Indian Industry Rising

The New York Times writes:

Indias annual growth in manufacturing output, at 9 percent and accelerating, is close to catching growth in services, at 10 percent. Exports of manufactured goods to the United States are now rising faster in percentage terms than Chinas, although from a much smaller base. More than two-thirds of foreign investment in the last year has gone into manufacturing in India, not services.

A prime reason India is now developing into the worlds next big industrial power is that a number of global manufacturers are already looking ahead to a serious demographic squeeze facing China. Because of Chinas one child policy, family sizes have been shrinking there since the 1980s, so fewer young people will be available soon for factory labor.

YouTube Monetisation

The Economist writes:

Even as advertisers evaluate these new ideas, however, YouTube and the other video-sharing sites face other difficulties. For one thing, they are in a no-man’s land of copyright law: they promise to pull pirated content from their sites when asked to do so, but it is only a matter of time before one of them is hit with a big lawsuit. Then there are the costs of running such a sitevideo requires a lot of bandwidth and storage. A rival estimates that YouTube is losing more than $500,000 a month.

Google’s IT Strategy

Information Week writes:

Google managers tend to be reticent on the subject of IT strategy, they’re loath to talk about specific vendors or products, and they clam up when asked about their servers and data centers. But a day spent with some of the company’s IT leaders reveals there’s more to Google’s IT operations than a search engine running on a massive server farm. Behind the seeming simplicity is a mash-up of internally developed software, made-to-order hardware, artificial intelligence, obsession with performance, and an unorthodox approach to people management.

There’s a lesson in Google’s IT philosophy for other companies: Shun the herding instinct that leads toward the same systems and software everyone else is using. There may well be competitive advantages in doing things your own way.