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Teens Take UGC and Social Networking TO GO!

Teens are expanding their social networks to the mobile realm, with over 50% of the 13 to 17-year-olds from major markets are engaging in social networking or otherwise creating content on mobile phones, according to the latest monthly statistics from M:Metrics. Italian teens lead the charge with 70% participation while it's under 37% among US teens.

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10 Key IT Predictions for 2007 & Beyond: Gartner


IT Predictions 
2007

Gartner, the largest information technology research firm by far,  released 
its annual 10 key predictions that showcase the trends and events that will change the nature of business and IT in 2007 and beyond. Follow-me Internet, Vista as the last of Windows, and Blogging peaks at 100 million are some of the popular predictions.

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Venture Capital Predictions 2007: Big Bets on Alternatives, Internet & Media 

Venture capitalists are predicting a strong and stable investment climate in 2007 with strong bets on alternative exits, greater deal flow in China and India, and Internet/media poised for greater VC investments, according to a survey conducted by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). 

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2006: The Year Spam Raised Its Game; 2007 Predictions

A new report highlights the escalation of spam activity throughout 2006, with annual average spam levels reaching 86.2%, and spam overtaking viruses as the dominant menace over the last twelve months, a trend which is predicted to continue through 2007, according to 2006 Annual MessageLabs Intelligence Report

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Record Global IPO Activity in 2006: $227B in 1559 Deals

Fueled by emerging markets, global IPO activity soared to a record high of $227 billion in 1,559 new deals in the first 11 months of 2006, according to Ernst & Young (data provided by Ernst & Young, Dealogic and Thomson Financial). Global IPOs raised $167 billion in the whole of 2005.

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U.S. Current Account Trade Deficit Hits Another Record

The U.S. current-account trade deficit increased 3.9% to $225.6 billion (preliminary) in the third quarter of 2006 from $217.1 billion in the second quarter, according to The Commerce Department. As a share of U.S. GDP, the deficit increased to 6.8% from 6.6%. 

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80% of S&P 500 Value is Intellectual Property; New ETF Tracks This

Within the last quarter century, intellectual capital has emerged as the leading asset class. Three decades ago, factories, equipment and inventory made up over 80% of the stock market's value. As the U.S. has evolved from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy and into the information age, those tangible assets account for only 20% of the S&P 500's value. The other 80% is in intellectual property, such as patents, according to investment firm Ocean Tomo, reports IBD.

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