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Facebook bets $2B on virtual-reality headset

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bloomberg: Facebook Inc. made a $2 billion bet after purchasing Oculus VR Inc., saying the headset will become the next focus of its users' social lives.

 

Study: 1 in 25 patients gets infection in hospital

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

CNN: In 2011, approximately 721,800 patients acquired infections at hospitals.

 

Obama to propose ending NSA bulk data collection

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CNN: The proposed legislation would end part of the National Security Agency's bulk phone records data collection program.

 

Air pollution linked to 7M deaths globally

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BBC: The World Health Organization estimates that seven million people died as a result of air pollution in 2012.

 

U.S. to allow some people to enroll in Obamacare after deadline

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Reuters: People who were prevented from enrolling in the federal health insurance marketplace due to technical glitches will be allowed to sign up after March 31.

 

Missing Malaysia flight 'crashed into ocean'

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Monday, March 24, 2014

BBC: Malaysia's prime minister announced that missing flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

 

Mt. Gox finds 200,000 missing Bitcoins

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Bloomberg: The Tokyo-based digital currency exchange located 200,000 of the 850,000 Bitcoins it said had gone missing.

 

Chewing gum sales declining

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Friday, March 21, 2014

CBS: U.S. gum sales have plunged 11% over the last four years.

 

Most Americans believe in medical conspiracies

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Reuters: A survey revealed that approximately half of Americans believe in at least one medical conspiracy theory.

 

Twitter celebrates eight years

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

USA Today: To commemorate the social networking site's eighth birthday, it launched a website called first-tweets.com.

 

Study: lost sleep leads to lost brain cells

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BBC: Research suggests that sleep loss may cause a permanent loss of brain cells.

 

Sony announces virtual-reality headset

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CNET: Sony unveiled Project Morpheus, a virtual-reality Playstation 4 headset.

 

Vladimir Putin signs Russia-Crimea treaty

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BBC: The Russian president and the leaders of Crimea have signed a bill to absorb the peninsula into Russia.

 
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Justice for All

January-Powerbook 2015
Thursday, December 11, 2014
BY JESSICA RIDGWAY

Lawger upends the typical hourly based fee model by letting clients determine the cost.


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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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Water World

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BY KIM MOORE

Fred Ziari aims to feed the global population.


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Streetfight

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BY LINDA BAKER

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


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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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Powerbook Perspective

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A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


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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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