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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, March 13, 2006

Good Stuff to Read

My Monday morning reading list for March 13:
  1. The future of the newspaper industry is in the headlines across the county today as Knight-Ridder agrees to sell itself to McClatchy Co., whose biggest publication is the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis. To some it's a sign that printed newspapers are a dying breed. Any opinions out there? (NY Times.)
  2. The author of one of the world's top-selling novels in recent years is on the witness stand this morning, defending himself against accusations of copyright infringement. (NY Times.)
  3. Another fairly fascinating story about competitive strategy, involving the ever-popular iPod. Apparently Apple is dominating the market through an exclusive piece of software -- although I think history has shown that exclusivity in software can be an oxymoron. (Fortune.)
  4. March Madness is here, and here is an interesting business angle on basketball hoopla. It's also a piece that reflects on corporate strategy. (Forbes Magazine)
  5. A savior for Microsoft? The one-year anniversary of Microsoft's hiring of a computer industry legend brings this update. (Boston Globe.)
  6. While Detroit retrenches, the Japanese automakers continue to thrive. Toyota Motor Corp. today announced plans to build 100,000 Camry's in Lafayette, Ind.

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