Giant Tsunami-Shaped Clouds Roll Across Alabama Sky LiveScience (hat tip Lambert Strether). I missed them.
Evolution: Watching Speciation Occur Scientific American. Hah, score one for your humble blogger. When I was in Alaska, the ship board marine biologist told us that there were two types of orcas in the area. I am muffing the terms of art, but one stays in the same location and does not eat other whales, while the other travels and does eat whales. And the two types do not breed with each other. I asked why they weren’t considered different species. She treated me like I was nuts. Turns out there this wasn’t such a dumb question.
The end of email? Financial Times. Oh, the victims of e-mail stress are legion! But social media as a solution seems nuts.
AT&T drops $39bn bid for T-Mobile USA Financial Times
Senators Turn Up Heat On Google Antitrust Probe Huffington Post
How Pay-Pal Squeezes Merchants with Unfair and Likely Illegal Business Practices AlterNet. I have not understood why PayPal is not regulated as a bank.
AT&T Is Paying the Biggest Breakup Fee Ever WSJ Deal Journal
ECB warns of global contagion risks Financial Times
Spain grits teeth yet again as austerity deepens Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
Hungary’s Constitutional Revolution Paul Krugman (hat tip reader Art)
Is Finland Really A Closet Member Of The Eurozone Periphery? Edward Hugh, Credit Writedowns
Video of Egyptian police stripping and beating a woman YouTube (hat tip Lambert Strether). Dated 12/17, already over 2.6 million views.
Hedge fund alarm bells are ringing over China Financial Times
Bloomberg Bird-Dogs Meredith Whitney’s Terrible Call Columbia Journalism Review
Missouri, payday-lending haven Felix Salmon
The ugly side of ultra-cheap money Bill Gross, Financial Times
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