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Why now is the time to invest in infrastructure

Infrastructure is the backbone of well-functioning economies. Unfortunately, that backbone is becoming increasingly brittle in a number of advanced economies. For example, there has been a decline in the overall quality of infrastructure in the United States and Germany (Figure 1; see the FT 2014 and ASCE 2013 for more on infrastructure in the …

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Dollar index hits highest level since March 2006

The ICE U.S. dollar index rose Wednesday to its highest level since March 2006 as the dollar rally gained momentum, spurred in part by a strong gauge of service-sector growth in the U.S. economy, ahead of a policy statement from the European Central Bank. The dollar index DXY, -0.36% which …

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76% of new FMCG products launched between 2011-2013 failed within a year

Researchers behind the Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Report for Europe 2014 have analyzed 12,000 FMCG product launches across Western Europe and revealed the trend that about 66% of those products never reached the sales volume of 10,000 items, while 76% of those new launches never survived the first year of their …

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Vatican finds hundreds of millions of euros “tucked away”-cardinal

The Vatican’s economy minister has said hundreds of millions of euros were found “tucked away” in accounts of various Holy See departments without having appeared in the city-state’s balance sheets. In an article for Britain’s Catholic Herald Magazine to be published on Friday, Australian Cardinal George Pell wrote that the …

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Watchdog Says World Internet Freedom In Decline

A U.S.-based rights watchdog says Internet freedom around the world has deteriorated for the fourth consecutive year, with the steepest declines in Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. In its “Freedom On The Net 2014” report, released on December 4, Freedom House says that Iran, Syria, and China are the world’s worst abusers …

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Mobile display ads and mobile native ads increase brand awareness by 54%

Havas Media Group along with the two research agencies Differentology and On Device Research have teamed up with Sky Media, advertising sales arm of Sky, to conduct one live and two lab experiments aimed at trying new methodologies in measuring mobile advertising effectiveness.  Three UK advertisers— Nationwide, Domino’s Pizza and …

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Google Just Made It Much Easier To Prove You’re Not A Robot

Google just made it easier to prove you’re not a robot. If you’ve every signed up for an online account or bought something online, you’ve probably encountered a CAPTCHA prompt, where you’ve been asked to type a portion of distorted text to prove you’re not a spambot. Turns out, Google’s …

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Turkish businesspeople want an ease in visa requirements

Turkish businesspeople have called for an easing of visa requirements from the consulate generals of 37 countries, in order to foster economic and trade relations with those countries, in a press meeting hosted by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ISO) on Nov. 3. The ISO representatives voiced their demands to …

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How to benefit from China’s innovation boom

For more than a century, the United States has been the dominant global force for innovation. But China and other Asian countries are now testing that dominance, and the West should welcome the challenge. China’s move from imitation to innovation has been a matter of national policy in recent years. …

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The deathly risks of doing business with Russia

The tragic death of Total CEO Christophe de Margerie in the recent plane crash at Vnukovo airport in Moscow is a lesson to be learned, writes Ramūnas Bogdanas. Ramūnas Bogdanas writes for the website EN.DELFI.LT where this articlewas recently published. On the evening of 20 October 2014, the first snow …

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