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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 745.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 589.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_node_status::operator_form() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::operator_form(&$form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/node/views_handler_filter_node_status.inc on line 14.
  • strict warning: Declaration of date_api_filter_handler::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/date/includes/date_api_filter_handler.inc on line 578.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • strict warning: Declaration of uc_product_handler_field_price::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/ubercart/uc_product/views/uc_product_handler_field_price.inc on line 94.
  • strict warning: Declaration of uc_product_handler_field_weight::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/ubercart/uc_product/views/uc_product_handler_field_weight.inc on line 61.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field_user::init() should be compatible with views_handler_field::init(&$view, $options) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/modules/user/views_handler_field_user.inc on line 48.
  • strict warning: Declaration of semanticviews_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/semanticviews/semanticviews_plugin_style_default.inc on line 232.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 135.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/includes/handlers.inc on line 653.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 25.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home1/finfacts/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
Business Briefs

Business Briefs

(November 2013) South Korea tops a new Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) index that ranks market opportunities to develop next-generation mobile applications in healthcare, finance and education.
(November 2013) Despite the demise of Nokia in consumer electronics, Finland still has 290,000 directly employed in technology compared with 70,000 in Ireland, with an estimated total employment effect around 700,000, equalling a quarter of the Finnish workforce in a population of 5.5m. However, the industry has been hit by a downturn in the past year with approximately 15,000 people affected by temporary or part-time lay-offs. In 2008, prior to the financial crisis, the industry employed 320,000 people in Finland. This week, Iltalehti, the Finnish tabloid, reported that several Internet companies are expanding their facilities in Finland: Google is extending its current data centre; Yandex has started building a new one and Microsoft is also planning to construct one there. The newspaper says cheap electricity can be provided and boring/ cold Finland should not be counted out in IT.
(October 2013) Almost 400m people worldwide are affected by type II diabetes - - a number that is quickly rising. Not only damaging for the health of individuals, the associated costs for the global healthcare system are estimated at a staggering US$470bn every year, representing over 10% of all healthcare costs. If things don't change, the number of people affected could be close to 500m by 2020, and costs could rise to a whopping $700bn.
(October 2013) Business startup rates remain below pre-crisis levels, in particular in the Eurozone, indicating that entrepreneurs may continue to be suffering from restrictive lending conditions, according to recent research. Most enterprises in a country are not exporters with fewer than 10% of firms engaged in exporting while typically, more than 50% of total exports are in enterprises with 250 employees or more.
(October 2013) Sub-Saharan Africa’s strong growth performance , improvements in the business environment, ongoing economic reforms as well as robust commodity demand have drawn global investor attention to the continent, according to a recent report. Foreign direct investment (FDI) is the main conduit for private investment.
(September 2013) In countries such as the United States, China, Singapore, and Denmark, the state has provided the kind of patient and long-term finance new technologies need to get off the ground. Mariana Mazzucato, an English economist, says investments of this kind have often been driven by big missions, from putting a human on the moon to solving climate change. This has required not only funding basic research -- the typical "public good" that most economists admit needs state help - - but applied research and seed funding too. In a pamphlet developed into the 2013 book "The Entrepreneurial State," she shows that US government efforts such as the Small Business Innovation Research and the Advanced Technology Program have provided 20% to 25% of total funding for early-stage technology companies, far more than the amount invested by private venture capital.
(September 2013) Daniele Mariani, swissinfo.ch: Three-dimensional printers – once available to a small circle of high-tech firms and professionals – are now available to the general public. The ability to produce a prototype quickly and with minimal investment is a boon for the creative sector.
(September 2013) Of all companies, about 60% of start-ups survive to age three and roughly 35% survive to age 10, according to separate studies by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Kauffman Foundation, a US entrepreneurship think-tank. Venture capital and individual investors known as 'angels' generally focus on high tech. What can be done to improve access to finance for technology-oriented startups in particular in Europe which lacks the US risk model?
(September 2013) Melbourne is the most liveable city in 2013, for the third year running, followed by Vienna and Vancouver. However, this apparent stability hides longer-term trends that become apparent when taking a five-year view. Only 28 cities of the 140 surveyed have registered changes in the last 12 months, but 86 cities have experienced a change in liveability over the past five years. Of these, just 30 have seen an improvement in scores, while 56 have seen liveability levels declining. 
(September 2013) Neil Grimmer, president and cofounder of Plum Organics explains how entrepreneurs can apply the principles of design thinking to develop a new product, business or an entire industry.