Posts Tagged ‘monopoly’

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    The Norwegian Butter Crisis

    Mar 25, 12 • 429 Views • No Comments

    Reserves were low, demand was high and prices skyrocketed. No, not oil. Butter. Butter demand surged in Norway several months ago when a low carb high fat diet swept the nation. At the same time, the supply of butter plunged because wet weather diminished the...  [read more]

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    You’ve Got Mail?

    Mar 3, 12 • 293 Views • No Comments

    While the U.S. had postal services since the 1600s, Ben Franklin transformed the system. Appointed Deputy Postmaster for the Colonies by the British, he established our first home mail delivery system, diminished to a single day the letter delivery time...  [read more]

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    Amazonian eWarfare

    Jan 31, 12 • 248 Views • No Comments

    By Mira Korber, guest blogger. The Amazon rainforest may be shrinking, but Amazon.com certainly isn’t. The superpower “e-tailer” has all but taken over, and it’s selling just about anything, but Amazon.com threatens one industry just...  [read more]

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    Sounds Like Bell Labs

    Nov 15, 11 • 256 Views • No Comments

    Google has a “secret” lab. Called Google X by the NY Times, it sounds like the old Bell Labs. Before 1984, when AT&T was a monopoly, their research subsidiary Bell Labs employed a battalion of scientists. For some, the assignment was just to...  [read more]

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    Can the USPS Deliver?

    Jul 25, 11 • 270 Views • No Comments

    You’ve got mail? Maybe not on Saturday. As explained in a Teaching Company lecture (#28), the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) faces competition from UPS and FedEx, from email, faxes, and texts. Their salaries average 30% higher than the private sector, they...  [read more]