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United Airlines offers $100K buyouts to flight attendants

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bloomberg: Hoping to rein in costs, the major U.S. carrier is offering its flight attendants buyouts of as much as $100,000.

 

Microsoft acquires popular game 'Minecraft'

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WSJ: The software giant purchased Mojang AB, maker of the videogame, for $2.5 billion.

 

Cognizant to buy TriZetto

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Bloomberg: Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. will purchase TriZetto Corp. for $2.7 billion in cash.

 

Apple hits new record with iPhone 6 preorders

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Forbes: Apple announced that over four million devices were sold in the first 24 hours.

 

U.S. retail sales driven by car, health purchases

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Friday, September 12, 2014

BBC: Car sales were up 9.5% from August 2013, and spending in healthcare stores went up 8.1% from last year.

 

New iPhones face shipping delays

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Bloomberg: Apple's new iPhones will take as many as four weeks to ship.

 

New York, nation pause to remember 9/11

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

NYT: Thirteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack in American history, families of the victims gathered in Lower Manhattan, at the Pentagon and at a field in Pennsylvania

 

Nine in 10 U.S. children eat too much salt

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reuters: A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 90% of American children ages 6 to 18 consume too much sodium daily.

 

Apple unveils bigger iPhones, wearables

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bloomberg: Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook revealed the Apple Watch and two new iPhone models with bigger screens.

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts profit rises

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WSJ: The doughnut chain said its quarterly earnings rose 22%.

 

Twitter tests 'Buy' button feature

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

NYT: The social media network is publicly testing a "buy" button embedded in posts to allow users to instantly purchase products.

 

Organic brand Annie's sold to General Mills

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Forbes: The specialty food maker was purchased by giant General Mills for $820 million.

 

U.S. to allow pharmacies to take back unused prescription drugs

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Monday, September 08, 2014

WSJ: In an effort to get addictive painkillers off the street, federal authorities will allow pharmacies and clinics to take back unused prescription drugs from patients.

 
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Two Sides of the Coin

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Historically, when the leaves fall, so do the markets. This year, earnings, Europe, energy and Ebola have in common? Beyond alliteration, they are four factors that the investors are pointing to for this year’s seasonal volatility.


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Bob Dethlefs, CEO of Evanta, balances work and play.


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Three problems with Obama's immigration order

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By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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Growing a mobility cluster

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Why are there so few transportation startups in Portland?  The city’s leadership in bike, transit and pedestrian transportation has been well-documented.  But that was then — when government and nonprofits paved the way for a new, less auto centric way of life.


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

There’s a fascinating article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review about a profound power shift taking place in business and society. It’s a long read, but the gist revolves around the tension between “old power” and “new power” as a driver of transformation. Here’s an excerpt:

Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.

New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.

The authors, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans, don’t necessarily favor one form of power over another but merely outline how power is transitioning, and how companies can take advantage of these changes to strengthen their positions in the marketplace. 

Our Powerbook issue might be viewed as a case study in the new-power transition. This annual book of lists provides information on leading businesses, nonprofits and universities in the state. Most of the featured companies are entrenched power players now pursuing more flexible and less hierarchical approaches to doing business. Law firms, for example, are adopting new technologies and fee structures to make legal services more accessible and affordable.

This month we also take a look at a controversial new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring public companies to disclose the median pay of workers, as well as the ratio between CEO and median-worker pay. 

Part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the rule will compel public companies to be more open about employee compensation, with the assumption that greater transparency will improve corporate performance and, perhaps, help address one of the major challenges of our time: income inequality.

New power is not only about strategy and tactics, the Harvard Business Review authors say. “The ultimate questions are ethical. The big question is whether new power can genuinely serve the common good and confront society’s most intractable problems.”

That sounds like a call to arms. Or a New Year’s resolution. Old power or new, the goals are the same: to be a force for positive change in the world. Happy 2015!

— Linda


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Free Falling

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The implosion of the energy complex: The best thing for low oil prices is low oil prices.


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The short list: Holiday habits of six Oregon CEOs

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We ask business and nonprofit leaders how they survive the season.


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