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Feb 12, 2011

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The Economist: New Or Update Articles - February 11th, 2011

New or updated articles February 11th 2011

Technology: Print me a Stradivarius
How a new manufacturing technology will change the world
Full article

Lexington: A marriage of inconvenience
What an Arab democratic spring will mean for America's relations with the Jewish state
Full article

Internet blackouts: Reaching for the kill switch
The costs and practicalities of switching off the internet in Egypt and elsewhere
Full article

Africa's natural resources: Spread the wealth
The impressive growth figures of resource-rich African countries are not all good news
Full article

The Difference Engine: The sunbeam solution
How to turn sunlight and water into fuel for cars
Full article

Johnson: Punnest weekend ever
The Chinese New Year heralds a festival of wordplay
Full article

Daily chart: Sylvan states
The state of the world's forests
Full article

Democracy in America: The commerce clause and health reform
If it's not interstate commerce now, it will be after the GOP is done with it
Full article

Grass-roots revolt in Japan: Maverick as hell
Some see a tea party brewing in Japan's hinterland
Full article

Online debate: Global elite
Voting has been heavily against the motion and readers' comments suggest they take a less-than-charitable view of the global elite
Full article

MarketWatch: The Week's Top 10 Videos on MarketWatch | Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup
FEBRUARY 12, 2011

The week's top 10 videos on MarketWatch

By MarketWatch

In case you missed them, here are the 10 most popular videos on MarketWatch for the week of Feb. 7-11:

Apple's new iPad on the way

Apple has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor. Yukari Kane joins Stacey Delo to discuss.
 Watch Video Report.

H-P looks to make a splash with touchpad tablet

Computing is no longer about PCs, but about what people do with the technology and how they "stay connected," according to H-P VP Page Murray, who says there's a big opportunity in linking a range of devices, from tablets to printers. Ben Pimentel reports.
 Watch Video Report.

Best and worst tech ads in the Super Bowl

In addition to the usual fan favorites like and the E-trade talking baby, some new tech-related ads made their way into the Super Bowl breaks this year — and one in particular seems to be getting the unanimous thumbs down.
 Watch Video Report.

Did you miss the bull market?

The S&P500 index is up 98% from March 2009. But if you didn't capitalize on the gains, don't feel bad, Evan Newmark says. He talks with Dennis Berman about weathering the storm.
 Watch Video Report.

Verizon iPhone: Where are the crowds?

Apple's iPhone finally hit Verizon stores but in many locations thin crowds greeted the smartphone's arrival. Lauren Goode and Stacey Delo report.
 Watch Video Report.

Toyota cleared of electronic flaws

A lengthy investigation by the federal government into last year's Toyota recalls found that engine electronics played no role in incidents of sudden, unintended acceleration of its cars. Joe White has details.
 Watch Video Report.

Ads that fumbled during the Super Bowl

A video montage of some of the Super Bowl commercials that ad executives say missed the mark.
 Watch Video Report.

Mossberg: There are benefits to the Verizon iPhone

Walt Mossberg compares the new Verizon iPhone 4 to an AT&T iPhone 4, and finds that they aren't interchangeable. The Verizon has much better voice calls, he says, but there's a trade off in data speed.
 Watch Video Report.

Wine 101: The art of decanting

Decanting is essentially just pouring wine from one container into another. But sommelier Sam Chong explains why it's a step worth doing, and demonstrates how the pros decant properly.
 Watch Video Report.

Ford on path to profit growth, CEO Mulally says

Ford's recent quarter was unique, in that it invested in new products and didn't chase market share in Europe, yet the company is focused on its long-term plan and paying down debt, according to CEO Alan Mulally, who also says Ford will make hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars on the same assembly line. Stacey Delo reports.
 Watch Video Report.

MarketWatch's top stories, Feb 7-11


Weekly Roundup
FEBRUARY 11, 2011

MarketWatch's top stories, Feb. 7-11

By MarketWatch

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — It was not a week when stock trading was near the top of most of the world's agenda. Instead the continuing drama in Egypt that culminated on Friday with the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and the handing over of power to the Egyptian military got most of the attention.

But stock trading, and trading in other assets, was never too far from people's minds. After all, what happens in Egypt now will affect oil prices, wheat prices, the future of Israel, the shape of the Middle East and maybe even the world.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rose 43.97 points, or 0.4%, on Friday to close at 12,273.26. For the week the blue-chip index gained 1.5%. The Nasdaq Composite Index (COMP) added 18.99 points, or 0.7%, to close at 2,809.44 for a weekly gain of 1.5%. The benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 Index (SPX) rose 7.28 points, or 0.6%, on Friday to end at 1,329.15. For the week it added 1.4%.

Please visit MarketWatch over the weekend for all the news you need. Our weekend investor will provide a guide to when you might consider investing in Egypt and other regional markets. Meanwhile, please take a moment to watch our Week Ahead videos.

U.S. Week Ahead: Watching Egypt and retail data

Asia's Week Ahead: Japan economy, Chjna inflation

Christopher Noble , assistant managing editor

Risk can equal reward

In the wake of Hosni Mubarak's resignation as Egypt's longtime president, investors might be wondering whether it's prudent to put money in the region. Protests and political shake-ups are smothering investing prospects for countries that were already struggling with rising inflation and interest rates. But such risk could also present an opportunity for investors looking to buy emerging-market assets on the cheap — if they look in the right places. Read more about emerging-markets investing .

