Archive for December, 2012


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1. Being rich makes you more likely to lie, cheat, and steal.

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My colleague Sam Ro sums it up perfectly. Apple up 31% this year, the most disappointing 31% gain of all time. — Sam Ro (@bySamRo) December 31, 2012 The stock ended the year with at 532.86, helped by a major 4.57% gain.

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There’s been a lot of ink spilled in recent weeks over the problems (or lack thereof) in modern macroeconomics (see here and here).

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Technically, if there’s no deal today, then we hit the Fiscal Cliff.
This might not be a big deal if spending cuts and tax hikes are mitigated fairly early in December.

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UPDATE: In one of the last big datapoints of the year, Chinese HSBC PMI rose to 51.5. from 50.5.
EARLIER: This is the last big datapoint of 2012: HSBC Chinese PMI.
The number, which gauges manufacturing, comes out at 8:45 AM ET.

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A historic election in 2012 began with a Republican primary that offered never-ending drama and ended with the re-election of President Barack Obama to a second term.

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There have been remote-controlled cyborg bugs before — but now, possibly for the first time, you can tell a cockroach what to do via Twitter.

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Located some 150 million light-years from Earth, NGC 922 is admittedly a little far for a quick New Year’s Eve getaway. But as this Hubble image reveals, the views are great, just so long as you avoid the black holes.

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You know how Facebook added that Facebook Stories feature that lets you automatically spam all your “friends” with automatic “Happy New Year” inanities?

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It took until the final game of the final week of the season, but the NFC playoffs are finally set.

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