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The Business Page

Welcome to the business page, a blog where I'll take you behind the scenes of greater Rochester's fast-changing economy. My name is Ben Rand, and I intend to introduce you to some of the personalities, concepts and events that make news in business here. I've been a business reporter for eight years in Rochester and a journalist for 18, working in four states. I grew up in Pittsford, but moved away after college for about a decade. My wife and I live in Irondequoit with our two children.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Business Stories to Scope

My Monday morning reading list:
  • The new trend in cybercrime: Logging your keystrokes. The New York Times dissects it.
  • In a tale of the cutthroat competition in business, Samsung hired one of the original designers of software for the iPod to create a competing device. (NY Times)
  • Wal-Mart Stores has signed up a high-powered spokesman to fight back against critics: Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador and mayor of Atlanta. (Washington Post)
  • The search engine wars remain hot. has "fired" Jeeves, the cartoon butler who has served as it mascot for ten years. (Chicago Tribune)
  • Notice an increase in graphics in your local weather report? There's a reason, according to the Boston Globe.
  • A Seattle-area company is playing a role in a program that could streamline airport check-ins. (Seattle Times.)
  • Carl Icahn, who rattled a few cages at Kodak a few years ago, is fresh off a battle with Time Warner. He's now mobilizing against a Korean telecommunication company. Business Week asks: What does it mean?
  • The Most Admired Company in America, chosen and ranked by Fortune, is a predictable one. It's General Electric. The list includes M&T Bank and Xerox, both of which have a significant presence here.

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