Morning links: Mixed blessing, beware of WC predictions, for love and money


Indian air safety: Mangalore crash shows systemic faults– Analysts have long warned that the sector’s phenomenal growth masks a laundry list of safety violations: inadequate infrastructure, poorly trained and overworked personnel, and insufficient disaster preparedness.
Wind power losing its punch
Dallas News– The high cost of building wind farms and transmitting their electricity to population centers coupled with a reduced price advantage has slowed the growth of the industry nationwide.
How Dell provides technical support through Twitter– Dell and Bank of America are using Service Cloud, a web-based application from, that allows reps to answer Twitter based customer support requests in seconds.
Time to short Apple stock?– Surely Jobs will one day tire of wielding his charismatic authority as CEO of Apple. And there is no woman or man alive who could fill that man’s turtleneck.
Balkanizing the web– The very absurdity of the global digital system is revealing itself. It created all the instruments for global access and, then, turned around and arbitrarily restricted its commercial use, paving the way for piracy.

The west re-examines the rat race
FT– While taking a more relaxed attitude towards the pursuit of wealth may make sense as a personal philosophy, it is an uncertain guide to public policy. Adjusting to a stagnant national income can be a painful process, as many European countries may soon discover.
Why the optimists are wrong about the eurozone– Governments have chosen to chase speculators and to impress each other with austerity packages. They are only contributing further to the eurozone’s increasingly probable though still distant disintegration.
A mixed blessing
The Economist– The biggest worry for European business is not so much the decline of the euro itself but rather what it says about the European economy. The introduction of the single market and the single currency were supposed to spark a glorious period of innovation and productivity growth.

Beware Wall Street’s World Cup predictions– The migration of players and coaches since the 1990s has profoundly altered the global balance of power in the game.
Chile sees an opportunity to rise from the rubble and prevail– The country that last played the World Cup 12 years ago looks to Humberto Suazo, who led his team to victory hours after February’s earthquake. History hints that more triumphs could be on the horizon.
Fraudsters limber up for World Cup themed scams– FIFA lottery, prize draw or competition scams are likely to abound. All represent types of advanced fee fraud where fraudsters attempt to trick people into paying “administrative fees” supposedly needed to secure non-existent World Cup tickets or cash prizes.

Love in the time of capital– We have this cliché that commodities and emotions are opposed. In reality, we can’t really draw this dichotomy and distinction, because commodities not only help people express their feelings, they actually create feelings.
Why teenagers can’t concentrate: too much grey matter
The Guardian– Adolescents may look like young adults but their brain structure resembles that of much younger children.
Mobile phones responsible for disappearance of honey bee– Honeybee behaviour and biology has been affected by electrosmog since these insects have magnetite in their bodies which helps them in navigation.

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