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New world order: Religious restrictions on rise, post-Arab Spring | Alaska Dispatch

By Dave Robbins

Governmental restrictions on religious freedoms and social hostilities related to religious differences have increased globally since the Arab Spring, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. Read More: New world order: Religious restrictions on rise, post-Arab Spring | Alaska Dispatch.

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Americans Think Little Of Business, And That's Bad For The U.S. Economy

By Richard M. Salsman, Contributor

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center asks Americans to rank occupational groups according to how much they “contribute to society’s well-being,” and disturbingly, business executives rank quite low – indeed, below journalists (but above lawyers). Only 24% of respondents say business executives contribute “a lot,” while a larger share of them (28%) believe executives contribute “not very much” or “nothing” at all. The poll is all the more troubling because most executives are more highly paid than the other occupations on the list. …read more

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Do You Know What Fracking Is? Most People Don't.

By Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been around for a long time. However, it wasn’t until the last couple of years that it became truly revolutionary in terms of oil and natural gas production. The shale boom, and those profiting from it, have fracking to thank for the record levels of production that are currently being achieved.

So with a technology that is having such a dramatic impact on the energy landscape in North America, one would expect that the majority of the population would have some understanding of what is taking place. However, if that was your assumption, you would be drastically wrong, according to the Pew Research Center

So who understands and who doesn’t?
A recent poll the company conducted found that only 51% of those polled chose natural gas from a multiple-choice list that included coal, diamonds, and silicon when asked which was associated with fracking. Folks older than 50 years of age were far more aware of the current oil and natural gas industry than their under-30 counterparts were. 

For those of you on the outside — or if you just aren’t 100% sure what fracking is — tune into the following video, where Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman highlights the technology, the industry, and some key players making it all possible.

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Publishers Pierce Google's Armor, Snapping Up Mobile Display Share

By Daniel Sparks, The Motley Fool

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There are two main types of digital advertisers: ad networks like Google and Apple‘s iAd, and publishers like Pandora , Twitter, and Facebook . Though publishers still lag ad networks on PCs, they’re dominating mobile display ads, according to a report released by IDC on Tuesday. As shipments of Internet-connected mobile devices soar and their capabilities continue to increase, these disruptive publishers seem to have the upper hand.

Disruptive technologies reveal Google’s weakness
Google has definitely seen its share of significant success on mobile; the company captured 54.5% of all mobile ad spending in the U.S. in 2012, according to a study by Pew Research Center. Though Google may boast volume of digital ad revenue, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, and even The Weather Channel have outpaced Google in mobile adoption of digital display ads by a long shot.

A recent report from IDC provided some perspective.

Facebook, Pandora, Twitter, and The Weather Channel all registered strong sales in 2012 and all (with the exception of Pandora) popped onto the scene from zero sales in 2011. As a result, publishers controlled 52% of U.S. mobile display ad spending in 2012, compared to the 39% they received in 2011.

“Mobile ad networks are losing market share to publishers, and we expect them to lose even more going forward,” explained Karsten Weide, IDC‘s vice president of media & entertainment.

Mobile display advertising itself is the fastest growing sub-segment within mobile advertising, which increased its market share of total mobile display advertising from 31% to 39% from 2011 to 2012. Mobile search ads, at 61%, still hold sway over the market, which obviously works in Google’s favor, but the power has already shifted to publishers in mobile display ads.

Mobile display advertising in 2012

Rank Company Gross Revenue Type
1 Google $243 million Ad network
2 Facebook $234 million Publisher
3 Pandora $229 million Publisher
4 Millennial Media $151 million Ad network
5 Apple $125 million Ad network
6 Twitter $117 million Publisher
7 Jumptap $90 million Publisher

Valuation matters
Valuation, however, brings expectations down to earth. Google should continue to lose significant mobile display advertising market share to Facebook, Pandora, and Twitter, but the overall growth of the mobile advertising market, which grew by 88% in 2012, should still drive significant growth for Google within investors’ expectations for the stock.

Facebook, for instance, trades at a whopping 11.7 times sales, more than twice Google’s price-to-sales ratio of 5. In other words, investors have already priced significant growth into Facebook’s stock. Pandora is the exception here, trading at just 5.3 times sales, despite its blazing 53% year-over-year revenue growth in the company’s most recent quarter.

