Newsletter 194


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[1]Technology In 2011
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      1. http://b.rw/g4NfN7

Walter Mossberg | WSJ | 30 December 2010

Dean of technology writers foresees a new wave of competitors for Apple
  products; another run at social networking from Google; golden opportunity
  for Microsoft to capitalise on Kinect; fading enthusiasm for RIM's
  Blackberries

[2]Don’t Expect Markets To Bend It Like Beckham
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      2. http://b.rw/eCrEUb

John Kay | FT | 28 December 2010

You win by spotting points of imperfection, whether in sport or in finance.
  "The people who make money, either as entrepreneurs or as traders, are those
  who find those profit opportunities that have not already been taken"

[3]March Of Folly In Pakistan
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      3. http://b.rw/fAx6m8

Anatole Lieven | IHT | 29 December 2010

Situation is bad in Afghanistan. But US will make things far worse if it
  sends ground forces into Pakistan in pursuit of Taliban. Part of Pakistan
  military will want to fight back, dividing army, plunging country into chaos

[4]Why the Rich Are Getting Richer
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      4. http://b.rw/eGBxqe

Robert Lieberman | Foreign Affairs | 30 December 2010

Review of Hacker and Pierson's "Winner-Take-All Politics", arguing that
  America's rising inequality results not from market forces as such, but from
  40 years of public policies that have rigged the markets in favour of the
  rich
  [5]View full selection
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      5. http://thebrowser.com/best

Today's FiveBooks Interview

[6]Best of the year: Simon Brett on =WHODUNNITS=
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-brett-on-whodunnits

In the golden age of crime, it was wonderful: Hercule Poirot would get them
  all in the library and say, ‘For zees reazons you deed it…’ and they’d go
  off and be hanged, end of story. [7]Continue reading…
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/simon-brett-on-whodunnits

Topic

[8]Financial Crisis
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/topics/financial-crisis

In-depth primer for both the expert and the amateur. Experts interviewed
  include Eichengreen, Barro and Rodrik. Wide range of hand-picked background
  articles
  [9]Continue reading…
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/topics/financial-crisis

Book of the Day

[10]The Big Sleep
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/big-sleep-by-raymond-chandler

-by Raymond Chandler -

I think the writing is just so beautiful. Raymond Chandler’s hopeless at
  plots, as we know. He said himself, if he couldn’t think of what to do, he
  brought in a man with a gun. He’s very economical with his words. And also
  he can do something that very few writers can do; he can actually use a joke
  to increase tension rather than release tension. Normally we think of comic
  relief: you build up the tension and then you break it with a joke. But
  Chandler could actually make the tension tighter with a joke, which I think
  is a great achievement.

[11]More recommendations…
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      11. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Browsings

[12]polit2k P2P Banking cuts out the middleman | Bankers' bonuses: don't get
  mad – get even – Telegraph Blogs [13]t.co/UX9slfp
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