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More severe weather expected in Midwest

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Monday, May 20, 2013

CNN.com: Baseball-sized hail, wind gusts and tornadoes could pummel parts of the central Plains and Midwest through Monday.

 

Powerball jackpot hits new record

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Time: Powerball lottery ticket sales hit a record high as the jackpot soared over $550 million.

 

5.1-magnitude quake hits eastern Canada

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Friday, May 17, 2013

AP: Earthquakes Canada reports a 5.1-magnitude earthquake just west of Ottawa that was felt as far away as Toronto.

 

How a Seattle school launched Bill Gates career

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Cbsnews.com: The mother's club at Bill Gates' high school set him on a path to change the world by holding a rummage sale to buy the school's first teletype.

 

Windows Phone surpasses Blackberry

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fortune: Microsoft's Windows Phone OS overtook Blackberry for the first time.

 

Kim Dotcom doesn't want 3D gun plans on Mega's servers

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

TechCrunch: File-sharing advocate Kim Dotcom doesn't want the blueprints to 3D print a firearm hosted on Mega.

 

David Beckham retires from soccer

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

New York Times: David Beckham announced he will retire from soccer at season's end.

 

ODB, Eazy-E holograms to perform

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

MTV: The 10th anniversary of the Rock the Bells festival will feature holograms of late Wu-Tang MC Ol' Dirty Bastard and late N.W.A. member Eazy-E.

 

Bulldozers destroy Mayan pyramid in Belize

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cbsnews: A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize's largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project.

 

Cyber-heist spotlights India IT sector

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Reuters: A breach of security at two payment card processing companies in India has reopened questions on the risks of outsourcing financial services to the Asian nation.

 

Angelina Jolie speaks out on double mastectomy

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New York Times: Angelina Jolie wrote a candid Op-Ed on her choice to get a preventative double mastectomy due to her high risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

 

Retailers divided on Bangladesh reform

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Reuters: Major U.S. retailers, including Gap Inc, declined to endorse an accord on Bangladesh building and fire safety backed by Europe's two biggest fashion chains.

 

Oil booms in North America

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

CNN.com: Booming North American oil production is reshaping world markets and will help satisfy the growing thirst for oil in the developing world.

 
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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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Historically, when the leaves fall, so do the markets. This year, earnings, Europe, energy and Ebola have in common? Beyond alliteration, they are four factors that the investors are pointing to for this year’s seasonal volatility.


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