Trebling tobacco tax ‘could prevent 200 million early deaths’

Trebling tobacco tax ‘could prevent 200 million early deaths’

Wed, Jan 1 2014

By Kate Kelland

LONDON (Reuters) – Trebling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by a third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, researchers said on Wednesday. Read more of this post

MediaTek to control over 50% of smartphone touchscreen controller IC market in China

MediaTek to control over 50% of smartphone touchscreen controller IC market in China
Cage Chao, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Thursday 2 January 2014]

MediaTek could control over a 50% share of the smartphone-use touchscreen controller IC market in China after the Taiwan-based design house officially merges with fellow company MStar Semiconductor on February 1, 2014, according to industry sources. MediaTek currently accounts for over 20% of China’s smartphone touch controller segment through its affiliated company, Goodix Technology, which has been able to ramp up its market share by shipping IC parts in pair with MediaTek’s smartphone solutions, the sources noted. MStar, which is believed to be able to ship tens of millions of touchscreen controller ICs for feature phone and smartphone applications a month, has also maintained an over 20% share in touch controller IC markets in China and other emerging markets, revealed the sources. A consolidation of the touch controller units of MStar and Goodix will add more pressure on other rival IC design houses, stated the sources

Professors picked the four-character Chinese idiom 轉迷開悟 (jeonmigaeoh), meaning one being disillusioned from fallacy and realize truth, as a phrase to characterize 2014.

2013-12-31 17:53

Professors wish 2014 to be year of attaining truth

Nam Hyun-woo

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Professors picked the four-character Chinese idiom 轉迷開悟 (jeonmigaeoh), meaning one being disillusioned from fallacy and realize truth, as a phrase to characterize 2014. The phrase is based on the Buddhist teaching of being freed of anguish caused by delusions and reaching nirvana. According to Professors Times, Tuesday, 170 out of 617 surveyed professors at universities in Korea chose the phrase as this year’s one. The professors’ journal picks characterizing phrase of next year in every year-end. Prof. Moon Sung-hoon of Seoul Women’s University, said “I recommended this phrase in a sense to promote people to be freed from falsehoods and move forward in 2014.” Prof. Park Jae-woo at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies said, “The meaning of politics is to correct wrongdoings.” He said he picked the phrase in a wish to “get out of lie-riddled 2013 and march into 2014 in which truth and honesty triumph.” Following the phrase, 激濁揚淸 (gyeoktakyangcheong) was the second most-voted phrase with 147 professors casting their votes. It means letting go muddy water and letting clean water to flow. The journal said, “The phrases reflect professors’ critical view on corrupt and unproductive politicians.”

Berkshire Seen Failing Buffett 5-Year Test for First Time

Berkshire Seen Failing Buffett 5-Year Test for First Time

Warren Buffett probably missed his target for the first time in 44 years.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A), his $292 billion company, is poised to report that it failed to increase net worth more rapidly than the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index during the past five years, according to analyst estimates. It would be the first time the billionaire investor fell short of the goal since he took over the Omaha, Nebraska-based company in 1965. Read more of this post

Ben Horowitz: Can-Do vs. Can’t-Do Culture

Can-Do vs. Can’t-Do Culture

January 1, 2014, 7:53 PM PST

By Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder and Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

“God, body and mind, food for the soul
When you feeding on hate, you empty, my n!*$a, it shows.” — Rick Ross

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

Lately, it has become in vogue to write articles, comments and tweets about everything that’s wrong with young technology companies. Hardly a day goes by where I don’t find something in my Twitter feed crowing about how a startup that has hit a bump in the road is ”fu&%@d,” or what an “as*h%le” a successful founder is, or what an utterly idiotic idea somebody’s company is. Read more of this post

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: A Guide for the Terrified

by Andy Molinsky  |   11:00 AM December 31, 2013

No one likes to move beyond his or her comfort zone, but that’s really where the magic happens. It’s where we can grow, learn, and develop in a way that expands our horizons beyond what we thought was possible. Also, it’s terrifying. For me, operating beyond my comfort zone was participating in classroom discussions in college. Early in my career, it was public lecturing and participating in departmental meetings. I knew I had things to say, but was very unsure if they were worth saying.

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You Never Make Real Progress Without Pain

You Never Make Real Progress Without Pain

JEFF HADENLINKEDIN

DEC. 31, 2013, 12:38 PM 2,649 2

Without discomfort we never progress. Without stress we never adapt. Without pain we never rebuild. That’s why sometimes the best blessings truly are blessings in disguise. Like:

Disapproval

People criticize only when they care… and while people still care about you or your business you have the opportunity to do something better, to do something differently, to change their minds — or to just meet in the middle. Criticism is no fun… but having no one who cares at all is much, much worse. It’s great that people care enough to want you to do better — so go do better. Read more of this post

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