We had some server issues last week, and we were not able to bring you any interesting articles - so here is a double dose of the Weekly Roundup. Enjoy.
• Happy 50th Birthday to the space shuttle Echo-1, the father of all modern satellite communications (via Gizmodo):
“Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Echo 1, history's first passive satellite. NASA's Echo mission began rather poorly. A test launch had exploded so brightly, so spectacularly, that it prompted frightened calls up and down the entire eastern seaboard.”
• Problems with legalizing jailbroken iPhones (via CNET):
“The jailbreak for the iPhone released over the weekend may have exposed a flaw in the iPhone's mobile Safari browser. Unlike previous jailbreaks, which required the iPhone to be connected to a computer to run the software update, the latest jailbreak, posted by the iPhone Dev Team at Jailbreakme.com, is accomplished via the Safari browser loaded on the device.”
• Teleconferencing and its impact on businesses travel (via Chicago Tribune):
“Technology has made many things easy. We record TV shows and fast-forward through commercials. We listen to far-flung radio broadcasts live on our telephones. And we meet face to face with clients and staff members from thousands of miles away.”
• A look at why fewer new homes are being built (via Bubble Meter):
“It is a long and slow decline. Housing prices were simply unsustainable. National housing bubble coverage, with special attention to the Washington, DC area housing bubble.”
• How can we bring quality jobs back to the United States (via Redfin Blog):
“Grove argues that Silicon Valley can’t create jobs because we out-source most of our manufacturing abroad. His startling political opinion is that the goal of our government’s economic policy should be to maximize profitable employment, not just total corporate profit.”
• Another depressing, but important mortgage story (via Bloodhound Blog):
“Unfortunately, even Congress — that bastion of liberalism and home of the bailout — is tiring of pouring good money after bad into the two mortgage giants that have been sucking up all the mortgages — good and bad — that private industry is willing to create. To paraphrase one-time third party Presidential candidate, Ross Perot: That giant sucking sound you hear is taxpayer money subsidizing home mortgages.”
• Sales from Realogy Corp and its franchisees lead transactions in the rankings (via RISMedia):
“Sales professionals affiliated with Realogy Corporation or its franchisees represent 41% of the nation’s Top 400 residential real estate agents and teams based on sales volume and transaction sides, according to the fifth annual rankings report published by The Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends."
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