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 morning reads
Getting back on track after a very busy couple of weeks with some must-reading for a Monday morning:
- In the area of breaking news: Bausch & Lomb this morning is making a decision that appears to have some finality regarding a contact lens cleaning solution. The solution was used by many contact lens wearers treated for a rare eye infection. B&L is "permanently" removing the solution from store shelves worldwide.
- Given the amount of press it gets and stock price it commands, one would think that Google is relatively invincible in the Internet search market. But innovators keep coming, as this article shows. Interesting concept. (AP via the Detroit News.)
- With technology comes complications. Companies are now looking to your cellphone as a way of collecting information about your habits. (NY Times.)
- Speaking of Google, the company is promising to be more open about what happens inside its storied headquarters. Check out this story. (Fortune Magazine.)
- Apparently not even $70 a barrel for oil can crack our addiction to driving. This story says we're not driving any less even as gas soars to record prices. (Business Week.)
- The story behind the story of the rebranding of Volkswagen involves the "craziest" ad guys in America, according to Business Week.