From the Wires

NASA discovers planets outside of solar system

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Forbes: NASA's Kepler mission uncovered 715 new planets circling 305 stars.

 

Bitcoin on verge of collapse

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

L.A. Times: The sudden closure of Mt. Gox, the world's largest virtual currency exchange, triggered a massive sell-off.

 

Toddler obesity rate plummets

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BBC: A national study has found the obesity rate among young children has fallen 43% since 2003-2004.

 

President Obama warns of U.S. Afghan pullout

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BBC: President Barack Obama warned Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai that the United States may pull all troops from his country by the end of 2014.

 

Bitcoin-trading website disappears

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CNN: Mt. Gox was taken offline, putting the millions of dollars invested in the digital currency at risk.

 

Pentagon plans to downsize U.S. Army

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Monday, February 24, 2014

BBC: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reported plans to eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets.

 

Netflix reaches agreement with Comcast

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Monday, February 24, 2014

CNET: The video-rental company will pay Comcast for direct access to its broadband network.

 

President Obama to host Dalai Lama

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Friday, February 21, 2014

BBC: The President will meet the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader in a private meeting in the White House Map Room.

 

Flu hitting young people harder this year

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Friday, February 21, 2014

CNN: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported people between the ages of 18 and 64 represent 61% of all influenza-related hospitalizations. 

 

Safeway Inc. considers possible sale

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Reuters: The second-largest U.S. mainstream grocery store operator is considering selling.

 

Facebook to buy WhatsApp

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

BBC: The social networking giant purchased the messaging app for $19 billion.

 

President Obama considers sanctions against Ukraine

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

USA Today: In the aftermath of violence that killed at least 25 in Ukraine, the White House is considering imposing sanctions.

 

U.S. takes alpine skiing gold in Winter Olympics

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WSJ: American Ted Ligety dominated in the men's giant slalom at the Sochi Olympics.

 
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Reimagining education to solve Oregon's student debt and underemployment problems

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How do we skill up our future technology workforce in a smart way to take advantage of these high-paying jobs? The answer shouldn’t focus only on helping people get a bachelor’s degree.


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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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Corner Office: Marv LaPorte

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The president of LaPorte & Associates lets us in on his day-to-day life.


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2014 was a year of wild contradictions, fast-paced growth and unexpected revelations.


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Editor's Letter: Power Play

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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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A conversation with Oregon state economist Josh Lehner.


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Woman of Steel

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Tamara Lundgren tackles the challenges—without getting trampled.


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