Increased insurance claims may be due to climate change GreenBlorge (hat tip reader Sugar Hush)
Brisbane floods: before and after ABCNews (hat tip reader Skippy). The visuals are cool even though the situation most decidedly is not.
Despite efforts to improve, U.S. patent approvals move slower Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Reader Francois T, commenting on the fact that patents are published 18 months after filed, regardless of whether they have been acted upon:
This has to be the most incredibly stupid SOP I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen quite a few. Isn’t the USPTO supposed to protect a patent application? I wish the journalists would’ve dig deeper into this.
Trust me, patent attorneys are well aware of this fact, but yes, more profile and public pressure would be useful.
Man Bites Dog! Web Publisher Pays Writers Peter Kafka. I am waiting for Felix Salmon to parse the economics. But since the writers have no audit rights, how can they know if they are actually getting the promised compensation for the traffic they generate?
Dating site creates profiles from public records IT News. Ugh. This is enough to make one glad to be an old fart.
Israeli Test on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay New York Times (hat tip reader Crocodile Chuck). Suspicions confirmed.
The brutal truth about Tunisia Independent (hat tip reader May S)
China Leader’s Limits Come Into Focus as U.S. Visit Nears New York Times. Any China mavens willing to translate? This reads like a cover for some anticipated outcome next week (as “no big deal if we don’t get a deal, not clear who/Hu is in charge”). Or could this be the reason: Hu questions future role of US dollar Financial Times
Hedge funds bet China is a bubble close to bursting Telegraph (hat tip reader Michael Q)
Central Bank steps up its cash support to Irish banks financed by institution printing own money Independent (Ireland, hat tip Richard Smith). You have to love this, no one else seems to be reporting that the Irish Central Bank is “printing” euros. Yes, they did inform (note merely inform) the mother ship, the ECB, which is pretending this is all OK. Now if the Irish can take the position that they don’t need approval, what is to prevent any other eurozone central bank from doing the same?
One Step Forward in the Euro Zone? Claus Vistesen, CreditWritedowns (hat tip Richard Smith)
Steel price rise stokes inflation concerns Financial Times
No hunger at the Fed Asia Times (hat tip reader John R)
A German-led eurozone rescue Wolfgang Munchau, Financial Times
The Economy and Business for journalists in 2011 Global Print Monitor
Finnish lesson on principles for Goldman Lucy Kellaway, Financial Times (hat tip reader Peter J)
More banks walking away from homes, adding to housing crisis Chicago Tribune (hat tip reader aletheia33)
Lawsuit Loans Add New Risk for the Injured New York Times
Endogenize ideology Steve Waldman
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