From the Wires

Target to offer free holiday shipping

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

WSJ: The retailer hopes the offer will lead to more completed online transactions.

 

Caterpillar gains after raising forecast

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bloomberg: The construction equipment-maker's shares rose 5.1% to $99.35.

 

Dow Chemical profit up 44%

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Forbes: The U.S. chemical maker reported $14.4 billion in revenue, up 5% from the same period last year.

 

Boeing profit jumps 18%

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reuters: Quarterly profit increased, but shares of the Chicago-based aerospace and defense giant fell 1.5% in early trading.

 

Verizon posts higher Q3 revenue

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reuters: The largest U.S. wireless carrier added 1.5 million postpaid subscribers, or those who pay for service after use.

 

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NYT: The South African track star was sentenced for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

 

IBM to pay Globalfoundries to take chip unit

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Reuters: The tech giant will pay the contract-chipmaker $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take its loss-making semiconductor unit off its hands.

 

Spotify introduces family plan

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Monday, October 20, 2014

TIME: Spotify Family allows up to five family members to subscribe to the digital streaming music service under one billing account.

 

GE profit rises 11%

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Friday, October 17, 2014

NYT: General Electric reported net profit of $3.5 billion.

 

Google profits slide 5%

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Friday, October 17, 2014

BBC: The Internet giant reported Q3 profits of $2.8 billion.

 

HBO to launch streaming service

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

WSJ: Time Warner Inc. said HBO would launch the stand-alone, online streaming version of its service in 2015.

 

Mattel sales decline for fourth straight quarter

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reuters: The toymaker's shares fell as much as 6% after the company announced that worldwide sales of Barbie dropped 21% at the end of Q3.

 

Converse sues to protect Chuck Taylor All Stars

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NYT: The century-old American footwear maker has accused 31 companies of trademark infringement in 22 separate lawsuits.

 
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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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