From the Wires

Paula Deen allegedly asked black staffers to dress like Aunt Jemima

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Wrap: A New York Times story Thursday claims the former Food Network star asked black employees to dress like Aunt Jemima.

 

Pirate Bay founder plans NSA-proof app

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Global Post: The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde plans to launch a smartphone app that will let users send messages safe from intelligence agencies.

 

Bank of England chooses Jane Austen for 10 pound note

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

AP: Jane Austen will become the new face on England’s 10-pound notes.

 

Boeing profit jumps

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Reuters: Boeing Co (BA.N) posted a better-than-expected 13 percent jump in second-quarter profit on Wednesday.

 

Google accounts for 25 percent of Internet traffic

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

CNN Money: Google is a quarter of all American Internet traffic, and is growing faster than the Internet itself.

 

Taco Bell to discontinue kids' meals

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

CNN: The fast food chain will discontinue the toy and food combos at some locations this month and across the brand by next year.

 

How tech companies avoid taxes

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Reuters: More than half of the top U.S. tech firms use structures to cut their tax bills that some governments want to change.

 

Zimmerman comes out of hiding to help rescue someone

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Monday, July 22, 2013

ABC: George Zimmerman emerged from hiding to help rescue someone who was trapped in an overturned truck.

 

Duchess in labor

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Monday, July 22, 2013

CNN: As a nation and the world awaited news of a child who could one day sit on the British throne, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, experienced a normal labor on Monday.

 

Warner Brothers announces Superman/Batman movie

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Reuters: Perhaps the ultimate superhero buddy movie will be coming to theaters in the next few years.

 

Detroit is largest American city to file for bankruptcy

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Friday, July 19, 2013

New York Times: Detroit is the largest American city to file for bankruptcy, as well as the largest municipal filing in terms of debt.

 

Device turns any bike into electric one

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Friday, July 19, 2013

CNET: The Rubbee on Kickstarter is a clever take on the concept of electric bike conversion kits.

 

Physicists closer to understanding how world began

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Friday, July 19, 2013

AP: Two scientific teams have for the first time precisely recorded an extremely rare event in physics that adds certainty to how we think the universe began.

 
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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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Tackling the CEO-worker pay gap

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An SEC rule targets the disparity between executive and employee compensation, reigniting a long-standing debate about corporate social responsibility.


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See How They Run

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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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Water World

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Fred Ziari aims to feed the global population.


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