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Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Aug 15, 2019

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发表于 8-15-2019 16:35:18 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
(1) Naomi Kresge and Cynthia Koons, The unfulfilled Promise of on-Demand Birth Control.

My comment:
(a) summary underneath the title in print: Big pharma can make lots more money elsewhere, so contraceptive innovation has lagged
(b) The first sentence of this article: "Since the contraceptive poll transformed women's live almost 60 years ago, there's been precious little innovation in birth control for women." It is true. But at the same time, there is little for men, either, since the introduction of condom.  There is little progress on female contraceptive, because it (female reproduction) was worked out decades ago. The same can not be said for cancer.
(c) There is no need to read this article.
(d) What is interesting is statistics on the margin of the text.

"US drug sales for selected categories, 2018
Cancer  $58.4b
Autoimmune diseases  $54.1b
Vaccines  $11.4b
Cardiovascular disease  $10.5b
Antibiotics  $5.7b
Hormonal contraception  $5.4b

(2) Keith Naughton and David Welch with Tian Ying, Where Cadillac and Lincoln Are Still Cool.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/a ... -cool-cars-in-china

Note:
(a) summary underneath the title in print: China's status seekers are becoming the largest buyers of the aging US luxury brands
(b) Print and the online version are identical.
(c) The second paragraph starts with this sentence: "The well-wheeled in China are increasingly embracing American luxury brands—the bigger, the better—with Cadillac crossovers and Lincoln SUVs flying off dealer lots."

The adjective "well-wheeled" is a pun, derived from "well-heeled."  Put another way, there is no "well-wheeled" in any English dictionary.

(3) Shira Ovide, How Android Took over the World.
https://www.bloomberg.com/graphi ... -smartphone-growth/
("When [Steve] Jobs unleashed hsis Android rant [in Walter Isaacson's biography, Jobs was quoted for wanting to 'destroy Android' in 2010], the iPhone represented about 15% of the 175 million smartphones sold worldwide in the prior year [2009?]. Fast-forward to 2-19, and Apple still had about 15% of the market, but the total smartphone sales had mushroomed to 1.4 billion. Versions of Android powered more than 8 in 10 of those new devices. * * * China came next [after domination of South Korea's Samsung]. The [Chinese] government's push for economic growth quickly put fast mobile networks in every corner of the country. Samsung was initially powerhouse in China before the booming urban classes gravitated to Apple, but the biggest winners were home-grown smartphone companies such as Huawei Technologies Co, and Xiaomi Corp, which created customized versions of Android without Google apps. * * * The world's most populous nation skipped a whole generation of PC development and went mad for smartphones. In 2005 less than 10% of China's population used the internet, according to the United Nations. The figure in 2017, the most recent available, was 54%. Almost all those 800 million people use smartphones, not PCs, to go online. Apple was successful in China, too, but about 9 of every 10 smartphones sold in the country run on Android")

Note:
(a) summary underneath the title in print: Google, Samsung, and China made the mobile OS ubiquitous. But the future looks different
(b) The text says something we already knew. So there is no need to read the rest.

(4) Xuan Quynh Nguyen and Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen with Nguyen Kieu Giang, Mai Ngoc Chau and John Boudreau, Vietnam Has it Good -- Maybe Too Good.

Note:
(a) summary underneath the title in print: The country has benefited so much from the US-China impasse that it risks getting dragged into the trade war
(b) The graphic on the margin of text shows "Value of US imports of goods" (excluding service, that is) has decreased since 1H '18, whereas from Vietnam has increased. That is because companies  have moved to Vietnam to set up factories, rather than transshipment, observed Peter Chang, deputy general director of Shun Far Land Development Co 舜發土地開發責任有限公司 [besides English, traditional Chinese from company website; because it is a Taiwanese company], which operates the Thuan Thanh II Industrial Park 順成二號工業園區 northeast of Hanoi.
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