Read — 2014/07/16

by shwolff

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Fed’s Yellen hedges her view on rates“, by Jon Hilsenrath (Wall Street Journal). Citing strong job-market measures, Janet Yellen told the Senate Banking Committee that if the improvement continues to exceed the Fed’s expectations, then “increases in the federal-funds rate target likely would occur sooner and be more rapid than currently envisioned”.
  2. After brief lull in Gaza crisis, airstrikes resume“, by Jodi Rudoren (NY Times). Hamas rejected the cease-fire deal brokered by Egypt, which ignored their demands. One international analyst faults Egypt for having “helped Israel market” a “unilateral cease-fire”. Death and destruction continue to mount.
  3. Apple joins with IBM on business software“, by Brian X. Chen & Steve Lohr (NY Times). The article reports that “IBM and Apple have been working together on the venture for several months, and they are jointly working on more than 100 business software programs developed exclusively for Apple’s iOS operating system and for use on iPhone and iPads”.
  4. The benefits of failing at French“, by William Alexander (NY Times). An unscientific but promising self-experiment and a push for the elderly to keep their minds nimble by studying a foreign language.