December 17, 2017

Reference: Rankings: IFI Announces Top Global Companies Ranked By 2011 U.S. Patents

From the IFI Web Site: IFI CLAIMSPatent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, today announced its top-50 ranking of global companies awarded the most U.S. utility patents in 2011. IFI uses proprietary algorithms and 50 years’ experience analyzing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data to compile […]

Just Released: Reference Desk: Top 15 Causes of Death in the United States (2010)

For the first time in 45 years homicide is not on the the Top 15 list. From the AP (1/11/2012): The CDC’s latest annual report on deaths contained several nuggets of good news: —The infant mortality rate dropped to an all-time low of 6.14 deaths per 1,000 births in 2010. It was 6.39 the year […]

Lake Superior State University Releases 37th Annual List of Banished Words

From the LSSU News Release: Lake Superior State University released its 37th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness a day early this year, on Dec. 30. It’s an amazing list that is bound to generate some blowback. “Worn-out words and phrases are the new normal this […]

Nielsen: Tops of 2011 Lists (Digital Platforms, TV, Books, DVDs, Advertising)

Nielsen’s Tops of 2011: Digital …top online destinations and mobile platforms of 2011 Nielsen’s Tops of 2011: Television …the most-watched TV programs during 2011 Nielsen’s Tops of 2011: Entertainment …the top DVD and book titles of 2011 Nielsen’s Tops of 2011: Advertising …most effective TV advertisements of 2011

Statisitcs: U.S. Census Releases 2010 National and State Population Estimates

From the Summary:   Texas gained more people than any other state between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011 (529,000), followed by California (438,000), Florida (256,000), Georgia (128,000) and North Carolina (121,000), according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates for states and Puerto Rico. Combined, these five states accounted for slightly more than […]

Hitwise: “Facebook” Was 4 Of Top 10 Search Queries In 2011

From a Search Engine Land Article by Greg Sterling: Following the major engines themselves, Experian Hitwise announced the top search terms of 2011. The company looked at the top 1,000 search queries of 2011 and found that Facebook topped the list for the third year in a row. Top 3 Queries for 2011 1. Facebook […]

Fred Shapiro's "Top Quotes of 2011" List Released

Fred Shapiro is a librarian/lecturer at the Yale Law School and the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations (2006). Shapiro’s list with the top quotes of the year was released today and reported on in this AP story. The original “Yale Book of Quotations” was published in 2006. Since then, Shapiro has released an […]

Reference: Lists and Rankings: Glassdoor's Top 50 Best Places To Work – 2012

From the well-known job information site. Introductory Blog Post Direct to Complete 2012 Top 50 List Top 5 1. Bain & Company, 2. McKinsey & Company 3. Facebook 4. MITRE 5. Google   Learn More About the List Past Winners 2011 Employees’ Choice Award Winners – 50 Best Places to Work 2010 Employees’ Choice Award […]

Lists: Amazon Releases Lists of Top 100 Best-Selling Books For 2011

From Amazon.com: Amazon.com today announced the top 10 best-selling books of 2011 overall (print and Kindle combined). “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, “Bossypants” by Tina Fey and “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard take the top three spots on the list. “The Mill River Recluse” by Darcie Chan and “The Abbey” by Chris Culver come […]

Lists: Top Facebook Memes, 2011

From a Facebook Blog Post by  Jonathan Chang: Each year, millions of people post on Facebook to share what’s important to them, discuss world events, or just catch up with friends. With more than 800 million people connected around the globe on Facebook, news about the world’s triumphs and tragedies spreads fast. Memology takes the […]