End Note Links

Chapter 1: The End of Push

Chapter 2: The World of Pull

Michael Bergman’s highly recommended paper: Untapped Assets: the $3 Trillion Value of U.S. Documents

Bowling is a $10 billion industry. Source: Bowl.com

200 million computers are sold in the U.S. every year

DVORAK Keyboard:

Chapter 3: The Shipper Project

According to FedEx’s 2007 annual report, the company spent $445 million on vehicles. In an interview with EyeForTransport.com, Tim Geiken, VP of e-commerce for UPS, said “The company spends over $1 billion a year on information technology – more than we spend on trucks.” (The article on EyeForTransport is now gone.)

Dell drops UPS

Learn more about UPC and its RFID counterpart, the EPC, at GS1.org

Figures from this chapter on Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) come from www.1synch.org – the GS1 hub for information on GDSN.

Building Radio Frequency IDentification for the Global Environment (BRIDGE).

Chapter 4: Retail Pull

Figures from this chapter on Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) come from www.1synch.org – the GS1 hub for information on GDSN.

Chapter 5: Financial Transparency

John Stantial, director of financial reporting for United Technologies about ROI by using XBRL.

Chapter 6: Pulling Books

Traffic figures as reported by Quantcast for Good Reads, LibraryThing, Open Library Project. Goodreads has by far the highest traffic figures, with more then 2.2M visits and over 21M page views monthly.

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) receives a membership fee to access their database, sending the organization revenues of $85 million per year. Source: OCLC 2007/2008 Annual Report

Chapter 7: The Great Data Migration

According to WorldWideWebSize.com, Google indexes about 16 billion web pages.

A 2001 study showed that 87 percent of the U.S. population can be uniquely identified by just three pieces of information: zip code, birth date, and sex. You can find this statistic in many places. It’s included in a great report on Internet privacy done by the Online Computer Library Center, a resource on Web-related issues for librarians. Their free 2007 report, Sharing, Privacy, and Trust in Our Networked World is a very interesting read and is freely available.

The U.S. Postal Service forwards, returns, or destroys more than five billion pieces of mail per year due to incorrect addresses. Source: 1999 Undeliverable-As-Addressed (UAA) Mail Cost Study-Executive Summary (PDF)

The programmable pillow that helps prevent snoring. Source: medlaunches.com (This is just a press release, but it seems there’s enough commercial interest to take the next step)

Americans now do about 7.5 billion searches on major search engines every month, and about one third of all searches do not lead to a click. Source: compete.com

600 different ways to spell Britney Spear. Source: Google.com

Search engines earn about $40 billion globally each year on click advertising. Source:kelseygroup.com/

Savings of digital signatures. Source:

Chapter 8: Passive Commerce

Chapter 9: The Home of the Future

Chapter 10: Semantic Search

Chapter 11: Pull Marketing

Chapter 12: The Knowledge Crisis

Chapter 13: Legal Pull

Savings of digital signatures: p2pays.org (PDF)

Chapter 14: Patient Pull

Patient Privacy: “When a patient walks in the door of a hospital, the hospital sees not just one dollar sign, but two,” says Tim Sparapani, senior legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. “The first dollar is what they earn from treating the patient. The second is the ability to sell the information about the patient. Source: washingtonpost.com

Conversations and correspondence with Dr Deborah Peel on the praxis of selling you health data for profict: See PatientPrivacyRights.org.

Chapter 15: The Fair Tax

Average outstanding credit card debt for households that do not pay their balance in full every month was over $17,000 at the end of 2008. Source: Nilsonreport.com

Americans pay over $4 billion in ATM surcharges (average surcharge is $1.78 per transaction, while the cost to the bank is $0.27). Source: bankrate.com

In 2004, Americans wrote over 40 billion paper checks, resulting in $38 billion in service charge fees, half of that for overdrawn paper checks. (The number of paper checks has fallen from 2004 but is still around 30 billion). See: fdic.gov
Also: Center for Responsible Lending report, 2005: High Cost & Hidden from View: the $10 Billion Overdraft Loan Market, Jacqueline Duby, Eric Halperin, Lisa James (PDF)

Paperwork for our health care system now exceeds $400 billion – more than $1,000 per citizen. Source: Physicians for a National Health Program (pnhp.org)

Chapter 16: The Performance Economy

Americans pay an average 14 percent APR on credit cards and more than $18 billion per year in penalty fees on credit cards. Source: SatMetrix report, March 2009 and indexcreditcards.com

Revolving credit-card debt calculation by Consumer Federation of America, testimony of Travis B. Plunkett before the US Senate, February 2009. Available at ConsumerFed.org.

Chapter 17: One Big Step

In March 1902, a court invalidated Thomas Edison’s claim to a patent on the 35mm film format he had invented. Wikipedia is probably the best source for this: Wikipedia.org/wiki/35_mm_film