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infoneer-pulse:

Global online music revenues are expected to rise by about 7 percent this year to $6.3 billion as digital services such as Spotify and iTunes gain momentum, technology research firm Gartner said on Tuesday.

But sales of CDs, hurt by piracy as well as paid-for online distribution, will continue to decline faster than can be made up for by digital sales, as the music industry struggles to adapt to consumers’ changing behavior, Gartner predicted.

By 2015, Gartner forecasts online music spending will rise to $7.7 billion from $5.9 billion in 2010. In the same period, consumer spending on CDs and other physical music forms is seen falling to about $10 billion from $15 billion.

» via Yahoo! News

Posted at 1:14pm and tagged with: trends, eceonomic, tech, technology, music,.

Will Banks Take Over Daily Deals Business by Selling Customer Data?


The banking industry has launched a new initiative that will bring deals and discounts to consumers through the banks themselves. Banks have begun selling consumers’ personalized information to merchants who in turn offer deals based on spending habits or other criteria.

Full Story: ReadWriteWeb

Posted at 3:41pm and tagged with: business models, group buying, eceonomic,.

Will Banks Take Over Daily Deals Business by Selling Customer Data?

The banking industry has launched a new initiative that will bring deals and discounts to consumers through the banks themselves. Banks have begun selling consumers’ personalized information to merchants who in turn offer deals based on spending habits or other criteria.
Full Story: ReadWriteWeb

Surging China costs turn some U.S. makers homeward


A variety of factors are driving the shift, including rising wages in parts of Asia, surging fuel prices and the complexity of transporting goods across the Pacific.

Full Story: Reuters


Posted at 7:20pm and tagged with: China, eceonomic, trends, manufacturing,.

Surging China costs turn some U.S. makers homeward


A variety of factors are driving the shift, including rising wages in parts of Asia, surging fuel prices and the complexity of transporting goods across the Pacific.
Full Story: Reuters

climateadaptation:

-by one of my journo colleagues, Shai Oster from the WSJ. 

Posted at 12:58pm and tagged with: China, eceonomic,.

Facebook already sells its credits as gift cards in retail stores. As the popularity of Zynga, Facebook and digital gift card currencies grow, they may well become major payment modes in both the virtual and physical worlds.

theeconomist:

Tomorrow’s cover today: irrational exuberance has returned to the internet world. Investors should beware.

Posted at 8:09am and tagged with: eceonomic, tech, technology,.

theeconomist:

Tomorrow’s cover today: irrational exuberance has returned to the internet world. Investors should beware.

Report: Reducing Emissions Growth in Emerging Economies Could Be Cheap

How much would it cost to stop increasing greenhouse gas emissions in Mexico? According to a new study from the World Bank, not very much.

The bank estimates that Mexico could flatline its emissions growth, using a variety of measures, for about $64 billion over the next 20 years — or $3 billion annually.

That amounts to just 0.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product each year

Posted at 8:34am and tagged with: climate change, Environment, mexico, carbon, eceonomic, technological,.

Report: Reducing Emissions Growth in Emerging Economies Could Be Cheap

How much would it cost to stop increasing greenhouse gas emissions in Mexico? According to a new study from the World Bank, not very much.
The bank estimates that Mexico could flatline its emissions growth, using a variety of measures, for about $64 billion over the next 20 years — or $3 billion annually.
That amounts to just 0.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product each year