Pandora’s seemingly conservative valuation, of course, has its reasons. First, the company is only flirting with profitability. Second, the company is still relatively small compared to the other tech companies with a significant sway of the digital music market. Investors are worried that Pandora could face increasing competition from bigger players.

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Is The War On Drugs Nearing An End?

By The Huffington Post News Editors

NEW YORK — For four decades, libertarians, civil rights activists and drug treatment experts have stood outside of the political mainstream in arguing that the war on drugs was sending too many people to prison, wasting too much money, wrenching apart too many families — and all for little or no public benefit.

They were always in the minority. But on Thursday, a sign of a new reality emerged: for the first time in four decades of polling, the Pew Research Center found that more than half of Americans support legalizing marijuana.

That finding is the result of decades of slow demographic changes and cultural evolution that now appears, much like attitudes around marriage equality, to be accelerating. More and more people, including Pat Robertson and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), are rejecting the tough-on-crime rhetoric so long directed toward drug use.

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Latinos Support Legalizing Marijuana As Trend Grows Across The Country

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For the first time since attitudes began to be tracked, a majority of people in the United States say they now support making the use of marijuana legal, according to a new study.

Support for legalizing marijuana jumped higher for Latinos – 16 percent – since 2010 than it did in the general population, which saw a rise of 11 percent, according to the study, published by Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan research group.

More than half of Latinos – 51 percent – say that the use of marijuana should be made legal, slightly less than the 52 percent in the general population who said the same. But Hispanics were less likely – 34 percent – to say they have tried marijuana than blacks or whites, half of whom reported having tried it.

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Majority Of Americans Now Favors Marijuana Legalization, Study Finds

By Alice G. Walton, Contributor

For the first time since the 1970s, more Americans favor legalization of marijuana than oppose it. According to new research from the Pew Research Center, 52% of Americans say pot should be legalized, and 45% still oppose it. This shift in attitude may have something to do with an aging Baby Boomer population, the authors suggest, since boomers’ opinions about legalization have waxed and waned conspicuously over the years. More Boomers are supportive now than ever before – but it’s not only this generation who thinks it’s time to legalize. …read more

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Twitter's Ad Revenue Soars. Should Google Be Worried?

By Daniel Sparks, The Motley Fool

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This past week, eMarketer increased its estimates for Twitter’s ad revenue based on greater-than-expected demand for the platform’s mobile ads. The news isn’t entirely unexpected; social advertising has delivered a streak of upside surprises. As social advertising continues to gain traction, should Google be worried about losing advertising dollars?

Social advertising is gaining on Google
eMarketer’s revised estimates for Twitter’s ad revenues were substantially higher than its original expectations. The market research company had initially forecast 2013 and 2014 ad revenues to come at $545 million and $808 million, respectively. Now it has pushed up those estimates to $583 million and $950 million.

Adding perspective, that’s an expectation for a 102% year-over-year change in 2013 and a 63% change in 2014. Some anonymous insiders even expect Twitter’s revenue to top $1 billion in 2014. Where’s this growth coming from? eMarketer’s report cites these four areas:

  • Growing adaption of mobile devices.
  • More interest on spending money on mobile advertisements on Twitter.
  • Improving audience reach on Twitter.
  • The launch of Twitter’s Ads API.

Facebook and Twitter shine in mobile
Mobile is definitely the name of the game in digital advertising these days. According to a Pew Research Center study, mobile ad revenues increased 80% in 2012, year over year. The explosion of mobile browsing is changing everything.

Facebook declared itself a mobile company in its fourth-quarter results, when the company’s mobile monthly active users, or MAUs, exceeded 50% of the company’s total MAUs. Furthermore, its mobile revenue accounted for 23% of total revenue, up from 14% in the prior quarter.

eMarketer estimates 53% of Twitter’s ad revenues to come from mobile this year, a drastic increase from virtually zero mobile ad revenue in 2011.

While Google is definitely poised to perform well in the mobile market, will Twitter and Facebook, whose businesses are tied more closely to mobile, see outsized benefits? If recent history is any indication of the future, it is a feasible prospect.

