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Best of the Blogs: Apple's "LiquidMetal" New iPhone Arrival Date Set?


Minyanville's daily roundup of some of the best financial commentary from around the Web.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary from around the Web each day. Use our comments section to post your own suggestions for blog content that you've read or written.
Link: Next iPhone to Be Made of 'LiquidMetal', Arrive in October
"Apple's next iPhone will be available in October, according to Gene Munster, analyst for Piper Jaffray. Munster also says the phone will have a redesigned body, and will run on 4G data networks such as LTE. The analyst predicts the phone will be available in October based on a statement made yesterday by Qualcomm, which is currently having trouble meeting customer demand for its radio chips. Those chips would be used by Apple to connect the new iPhone to faster data networks. Apple released an LTE version of its iPad on both AT&T and Verizon. It seems like almost a given that the company would choose to support the faster data network on its new iPhones as well. Another report Thursday focused on what materials Apple will be using to build that redesigned body." (For related content, see Apple's iPhone 5 Prototype Now Out in the Wild, Says Report.)

Wall Street Journal: Real Time
Link: World Needs to Create 200 Million Jobs"The world needs to create about 200 million jobs to reach full employment. That's one finding from a new report released Friday by the International Labor Organization and the World Bank. The two groups, based on a request from the Group of 20 advanced and developing economies, are unveiling a database that tallies policy responses to the financial crisis and global economic downturn. The site includes data from 77 countries representing 89% of global GDP and 86% of the global labor force, reviewing their growth and employment policies. (The sample includes 22 high-income countries and 55 low-income and middle-income countries.)" (Also Read The Best and Worst Jobs of 2010.)

Venture Beat
Link: Bubble shrinkage? U.S. tech startup funding weakened in early 2012
"Titanic 3D wasn't the only thing that went down in Q1 2012. Startup funding, both the number of deals and the total amount raised, experienced a significant slouch in the beginning of the year. Altogether, U.S. startups took $6.3 billion in venture capital in a grand total of 717 venture capital deals. Year over year, this represents an 18 percent drop in the amount of money raised during the first quarter of 2011 and a 9 percent decrease in the number of deals. Figures from Dow Jones VentureSource show that the tech industry, which had generally been a bright spot in shaky seasons over the past few years, also suffered this quarter."

New York Times: Economix
Link: Young Women Are More Career-Driven Than Men
"As reflected in the recent flap over a liberal strategist's remark that Mitt Romney's wife had "never worked a day in her life," societal expectations of whether women should prioritize paid work have changed drastically over the years. Women's priorities have changed, too. In fact, young women now place more importance on having a high-paying career or profession than young men do, according to new survey data from the Pew Research Center."

Gas Buddy
Keystone Pipeline May Have New Life
"The Keystone XL pipeline may be on track for U.S. review and approval, once again, for the first time since January when President Obama halted its progress, according to a report today from FOX News. The new plan was submitted by TransCanada, the pipeline's builder, to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday. This development allows Nebraska officials to review the impact of the pipeline's adjusted route and also enables TransCanada to submit a new complete proposal covering the entire length of the pipeline to the State Department for its review. Extensive news coverage on the issue reflects that the pipeline pits environmentalists against others interested in the thousands of jobs the pipeline is expected to create, not to mention those who view it as a positive move for U.S. oil infrastructure to access Canadian crude." (Also Read Within a Month, Which Refinery Will Be the Largest in the US?)
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