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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.

 

Oscar Pistorius apologizes

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Monday, April 07, 2014

BBC: An emotional Oscar Pistorius has apologized to the family of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, on the first day of his evidence at his murder trial.

 

Mozilla CEO resigns

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Business Insider: Brendan Eich is resigning as CEO and is leaving the board of Mozilla.

 

Liquid nicotine causing poisonings

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Friday, April 04, 2014

CNN: In February there were 215 calls involving e-cigarettes to the poison center.

 

FDA approves overdose treatment

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Reuters: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an injection device for caregivers to treat patients who suffer an overdose.

 

Turkey officials lift 'Twitter ban'

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

BBC: Turkish authorities have lifted the two-week-old ban on Twitter, citing it was a breach of freedom and expression.

 

Supreme Court voids overall campaign donor caps

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

WSJ: In a 5-4 ruling, the majority believes limits violate the First Amendment.

 
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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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The clean fuels opportunity

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Monday, November 10, 2014
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A market for low-carbon transportation fuels has a chance to flourish in Oregon if regulators adopt the second phase of the state’s Clean Fuels Program.


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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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Political Clout

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

Businesses spend billions of dollars each year trying to influence political decision makers by piling money into campaigns.


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I Know How You Feel

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

Most smartphones come equipped with speech recognition systems like Siri or Cortana that are capable of understanding the human voice and putting words into actions. But what if smartphones could do more? What if smartphones could register feeling?


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The short list: 4 companies engaged in a battle of the paddles

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Nothing says startup culture like a ping pong table in the office, lounge or lobby.


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Leading with the right brain

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On the eve of the Portland Ad Federation's Rosey Awards, Matt Anderson, CEO of Struck, talks about the transition from creative director to CEO, the Portland talent pool and whether data is the new black in the creative services sector.


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