Windows 10 is Not Really Free: You are Paying for It with Your Privacy


by David Glance, The Conversation

Windows 10, it seems, is proving a hit with both the public and the technology press after its release last week. After two days, it had been installed on 67 million PCs. Of course, sceptics may argue that this may have simply been a reflection of how much people disliked Windows 8 and the fact that the upgrade was free.


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What We Read Today 04 August 2015

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.

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Here's Why Initial Claims Show That This Time Really Is Different

by Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner

Initial claims for unemployment compensation extended the string of record lows into its 22nd month this week. The mainstream media is reporting this as if the record low is something new. That's because they look at the seasonally adjusted (SA) fictitious data only. The actual, not seasonally finagled number has been at a record low relative to total employment since September 2013.


Infographic Of The Day: Spike Aerospace's Supersonic Passenger Jet

The Spike Aerospace S-512 is designed to fly from London to New York in 3 hours. The S-512, developed in 2013, has been recently upgraded with a modified delta wing to increase fuel efficiency and reduce sonic boom.

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Video of the Day:

A great video of the worlds smallest military UAV aircraft. The British Army Black Hornet Nano UAV Aircraft will make a difference on the modern battlefield. The Black Hornet Nano is a military micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Prox Dynamics AS of Norway, and in use by the Norwegian and British Army.

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FOREX NEWS by DailyForex

Is Australia’s Property Boom Coming to an End?

Looks like there’s trouble in paradise. If economists have it right, Australia’s current property boom which has zoomed 11% so far this year, could be coming to an end.

Forex Week in Review

Last week saw the final trading session for July; a month when Greece went to the very edge of leaving the Euro before turning back.

Dollar Regaining Ground

The U.S. Dollar is just beginning to gain some positive momentum in the trading week. Earlier, it had been broadly after Friday’s U.S. employment costs report seems to have clouded the outlook for the Federal Reserve Bank.

Bank Shares to Be Hit Hardest as Greek Exchange Reopens

Greece seems to be walking on egg shells on its way to recovery. After months of heady negotiations that saw the country on the verge of bankruptcy and a near “Grexit,” Athens is making its moves cautiously.

Weekly Economic & Political Timeline

This can be expected to be a busier week than recent weeks, with a lot more going on and more volatility. It will be an especially important week for the USD, the AUD, and the GBP, with key central bank input also due regarding the JPY.
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The Nature of the Game: Euro Zone does not Agree While Unemployment Rises Again

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

Thomas Mayer, formerly at Deutsche Bank, has written a letter to the FT:

The two key founding fathers of economic and monetary union, France and Germany, have a different understanding of what kind of game the currency union is.


 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

June 2015 Manufacturing Improves But Still Far from Good

Written by Steven Hansen

US Census says manufacturing new orders improved. Our analysis agrees. Unadjusted unfilled orders' growth continues shrinking year-over-year. No matter how you cut the data, it is soft.

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