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Libya: Can it become an oil superpower?; A trillion pageviews for Facebook; Can Tim Cook keep Apple afloat in Steve Jobs' absence?; Spread of earthquake-related tweets

August 25, 2011 3:26 by

Libya: Can it become an oil superpower?
“You can’t divorce the political transition from how fast oil is going to come online. They have to move together; there has to be a strong sense of political stability” says Edward P. Djerejian, director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston and a former US ambassador to Israel and Syria. The end to the Libyan rebellion looks near, but what are the likely outcomes? This article from BusinessWeek considers the various options ahead of the North African country.

A trillion pageviews for Facebook
Late this week Google released an updated list of the most-visited sites on the web. Are you even surprised that the number one site that is visited the most is Facebook? Well if you are, did you know that the social media website gets 870 million unique visits? Following closely is Youtube and Wikipedia at 790 million and 460 million visits.

Can Tim Cook keep Apple afloat in Steve Jobs’ absence?
Sure this article was published more than eight months ago; but given Steve Job’s resignation from Apple earlier this week, this article poses some pertinent and particularly relevant questions.

Google buys Motorola Mobility…And so begins The Dark Ages

Forbes contributor Gene Marks is a genuine fan of Motorola and Google, so why does he dread the union of the two tech giants? Here’s a snippet: “This is like the beginning of the end of the Roman Empire. And the beginning of technology’s dark ages. At least for many small businesses like mine. The empire is breaking up. Chaos is approaching. Life, particularly for my business, is about to become more complicated.” Do you agree?

Spread of earthquake-related tweets
So we all know just how real-time Twitter can be, but nothing paints the picture clearer than this animation of the Tweets from Virginia and Washington, DC one minute after the August 23 exchange.

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