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9/11 prisoner asked to design vacuum cleaner

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

BBC: The alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, reportedly asked his CIA captors if he could design a vacuum cleaner.

 

Employers increasingly offering pet insurance

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Yahoo: U.S. employers are offering subsidized pet insurance as a perk to workers.

 

Tribune splitting newspapers, broadcasting

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Chicago Tribune: Tribune Co. will split off its publishing business into a separate company, one week after announcing a deal to buy 19 television stations.

 

Apple conspired to raise price of ebooks

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Reuters: A federal judge ruled that the company conspired with five major publishers to raise the retail prices of e-books.

 

Map: which countries pay the most bribes

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

BBC: One person in four has paid a bribe to a public body in the last year, according to a survey carried out in 95 countries by Transparency International.

 

Pollution cuts lives by five years in China

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

CNN.com: Severe pollution has slashed an average of five and half years from life expectancy in northern China, as toxic air has led to higher rates of stroke, heart disease and cancer.

 

The economic cost of hangovers

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The Atlantic: Excessive boozing costs the economy about $1.37 in lost productivity for each drink consumed.

 

Antarctic lake full of life

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

NBC News: Antarctic scientists say the contnent's largest, deepest subsurface lake, Lake Vostok, is likely teaming with thousands tiny varieties of organisms and fish.

 

Target founder dead at 88

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Monday, July 08, 2013

CBSnews: Douglas Dayton, who led the transformation of a family department store into retailing giant Target Corp., has died at the age of 88.

 

Brazil World Cup to have 'cheapest tickets ever'

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Monday, July 08, 2013

BBC: Fifa Secretary-General Jerome Valcke said 70% of the matches would cost less than in previous events; ticket prices will be announced on 19 July.

 

How to save your life in a plane crash

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Monday, July 08, 2013

CNN: In recent years, aircraft manufacturers have focused not only on accident avoidance, but also on helping passengers survive the impact and post-crash evacuation.

 

Two popes to become saints

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Friday, July 05, 2013

AP: Pope Francis cleared two recent popes to become saints.

 

28 injured in Southern California fireworks incident

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Friday, July 05, 2013

CBS: More than two dozen people were injured when a wood platform holding live fireworks tipped over, sending the pyrotechnics into a crowd.

 
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Editor's Letter: Power Play

January-Powerbook 2015
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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Three problems with Obama's immigration order

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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By now, anyone who knows about it has a position on President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The executive order is the outcome of failed attempts at getting a bill through the normal legislative process. Both Obama and his predecessor came close, but not close enough since the process broke down multiple times.


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Corner Office: Steve Tatone

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Seven tidbits about the president and CEO of AKT Group.


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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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The 100 Best Companies survey is open

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Friday, October 24, 2014

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Leading with the right brain

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On the eve of the Portland Ad Federation's Rosey Awards, Matt Anderson, CEO of Struck, talks about the transition from creative director to CEO, the Portland talent pool and whether data is the new black in the creative services sector.


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Dan and Louis Oyster Bar opens up to a changing neighborhood

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VIDEO: Revamping a Classic — an iconic eatery stays relevant in a changing marketplace.


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