Twitter’s 107% year-over-year increase in revenue in 2012 and Facebook’s 37% increase are mainly due to the explosion of mobile advertising on these social platforms. Though there is definitely some cannibalization of desktop advertising’s share, it’s likely that a great amount of incremental growth is due to mobile adoption, since the platforms are extremely mobile friendly.

Spam or relevant?
Much of the astounding growth of social digital advertising on Facebook and Twitter platforms is due to new platform-specific ad solutions that allow advertisers to run targeted campaigns that weren’t possible in the past.

The recent launch of Twitter’s Ads API, for instance, gave advertisers significantly more access to users’ streams. eMarketer explains that this is one of the key driving forces for Twitter’s revenue growth.

This week, Facebook opened up users’ news feeds to targeted brand posts, allowing brands to provide status updates that appear in targeted users’ feeds. The updates will be hidden from the brand’s page and only show up on the feeds of the targeted users. The move comes after a host of …read more
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By the Numbers: Is Google a $1,000 Stock?

By Daniel Sparks, The Motley Fool

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A number of analysts now expect Google to hit $1,000 by 2014. The media hype surrounding the possibility, however, is mostly superficial guesswork; most authors avoid giving the numbers a close look. Let’s break from that trend today with a disciplined assessment of how likely this price target really is.

Deserving of a premium
Google is undoubtedly deserving of a premium valuation. Not only is Google the clear leader in online search, but its revenue has sustainable momentum.

The revenue from the company’s Google-owned sites (67% of revenue) increased 18% year over year. Likewise, Google’s partner sites revenue (27% of revenue) increased 19% year over year.

Furthermore, Google is riding a tidal wave of worldwide growth in digital advertising. In 2011, digital advertising made up 20% of overall U.S. advertising, according to the Pew Research Center. In 2012, digital ads’ share of overall advertising increased to 23%. This trend is likely to continue, as eMarketer projects digital ads to make up 29% of the U.S. ad market by 2016.

What’s Google worth?
Using a discounted cash flow, or DCF, model for valuation is a simple way to value an asset. If you’re not familiar with the term, don’t let it intimidate you. It’s simply a way to find the intrinsic value of an asset by projecting future cash flows and discounting those cash flows by the time value of money.

Forecasting anything in business perfectly is, of course, nearly impossible. So the model’s results can really only be as good as the inputs; the principle of “garbage in, garbage out” holds. To account for human error, investors should require some sort of margin of safety, or a discount to fair value, to the resulting fair value price.

Using a simple DCF valuation spreadsheet, we can peg a fair value estimate onto Google shares.

The first step is to project free cash flow, or FCF, growth over the next 12 months. As Google’s negative trend in cost-per-clicks bottoms out, I think it’s safe to expect that FCF could grow in line with the company’s most recent year-over-year revenue growth rate of its Google-owned sites segment: 18%.

To be conservative, we’ll assume competition heats up from Google’s three largest competitors: Yahoo! , Facebook , and Microsoft. In turn, Google’s FCF growth should decline. I’ll project FCF growth to decay by 10% per year.

The projected FCF growth over the next 10 years would look like this:

The final step is to decide on a perpetuity rate and a discount rate. A perpetuity rate simply gives a value for the years beyond year 10. We’ll estimate growth of 3% per annum (in line with the historical rate of inflation) beyond year 10. The discount rate is the annual rate an investor requires in order to convince him to set his money aside in the stock market and hope for more money later; we’ll go with 10% — typical in a DCF analysis.

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America's Best Growth Stock: YouTube?

By Daniel Sparks, The Motley Fool

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Google‘s YouTube crashed Twitter‘s seventh anniversary party yesterday. But, before we spoil Twitter’s special day, I’ll pause to congratulate the company for seven years, 400 million tweets per day, and well over 200 million active users — well done, Twitter. Now on to YouTube: Google announced yesterday that YouTube has reached 1 billion monthly active users. It has taken the video streaming service just eight years to reach the impressive milestone. With viewing trends in the company’s favor, YouTube is just getting warmed up.

