NewsFeeds 5.6.11

Verizon gets permission to stop delivering white pages (Virginian-Pilot)
State regulators have agreed to allow Verizon Communications Inc. to stop delivering residential phone books to customers.

The rise of tablet computers (LA Times)
There was a time when Steve Mehta was on his laptop nonstop. Nowadays, he hardly touches it.

Robust Rise in April’s Retail Sales Comes With a Hint of Concern (NY Times)
Sales at stores open at least a year increased 8.9 percent on average, but retailers are beginning to raise concerns about the price of gasoline.

Commodity Prices Plunge (WSJ)
Oil fell 8.6% on Thursday to $99.80 a barrel, the lowest closing price since mid-March. Copper, another closely watched economic barometer, shed 3% for the second day in a row, while cotton and sugar also fell, continuing their recent slides.

A Perky New Start-up (Inc.)
Meet Brian Levin, the founder of a new product that combines Slim Jims and Red Bull, coming soon to a supermarket near you.

The Weekly Wind-Down: Funny New Yorker Cartoon
Introducing Idiotman.

Verizon gets permission to stop delivering white pages (Virginian-Pilot)
State regulators have agreed to allow Verizon Communications Inc. to stop delivering residential phone books to customers.

The rise of tablet computers (LA Times)
There was a time when Steve Mehta was on his laptop nonstop. Nowadays, he hardly touches it.

Robust Rise in April’s Retail Sales Comes With a Hint of Concern (NY Times)
Sales at stores open at least a year increased 8.9 percent on average, but retailers are beginning to raise concerns about the price of gasoline.

Commodity Prices Plunge (WSJ)
Oil fell 8.6% on Thursday to $99.80 a barrel, the lowest closing price since mid-March. Copper, another closely watched economic barometer, shed 3% for the second day in a row, while cotton and sugar also fell, continuing their recent slides.

A Perky New Start-up (Inc.)
Meet Brian Levin, the founder of a new product that combines Slim Jims and Red Bull, coming soon to a supermarket near you.

The Weekly Wind-Down: Funny New Yorker Cartoon
Introducing Idiotman.

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