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links for 2008-12-05 December 5, 2008

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links for 2008-12-02 December 2, 2008

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  • The inevitable question arises: Did our nominal ally Pakistan have a hand in this atrocity? In one sense, to ask the question is to answer it. Whether we refer to al-Qaida "proper," or to any of the armed Kashmiri formations that have lately been mentioned, we find some pre-existing connection to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI. Another conceivable suspect, the former Bombay crime lord Dawood Ibrahim, wanted by the Indian authorities on suspicion of blowing up the Bombay stock exchange and killing 300 civilians in 1993, has long been a fugitive from justice living safely in Pakistan's main port of Karachi. Not a bad place from which to organize an amphibious assault team that acted as if it had been trained by serious military professionals.

links for 2008-12-01 December 1, 2008

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  • Employees in the developing world aren’t used to thinking about the future in expansive terms. Now they can look beyond simply making a living. They are particularly attuned to brand, for instance, because a desirable affiliation may lead to personal advancement—especially when the brand is associated with inspirational leadership, the kind that challenges employees to develop themselves as leaders and to help build a great company that plays on a global stage.

    Not surprisingly, opportunity means much the same in the developed and developing worlds: challenging work, stretch assignments, continual training and development, and competitive pay. In emerging markets, however, opportunity must imply an accelerated career track to senior positions. High-potential employees don’t focus exclusively on climbing the ladder, however; they are willing to make lateral moves as long as their skills and experience accrue at a pace that matches the growth in their markets.

links for 2008-11-24 November 24, 2008

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  • However, conspicuously absent from the collective rhetoric from the auto industry is any reference to the 500 pound gorilla in the corner. GM is burning through cash to the tune of $4 to $5 billion per month. At that rate, even if they were to snag the entire $25 billion from Uncle Sam, the company could remain solvent only through Q1 2009. Does any reputable economist think the economy will be markedly better by April? Unlikely. So it begs the question: Rather than treat the American public to another horror story, why don't you help show us how you plan to build better cars? Cars that can compete with their German and Japanese counterparts?

links for 2008-11-22 November 22, 2008

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  • The allegations against Ye and Zhong amounted to one of the first economic espionage cases filed. Since then, other cases in Silicon Valley have developed, including one in which an engineer admitted in June he tried to sell fighter-pilot training software to the Chinese Navy. He was sentenced to two years in prison. Prosecutors in that case said the engineer, Xiaodong Sheldon Meng, who was raised in China and holds Canadian citizenship, was focused on profit, not a foreign allegiance. Two other Silicon Valley engineers, Lan Lee and Yuefei Ge, are under indictment on charges they stole chip designs and tried to launch a microprocessor startup with a Chinese venture capital firm. Chinese-American engineer Dongfan "Greg" Chung, who worked at Boeing Co. and space shuttle-builder Rockwell International, is accused of stealing secrets regarding the space shuttle, a military transport plane and a rocket on behalf of China. Chung has pleaded not guilty.

links for 2008-11-18 November 18, 2008

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links for 2008-11-17 November 17, 2008

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links for 2008-11-13 November 13, 2008

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  • With Lehman Brothers bust and banks across the world posting some pretty dismal results, some 200,000 or so Wall Street workers are set to lose their jobs. That’s obviously rough news for the economy and even rougher news for the families involved, but there is a silver lining argues Dubner. He starts with the premise that for the past few decades Wall Street has attracted our nation’s best and brightest:

    Like them or not, the men and women who’ve gone into finance in the past 10 or 20 years… are super-well-educated and work incredibly hard, with intense focus. In economic terms, these people represent a huge stockpile of human capital.

    Now, with the detonation of the financial markets, this talent pool is set to disperse to a variety of industries. In addition, “perhaps millions, of college undergrads and graduate students who had planned to work in finance” will be seeking alternate career paths.

links for 2008-11-12 November 12, 2008

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  • So Windows 7 looks good. What does this mean to Apple? It means an end to Windows problems driving increased Mac market share. Mac market grew share 60% in 2007, hitting 14% of the market by February. Much of that growth was fueled by Apple making great products, but some of it was disillusioned Windows users switching to Mac.

    I should know; I was one of them. In February 2007, I walked into a computer store to buy a new PC. Faced with the choice between XP, which was a six-year-old operating system; or the brand-new Windows Vista, which I was already hearing bad things about, I chose "none of the above" and bought a Mac. It was a good choice, and I'm glad I made it — but if Microsoft had an up-to-date, solid operating system available then, I would have gone with that instead.

    Indeed, Microsoft has in recent months reversed its losses; its market share is growing and Apple's share slipped slightly.

links for 2008-11-11 November 11, 2008

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