Generation C loves video
On Google’s official YouTube blog, the company adds perspective:

  • Nearly one out of every two people on the Internet visits YouTube.
  • Our monthly viewership is the equivalent of roughly 10 Super Bowl audiences.
  • If YouTube were a country, it would be the third largest in the world after China and India.
  • PSY and Madonna would have to repeat their Madison Square Garden performance in front of a packed house 200,000 more times. That’s a lot of Gangnam Style!

So what’s driving this phenomenal growth? Generation C. Media measurement company Nielsen defines this group by their connected behavior. Gen C thrives on:

  • Connection: watching YouTube on multiple screens, and constantly switching between devices
  • Creation: engaging with online video, watching, creating, and uploading videos on YouTube
  • Community: thriving on community, defining which YouTube videos are popular by sharing content
  • Curation: finding content that matters to them

Nielsen’s findings indicate that this demographic group’s engagement with content is deepening at a mind-boggling pace. As much as 76% of young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 now own smartphones. The “amount of time Gen C spends watching YouTube on their smartphones is up 74% from last year,” the report asserts.

This YouTube-friendly audience has very different video consumption habits from the general population — 20% of them don’t even subscribe to cable. They fall in the category of “light TV viewer,” watching, on average, just 39 minutes of TV a day.

Though Gen C does watch less TV, they also consume video content at times others may not. To illustrate, 41% of Gen C watched YouTube on their smartphone while waiting for something or someone, 18% while commuting, and 15% while TV commercials are playing.

While the implications are huge for YouTube, it’s also great news for social platforms like Facebook ; 18% of Gen C watches videos because someone shared a video with them on a social network. Twitter is already trying to take advantage of this trend by introducing earlier this year a new tool, called Vine, for posting six-second videos.

The explosive growth of video advertising
Gen C’s collective embrace of online video is translating into real ad dollars. According to a Pew Research Center report, digital video advertising spending in the U.S. grew from $2 billion in 2011, to $2.93 billion in 2012, climbing faster than all digital advertising segments. 

The largest benefactors are the social platforms like YouTube and Facebook, which facilitate video access and dissemination. …read more
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Poll: Obama Approval Shows Post-Election Decline

By The Huffington Post News Editors

President Barack Obama‘s approval rating has declined since reelection, bringing him close to President George W. Bush’s performance early in his second term, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Thursday.

Just 47 percent of Americans said they approved of Obama, down 4 points from last month and 8 points since December.

There’s plenty of precedent for such a decline: The last three presidents have all seen their approval ratings bounce higher after reelection before settling back to earth. Obama‘s fall fits the pattern, although his numbers have dropped more steeply than those of his predecessors.

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Facebook's "Personalized Newspaper" Will Change News Forever

By Daniel Sparks, The Motley Fool

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Our goal is to “give everyone in the world the best possible personalized newspaper we can,” Facebook‘s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a March 7 press conference, when the company unveiled the new look of its timeline. His case, it turns out, is actually quite convincing. From the new timeline’s ability to allow users to look at their content in different sections to the powerful algorithms that deliver you the news you care about most, Facebook is poised to change the world of news forever.

The growing power of technology platforms among news organizations
“News organizations are increasingly dependent on … powerful tech firms for the tools and platforms needed to reach their audience,” notes The State of the News Media 2013, the most recent annual report on American journalism from the Pew Research Center. A news organization’s success on Google and Facebook platforms in particular plays a large role in keeping these organizations on the map.

Google, for instance, extended its lead over traditional news organizations in digital advertising in 2012 by becoming both the largest display advertiser and a powerful player in the market of mobile ads as its Android operating system continued to gain worldwide smartphone market share.

Facebook has also made enormous inroads among news organizations, with 9% of major news websites’ traffic coming from Facebook, up from 4% just 15 months earlier, according to Experian Hitwise. Some websites that have made more progress with mobile, like Quartz, report 30 to 40 percent of their traffic coming from social media.

Furthermore, audiences are reporting increasingly more consumption of news through social media. In 2012, 19% of Americans saw news headlines on a social network in the previous day, compared to just 9% in 2010.

Source: Pew Research Center.

