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Best of the Web: 14 January, 2011

Best of the Web: 14 January, 2011

The Mail-Order-Bride Trade Is Flourishing; Crying At Work, A Woman’s Burden; Is Technology Making Us Lonelier?; Facebook: $1 Billion in Profit This Year?; The Top 10 Royal Wedding Betting Markets.

January 14, 2011 2:23 by



The Big Bucks in the Mail Order Bride Business

Did you know that the mail order bride business raked in more than $2 billion in revenue in 2010? Kipp is a bit surprised to find out just how thriving the ‘international match making’ business really is. According to this article, the number of mail-order marriages in the U.S. more than doubled between 1999 and 2007, when up to 16,500 such couples decided to tie the knot. So how much does your mail order bride cost you? Hand-In-Hand, a London-based agency charges $2,000 for ‘a supervised courtship’ with a younger Eastern European woman. Since its inception 14 years ago, Hand-In-Hand has expanded to have 30 international satellites ranging from the US to right here in Abu Dhabi. Intrigued? Read here for more…

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Crying at Work: A women’s burden

Another question for you: did you know there was a direct link between women’s tears and testosterone levels? At the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, researchers discovered that when women cry, men’s testosterone levels drop significantly. And though this finding has all kinds of implications, this article from Forbes considers the case of women who cry at work. Judith Orloff, M.D., a psychiatrist and the author of Emotional Freedom says that as “Testosterone is a key power hormone that gets corporate executives in warrior mode” when a woman cries in front of a male co-worker “it’s threatening hormonally. Studies have associated lower testosterone levels in men with feelings of failure.” So why exactly is this article titled, ‘Crying at Work, A Woman’s Burden?’ Read on to find out.

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Is Technology Making Us Lonelier?

It is one of Kipp’s favourite paradoxes of modern times: the more tools we have to communicate, the less we ‘really’ communicate with each other. Email, SMS, BBM, Facebook and Twitter: the modern man has so many channels to choose from to communicate with that often, a real face-to-face conversation or a phone call are often not the preferred mode of communication. But what is at the heart of this phenomenon? Control. Or so says founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self, Sherry Turkle. In this interview with TIME, Turkle says “People would rather text than talk, because they can control how much time it takes. They can control where it fits in their schedule. When you have the amount of velocity and volume [of communication] that we have in our lives, we have to control our communications very dramatically.”

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Facebook and its Billion Dollar Promise

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal got their prying hands on Facebook internal financial results that Goldman has been giving to investors and what did they find? Apparently, if Facebook keeps its network, it will enjoy a profit of $1 billion this year. Pretty impressive stuff, but then again it doesn’t really tally up with the supposed $50 billion market value Goldman’s investment claims for Facebook. Because Facebook is one of the hottest companies around, check out this article to keep up with the latest developments with what is still just a young start-up.

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Speculations on the Royal Wedding

Everyone loves a Royal Wedding. Or so we’ve been told. And if you do enjoy the hype and the drama that surrounds the circus such weddings inevitably become, Kipp thinks you will enjoy this quick slideshow from TIME. It speculates about every single aspect related to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton: from the colour of the Queen’s hat to the length of Kate’s trail. Oh come on, it is the weekend—indulge in a little sillyness…



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