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Bank of Russia Cuts Interest Rates

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Google Fiber-less and sick of slow Internet? Move to Mongolia

Don’t want to move to Provo, Utah, or Kansas City for faster Internet? If the only thing you value is speedy Internet, move to Moldova, Mongolia, Serbia or Lithuania. All those countries have faster average Internet speeds than the U.S. In fact, 34 countries rank higher than the U.S. for Internet bandwidth per Internet user, according to data from the World Economic Forum .

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Basically, it’s a graph that plots the production capacity and costs of an entire industry, see the case below. On the X-Axis, cumulative production is ranked. Producers (or projects) are laid out from low to high cost and bars are used to indicate their output — the wider the bar the more they churn out. On the Y-Axis is the cost of production. The result is rather ugly looking bar chart that slopes upward; left to right. (see below)

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That headline number? Don’t pay too much attention to it. It generates the news but it’s often misleading as a measure of underlying strength in the economy. Inventories—specifically, the pace at which companies restock—often skew the big picture. A better gauge of underlying demand is “real final sales of domestic product,” which strips out the effect of inventory buildup. It essentially measures how much American-made stuff people and companies bought, whether here or abroad. That figure picked up in the third quarter, growing 2.8% compared with a year earlier. A similar reading Friday would bolster the notion the economy entered 2015 on stronger footing.

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The Australian airline Qantas, in partnership with Samsung Electronics Australia, just announced that it will offer virtual-reality technology on some flights. For three months, a few lucky travelers in the Sydney and Melbourne International First Lounges and in the first class cabin on certain A380 flights between Australia and Los Angeles will be able to live out the roughly 13-hour trip in virtual reality—the kind not caused by vast quantities of Veuve Clicquot.

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ON A quiet street in Hackney, in a building that was once a button factory, is a picture of modern manufacturing. The headquarters of Sugru, a firm that makes a kind of mouldable glue, is an office, laboratory and factory floor rolled together. Around 30 people clatter away at computers in one room, staffing social media or organising deliveries. In the next room, six workers put lumps of the Plasticine-like material into shiny foil packets or stick labels onto plastic packaging. Each day 15 or so vans pull up to take orders. Sugru sells its stuff to people in 159 countries, but still makes it in London.

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An hereditary meritocracy

“MY BIG fear,” says Paul Ryan, an influential Republican congressman from Wisconsin, is that America is losing sight of the notion that “the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life.” “Opportunity,” according to Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, “is slipping away.” Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida, thinks that “each element” of the sequence that leads to success “is eroding in our country.” “Of course you have to work hard, of course you have to take responsibility,” says Hillary Clinton, a former first lady, senator and secretary of state, “but we are making it so difficult for people who do those things to feel that they are going to achieve the American dream.” When discussing the chances of ordinary Americans rising to the top, politicians who agree about little else sound remarkably similar.

Adam Smith on the financial crisis

TIRED of lightweights bickering over the financial crisis and its aftermath? Of economic upheaval becoming merely fodder for intellectually dishonest political campaigns? Wonder what biggest thinkers might have to say? Our efforts to consult the giants of economics have been hampered by an unfortunate fact: many of the most important ones are not only dead, but they died long before governments and central banks began to concoct such unconventional policy tools such as quantitative easing. That explains their absence from the argument—so far.

China’s Great Firewall Gets Taller

@Michael Burns They closed themselves to the world before, when the Emperor ordered the burning of ships. That time it was to prevent the same cultural poisoning, but instead it left them venerable, technologically behind and weak. Now, instead of surfing the 7 seas, we are talking about surfing global internet and the result will be the same. As the rest of the world moves on, sharing information and developing new products linked to that information - China will be doing its own thing, from within a box they created, that is unbearably slow, so software searches for bad words and topics do their thing. Chinese people and companies are being segregated from the rest of the world. There is no way this will lead to an innovative society.

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