But an important point to note about these developments is that established news brands don’t seem to be losing clout with their readers; the change comes from the way in which the public accesses the news.

“The U.S. audience still turns to the legacy newspapers, TV stations and cable channels they have long known,” according to the Pew Research Center‘s data  . The medium that facilitates the consumption of this news is where the revolution is happening. This means that news organizations are racing to embrace and monetize their mobile and social platform traffic sources.

The growing usage of tablet devices, in particular, will drive this transition over the next few years. As much as 64% of tablet owners report that they get news every week from their devices, according to a joint study by the Pew Research Center and the Economist Group. Apple will play a huge role in this shift — the company moved 65.7 million iPads in 2012 alone. And research firms expect enormous fast-growing tablet market expansion ahead. ABI Research projects 2013 tablet sales to increase by 125%.

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Video: MSNBC: News Or Opinions?

By Daniel Noe

The responsibility of the news media is to present news from an objective stand point. But according to a new study by the Pew Research Center, MSNBC is becoming more and more opinionated.

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Pew Research: Decrease in Newsroom Resources Leaving Large Media Void

By Chris Perry, Contributor

The newly released “State of the News Media 2013” study by the Pew Research Center paints a picture of newsroom decay, leading to over-stressed staff, new advertiser supported content models and expanded information sources, including advertisers themselves. …read more
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Table Talk: Teens And Technology

By The Huffington Post News Editors

This week’s Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book:

If it seems like smartphones have changed the way we interact with the world (and with each other), that’s because it’s true — for teens in particular, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center. The new research suggests that a person’s age affects the way he or she connects with the Internet. Pew, a non-partisan and non-profit think tank based in Washington, D.C., interviewed over 800 kids aged 12-17, and found some eye-grabbing statistics. For example, nearly 80 percent of teens now have cell phones, and a quarter of the teens polled said they mostly access the web via their phones (whereas only 15 percent of adults said the same).

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More Working Moms Want Full-Time Jobs

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Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has sparked debate after she said women need to be more aggressive in their careers. A Pew Research Center study released Thursday shows a big spike in the share of working mothers who said they’d prefer to work full time. (Gregory Bull/AP)

By JENNIFER C. KERR

WASHINGTON — Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey.

In the Pew Research Center study being released Thursday, researchers saw a big spike in the share of working mothers who said they’d prefer to work full time; 37 percent said that was their ideal, up from 21 percent in 2007.

The poll comes amid a national debate on women in the workplace ignited by top Facebook Inc. (FB) executive Sheryl Sandberg, who writes in a new book about the need for women to be more professionally aggressive.

In “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” Sandberg argues that women have not made true progress in the workplace over the past decade and that they need to raise their hands more and “lean in” if they want to land more senior positions in corporate America.

The shift toward full-time work in the Pew poll, however, coincides with the recession and may have less to do with career ambitions than with financial realities.

“Women aren’t necessarily evolving toward some belief or comfort level with work,” says study co-author Kim Parker, an associate director at the center. “They are also reacting to outside forces and in this case, it is the economy.”

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Among women who said their financial situations aren’t sufficient to meet basic expenses, about half said working full time was best for them. Of the women who said they live comfortably, only 31 percent said full time was their best situation.

Melody Armstrong, 34, of Hampton, N.H., works full time and says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It works better for my family, and for our finances,” Armstrong said in an interview. “It helps pay the bills and we can enjoy the lifestyle we have. We need to have two incomes.”

Armstrong and her husband have six children between them, a blended family with one child off to college and a baby at home. She works for Double Black Imaging, a Colorado-based company that sells medical monitors. Armstrong says her company gives her the flexibility she needs to work her sales position from home.

“I do some work early in the morning or after dinner,” Armstrong says, and can adjust around her children’s school and sports schedules.

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Traditional Roles of Moms and Dads Are Converging

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American fathers have been saddled with additional domestic chores, according to Pew Research. This compares to five decades ago when they could come home from work, have a martini, read the paper and tell their children to shut up.

Pew reports:

The way mothers and fathers spend their time has changed dramatically in the past half century. Dads are doing more housework and child care; moms more paid work outside the home. Neither has overtaken the other in their “traditional” realms, but their roles are converging, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of long-term data on time use.

