ITunes Still Popular Among U.S. Music Lovers



In May 2016, when a report claimed that Apple was planning to kill off music downloads on the iTunes Store in the near future, the company was uncharacteristically quick to deny the claim and set the record straight.

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What We Read Today 19 February 2017

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

This feature is published every day late afternoon New York time. For early morning review of headlines see "The Early Bird" published every day in the early am at GEI News (membership not required for access to "The Early Bird".).


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Earnings And Economic Reports: Week Starting 20 February 2017

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Econintersect: Here is a day-by-day rundown of the global economic calendar events for the coming week and the important earnings announcements each day, as well. The presentation is by Merlin Rothfeld from Online Trading Academy and Power Trading Radio.

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Infographic Of The Day: Hollywood Vs. Real Life: How Realistic Are Romantic Comedies

How realistic are romantic comedies? Do they leave us with impractical expectations?

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Video of the Day:

An interesting look at some historical photos that have been colorized from the original black and white photo. The series of photos begins in the 1850’s and proceeds through the Civil War and late 1800’s into the 20th Century. Adding color to these old photos really brings them to life and gives the viewer a different perspective than the black and white photo.

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Current Weather Outlook

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... But Less than Previously

On February 16, 2017 NOAA released their Seasonal Outlook (which actually looks out fifteen months). JAMSTEC, which is a Japanese Research Institute, also has issued their Outlook based on their February 1 forecast for ENSO. We will review what have we learned - and address the question:  Are either of these forecasts credible? Also of interest is the possibility of a new El Nino and a possible decadal or even a multi-decadal climate shift in the Pacific to PDO Positive.

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The Week Ahead: Trump And The Business Cycle

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Winter Olympics 2022: Beijing And China's Second 'Coming-Out Party'

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

After a decade of huge international events, many Chinese people suffer from 'gala-fatigue.' So has the case for Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 dimmed as well? Not necessarily.

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10 February 2017: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Moderately Declines

ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward remains in positive territory for the 47th week - after spending the previous 35 consecutive weeks in negative territory. This is compared to RecessionAlerts similar weekly leading index. ECRI released their coincident and lagging indices this week and is discussed below.

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