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US International Trade in Goods and Services December 2015

“The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of Commerce, announced today that the goods and services deficit was $43.4 billion in December, up $1.1 billion from $42.2 billion in November, revised. December exports were $181.5 billion, $0.5 billion less than November exports. December imports were $224.9 billion, up $0.6 billion from November. The December increase in the goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the goods deficit of $1.3 billion to $62.5 billion and an increase in the services surplus of $0.1 billion to $ 19.2 billion…”

Downloadable Housing Market Data From Redfin

Via Redfin: “Redfin is a real estate brokerage, which means we have direct access to data from local multiple listing services, as well as insight from our real estate agents across the country. That’s why we’re able to give you the earliest and most reliable data on the state of the housing market. We publishContinue Reading

Twitter – Combating Violent Extremism

Twitter news release: “Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups. We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service. As the nature of theContinue Reading

Gallup – No-Managers Organizational Approach Doesn’t Work – Focusing on employee strengths works

Brandon Rigoni and Bailey Nelson, Business Journal February 5, 2016 – “Zappos may have discovered that employees need managers after all. The online shoe and clothing retailer’s holacracy management system doesn’t appear to be working. According to a recent New York Times article, Zappos continues to “hemorrhage employees” as a result of the companywide implementationContinue Reading

By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East

World Bank – By the Numbers: The Costs of War and Peace in the Middle East – Five years of war in Syria and spillovers to neighboring countries have cost an estimated $35 billion in output, equivalent to Syria’s GDP in 2007. A new report examines how civil wars are affecting the economies of theContinue Reading

Asymmetric Naivete: Beliefs About Self-Control

Fedyk, Anastassia, Asymmetric Naivete: Beliefs About Self-Control (February 3, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2727499 “The issue of people’s beliefs regarding their own and others’ present-bias is pivotal in studying interactions between multiple present-biased individuals. While several studies document individuals’ naivete about their own present-bias, beliefs regarding others remain unexplored. This paper investigates beliefsContinue Reading

Report Explores the Use of Social Tools to Improve Interagency Collaboration

IBM Center for Business of Government – “This report is intended for an audience beyond the U.S. Intelligence Community—senior managers in government, their advisors and students of government performance who are interested in the progress of collaboration in a difficult environment. This week, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a new reportContinue Reading

Negotiations for UK wiretap order access to US social media

Washington Post: “If U.S. and British negotiators have their way, MI5, the British domestic security service, could one day go directly to American companies like Facebook or Google with a wiretap order for the online chats of British suspects in a counter­terrorism investigation. The transatlantic allies have quietly begun negotiations this month on an agreementContinue Reading

Independent Voices – historic online searchable alternative press database

“Independent Voices chronicles the transformative decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s through the lens of an independent alternative press. Consolidated for the first time, Independent Voices provides over 1,000 titles from the special collections of dozens of libraries. Independent Voices provides easy access to the powerful voices of feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, NativeContinue Reading

Amazon Prime Members Have Digital Access to Washington Post for Free – 6 months

“Amazon today announced that Prime members can now enjoy six months of free unlimited access to The Washington Post National Digital Edition, a subscription usually retailing for $9.99 per month. After the first six months of access to world-class national and international news, Prime members can continue to enjoy unlimited digital access with a discountedContinue Reading

College Students Can Now Receive Digital Access to The Times for $1 a Week

New York Times Co Press Run – “The New York Times today will begin offering college students full access to NYTimes.com on the web and via its smartphone apps for just $1 a week. Students will be required to sign up for their subscription using their valid school email address, as well as provide theirContinue Reading

Federal Leaders Digital Insight Study 2014, 2015

National Academy of Public Administration – “The 2014 Federal Leaders Digital Insight Study, conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) in collaboration with ICF, is the inaugural report designed to survey Federal Leaders’ perspectives about the pace with which the government is adopting, applying, and leveraging technological advancements in service to itsContinue Reading