From the Wires

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.

 

Amazon launches $99 set-top box

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Forbes: The company unveiled FireTV, a streaming set-top box that lets viewers watch on-demand movies and television shows.

 

7 servings of fruits, veggies reduces death risk

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Forbes: Overwhelming evidence shows that consuming seven servings of fruits and vegetables per day considerably decreases one's death risk.

 

No sign of Russian troop pullout

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

BBC: Nato is not seeing a Russian troop pullout from the Ukraine border.

 

Microsoft CEO reshuffles senior ranks

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Reuters: Satya Nadella named three executives to its cloud, devices and Xbox gaming systems.

 

Last day to enroll in Obamacare

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Monday, March 31, 2014

BBC: More than six million Americans have signed up for plans through the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces.

 

Microsoft brings Office to the iPad

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Forbes: The apps are free but users will need a subscription to Microsoft's Office 365 service to use them.

 

CDC: Autism rates in U.S. children increased 30%

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Friday, March 28, 2014

CNN: One in 68 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.

 

IMF agrees to $14 to $18B bailout for Ukraine

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Reuters: The International Monetary Fund agreement is intended to help Ukraine meet debt payments.

 

WHO: World now 80% polio-free

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

BBC: The World Health Organization has declared its South East Asia region free of the deadly virus.

 
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Election Season

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We didn’t intend this issue to have an election season theme. But politics has a way of seeping into the cracks and fissures.


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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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The short list: 5 companies making a mint off kale

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Farmers, grocery stores and food processors cash in on kale.


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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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Corner Office: Timothy Mitchell

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A look-in on the life of Norris & Stevens' president.


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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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Fly Zone

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The black soldier fly’s larvae are among the most ravenous and least picky eaters on earth.


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