NCF curates a weekly list of blog posts that touch on emerging issues affecting the American business community.
Ryan Avent of The Economist looked at the latest jobs numbers and asked, “Is it morning in America?”
Fact: Streaming Netflix movies account for up to 40% of all Internet traffic at peak times. That’s a colossal amount of bandwidth. So, Netflix has chosen to invest in the global cloud computing infrastructure rather than a proprietary content delivery system. The upside is that their investment will benefit every Internet user, regardless of whether they are Netflix subscribers or not.
Gail Tverberg at the The Oil Drum noted how high energy prices are hurting the European economy. Indeed, the countries with the worst debt crises and highest trade imbalances are most dependent on pricier imported fuels.
With the death of the Space Shuttle and the rise of privatized space flight, we seem to be entering a new era in exploring the world beyond Earth’s atmosphere. NASA is working hard to keep up, but popular support just isn’t there for large, expensive, publicly-funded space projects. As Alexis Madrigal points out in The Atlantic, publicly funded space flight was never that popular, even in the heyday of the Apollo space program.
How the iPad could transform the construction industry. The key point to me is that the iPad is becoming advance for computing, not just an evolutionary one.