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But...what will Kate Middleton wear?!
Trade Interchange and the Diamond Jubilee Procurement Timeline -- You may be aware that it is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second's Diamond Jubilee this weekend – 60 years since she ascended the throne. I was a Republican at one point, but I've come to believe that we are lucky to have our Queen, and she is infinitely preferable to a President Blair, Clegg, or Thatcher. (Never mind the First Lady Cherie...) Anyway, we offer our loyal congratulations. There's been remarkably little mention of the celebrations in the procurement world, but one exception is a neat piece of work that the folks at Trade Interchange (UK cloud sourcing and supplier information management software provider) have put together. We featured the firm a while ago here. They've put together a timeline showing the major events of the Queen's reign in royal terms – various marriages, deaths etc – and the major procurement milestones of the last 60 years set alongside. You can see it here on their website.

A health cost/benefit analysis in NYC...
Bloomberg's Nannyville: Do Big Soda Ban's Benefits Exceed its Costs? -- New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is using his power to tweak unhealthy conduct. He did it with smoking, salt, alcohol, and trans-fats and now he wants to ban people from buying sugary drinks in giant containers. Will people consume less as a result? Or will they just pay more to get two smaller sized sodas? And do the ban's benefits exceed its costs? At restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas and street carts, Bloomberg proposes to "ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks," reports the New York Times. By March 2013, this means that people will not be able to buy any cup or bottle of sweetened drink -- ranging from energy drinks to pre-sweetened iced teas -- larger than 16 fluid ounces, reports the Times.

China goes big.
China On Track To Be World's Largest Luxury E-Commerce Market By 2015 -- Despite anticipated economic growth of 8.2 percent, its slowest pace since 1999, and talk of fresh incentives tostimulate overall domestic consumption, China is still expected to become the world's largest luxury market by 2015. That includes luxury retail and e-commerce, says Jing Daily, a well-read digital publication on China luxury and culture.

The cost of the internet.
The growing epidemic of page bloat -- While bigger pages hurt performance for desktop users, too, the biggest victims of page bloat are mobile users. Not only does a 1 MB page take forever to load, it can also deliver a nasty case of sticker shock when you get your phone bill. To give you a for-instance, earlier this month I was traveling in Europe. Before I left home, I bought 25 MB of data from my provider for $100. In other words, I'm paying $4 per page. And if your service provider doesn't hit you with a huge bill, they'll hit you with a data cap and throttle your service. A 2 GB data plan sounds like a lot, but if you watch videos, listen to music, and download ebooks, it doesn't get you very far. (Consider that 1 MB equals about 20 seconds of medium-quality video or 45 seconds of music.) The proliferation of 1 MB pages will catapult you to your data cap that much sooner.

- Sheena Moore

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