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Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Reuters: Comcast Corp. will purchase Time Warner Cable Inc. for $45.2 billion.

 

CDC: 5 ways diseases in other countries pose a threat

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

CNN: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Global Health Security Agenda alongside more than 25 nations and international organizations to accelerate progress towards a infectious disease-free world.

 

Francois Hollande honored at U.S. state dinner

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BBC: The French president and President Barack Obama toasted to the nations' centuries-old friendship at a White House state dinner.

 

The rise of Goodreads

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Atlantic: The social network for bookworms now has more than 25 million users.

 

Hollywood's Shirley Temple dies

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

BBC: The former Hollywood child star has died at the age of 85.

 

Slow growth among young U.S. tech companies

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Reuters: The number of technology firms aged five years or younger has fallen to below 80,000.

 

Facebook founder named top U.S. philanthropist

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Monday, February 10, 2014

BBC: Mark Zuckerburg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated 18 million Facebook shares to a Silicon Valley foundation.

 

Smoking cigarettes tied to breast cancer

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Reuters: Young women who smoke may have an increased risk of a common type of breast cancer.

 

New guidelines designed to prevent strokes in women

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Friday, February 07, 2014

Forbes: The American Heart Association published a guideline that focuses on preventing stroke in women.

 

Jay Leno bids farewell to 'The Tonight Show'

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Friday, February 07, 2014

CBS: After 22 years, Leno said goodbye to the late-night program Thursday.

 

Violent video games hold back 'moral maturity' in teens

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

BBC: A study in Canada found teenagers who played violent video games for long periods of time lacked empathy.

 

Subway to remove chemical from bread

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

USA Today: The sandwich chain is removing a chemical commonly used in shoe rubber from its bread.

 

Obamacare will reduce U.S. workforce

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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

BBC: The Congressional Budget Office reports President Obama's health care law will cut the workforce by the equivalent of more than two million workers.

 
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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: Timothy Mitchell

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


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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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Legislative Preview: A Shifting Balance

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Democratic gains pave the way for a revival of environment and labor bills as revenue reform languishes.


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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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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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Downtime

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Bob Dethlefs, CEO of Evanta, balances work and play.


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