colors and materials, hoping to stand out in a crowded market and justify the $12.5 billion that Google Inc paid for the ailing handset maker. read more

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Icahn sues Dell in latest attempt to foil buyout

(Reuters) – Activist investor Carl Icahn sued Dell Inc and its board on Thursday, his latest attempt to derail a $24.4 billion buyout bid by the computer maker’s founder and CEO Michael Dell. read more

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U.S. ITC delays word on whether Samsung infringes Apple's patents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Thursday it would delay a decision on whether some mobile phones and tablets made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd infringe on Apple Inc’s patents. read more

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China's army defends 'sovereign territory' from Japanese – in video game

BEIJING (Reuters) – He walks backwards, emptying the magazine of his rifle into the three soldiers charging toward him with bayonets raised. They drop dead, and a small Japanese flag, its red sun stylized to resemble a bullet wound, flashes onto the screen. read more

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Activision CEO says 'business as usual' after buyback deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Activision Blizzard Inc will conduct “business as usual” for now while it explores growth and acquisition opportunities, the video game publisher’s CEO said on Thursday after sealing a deal last week to buy back most of parent company Vivendi’s stake for more than $8 billion. read more

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