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  • No "common vision" on Ukraine between U.S. and Russia, says Lavrov [View news story]
    I'm very worried about this situation. I'm sure very few people thought the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 would lead to a World War that would kill millions of people. We should be trying to de-escalate the situation.
    Mar 14 12:22 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Demise Of Social Networks [View article]
    Judging from the number of e-mails I get from Facebook, urging me to reactivate my account, and telling me about all the popular posts I am missing, I'd say at least Facebook misses me quite a bit.
    Feb 25 08:18 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Demise Of Social Networks [View article]
    I agree about the awkwardness factor. There was that super bowl commercial for Coke where they had people singing "America the Beautiful" in different languages. Someone posted on FB that "the racists are all up-in-arms" and I responded that I thought the commercial was phony. I was "attacked" in writing (called a racist bigot, etc) for my non-pc comments and thought, why do I bother with FB anymore? I deleted the account after that and don't miss it at all.
    Feb 25 05:45 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple beats estimates, but guidance disappoints [View news story]
    Are you the rational male Rollo Tomasi, by any chance?
    Jan 27 04:43 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • John Hussman: The Elephant In The Room [View article]
    One problem is, even if you go to cash, you're still "investing" in something -- in that case, the US Dollar.
    Dec 2 12:36 PM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple closes lower in spite of praise; Benioff sees Ahrendts as next CEO [View news story]
    Apple hires a female handbag executive? No thanks.
    Nov 6 12:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google Android VP departs amidsts reports of soap opera-like drama [View news story]
    Forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest.
    Aug 29 02:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Barrick Gold (ABX -1.4%) says it reached a deal with the government of the Dominican Republic over the taxation of the Pueblo Viejo mine, which it owns with Goldcorp (GG -1%). ABX says the new deal will see an almost equal split of cash flow with the Dominican government from the mine between 2012-16. [View news story]
    Yes, didn't something similar also happen to D'Anconia Copper?
    May 9 02:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT +0.7%) roundup: 1) An upcoming Surface tablet will feature a 7.5" high-res display, but mass-production won't start until Q1 '14, says NPD. 2) Acer is apparently set to launch an 8" Windows 8 Pro tablet that will sell for $380; the cheapest iPad Mini goes for $329. 3) R.I.P. Hotmail: Microsoft has migrated all 400M+ active Hotmail accounts to its platform. 4) Walmart will sell Nokia's (NOK) Lumia 521, a U.S. variant of the Lumia 520, for less than $150 unsubsidized. That gives Windows Phone, which has been at a price disadvantage relative to low-end Android gear, a chance to move downmarket. (Surface launch report[View news story]
    I was one of the hotmail users migrated to outlook and I am very happy with the switch.
    May 3 04:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft (MSFT -0.7%) roundup: 1) Windows 8 was used on 3.82% of PCs in April, estimates Net Applications. That's up from March's 3.17% and Feb.'s 2.67%, butikely a slower adoption rate that Microsoft was hoping for. An estimated 38.7% still Win. XP, which Microsoft will end support for in a year - there might be a rush of business upgrades ahead of that. 2) An IT worker survey from Dell's KACE found 69% of those upgrading from XP are adopting Win. 7, and just 2% Win. 8. This meshes with past enterprise survey results. 3) Following Microsoft's Azure disclosure, Bernstein estimates the company's total cloud sales are around $2.3B-$2.6B/year. [View news story]
    You mean like the ones Apple seems to be considering?

    "In addition to losing the complex interface design characteristics from earlier versions of iOS, Apple has been discussing and testing ways to add more ‘glance-able’ information." Sounds like live tiles to me.
    May 1 06:23 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Deposits over €100K at the Bank of Cyprus will be taxed at 62.5%, sources tell Reuters. The figure is far greater than officials originally indicated. Customers will get 37.5% of their deposits over the €100K threshold in bank shares while the remainder of their cash "may never be paid back."  [View news story]
    "Deposits over €100K at the Bank of Cyprus will be taxed at 62.5%"

    This already happens in America as inflation. It's just a more gradual process.
    Mar 30 05:33 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "I could see a very quick and violent - and tradable - upward move in rates," says Jim Grant, who is currently short the iShares IG Corporate Bond ETF (LQD). Not having an idea of when this might happen, Grant says there's plenty of "poetic signs and portents" that it will happen. [View news story]
    ahh, "signs and wonders."
    Feb 14 01:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Growth Story Is Over [View article]
    I was going to buy some apple stock today but, judging from the comments, the bulls are far from capitulating. More downside, I'm afraid.
    Jan 24 02:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Apple Taking The Microsoft Path? [View article]
    about time for that rabbit
    Jan 24 12:59 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Germany Recalling Gold Reserves Good News For Investors, Bad News For Federal Reserve [View article]
    Upon reading that Germany was repatriating its gold reserves, I immediately recalled this event in "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds:"

    The first slight alarm that was occasioned was early in 1720. The Prince de Conti, offended that Law should have denied him fresh shares in India stock, at his own price, sent to his bank to demand payment in specie of so enormous a quantity of notes, that three wagons were required for its transport. Law complained to the regent, and urged on his attention the mischief that would be done, if such an example found many imitators. The regent was but too well aware of it, and, sending for the Prince de Conti, ordered him, under penalty of his high displeasure, to refund to the bank two-thirds of the specie which he had withdrawn from it. The prince was forced to obey the despotic mandate. Happily for Law's credit, De Conti was an unpopular man: everybody condemned his meanness and cupidity, and agreed that Law had been hardly treated. It is strange, however, that so narrow an escape should not have made both Law and the regent more anxious to restrict their issues. Others were soon found who imitated from motives of distrust, the example which had been set by De Conti in revenge. The more acute stockjobbers imagined justly that prices could not continue to rise forever. Bourdon and La Richardiere, renowned for their extensive operations in the funds, quietly and in small quantities at a time, converted their notes into specie, and sent it away to foreign countries. They also bought as much as they could conveniently carry of plate and expensive jewellery, and sent it secretly away to England or to Holland.
    Jan 22 08:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment