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Greek Banana Republic Status Upgraded To AAA After Sit-Ins At Eight Ministries Prevent Troika Inspections | ZeroHedge

A day after we learned that the Greece tragicomedy just gets better and better after it had run out of ink to print tax forms, and hence is unable to collect taxes, and were forced to got over a minute long bout of hysterical laughter having...
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Online valuation tool closes seed-round - Symbid

Online valuation tool closes seed-round - Symbid | Financial News | Scoop.it

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Whether a tool can be used accurately remains to be seen and will be interesting to see. More interesting is the overall attention to online investement in starting companies...still on an upward trend, and that is a good thing.

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Symbid's curator insight, August 21, 2013 10:25 PM

sinesses as well as start-ups, has successfully concluded its first seed financing round of EUR 60.000. Symbid and Principe Management led the investment round which was underwritten within 24 hours. 

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Economist: Chinese people's incomes may hit US$12000 - China.org.cn

Economist: Chinese people's incomes may hit US$12000 - China.org.cn | Financial News | Scoop.it
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Under Lin's analysis, the Chinese labor-intensive industry will transform into a high-value industry alongside the increase in income per capita in China.
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Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds | Financial News | Scoop.it
Global Trends 2030 is intended to stimulate thinking about the rapid and vast geopolitical changes characterizing the world today and possible global trajectories over the next 15 years. As with the NIC’s previous Global Trends reports, we do not seek to predict the future—which would be an impossible feat—but instead provide a framework for thinking about possible futures and their implications.
In-depth research, detailed modeling and a variety of analytical tools drawn from public, private and academic sources were employed in the production of Global Trends 2030. NIC leadership engaged with experts in nearly 20 countries—from think tanks, banks, government offices and business groups—to solicit reviews of the report.
by The National Intelligence Council
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Looks like a must-see if economics, financial future, and progress + propserity are on your watch list.

It's one of those, have to see it, don't have to agree with it, reports. (Aren't they all!?)

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Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation | McKinsey Global Institute

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation | McKinsey Global Institute | Financial News | Scoop.it

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation, a major report from the McKinsey Global Institute, presents a clear view of how manufacturing contributes to the global economy today and how it will probably evolve over the coming decade.


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The parable of the four-engined planes

The parable of the four-engined planes | Financial News | Scoop.it
AN OLD friend in the aviation business, with years of experience with Greek clients, told me a story that serves as a parable for how the country got into its...
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Towards replacing silicon with graphene

Towards replacing silicon with graphene | Financial News | Scoop.it
Norwegian researchers are the world's first to develop a method for producing semiconductors from graphene. This finding may revolutionize the technology industry.
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Writing to Customers needs care - with this book it can provide explosive business growth!

Writing to Customers needs care - with this book it can provide explosive business growth! | Financial News | Scoop.it

The GREATEST book on CUSTOMER SERVICE via email published so far - take a look

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Facebook is developing a Google search competitor—still not a phone

Facebook is developing a Google search competitor—still not a phone | Financial News | Scoop.it
Mark Zuckerberg today told the founder of TechCrunch he wasn’t mad at Google (Nasdaq:...
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Above-The-Fold Browser Analytics: Google Launches Browser-Size Analysis

Above-The-Fold Browser Analytics: Google Launches Browser-Size Analysis | Financial News | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are interested in understanding more about what your web site visitors effectively see, when they land on one of your pages, this newly launched tool for optimizing your site content by visualizing relevant data right on your web pages, will be definitely helpful.

 

As part of its free Google Analytics service, Google has just announced the release of a new tool, replacing the old Browsersize tool they offered before, with a new one capable of visualizing on top of any of your web site pages data refelecting the amount of the page that your visitors are actually seeing upon landing on it.

 

To access this new function do as follows: "Simply navigate to the Content section in Google Analytics, and click In-Page Analytics.


A new information layer is available (the feature is bing rolled out gradually over the next few weeks, so please be patient if you don’t see it yet).


Click Browser Size to shade portions of the page that are below the fold.


You can now click anywhere on the screen to see what percentage of visitors can see it, or control the threshold percentage by using the slider."

 

 

Find out  more: http://analytics.blogspot.ca/2012/06/new-feature-conduct-browser-size.html

 

 


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Why you should quit politics (And embark on a much more effective path to liberty)

Why you should quit politics  (And embark on a much more effective path to liberty) | Financial News | Scoop.it
Why you should quit politics  (And embark on a much more effective path to liberty)
By Kaleb Matson
 
The political process as a means to liberty has been about as effective as socialism as a means to prosperity.
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Learning from China: Why the existing economic model will fail

Learning from China: Why the existing economic model will fail | Financial News | Scoop.it
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Jeremy Rifkin: The Third Industrial Revolution

Every industrial revolution is spurred by a shift in both energy and communication technology. Author and economist Jeremy Rifkin says we are on the precipice of a Third Industrial Revolution combining renewable energy and the internet. He joins Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss the possibility of hundreds of millions of people producing their own green energy in their homes and sharing it with each other in an "energy internet."


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Global Cost of Living | Visual.ly

Global Cost of Living | Visual.ly | Financial News | Scoop.it
A look at a variety of common items and how much they cost in the most expensive cities in the World. Just a big colourful table really.
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Gold's Demise Keeps Indians Happy - Forbes

Gold's Demise Keeps Indians Happy - Forbes | Financial News | Scoop.it
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This week, India's Finance Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, warned Indians against buying gold as an investment out of concern gold will continue to lose value.
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Consider all the implications...you can easily do better than 99% of financial "advisors" but that's not good enough!

