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Learning a second language slows brain aging

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Monday, June 02, 2014

BBC: A study has found that learning a second language, even in adulthood, has positive effects on the brain.

 

Dish network to accept bitcoin payments

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Friday, May 30, 2014

NYT: Dish customers will be able to make manual payments in Bitcoin beginning in the third quarter.

 

Study: Nearly 29% of world population is overweight

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Friday, May 30, 2014

WSJ: The prevalence of people overweight of obese jumped 27.5% for adults; 47.1% for kids from 1980 to 2013.

 

Apple to buy Beats for $3B

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Reuters: Apple Inc. will acquire Beats for $3 billion.

 

Study: Cynicism linked to greater dementia risk

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

CNN: A new study showed that cynical people have a higher likelihood of developing dementia.

 

CEO pay tops $10M-mark

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TIME: Median CEO pay hit a record high of $10.5 million in 2013, an 8.8% rise over 2012.

 

Study: Diet soda helps weight loss

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

CNN: A study funded by the American Beverage Association showed that individuals who drank diet soda lost more weight compared to their counterparts who just drank water.

 

Yelp identifies unreported food poisoning cases

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Friday, May 23, 2014

CBS: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are examining how Yelp can be used to track incidences of food poisoning that is not reported.

 

Tennessee reinstates electric chair use

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Friday, May 23, 2014

CNN: Tennessee is the first state to make use of the electric chair mandatory when lethal injection drugs are unavailable.

 

eBay urges users to change account password

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

CNET: The online retailer is asking users to change their passwords following a security hack.

 

Pet treats from China caused dog deaths, human sickness

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

NBC: Pet jerky treats imported from China are linked to more than 1,000 deaths in dogs, more than 4,800 complaints of animal illness and three reports of sickness from people who ingested the product.

 

Netflix to expand in Europe

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Reuters: The online movie and television subscription service will launch in six more European countries, including France and Germany.

 

Study links high cholesterol to low fertility

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NIH: High cholesterol levels may impair fertility in couples trying to achieve a pregnancy.

 
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The short list: 5 hot coffee shops for entrepreneurs

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Oregon entrepreneurs reveal their favorite caffeine hangouts.


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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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Tackling the CEO-worker pay gap

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An SEC rule targets the disparity between executive and employee compensation, reigniting a long-standing debate about corporate social responsibility.


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Free Falling

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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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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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