Nate Payne

Nate Payne

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9 years 8 months ago

This week, Microsoft raised the stakes in its online battle against Google. In June, Microsoft launched a new entertainment vertical to its Bing search engine, which among other things aggregates full-track streaming from Zune. The service also includes details on upcoming tours, as well as purchase links within results for any artist, album or song. This week, Microsoft unveiled even more features of this site, enhancing Bing with an entertainment page that will let users watch TV shows, play games and listen to music -- all without leaving the Web site. As competition mounts. Bing...


9 years 8 months ago

While the outcome of the recent climate change treaty negotiations in Copenhagen may have been disappointing, the future is looking bright. If one were to stop and evaluate the results of 2010 proxy voting, it is clear that many corporations are slowly understanding the importance of a triple bottom line approach to sustainability. While not universal, the practice of incorporating environmental and social liabilities into the financial statements of corporations, particularly after the Gulf oil spill, garnered a record level of support in the spring of 2010. In fact, for first-time ever, five of the top ten...


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CEO Tony Hayward was spotted at an Abu Dhabi hotel last week. Although BP remains tight-lipped over exactly who their CEO was meeting with, there was vague muttering about “important partners” from a spokesperson. That same mouthpiece also managed to fudge the cover story, confirming that Hayward was in town to speak to ADNOC, one of its current partners. While the disastrous Gulf oil spill created a significant financial liability for BP and hammered its share price, the bottom line is that the Gulf’s own hydrocarbon riches, as well as BP's stake in those riches (...


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Google's application to renew its Chinese website license remains in limbo. While the application rides through a maze of Chinese governmental bureaucracy, representatives from Google remain cautiously optimistic that the license will be approved. To support their application, Google recently announced that it would will stop automatically rerouting users to its uncensored Hong Kong search site, a move that helped reduce tensions in Beijing that threatened to jeopardized Google's operational standing in China (an emerging market that currently houses the worlds largest crowd of internet users). In January,...


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According to a recent report produced by the IMF, Asia is said to be driving global economic growth. This morning, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its forecast for global growth from 4.2% to 4.6%. Representatives from the IMF noted that the world economy grew strongly in the first part of this year, growth that was largely attributed to robust economic growth in Asia. Of note, the IMF took a unique...


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Twitter, one of the world's most popular and fastest growing social networking tools, has swept through Japan. Every day, millions "mumble", tweet, and chirp, sharing stories in a truly and distinctly Japanese manner. In fact, the term "mumble" — the Japanese translation of tweet — turned out to be an unexpected cherry on the top of the Twitter cake. Since Twitters launch within the Japanese social media market place in 2008, the ability to "mumble" has given Twitter users a tremendous sense of individuality. This individuality continues to generate significant appeal, especially among younger generations...


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In Europe, the demand to tax carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions has increased. Debates surrounding taxation, cap and trade, as well as renewable energy investments are vigorous, and consensus, which translates into tangible actions, has been slow. During his eight-year tenure as president of the European Commission, Jacques Delors spent much of his time arguing for the creation of an EU carbon/energy tax. Unfortunately, in Europe, taxation measures required unanimous approval by the Council of Ministers, as well as the majority of member states. Throughout this reign,...


9 years 9 months ago

This summer, many people will cozy around campfires, reflecting on the year that was, while dreaming longingly of a sustainable future. We will laugh vicariously at yesteryear's mistakes, jealously conspire against friends who whittled wealth from amidst the global economic collapse, while yearning for personal and professional financial security. Yet, rather than being overcome by despair, it is important to stay focused, plan, and prepare for the opportunities that tomorrow will surely bring. Emerging markets including...


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These days, all eyes are on Africa. However, of the 32 soccer teams competing in the FIFA World Cup, one country, which continues to increase its African influence in all areas outside of football, is missing. This emerging market superpower is China. Many years ago, the government in Beijing identified Africa as an area of significant economic and strategic interest. By combining state intervention with private investment,...


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Friday, June 25, 2010 marked a monumental day for Canada. After an extensive advertising campaign, Canadian's made Friday’s Lotto Max draw the third-biggest selling lottery of all time. With a $50-million jackpot and 47 $1-million prizes, consumers succumbed to flirtatious dreams of wealth, flocking to lottery kiosks across the country. While standing in line at the lotto kiosk, I was struck by the diversity and habits of today's lotto players. Some players picked their own numbers using predetermined patterns, while others relied on quick picks. One woman swore to me that her method of...


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