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January 8

Burj Dubai: The New Pinnacle of Vanity; Top Global Risks of 2010; Hopes Pinned on Gulf Recovery; The Dumbest Products of the Decade; Looking in the Shadows; Grieving on Facebook

January 7, 2010 11:59 by



Burj Dubai: The New Pinnacle of Vanity

For all the ambition of its construction, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is a modern building made for vainglory rather than for purpose, says Stephen Bayley in the Telegraph.

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Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is a Tower to Look Up To

Although the world’s tallest building may not have had the perfect timing, there’s a lot to like about its vision, says the Los Angeles Times.

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Hopes Pinned on Gulf Recovery

Although Arab stock markets took a battering in 2009, analysts say that some of the markets in the region could see healthy economic growth this year, reports the Financial Times.

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Looking in the Shadows

Astronomers are seriously searching for a second Earth, says the Economist, adding that if such a planet exists, it will soon be found.

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Top Global Risks of 2010

Business Week presents the top 10 global geopolitical threats as issued by New York-based risk advisory firm Eurasia Group. The list this year includes growing tension between the US and China and climate change.

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10 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs This Year

Avoid popular travel dates, join Twitter, and study the fine print, says The New York Times.

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2010 Tech Wish List

A universal e-book store and free phone calls are some of Farhad Manjoo’s wishes for the New Year, he says on Slate.

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Grieving on Facebook

While social networking has brought together long-lost friends, Facebook has now evolved further, and has become an outlet for offering therapy, says Time magazine.

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The Dumbest Products of the Decade

From absurd burgers, to the UroClub—a portable, golf-club-shaped urinal, Inc lists some of the most useless products created in the last ten years.

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20 Bizarre Google Search Suggestions

Google’s Autocomplete service provides possible suggestions when you type words into the search box. Oddee checks out some of the weird options offered.



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