At the same time, roughly equal shares of working mothers and fathers report in a new Pew Research Center survey feeling stressed about juggling work and family life: 56% of working moms and 50% of working dads say they find it very or somewhat difficult to balance these responsibilities.

The martini cocktail hour was never that stressful.

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What's Important in the Financial World (3/14/2013)

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Apple on the Defensive

Today is the day. Samsung will release its so-called iPhone killer, the Galaxy S IV. Many experts believe that the product’s new features will make it a challenge to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL). Some even believe it could outsell the iPhone this year. Oddly, one of Apple’s top executives decided the day of the launch was a good time to deride Samsung. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal:

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller on Wednesday played down the expected competition from the device. He also discussed how he believes products that run Google Inc.’s Android software, such as Samsung’s phone, are inferior to Apple’s iPhone.

Mr. Schiller shared data on the iPhone’s popularity and said Apple’s own research shows that four times as many iPhone users switched from an Android phone than to an Android phone in the fourth quarter.

To show some guts, Schiller should have held his fire until the release of the next generation iPhone.

Modern Parenthood

American fathers have been saddled with additional domestic chores, according to Pew Research. This compares to five decades ago when they could come home from work, have a martini, read the paper and tell their children to shut up. Pew reports:

The way mothers and fathers spend their time has changed dramatically in the past half century. Dads are doing more housework and child care; moms more paid work outside the home. Neither has overtaken the other in their “traditional” realms, but their roles are converging, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of long-term data on time use.

At the same time, roughly equal shares of working mothers and fathers report in a new Pew Research Center survey feeling stressed about juggling work and family life: 56% of working moms and 50% of working dads say they find it very or somewhat difficult to balance these responsibilities.

The martini cocktail hour was never that stressful.

Volkswagen Clings to China

Volkswagen is already at the top of the auto sales food chain in China, tied most months with General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM). Despite a flattening in growth in Chinese car sales and a threat the government will curtail car use because of inflation, Volkswagen will increase production in the People’s Republic. Volkswagen must also think its can increase or at least hold its market share as competition from other multinational manufacturers and local companies rises. According to Bloomberg:

Volkswagen AG (VOW), Europe‘s largest automaker, plans to increase production 60 percent by 2018 in China, where the German company’s earnings last year surged by almost half.

A new plant in China approved by the supervisory board will build as many as 300,000 vehicles yearly and will start operating in early 2016, Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn said today. Capacity in China will rise to 4 million vehicles a year by 2018 from about 2.5 million currently.

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Most Americans See Government As “Threat To Rights” For First Time

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A new poll released by the Pew Research Center has found that a majority of Americans now see the government as a threat to their rights for the first time ever.

A total of 53% of Americans view the government as a threat to their “personal rights and freedoms,” with 43% not believing it poses a threat and 4 don’t knows.

The poll also found, “Only 26% saying they can trust government always or most of the time, while 73% say they can trust the government only some of the time or never. Majorities across all partisan and demographic groups express little or no trust in government.”

Just 20% of whites trust the federal government while a mere 26% of Americans across the board view Congress favorably, in comparison with 50% of the public regarding Congress favorably in 2009.

The poll arrives in the aftermath of a separate Rasmussen survey that found just 6 per cent of Americans now rate the mainstream news media as “very trustworthy”.

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Teenagers as Early Adopters of Internet via Smartphone

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Teenagers do not use personal computers to access the Internet as much as they once did. Since almost every American has a cellphone, and many of these are smartphones connected to 3G and 4G networks, the trend makes sense. Also, young people tend to be “early adopters” of new tech products, so teenage use of phones for Internet use should be ahead of other age groups.

According to the new Pew Internet & American Life Project study:

Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.

These are among the new findings from a nationally representative Pew Research Center survey that explored technology use among 802 youth ages 12-17 and their parents. Key findings include:

  • 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones. That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.
  • 23% of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population.
  • 95% of teens use the internet.
  • 93% of teens have a computer or have access to one at home. Seven in ten (71%) teens with home computer access say the laptop or desktop they use most often is one they share with other family members.

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