Undeterred by a sudden escalation in the Kremlin’s crackdown on the opposition, tens of thousands of Russians flooded Moscow’s tree-lined boulevards Tuesday in the first mass protest against President Vladimir Putin since his inauguration in May.
The World Bank is not alone in making growth projections for the global growth situation. News out now maintains a stance of global growth in 2012, but not in Europe as the old continent is set to be in the red this year. Two key warnings are simply to prepare for more volatility in the years ahead and a warning that developing nations need to reduce their vulnerabilities.
We all know that birthdays can be full of hazards – candles in close proximity to hairspray, excessive alcohol consumption, aggressively forced merriment, the realization of our inevitably advancing decrepitude -- but “Happy Deathday To You” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?
Yet researchers who have studied more than two million people over the course of two decades have found that the term might be apt: we are more likely to die on our own birthday than any other day of the year.
Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) is a company caught somewhere in the middle of public companies and private companies as far as investors should be concerned. The dual class of shares allows the founders to maintain absolute control, even as they sell common stock. Both Sergey Brin and Larry Page have become billionaires and are certainly among the most influential web executives out there.
Facebook continues its march across the Internet with the release of its Like button, recommendation feed, comments box and other social plugins as Wordpress.org and Wordpress VIP widgets. And now with one-click, WordPress admin can set up auto-publishing of blog posts as links from Facebook Pages and author accounts, and give visitors the option to auto-share what they read and .
In an appearance before the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow, the CEO of Continental Resources will argue for preserving the billions of dollars in tax subsidies the federal government provides to oil companies each year. Given that Continental Resources bills itself as "America's Oil Champion" (after, we assume, a difficult championship battle), the CEO's stance probably comes as no surprise. In fact, it's hard to figure out why the Senate's even bothering to hear from him, when a large blinking sign reading MORE MONEY PLS would be functionally equivalent.