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U.S. consumer inflation rises: higher food, rent costs

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reuters: The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 0.2% in March.

 

U.S. Airways apologizes for tweeting explicit image

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BBC: The airline responded to a customer complaint with a pornographic image from its official Twitter account.

 

Bubba Watson wins second Masters Tournament

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Monday, April 14, 2014

CBS: Bubba Watson won the 2014 Masters Tournament by a three-stroke margin.

 

Excessive TV linked to poorer sleep in children

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Forbes: A study showed that for every extra hour of TV children watched, they tended to sleep seven minutes less per night (on average).

 

Obama names new U.S. health secretary

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Friday, April 11, 2014

CNN: President Obama bid farewell to Kathleen Sebelius and named Sylvia Mathews Burwell as her successor.

 

Google Glass on sale for one day

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Friday, April 11, 2014

BBC: Google Glass will be sold to the U.S. public for one day, April 15.

 

U.S. jobless claims at lowest since 2007

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bloomberg: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to 300,000, the lowest since May 2007.

 

U.S. bacon prices rise

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Associated Press: A virus has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, threatening pork production and increasing prices by 10% or more.

 

Major bug 'Heartbleed' exposes Internet data

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

CNET: The security bug can wipe a server's memory, where sensitive user data is stored like usernames, passwords and credit card numbers.

 

Aerobic exercise helps aging brains grow

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Atlantic: A study showed that doing aerobic exercise twice a week for 26 weeks significantly increased the volume of the hippocampi in older women.

 

Windows XP is dead

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

NBC: Microsoft ended support for the popular operating system, Windows XP.

 

Stay-at-home moms on the rise

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

CNN Money: Today, 29% of American mothers are at home.

 

Game of Thrones crashes HBO app

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Monday, April 07, 2014

CNN: A rush of viewers onto the cable network's mobile streaming app for the season premiere of "Game of Thrones" caused it to crash.

 
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Corner Office: Sheree Arntson

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Checking in with the managing director of Arnerich Massena.


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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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See How They Run

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Studying ground-running birds, a group that ranks among nature's speediest and most agile bipedal runners, to build a faster robot.


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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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Behind the curtain: What students should know about accreditation and rankings

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How important are institutional and/or program evaluations provided by third parties in selecting a college or university program?


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Corner Office: Steve Tatone

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Seven tidbits about the president and CEO of AKT Group.


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Streetfight

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On Friday, Uber switched on an app — and with one push of the button torpedoed Portland’s famed public process.


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