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The 2007 Mafia Inc. Balance Sheet

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It looks like it was another very good year for Mafia Inc. in Italy.

With corruption and bribery on the rise almost everywhere the Neo-Liberals got a foot in the door and with the worldwide financial crisis 2008 might turn out to become even better.

With the Neo-Liberal deregulations and the loss of business ethics, new business practices that were just a few years ago considered as criminal and prosecuted as such together with the vacuum created by the loss of values, no wonder bribery and corruption is on the rise, and everybody seems to be doing it not necessarily because they want so, but because they are forced to.

Single persons to get a favor or place someone on an important position, companies to get contracts, and governments on a really, really big scale. And who would be surprised that at the same time these governments have…

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Research: MS SecondLight

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With the new Secondlight prototype Microsoft has added another dimension to its touchscreen technology called Surface.

The two build-in projectors allow to display different images in a way that looks simultaneous to the eye. Microsoft presented the new technology during the PDC and has provided some additional technical details earlier this month.

While one image is displayed onto the large screen and can be manipulated with gestures the second projector can create an independent image on a flat or 3D surface like a piece of paper or a Plexiglas cylinder.

Microsoft provided some very interesting sample applications like…

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Stock Markets: VW speculations

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How crazy the worldwide stock markets have become and how little effects the Trillion dollar packages, speeches and appeals of politicians had on the casino players could one more time be seen today in Germany.

Stocks of one of the worlds largest car makers, VW, rose more than 300 % with intraday peaks even higher – yes we mean it – more than three hundred percent. And some of the in-the-money call options have seen their prices increase of more than 27,000% (twenty seven thousand percent).

While car makers around the world tiptoeing along bankruptcy and demand forecasts for the next year(s) are at best catastrophic for some of them – BMW today stopped production for a few days in some of its factories and Daimler today announced that they will stop production for a few weeks later this year- the outlook for VW is anything but peachy as well.

It’s not fundamentals that are behind these price jumps, it’s plain speculation, the same casino plays like…

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Data-Visualization: Visualizing Corporate America

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Based on data from the SEC for 60,000 directors or high-level employees, Toby Segaran created this graphical network of major US companies that share board members or CEOs. A bit like a social network graph for companies.

Besides the relationship between the companies the diagram also visualizes…

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Mobile Phones: Putting the numbers to scale

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Tom Libretto, vice president of Forum Nokia, provided some insides at the Evans Data Developer Relations Conference in Redwood City, California this Monday. Comparing the volume of Apple’s iPhone shipped to Nokia’s shipments of phones he said:



“…Since the launch of iPhone in June, Apple has shipped 5 million to 6 million of the devices, paling in comparison to Nokia’s device shipments…We’ve done that [volume] since we’ve had dinner on Friday…”

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MS Multi-Touch Surface coming to an AT&T shop near you

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Telecom giant AT&T is the first company worldwide that will use Microsoft Surface™ touch and device recognition technology in retail shops.

Starting from April 17 the multi-touch screens will be available in selected shops – to be more precise – shops in New York, Atlanta, San Antonio and San Francisco will be the first to get the devices. AT&T is planning to expand the deployment to more of its 2,200 shops throughout 2008…

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