What Matters Most to Mobile Users?

What Matters Most to Mobile Users?

Price has become an increasingly important factor, though still not the most important when choosing a wireless provider, according to a March 2008 comScore survey of US mobile phone users.

Coverage, price and family/friends connectivity were the three most important factors cited by respondents when choosing a wireless carrier, though coverage no longer has the commanding lead it once did.

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China’s Instant Cities; A Jaw-Dropping National Geographic Feature

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National Geographic’s award-nominated feature on China’s “instant cities” is online. It’s a fascinating feature about the massive coastal manufacturing towns that now house 140 million people who’ve moved from the countryside as part of the largest migration in human history. It’s split across eight screens, and there’s at least one jaw-dropper per screen.

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Why Sex Scandals Are Good for American Democracy

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The following is a reprint of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel. 

America’s two main parties are suffering from the erotic escapades of some of their top politicians. As embarrassing as they are for those involved, the revelations are good for democracy. They expose a particularly audacious type of politician: the hypocrite whose supposed virtue is nothing but a sham.

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Putin Proposes Tunnel from Russia to Alaska

Putin Proposes Tunnel from Russia to Alaska

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, is to raise plans for a tunnel to link his country with America when he meets his US counterpart, George W Bush, next Sunday.

The 64-mile tunnel would run under the Bering Strait between Chukotka, in the Russian far east, and Alaska; the cost is estimated at £33 billion.

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Swiss Bank Secrecy Under Fire – Forcing the Swiss to Talk

Swiss Bank Secrecy Under Fire - Forcing the Swiss to Talk

Switzerland’s storied role as discreet banker to the world’s tax-avoiding wealthy is under threat like never before, and this time the country ultimately may not be able to stop the rest of the world from prying into those legendary ‘secret’ accounts, said to contain between $1 trillion and $2 trillion.

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China Planning Massive Weather Modification For Olympics

China Planning Massive Weather Modification For Olympics

To prevent rain over the roofless 91,000-seat Olympic stadium that Beijing natives have nicknamed the Bird’s Nest, the city’s branch of the national Weather Modification Office–itself a department of the larger China Meteorological Administration–has prepared a three-stage program for the 2008 Olympics this August.
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