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 Must Reads
After a week off, we get back to our Monday tradition of linking to some of the more interesting business-oriented stories published this weekend.
- The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the folks at Google are finding out. The hottest name in technology has issues with Microsoft's control of the browser market. I'm having a hard time mustering up sympathy for Google. (NY Times.)
- The Times also has an interesting backstory about the creation of American Idol. Seems the show almost didn't make it to air.
- Local angle to a national story. Eastman Kodak is attempting to crack the vast market for information technology in health care. Cerner Corp., one of its main competitors, today announced an alliance with one of the nation's leading health care centers. (Kansas City Star.)
- A Silicon Valley company is proposing a very high-tech way of finding the lowest gas price. (San Jose Mercury News.)
- The immigration debate doesn't seem to be abating anytime soon. Here's a story that tries to separate fact from fiction in the economics of the argument. (The Washington Times.)