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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 20, 2006

Monday Morning Reading

If it's Monday - and it sure feels like it - it must be time for my Monday Morning Must Reads:
  • Online retailer Amazon.com sells books and music and all sorts of stuff. Sounds controversy-proof, right? Think again. The company is getting flak related to the abortion debate. (NY Times.)
  • Oh great. As if the United States doesn't have enough question marks in terms of productivity. Now comes a technology that will come in handy if your boss approaches while you're watching live feeds of the NCAA basketball tournament. (NY Times.)
  • The life-changing world of information technology arguably began here. Now Stanford University is turning 40 -- and is celebrating. (S.F. Chronicle.)
  • Think the Fast Ferry and Renaissance Square projects are pricey? Not even close. Check out this $625 million project in downtown Boston. (Boston Globe.)
  • Carl Icahn got Kodak all lathered up a couple of years ago, then faded away. The activist investor, though, is still lingering around the digital imaging arena. He's making noises about potentially opposing an acquisition involving Lexar Media, which manufactures and markets digital memory cards. Lexar and Kodak have a marketing partnership. (BizJournals.com)
  • One of the more interesting business stories today involves Overstock.com, an online retailer. The company and its CEO is at the heart of a dispute involving short sellers, journalists and others. (San Diego Union-Tribune.)

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