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Nielsen: Number of Mobile Video Users Leaps 70% in Q2 09

Published on September 02, 2009

Nielsen’s latest A2/M2 Three Screen Report, which measures video consumption of Americans across TV, the internet and mobile, shows that mobile and online video consumption were up significantly in the second quarter of 2009 from Q2 08.

Personal Growth - Life

Surprise! Daydreaming Really Works the Brain

Got a tough problem to solve? Try daydreaming.

Contrary to the notion that daydreaming is a sign of laziness, letting the mind wander can actually let the parts of the brain associated with problem-solving become active, a new study finds.

Kalina Christoff of the University of British Columbia in Canada and her colleagues placed study participants inside an fMRI scanner, where they performed the simple routine task of pushing a button when numbers appear on a screen. The researchers tracked subjects' attentiveness moment-to-moment through brain scans, subjective reports from subjects and by tracking their performance on the task.

Until now, scientists had thought that the brain's "default network," which is linked to easy, routine mental activity, was the only part of the brain that remains active when the mind wanders. But in the study subjects, the brain's "executive network" — associated with high-level, complex problem-solving — also lit up.
News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Cultivating the art of the seemingly impossible

November 12, 2007

The co-founder and past chairman of Apax Partners on private equity and what makes a successful entrepreneur

My first exposure to entrepreneurship and private equity was at business school, when I was in my early twenties, and I came back from the United States to establish Apax in Europe in 1972.

It’s hard to believe today, but when you look back to 1972 these were times where Britain had three million unemployed, was viewed as the sick man of Europe and trade union relations were at an all-time low, with a three-day week because of coal and electricity shortages.

It was already obvious in those days that large companies were going to go through a restructuring that would require them to lay off people. There was a threat that American large companies would overtake European ones. A book written at the time by Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, The American Challenge, basically pointed to the threat that Europe would be dominated by America.

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