...now that VNU Europe has been sold to 3i for £215m (Guardian story here - reg required). Having sold The Inquirer to VNU back in January, there is speculation in some quarters that this new acquistion will translate into vested options for Mike - a "life-changing" sum.
I'm a sucker for this kind of thing - the full list here.
Among my favourites:
The = sign was invented by 16th Century Welsh
mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing "is equal to"
in his equations. He chose the two lines because "noe 2 thynges can be
In America it's possible to subpoena a dog.
The British buy the most compact discs in the world - an average of 3.2 per year, compared to 2.8 in the US and 2.1 in France.
The average employee spends 14 working days a
year on personal e-mails, phone calls and web browsing, outside
official breaks, according to employment analysts Captor.
Jimi Hendrix pretended to be gay to be discharged from the US Army.
Musical instrument shops must pay an annual
royalty to cover shoppers who perform a recognisable riff before they
buy, thereby making a "public performance".
From eBoy, the Berlin
creators of some of Wired Magazine's graphics: a simcity in which all
the billboards and signs display the brands of web companies. Google,
Yahoo, Youtube, Technorati, Blogger, Odeo. It's a wonderful graphic,
but web entrepreneurs already live in a world of their own daydreams;
immersed in a 3D simulation, they might never unplug. The full
Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute Cited as Criteria for Evaluation
SANTA CLARA, Calif., December 6, 2006 - Hyperion (Nasdaq Global Select:
HYSL), the global leader in Business Performance Management (BPM)
software, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has placed Hyperion in the
leaders quadrant in its "Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites, 2006"1
The recently released report lists Hyperion among a field of 16
vendors. Gartner weighed Hyperion's completeness of vision and its
ability to execute in determining its position in the Magic Quadrant,
which uses multiple criteria to characterize companies in the leaders,
challengers, visionaries and niche players quadrants.
"Hyperion's strong brand awareness with CFOs and other senior
executives means it is present in virtually every CPM suite
evaluation," said Godfrey Sullivan, chairman and CEO of Hyperion. "Now
more than ever, Hyperion is devoted to being the management system for
today's enterprise. As we build on the success of Hyperion System 9
with new applications and capabilities, we will work hard to earn that
market position again and again."
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marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's
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research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a
Hyperion Solutions Corporation (Nasdaq Global Select: HYSL) is the
global leader in Business Performance Management software. More than
12,000 customers in 90 countries rely on Hyperion both for insight into
current business performance and to drive performance improvement. With
Hyperion software, businesses collect, analyze and share data across
the organization, linking strategies to plans and monitoring execution
against goals. Hyperion integrates financial management applications
with a business intelligence platform into a single management system
for the global enterprise . For more information, contact us .
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Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated by the
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 Gartner Research "Magic Quadrant for CPM Suites, 2006" , Nigel Rayner, 1 December 1, 2006
Freelance journalist Nick Booth has a new blog - or a research portal as he describes it. He is asking PRs to post responses to questions for various features he is writing - the idea being that you can see what everyone else is saying. "And avoid repeating anyone else's cliches."
It's an interesting concept - not sure how PRs will take to seeing their responses in full public view - but perhaps it might act as a quality control mechanism - and then you could see which quotes actually make it into the final article. Or you might resubmit answers in the light of other responses.