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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.

 

GM recalls another 2.4M vehicles

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WSJ: General Motors expects to pay an additional $200 million more in recall-related fines.

 

Dogs can detect prostate cancer

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Reuters: Trained dogs have the ability to sniff out prostate cancer in urine with 98% accuracy.

 

AT&T, DirecTV strike $49B deal

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Monday, May 19, 2014

CNN: AT&T acquired America's largest satellite television provider for almost $50 billion.

 

1.8M pounds of beef recalled

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Monday, May 19, 2014

USA Today: Approximately 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products are being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.

 

GM fined $35M over recall

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Friday, May 16, 2014

BBC: General Motors was fined $35 million for delays in recalling cars with faulty ignition switches.

 

CDC recommends pill to protect against HIV

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Friday, May 16, 2014

CBS: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports people deemed to be at high risk for contracting HIV should take anti-HIV medicines to cut transmission risk.

 

General Motors recalls 2.7M more cars

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

BBC: The recall will cost the carmaker approximately $200 million.

 

Obesity raises breast cancer death rate

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

NBC: A new study finds obese younger women have a 34% higher risk of dying from their breast cancer.

 

Google Glass on sale again

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

CNN: Consumers can purchase Google Glass for $1,500 as long as supplies last.

 

17 everyday chemicals that could cause breast cancer

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

TIME: Scientists identified 17 groups of chemicals that could be linked to mammary tumors.

 

Red wine health benefits 'overhyped'

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BBC: Scientists say that red wine may not be as good for health as first believed.

 
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Corner Office: Pam Edstrom

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Seven tidbits of information from an agency partner and co-founder of Waggener Edstrom in Lake Oswego.


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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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Powerbook Perspective

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Friday, December 12, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


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Corner Office: Sheree Arntson

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Checking in with the managing director of Arnerich Massena.


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The 100 Best Companies survey is open

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Friday, October 24, 2014

100-best-logo-2015 500pxw-1How does your workplace stack up against competitors? How can you improve workplace practices to help recruit and retain employees? Find out by taking our 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon survey!


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Crowdfunding 2.0

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A conversation with attorney Erich Merrill about the latest way to raise money from large groups of people.


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The short list: 5 hot coffee shops for entrepreneurs

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Friday, November 14, 2014

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Oregon entrepreneurs reveal their favorite caffeine hangouts.


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