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  • Moxie: when the situation calls for bold and gutsy
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    Moxie: when the situation calls for bold and gutsy

    Books, Featured, Management, Story ideas, Tools

    Moxie. It’s an old-school word that either means a brand of soda or the sort of patois that brings to mind 1930s gangsters. For author John Baldoni, however, moxie means a decisive kind of management style. His new book, Moxie: The Secret To Bold And Gutsy Leadership (Bibliomotion), actually uses the letters of the word […]

  • Bike to Work Day 2013. District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell riding in to City Hall
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    An economy on two wheels: cycling’s power in Europe

    Beats, Featured, Jobs, News, Sports, Story ideas

    Here’s a statistic to wrap your head around. More people work in the bicycling industry in Europe than in mines and quarries. And, almost twice as many jobs have been created by cycling than by steel. That’s the finding of a new study by the European Cyclists Federation, quoted by The Guardian. It says 650,000 […]

  • Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Nov. 14
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    Must Read Money Stories for Friday, Nov. 14

    Economy, Featured, Health care, Must Read Money Stories

    Amazon and Hachette bury the hatchet. After a six-month dispute that pitted one of the world’s largest and most powerful companies against a french book publisher, Amazon and Hachette announced a deal yesterday. Neither side has said much of anything about the deal they reached. But the fact that there is a deal at all […]

  • The economic toll on former airline hubs
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    The economic toll on former airline hubs

    Beats, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    For the past few decades, airlines built up service at a variety of cities around the country. It wasn’t that the market required the flights. Instead, these cities were called “hubs,” places where the carriers fed traffic east-west, or north-south. The idea was to maximize efficiency, and fill airplane seats. But as airlines continue to […]

  • The cost of landing on a comet
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    The cost of landing on a comet

    Featured, News, Story ideas, Technology

    Scientists and science geeks the world over got pretty excited when the space probe Rosetta’s landing craft, Philae, made contact with a comet this week. Here is a scientist whooping it up on the BBC. But traveling into space to land on a comet is a pretty expensive undertaking. Scienceogram came up with this fabulous […]

  • Airports, always big energy users, are turning to solar power
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    Airports, always big energy users, are turning to solar power

    Beats, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    Airports are big users of energy. They need power to run everything from runway lights to food concessions.  And that power is a big part of a facility’s budget. Two airports — California’s Fresno Yosemite International and Minneapolis-St. Paul International — have created solar power projects to help generate the energy needed to power their […]

  • Robert Snell: How I covered the Detroit bankruptcy
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    Robert Snell: How I covered the Detroit bankruptcy

    Featured, News, Politics, Story ideas

    Last week, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes approved a reorganization plan for Detroit, bringing the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history to a close. Robert Snell led the team of reporters covering this once-in-a-lifetime story for The Detroit News. He also covers U.S. District Court and federal agencies in Detroit, including the Department of Justice, […]

  • Must Read Money Stories for Thursday, Nov. 13
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    Must Read Money Stories for Thursday, Nov. 13

    Economy, Featured, Investing | Banking, Technology, Uncategorized

    The Federal Communications Commission has the GOP breathing down its neck. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is being squeezed from both sides of the aisle: President Obama came down strongly in favor of net neutrality earlier this week, and now Republicans are urging Wheeler to not overstep his authority, the New York Times reports. The House […]

  • The murky economics of hosting major sporting events
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    The murky economics of hosting major sporting events

    2014, Featured, Investing | Banking, News, Retail | Lifestyle, Sports, Uncategorized

    Ever since major cities started forking over millions to build stadiums, the economics of professional sports investment have been controversial. The payoff of hosting the olympics is a common debate for this topic; countries and cities spend billions to build stadiums and facilities that are often neglected after the event, and the true economic lift […]

  • Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Nov. 12
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    Must Read Money Stories for Wednesday, Nov. 12

    Economy, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Featured, Health care, Must Read Money Stories, News

    Let’s make a deal. President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a new agreement that binds the two nations on carbon emissions for decades to come. The New York Times describes the deal as a “landmark agreement” between the two countries. As part of the deal, the United States will agree to reduce its […]

  • Veterans Day sales: tribute or tacky?
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    Veterans Day sales: tribute or tacky?

