More pills to ease the pain of social rejection and more links for the weekend

Business
Chinese oil rivals smell blood in BP disaster
english.caing.com– Opportunistic oil companies including three Chinese concerns are circling over BP assets as costs of a Gulf oil spill mount.
Dubai’s property bubble without answers
blogs.aljazeera.net– In Dubai, a hotel is ranked 212 on Trip Advisor’s hotel list even though it is still under construction.
Forrester projects tablets will outsell netbooks by 2012, desktops by 2013
techcrunch.com– The tablet era has just begun, but Forrester Research is already predicting tablet sales in the U.S. will overtake netbook sales by 2012, and desktop sales by 2015.
Sharing liberally
bostonreview.net– A wired future might look good for democracy if some of the social functions currently performed by traditional media are taken up by new Internet projects. But that outcome needs to be demonstrated—perhaps constructively aimed at—rather than assumed.
Oil has become the new tobacco
FT– Many of S&P’s dividend aristocrats rely on the goodwill of consumers and politicians to keep accumulating cash for payouts. The mood following the bail-out of Wall Street is now so hostile to corporations, and public budgets so strained, that any slip would make them vulnerable.

Finance & Economics
How to prevent the next financial crisis? Pop the compensation bubble
newdeal20.org– It’s time to examine and re-structure the financial incentives afforded to traders living within the Wall Street vacuum.
Few are coming to see Greece’s modern Olympic ruins
WSJ– As Greece sifts through the wreckage wrought by its enormous public debt, which sent tremors through world finance in recent months, the Athens Games are once again unifying this nation—this time as a target of criticism.
The 15 minutes that could save five years
blogs.hbr.org– The end of retirement as we know it — an emerging unpleasant reality that will (re)shape the quality of life and standard of living for billions.
To pay a price
orgtheory.wordpress.com– What can economic sociology contribute to the national debate in the wake of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico?

THE REST
Headache pill reduces the pain of social rejection
mindhacks.com– Over-the-counter headache pill paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, reduces the pain of social rejection.
Ingenious flipper bridge melds left-side drivers with right-side drivers
fastcompany.com– Hong Kong drives on the left side of the road, mainland China on the right. So how do you prevent crashes when driving between them?
Seats to spare – but Fifa won’t let South Africans fill them
independent.co.uk– Supporters in South Africa have found themselves unable to get in to supposedly sold-out games, only to see banks of unused seating showing on television pictures.

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