How Brands Can Win At The Sharing Economy | Co.Create

This is more than a symptom of venture-capital-inflated Silicon Valley.

It is rooted in human behavior. It is a combination of value-seeking, convenience, instant gratification, quality control, and looking for a less-mass, more unique experiences.

via How Brands Can Win At The Sharing Economy | Co.Create | creativity + culture + commerce.

A Brief History of the Fraught Relationship Between Fatah and Hamas – The Wire

Hamas and Fatah have fundamentally different approaches to the state of Israel.

Hamas believes the state does not have the right to exist,

and Fatah believes it does, choosing to attempt political solutions instead.

via A Brief History of the Fraught Relationship Between Fatah and Hamas – The Wire.

The Piketty Phenomenon – NYTimes.com

This is a moment when progressives have found their worldview and their agenda.

via The Piketty Phenomenon – NYTimes.com.

The underpaid and too-dangerous lives of Everest’s Sherpa guides – latimes.com

“There’s no other service industry in the world that so frequently kills and maims its workers for the benefit of paying clients.”

via The underpaid and too-dangerous lives of Everest's Sherpa guides – latimes.com.

Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It’s ‘Going to Hit the Fan’ | National Review Online

“There are parts of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, that were postponed because they are unpalatable.”

The “Cadillac tax” that goes into effect in a few years and taxes employer health plans over a certain value

will be “the first time in this country’s history that we have actually taxed health care.”

via Dem Congressman on Obamacare: The Worst Is Yet to Come, It's 'Going to Hit the Fan' | National Review Online.

2 Key USAF Radar Awards Coming | defensenews.com

The heart of the Space Fence program is a large S-band radar on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

That location was chosen due to its proximity to the equator, which provides the widest angle for an east-west directed radar.

With the Earth’s rotation, the stationary radar creates a “fence” that will cover the entirety of space over the course of a day.

The fence will replace the Air Force Space Surveillance System, which consists of three transmitter stations and six receiving stations across the southern portion of the US. That program was mothballed last year in a budget reduction move.

via 2 Key USAF Radar Awards Coming | Defense News | defensenews.com.

French government weighs in on GE Alstom bid, again – France 24

“Alstom continues and deepens its strategic reflection”

via Business – French government weighs in on GE Alstom bid, again – France 24.

France warns Alstom against ‘precipitous’ tie-up

GE has long roots in France. Its French division posted 7.8 billion euros in revenue in 2011. GE employees 11,000 people in France, with three main industrial centers in Belfort, Buc and Creusot.

GE is also part of a 40-year-old joint venture with French defense contractor Snecma, called CFM International, which makes jet engines for airlines and militaries around the world.

via France warns Alstom against 'precipitous' tie-up.

French president, GE boss to meet over Alstom future | Reuters

Alstom needs a partner one way or another.

Suffering from heavy debts and a downturn in orders, it was bailed out by the French government once already in 2004.

via French president, GE boss to meet over Alstom future | Reuters.

GE Battles for Alstom as Siemens Wins French Officials’ Support – Businessweek

The chief executive officer of GE is scheduled to meet President Francois Hollande today after he was rebuffed by Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg over the weekend.

via GE Battles for Alstom as Siemens Wins French Officials’ Support – Businessweek.