a number of finance sites now have updating prices that appear on their pages. it’s a nice application of technology, and it looks really cool to see numbers within a story flash green or red and change. but all the prices are delayed, usually 15 min for NASDAQ and 20 min for other exchanges. in my mind, that turns a great application of technology into a really poor one. what is the point of having the numbers “update” as if they are realtime? the answer is that there IS no point, and in fact it is misleading to someone who does not know they are reading yesterday’s newspaper. of course, they can always scroll down to the fine print at the bottom of the page.