Links: 2014-02-05


Microsoft Buys $15 Million Stake in Foursquare for Mobile Data – Bloomberg

Major Bitcoin Exchange Not Executing Withdrawals; Now Owes Clients $38M In Disappeared Money – Falkvinge on Infopolicy

AT&T Ends $450 Promotion Wooing T-Mobile Customers To Switch Carriers

Android Platform Distribution Numbers Updated – KitKat At 1.8%, Jelly Bean 60.7%, Gingerbread Slips To 20%

Apple restarts production of iPhone 4 with an eye on Rs 20,000 segment to recoup market share – The Economic Times

Adidas Sues Under Armour Over Patents –

NSA Reportedly Spied on Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Microsoft names Satya Nadella new CEO | Circa News

“Humbling” Pie: Here’s Satya Nadella’s First Letter to Microsofties | Re/code

HP says Autonomy inflated 2010 profits by 81 percent: filing | Reuters


North America

Puerto Rico rating cut to junk status by S&P | Reuters

Congress’s refusal to back IMF funding proposal is unfortunate and regrettable | Mohamed El-Erian | Business |

No End To Tapering Yet – Tim Duy’s Fed Watch

Obamacare to Cut Hours of Work by 2017, CBO Estimates – Bloomberg

U.S. factory orders data eases economic slowdown fears | Reuters

Chicago Fed President Evans Concerned Inflation Is Below Target –

Mexico Peso Jumps From 18-Month Low on Economic Growth Outlook – Bloomberg

U.S. Senate clears path to final vote on farm bill –

Winter Weather Slams Into January Auto Sales –

“The slowdown in the pace of sales for January contributed to a swelling inventory of vehicles on dealer lots. GM said its inventory ballooned to 114 days’ supply. Fiat Chrysler said its inventory amounted to 105 days worth of vehicles at January’s sales pace, up from 79 days in December. Ford’s inventory rose to 111 days. Inventory expressed as days of supply is calculated by dividing the number of unsold vehicles at month’s end by the daily average selling rate. “

U.S. deficit to decline, then rise as labor market struggles: CBO | Reuters

NAFTA: 20 years of regret for Mexico | Mark Weisbrot | Comment is free |


Emerging Markets

Don’t Lump All Emerging Markets in Together – Real Time Economics – WSJ

Dollar imperialism 3: Tactless tapering | The Economist

Hard-Hit Emerging-Market Currencies Rise –

Emerging markets more vulnerable than ever to Fed tightening, warns BIS – Telegraph

Bank of England official criticises go-it-alone approach to global finance | Business | The Guardian

The Fed’s bad manners risk offending foreigners –

“Central bank should take account of the external impact of its actions, writes Willem Buiter “

Market conditions force cancellation of Russian domestic bond auction | Reuters



Pimco’s Bill Gross Says He Avoids China ‘Mystery Meat’ – Bloomberg

4%+ Yielding Munis Vs. Everything Else



Mansion’s A$100m price tag highlights Australia property bubble –


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