Reading around — Dec. 23

WSJ: Best and Worst Ads of 2008 — no surprise that Microsoft’s Jerry Sienfeld ads were on the list.

Wired:Nation’s First ‘Underwater Wind Turbine’ Installed in Old Man River

ReadWriteWeb: XBRL: Mashing up Financial Statements —  Follow up to Dec. 22’s SEC Mandates Interactive Filing

USAToday: Ad Track: Microsoft wants you to throw a party for its Xbox — On a recent Saturday, about 1,000 women across the country moonlighted as marketers for Microsoft’s newest Xbox services. Microsoft … More proof that Wii found a niche that Xbox and Playstation 3 missed — women.

WSJ: Regulator Let IndyMac Backdate Infusion

NY Times: For Craft Sales, the Recession Is a Help

WSJ: Notebooks Overtake Desktop PCsNotebook shipments rose nearly 40% to 38.6 million units during the period, while desktop shipments fell 1.3% to 38.5 million units.

WSJ: Who Should Foot the Bill of a Lawsuit?
— In the U.S. the loser of a lawsuit pays the legal fees, which differs in other countries, including Canada, Germany and the U.K. Also tort costs as a percent of GDP are 2.2 percent according to a study by Towers Perrin, which are twice the rate of other countries. Germany was second with the costs being 1.1 percent.

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