Class conflict

Occupy Wall Street

66%

The Pew Research Center recently announced the results from a public perception survey focused on the class conflict that is emerging in the U.S. due to the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor.  According to the survey, 66% of the 2,048 adult respondents believe there are “strong” or “very strong” conflicts between America’s top 1% – who saw their incomes rise 275% between 1979 and 2007 – and the remaining 99%.   Continue reading

Tim Cook’s pay package

Tim Cook$378 million ($378,000,000)

What do you give the CEO of the world’s most influential and admired technology company for his partial first year on the job?  Start with a base salary of $900,000, throw in $376 million (yes, million) in restricted stock that vests over ten years, and top it off with the bragging rights as the highest paid U.S. CEO for 2011.   Continue reading

Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

As I mentioned back on 13 December 2011, about once a month a robotics or cybernetics related article crossed my inbox that really piques my curiosity.  True to my word, I was perusing some of the myriad updates from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that’s kicked off today in Las Vegas and I came across the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0.   Continue reading

Music milestone

Digital music

50.3%

Nielsen SoundScan have announced their 2011 tally of full year music sales and airplay for the 52-week period 03 January 2011 through 01 January 2012.  With it comes hundreds of interesting data points if the music industry is your thing, the report also included one specific item that has been making headlines the world over: for the first time in history digital music purchases exceeded physical sales, accounting for 50.3% of all purchases.   Continue reading

Federal tax gap

Income tax385 billion ($385,000,000,000)

I’m not sure what worries me more: the fact that the IRS was unable to collect approximately $385 billion (15% of the total) of federal taxes in 2006 or that – according to an article by CNN Money – that this is the best data policymakers have to go on regarding the government’s revenue shortfall. The worst part is that this is emafter /emthe more than 60,000 corporate and 1.5 million individual tax return audits the IRS conducts on an annual basis.   Continue reading

Infographic of infographics

Steve Jobs

29%

The team over at Daily Infographic – one of the better sources for masterpieces of data visualization – recently announced a partnership with Infographic World, so you should expect to see more of the curious and insightful images that have become popular on this blog.   Continue reading

2011 consumer media usage report

2011 Nielsen consumer media usage report (page 1)

4.9 million (4,900,000)

Yesterday my former colleagues at Nielsen released their “State of the Media: Consumer Usage Report” for 2011 which has a decidedly U.S. focus.  During the first week of November Nielsen released an infographic triptych that in hindsight was an excellent preview for this report.   Continue reading