Carl Icahn, the famous activist investor, has written an open letter to Apple's Tim Cook encouraging him to increase share buybacks and return cash to shareholders. The full text of the letter is available here. Icahn believes that the market is undervaluing Apple's future growth potential - he seems very excited by the iPhone 6. Given Apple's huge cash pile, it makes sense for it to repurchase shares which are significantly undervalued. An FT Lex video on the Icahn letter is below.
The Berkeley Earth Project , an independent study of global warming, has found that the earth has become a degree warmer over the past half century. However, the statistical uncertainty surrounding pre-1920 estimates makes it very hard to say much about long-term trends - click here for graph . This is one of my concerns with the global warming debate - we simply don't have trustworthy long-run data which looks at temperature changes over the last millennium (or two). My second concern with the global warming debate is that it is very hard to prove any sort of casual link between global warming and human activity. The scientists may be able to show correlation between global warming and our production of carbon dioxides etc., but correlation is not causation. My third concern with the debate is that those who are sceptical or agnostic are stereotyped as flat-earthers or intellectually-challenged crackpots. This only stifles debate and the progress of science itself.