Combating inflation in China

For the third time since October, China's central bank raised its key interest rates in an effort to cool rising inflation pressures. Economists have noted increasing worries about the country's ability to rein in growth and stifle inflationary pressures without triggering a hard landing that could derail a fragile global recovery. Read more about China's rate hike .

Succession at ECB

The race to succeed European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet was thrown into confusion this week on news that German central-bank chief Axel Weber had dropped out of the running. Weber had been viewed as the front runner for the post, which Trichet will leave when his eight-year term ends in October. Read more about the ECB shake-up .

Finding your lost funds

On the computer systems of state treasurers, controllers and tax officials sits the pocket lint of the U.S. economy. Utility refunds, credit balances, custodial accounts, dividend checks, insurance payments, paychecks and financial instruments of all kinds lie abandoned and unloved. Some of it belongs to celebrities and billionaires — but some of it probably belongs to you. Read about America's dead money .

Homes hold less appeal

The share of Americans who own their home dropped again last year, but that's not because of foreclosures pushing people out of the real-estate market. Instead, more people appear to be rejecting the idea of a home as an investment. Read more about people choosing to rent .

The great muni panic

Some municipal-bond issuers are in deep trouble; some could default. Agencies also have been loading up on bond debt, issuing a record $430.1 billion in 2010. But be reasonable, says David Weidner. To suggest that 50 to 100 muni-bond issuers will default, as analyst Meredith Whitney has suggested, is irresponsible. It's not surprising: Many of her calls have been sensational. The hysterical crowd worrying over munis are the real danger here. Read David Weidner's column about muni bonds .

A shrinking Fannie and Freddie

A large portion of Fannie Mae (FNMA)  and Freddie Mac (FMCC)  should be wound down over time, and the fees that the troubled mortgage-refinance giants charge for guaranteeing home loans sold to investors should be increased to ease the private sector back into the housing market, the Treasury Department proposed this week. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told reporters that the reform plan would spell modestly higher mortgage costs for average homeowners over the long term. Read about plans for Fannie and Freddie .

Big changes at Nokia

Shares of Nokia Corp. (NOK)  sank after the Finnish company unveiled sweeping changes, including plans to use Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) mobile operating system in its smartphones, in a last-ditch effort to take on Google Inc. (GOOG)  and Apple Inc. (AAPL). Nokia also reorganized its leadership team and revamped its structure by creating two distinct units. Read more about changes at Nokia.

Cisco takes a hit

Some analysts took a hatchet to their ratings on Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) this week, downgrading the stock on concerns about higher competition and lower margins. After Wednesday's closing bell, Cisco reported a small decline in second-quarter earnings in line with its previous guidance, and issued a revenue forecast for the next two periods at the high end of Wall Street's estimates. Read about worries surrounding Cisco.

Launch time for H-P

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ)  lifted the wraps on a new tablet and smartphones based on the webOS operating system, which the company inherited with last year's acquisition of Palm Inc. for $1.2 billion. At an event in San Francisco, H-P announced the TouchPad tablet, as well as the Pre3 and Veer smartphones. But the TouchPad, which is expected to ship sometime this summer; will have to fight an uphill battle against Apple's popular iPad. Read more about new products from H-P .

NYT: Morning Business News: Administration Calls for Cutting Aid to Home Buyers.

Your Money

When Love Outgrows Gifts on Valentine's Day

Long-term relationships do not survive without gifts. But they are not the gifts you may think.

Galloping Growth, and Hunger in India

Four decades after the Green Revolution, nearly half of Indian children under 6 are malnourished.
News Analysis

Administration Calls for Cutting Aid to Home Buyers

Officials said they concluded the country could not afford to sustain its commitment to minting homeowners. Better to help some people rent.

The Washington Post Today's Highlights: Mubarak steps down, prompting jubilation in Cairo streets .


Mubarak steps down, prompting jubilation in Cairo streets
CAIRO - The popular uprising in Egypt triumphed Friday as President Hosni Mubarak surrendered to the will of a leaderless revolution and stepped down after 30 years of autocratic rule over the Arab world's most populous nation.
(By Craig Whitlock, The Washington Post)

In Mubarak's final hours, defiance surprises U.S. and threatens to unleash chaos
(By Joby Warrick, The Washington Post)

Mubarak resignation creates political vacuum for U.S. in Middle East
(By Scott Wilson, The Washington Post)

After 3-decade rule, Mubarak will be remembered for how it ended
(By Caryle Murphy and Howard Schneider, The Washington Post)

Administration proposals to overhaul federal housing role draw fire from left
(By Zachary A. Goldfarb and Brady Dennis, The Washington Post)

More Today's Highlights

NYT: ALERT FGC BOLSA - FGC FINANCIAL MARKETS: Nokia to Use Microsoft’s Cellphone Operating System

February 12, 2011 


Nokia, a leader in the early days of mobile phones, is making a last-ditch gamble with Microsoft to grab onto the booming smartphone market.


Lindsay Owen-Jones leaves his post next month on his 65th birthday, after 42 years with the group, including 23 years as chairman and almost two decades as chief executive.


Defense Department officials have been making the rounds of investment gatherings, and they’re bullish on military contractors. They have to be.