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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, June 05, 2006

Monday Must Reads

Starting the week with some interesting business stories from the last few days:

  • I've heard of hotels being named after founding families. I'm thinking this may be the first time a hotel has been named after a magazine. Where else would this happen but Las Vegas? (NY Times.)
  • At first glance, it's a story about pop culture. But Jim Cramer's crazy program on CNBC is more than that. He can move stocks, as this story shows. (Associated Press via the Houston Chronicle.)
  • The maker of Heinz ketchup is facing some challenge in the financial marketplace. A well-known investor is angling for changes. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)
  • Here is another example that again proves the old adage - technology for technology's sake never works. It's a tale about Microsoft Corp.'s Internet wristwatch, which apparently isn't working so well. (Business Week.)
  • Think you're safe from computer viruses using an Apple computer? A Seattle Times columnist thinks not. (Seattle Times.)
  • That robotic vacuum cleaner? Apparently, it works! At least according to this columnist for the San Jose Mercury News.


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