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Economics

Wal-mart leading economic indicator

The old saying was “as goes Detroit, so goes the nation.” Today, we should substitute “Wal-Mart” for Detroit. The ubiquitous retailer is the nation’s largest private employer (1.1 million); it accounts for 9 percent of US retail sales. Its annual US sales of $203.7 billion dwarf the combined sales of the next four largest US […]

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Web/Tech

Office upgrade touts collaboration

Reuters reports that Microsoft unveiled the latest version of Office today. The application suite is designed to allow people to collaborate on documents using the Web. Another reported feature is “self-destructing” documents. The Globe & Mail focuses on Outlook’s spam filtering and Microsoft’s positioning of Office for enterprise (group) use, versus “individual” purchase.

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Convergence

A different tune (update)

Trade press and mass media continue to report on Apple’s (new) iTunes for Windows. PC World reports that Apple sold 1 million tunes in three days after the launch. Internetnews.com likened Apple’s move to throwing down a “guantlet” to other music sites. “I think this will come down to Apple vs. MusicMatch unless Microsoft enters, […]