Econ 101: October 17, 2012

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  • The Postal Service hit its borrowing limit for the first time in its history. [Wall Street Journal]
  • The U.S. is becoming less reliant on China as a creditor, with China holding a smaller percentage of America’s public debt than it did two years ago. [Washington Post]
  • One billion smartphones are now in use globally. [Bloomberg]
  • Spain’s government said it will decide within the next few weeks whether to tap into the Eurozone rescue fund. [Associated Press]
  • Bandwidth demands are rising as schools look to implement the national Common Core curriculum. [Education Week]
  • The European Union and the U.S. will launch a new round of trade talks next year. [Reuters]