    Featured, Marketing, News, Retail | Lifestyle

    This is Veterans Day in the U.S., known as Remembrance Day in Canada and elsewhere. Social media, radio and television abound with ads offering deals both to veterans themselves and for shoppers in general. But there’s a question, in Canada at least, whether the sales are disrespectful. According to the CBC News, The Gap sent […]

  • Can U2 market as smart as Taylor Swift?
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    Can U2 market as smart as Taylor Swift?

    Marketing, News

    It’s universally agreed that Taylor Swift is a savvy marketer. We told you about her listening parties for her fans months before her new album, 1989 came out. On Monday, she dropped a new video for the song Blank Space basically without telling anyone, and it received well over 125,000 views in its first four […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 11
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    Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Nov. 11

    2014, Economy, Energy | Utilities | Mining, Entrepreneurs, Featured, Must Read Money Stories, News, Politics, Technology

    What is net neutrality, anyway? On Monday, President Obama came down in favor of net neutrality and the FCC will likely follow his lead. But what does this all mean? The Upshot’s Neil Irwin wrote a great explainer to clear up this issue for those who are just catching up. Essentially, the internet in its […]

  • The Last Great Walk: a master of marketing
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    The Last Great Walk: a master of marketing

    2014, Books, Featured, Marketing

    You might find this hard to believe, but a century or so ago, walking was a spectator sport. Thousands of people lined the route taken by Edward Payson Weston in 1909, when he spent four months walking from New York City to San Francisco. In his new book, The Last Great Walk, New Orleans-based writer […]

  • Jerry Seinfeld discovers the power of Facebook
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    Jerry Seinfeld discovers the power of Facebook

    2014, Featured, News, Social Media, Technology

    As someone who loves cars, coffee, and laughs, I was an immediate pushover for Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The Web series, which just kicked off its fifth season, features Seinfeld and some of the country’s best comedians taking a drive in a cool vintage car, and chatting over coffee. (It’s worth watching […]

  • Entertaining Business - did the Sharks make a mistake?
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    Entertaining Business – did the Sharks make a mistake?

    2014, Entertaining Business, Entrepreneurs, Featured, Personal finance

    This week, we’re introducing a new regular column, Entertaining Business, in which Angel Cohn reviews business-themed entertainment programs. She’ll look at whether they’re show business — or business. The latest episode of ABC’s Shark Tank was a prime example of why this show often tends to function more as a valuable business tool for new […]

  • Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Nov. 10
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    Must Read Money Stories, Monday, Nov. 10

    2014, Featured, Must Read Money Stories, News

    The Bronx is up, and the Battery’s down. New Yorkers on Monday morning begin using Fulton Center, the city’s largest subway hub ever. The Associated Press reports that nine existing subway lines converge in the $1.4 billion, 180,000-square-foot complex that will serve up to 300,000 riders a day and that includes retail and office space. […]

  • Oh, those airline fees: more than half of us shell out
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    Oh, those airline fees: more than half of us shell out

    2014, Beats, Story ideas, Transportation | Airlines | Travel

    What difference has the Web made to air travel? And, how many passengers are ponying up for various kinds of fees? We’ve got some answers for you. The International Air Transport Association, the trade group that represents the world’s airlines, did an independent survey of passengers between July and September 2014, using social media, email […]

  • Must Read Money Stories Friday, Nov. 7
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    Must Read Money Stories Friday, Nov. 7

    2014, Economy, Featured, Must Read Money Stories

    It’s jobs report day, it’s jobs report day! Bloomberg writes that this morning’s jobs report came in at a slightly lower number than expected. But October was still the ninth straight month of jobs gains. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, dropped to its lowest level in six years.   Emergent Detroit. Detroit’s historic bankruptcy could be wrapping up. The […]

  • Consumers soon may be boiling over higher pasta prices
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    Consumers soon may be boiling over higher pasta prices

    2014, Featured, News, Retail | Lifestyle

    There is word from Italy that may send tempers bubbling among foodies. Reuters reports that Italy’s durum crop – the type of wheat used for pasta – was the smallest in 13 years. As a result, pasta makers face the highest costs in four years for the prized wheat variety, which is milled into the […]