Quick Hits: Corn, Quants, Patents, and VMware

Catching up on a few things of potential interest in my overflowing inbox:

  • VMware’s IPO pricing has been boosted to $27-29 from $23-$25, making it the largest offering since Google (Bloomberg)
  • U.S. corn production in acreage this year is the largest in history, ahead of 1933 (USDA)
  • Who are these quants anyway? (Cap-bridge)
  • Some interesting research on the role of secrecy in patenting: the periodic table’s publication drove a patent profusion (NBER)