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Is the online world as important to users as the real world? 43% Say Yes!

Is the online world as important to users as the real world? The 2007 Digital Future Project found that 43% of Internet users who are members of online communities say that they “feel as strongly” about their virtual community as they do about their real-world communities, according to the sixth annual survey of the impact of the Internet conducted by the USC-Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future..

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Top 10 Fastest Growing New Media According to Marketers Worldwide, ICOM

A recent ICOM survey asked its members worldwide whether any traditional media choices were on the decline with no chance of recovery as a result of new ways of reaching audiences and, if so, which ones: Almost half (42%) named newspapers, followed by radio and television (20% each), magazines (18%), cinema (16%) and outdoor (6%). 

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New Homes Sales Drop 3.2% in October; Prices Rise Y/Y

Sales of new homes in October 2006 fell 3.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,004,000, according to estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau  This is 25.4% below the October 2005 estimate of 1,346,000.

The median sales price of new houses sold in October 2006 was $248,500, up 1.9% from the same month a year ago; the average sales price was $309,700.  

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WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Nov.29

$24.8 billion in gift cards: The National Retail Federation survey predicts that total gift-card sales this holiday season would reach $24.81 billion, up from $18.48 billion in 2005. Consumer Reports survey last month reports that gift cards would be the second-most-popular holiday gift in 2006, after clothing. The study also found that more than 23 million Americans have unused gift cards from last year's holidays valued at more than $972 million.>> Reading Gift Cards' Fine Print  

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GDP Growth Revised Up to 2.2% in 3Q 2006; Corporate Profits Jump 30.9%

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the third quarter, compared with 2.6% in the second quarter, according to the "preliminary" estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The third-quarter growth rate was revised up 0.6 percentage point from the "advance" estimates released in October. 

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Fakes by the Numbers: Counterfeiting Exploded Into a $600 billion Problem

Counterfeiting has exploded into a $600-billion-a-year problem, growing over 10,000 percent in the past 20 years, according to The International AntiCounterfeiting Coaltio. The International Chamber of Commerce estimates that 7% of the world trade is in counterfeit goods and that the counterfeit market is worth $ 350 billion. 

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Global Mortality Predictions: AIDS No.3 & Traffic Fatalities No.4 Leading Causes of Death by 2030

Within the next 25 years, AIDS is set to join heart disease and stroke as the top three causes of death worldwide, according to a new report in the Public Library of Science's Medicine journal. AIDS is currently ranked fourth behind heart disease, stroke, and respiratory infections. 

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