NBC will pay $3.5 billion for weather channel, weather.com and its related properties. News here. Hm, I think besides the travellers, people interested in the weather include commodity traders. The commodities range from crude oil, natural gas, heating oil, to crops. The reason goes like this, if natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina happens, it will destroy the oil and natural gas infrustures, and cause short term disruption of oil supply. The oil and gas price will jump. Similarly, if a draught or an extreme cold weather happens, crops and heating oil will be more valuable (again, disruption of supply). I think GE/NBC made a smart move buying the weather channel here.
What a game. Weather played a factor too: the rain and the wind. Maybe it helped Nadal in some way? I was hoping Roger to win but I think he should have no regret (tried his best). One fun fact is the local NBC channel switched to baseball game (Cards vs. Cub), and we watched the game via UUSee web TV (Beijing TV 6). I also like two players comments after the game:
21:24 – A surprisingly stoic Roger Federer not letting any emotion out: “I tried everything, it went a little late and everything, but look Rafa is a deserving champion, he just played incredible todayÂ…. He’s the worst opponent on the best court, but it’s been a joy again to play here, I know I couldn’t win it under the circumstances, but I’ll be back next year.”