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Daily Reading from March 02, 2008

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  • Creative lineups — How batting the pitcher 8th can increase run production.
  • What You Know Can't Kill You: The Third Base Management Genius of Sandy Koufax — When you give a genius, especially one with accountable measures to define the magnitude of his or her accomplishments, a chance to manage or mentor others, it usually fails. When it does fail, it's usually a function of what ...
  • The Death of Mobile Applications? — "Michael Mace, a former VP at Palm, recently proclaimed the death of the mobile application. His position is summarises thusly: “The business of making native apps for mobile devices is dying, crushed by a fragmented market and restrictive business practices. ..."
  • 10 Tips For New Ad-Supported Web Businesses
  • What???s a Troubadour to Do? — Mega-selling recording artist Natalie Merchant doesn???t have a recording contract with a major label these days. The digital download era has rendered many top-selling artists, like Ms. Merchant, unattractive and irrelevant as it relates major labels releasing newly recorded ...

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