Category Archives: Economic Impact

Benjamin Franklin on Daylight Saving Time

Letter to the Editor of the Journal of Paris, 1784 To THE AUTHORS of The Journal of Paris 1784 MESSIEURS, You often entertain us with accounts of new discoveries. Permit me to communicate to the public, through your paper, one … Continue reading

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NASDAQ Ends Above 5000 for First Time Since Dot-Com Era

nasdaq-5000-03-09-2000 Wall Street Journal: The Nasdaq’s march back up to 5000 has been slow but steady, driven by growth in earnings and dividend payments of its companies. Although the index’s rise is nowhere near as rapid as it was in … Continue reading

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Cyber Monday Launched

Today in 2005, Shop.org announced in a press release “‘Cyber Monday’ Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year.” According to Shop.org/BizRate Research 2005 eHoliday Mood Study, 77% of online retailers said that their sales “increased substantially” … Continue reading

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Cash Flow: First ATM Installed

Today in 1969, Chemical Bank installed the first ATM in the U.S. at its branch in Rockville Centre, New York. The first ATMs were designed to dispense a fixed amount of cash when a user inserted a specially coded card. A … Continue reading

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The Dvorak Keyboard: Network Effect or Market Efficiency?

Today in 1936, U.S. patent No. 2,040,248 was issued to August Dvorak and William Dealey for their keyboard layout design, later to be commonly known as the Dvorak keyboard.  Wikipedia: “A discussion of the Dvorak layout is sometimes used as an … Continue reading

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iTunes Launched

Today in 2003, Apple launched the iTunes Music Store. The store sold more than 1 million tracks in its first five days and became the biggest music vendor in the U.S. five years later.     Here are iTunes stats, … Continue reading

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The Social Impact of the Internet

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