San Diego Union Tribune - Jeffrey Davidow, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and president of the Institute of the Americas at UCSD, will retire in May. Davidow answered a wide range of questions from UT reporter Sandra Dibble.
Los Angeles Times - If your idea of Mexican television is the sappy soap opera known as the telenovela, think again.
Led by its public-television broadcaster, Mexico is producing a new breed of TV series — sexy, stylized and risk-taking — that bears closer resemblance to HBO offerings than to the telenovelas that have dominated Mexican television for decades.
Those in the world of Mexican television say the burst of weekly dramas is a sign of evolving tastes.
Dow Jones - Mexican shares recovered from early losses to post gains Friday, aided by an uptick in U.S. shares as economic data hinted at better days to come. The IPC index advanced 37,678. The peso strengthened modestly to close at 12.4520 to the dollar.
El Economista - According to the Global Corruption Barometer 2010 of Transparency International, Mexico ranks in third place among the nine countries where corruption has grown the most in the past three years, exceeded only by Venezuela and Peru.
El Universal - iPAD, Chicharito Hernandez, Justin Bieber, Salvador Cabañas and Facebook are the most searched terms in Spanish on Google for Mexicans, according to the 2010 annual report by Zeitgeist.
Maquila Portal - Bombardier’s labor force grew by nearly a third in 2010, increasing from 1,100 to 1,500 at the Canadian aerospace firm's two existing plants and the addition of a third at the Queretaro operations center.
Maquila Portal - Lego has attracted one of its suppliers, the Austrian company Greiner Assistec, to establish a plastic packing manufacturing plant in Apodaca near the Lego factory in Nuevo Leon. $3 million will be invested and 30 workers will be hired.
Sentido Comun - Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte reported a zero percent decline in passenger traffic at its 13 terminals during November, compared with the same month of 2009, the airline operator company's first setback in seven months.
Sentido Comun - El Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Públicos, along with the Fondo Nacional de Infraestructura, signed an agreement with Japan's Bank of International Cooperation and the Inter-American Development Bank to explore gren projects in Mexico.
Sentido Comun - Nacional Financiera, the largest state bank of Mexico, collected 7 billion pesos ($561.2 million) from the sale of two bonds, with three and five years maturation, to finance development programs to support micro, small and medium enterprises.