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3D printing: a replicator and teleporter in every home | ExtremeTech

3D printing: a replicator and teleporter in every home | ExtremeTech | Financial News | Scoop.it
In the not-so-distant future, you'll be able to manufacture just about anything in your kitchen -- maybe even living things.
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This really is Finacial news, not new in as much as many of us already know if it, but growing in importance and will be a big component of a new and more prosperous, freer future for most countries of the world.

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International Trade - Global Destinations : Insider Media Ltd

International Trade - Global Destinations : Insider Media Ltd | Financial News | Scoop.it

Worth trying as part of a package of tools to look at grwoth or not, around the world - Roger Ellman

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The Replies Book — daily inspiration - by Roger Ellman

One way to boost economic performance - reading these daily gems helps economies worldwide

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Charges for Credit or Debit cards are a Cost of Doing Business.

Charges for Credit or Debit cards are a Cost of Doing Business. | Financial News | Scoop.it
Charges for Credit or Debit cards are a Cost of Doing Business.

 



Customers should avoid and or vigorously protest at companies trying to charge for the acceptance of credit or debit cards, the modern way of making payments.
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Get Your Head out of the Sand: Advice from Sir Richard BransonScoop.it

Get Your Head out of the Sand: Advice from Sir Richard BransonScoop.it | Financial News | Scoop.it
Pleasant and a delight hear Richard say this.

One of the most important themes toward useful social media participation (turning into something akin to playing a good, joyful game, rather than a slog) is transparency and the eroding of corporate-eze, not hiding behind headquarter walls.

Becoming active in social media is a natural follow on to this. It needs to be so, as social media that is not heartfelt (read: adopted by the board, as above so below, and so on, within a company) is merely buffeting like mass advertsing under another name.

As a businessperson enthused and excited with your company's services or products you grow to love social media.

It may take a bit of introduction, familiarization. And thus, the greatest help that can be given to companies with honest to goodness things to offer, is to be shown how to develop and flex their social media muscles, just as being shown how to swing a tennis racket, to breath when swimming, to turn when skiing, all vastly reduce the apparent effort and increase the reward of those acitvities.

It's like that!

Best wishes, Roger

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Effective Customer Replies Manual: Travel Business Edition: Roger Ellman and Lina Zaproudi: Amazon.com: Kindle Store

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Ben Goertzel | Artificial General Intelligence: An Overview

Dr. Ben Goertzel, a self-described Cosmist and Singularitarian, is one of the world's leading researchers in artificial general intelligence (AGI), natural language processing, cognitive science, data mining, machine learning, computational finance, bioinformatics, and virtual worlds and gaming He has published a dozen scientific books, 100+ technical papers, and numerous journalistic articles.


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The World in 2050

This talk draws on the latest global modeling research to construct a sweeping thought experiment on what our world will be like in 2050. The World in 2050 combines the lessons of geography and history with state-of-the-art model projections and analytical data-everything from climate dynamics and resource stocks to age distributions and economic growth projections.


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The Shape of the Global Economy Will Fundamentally Change - By Mohamed El-Erian

The Shape of the Global Economy Will Fundamentally Change - By Mohamed El-Erian | Financial News | Scoop.it

Important to have - at least in the back of our minds, the future scenarios that may unfold.  In most cases what it predicted is not what happens and what happens was not predicted so beware!

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Education Is The New Marketing Strategy

Education Is The New Marketing Strategy | Financial News | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Just as much as music is no longer in the hands of record companies and books are no longer in the hands of traditional book publishers, learning is not anymore in the hands of schools and other educational institutions.


Today a person can learn from a myriad of new different sources, at his own pace and time.


"The internet has democratized education and businesses should take notice.


You are in business because you have some area of expertise.


Sharing your expertise is a way to help you build your brand and provide value."


From the original article: "The Education of Millionaires, a book by Michael Ellsberg that proposes that the best investment in education is one that offers lifelong, relevant knowledge that will make you financially successful.

He urges people to find mentors and experts to teach the skills they need, rather than investing six figures in a traditional college education that is unlikely to contribute to their ability to earn a living.

I have mixed feelings about suggesting that people forgo or drop out of college, but I believe we are seeing a trend worth noting.


People are looking to non-traditional sources to learn from. Education and business are merging. "


The article is full of short, valuable insights, like these:


"As a brand, your expertise in the product you sell — in every way it affects the people who use it — sets you apart. If you sell shoes, you could teach fashion or fitness. If your product is food, teach nutrition."


"Consumers need information to choose when there are too many options."


"Education is a form of curation."


Right on track. Must-read. 8/10


Full article: http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/digital-marketing/education-is-the-new-marketing/





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3D Revolution Speeding Up

3D Revolution Speeding Up | Financial News | Scoop.it

3D printing, or additive manufacture as it is also known, creates objects from a digital design using a machine that looks not unlike a conventional ink-jet printer, but using materials instead of ink to build up the object.

One of the critical changes occurring is the growing sophistication of the equipment, but also the fall in price and size. The $500 3D printer has now been made; as has a truly portable one that fits in a suitcase. This changes the level of accessibility and affordability.

The scale of what we can 3D print is also changing. At one end, the potential to 3D print a house cheaply and quickly is emerging – an application would be the production of emergency housing made in situ – which could then also be designed to ‘fit’ local terrain. Such an approach could be adapted for low cost housing, radical house renovations or high end bespoke room fittings.

At the other end of the scale are the development of 3D nano-printing and the use of cells. A recent experiment ‘broke the record’ for nano-printing, by making a model of a formula 1 car at nano-scale. Being able to operate effectively at that scale could revolutionise not only material sciences but almost any area of manufacture.


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