Wednesday, October 11, 2006

"Breakfast is Seen as Having Lots of Growth Potential"

- The Washington Post reports that kids can't write cursive anymore - they're too busy learning how to type.

- Slate features an esoteric look at how modern novels struggle to represent life where computer networks create virtual relationships and quasi-realities.

- The Economist reports that fast food companies are thriving in America. Americans now spend 48% of their food budget eating out, up from 25% in 1955. According to a San Francisco analyst, the years 2005 and 2006 have been "without a doubt the most active restaurant Mergers and Acquisitions environment we've ever seen." Goldman Sachs took Burger King public. Chipotle's IPO was one of the most-watched of the year. Krystal Burger is courting buyers. McDonald's and Wendy's share prices are at 6-year highs. Dunkin Donuts and Burger King just added omlettes to their menus. According to the Economist, "Breakfast is seen as having lots of growth potential."

- The Village Voice discusses the Hold Steady, current holders of indie rock's Heavyweight Hype Belt.

- The New York Times reports on the US-Libya partnership to provide a laptop computer for every Libyan child.

- The BBC reports that the "active ingredient in marijuana may stall decline from Alzheimer's disease."


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