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Universal Backs Free Music Rival to iTunes

from FT.com (via NYTs) Universal Music, the world’s largest music company, has agreed to back a new venture that will allow consumers to download songs for free and instead rely on advertising for its revenues. The new service, known as SpiralFrog, represents a departure from the 99-cent per-song business model made popular by Apple‘s iTunes […]

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Public Domain Books, Ready for Your iPod

from NYTs Kara Shallenberg and her 10-year-old son, Henry, exhausted the audiobook collection at their library in Oceanside, Calif., five years ago. With Henry’s appetite for listening still strong, Ms. Shallenberg began to record herself reading his favorite books. Eventually she upgraded from a using a tape deck to burning CD’s on her laptop computer. […]

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How Hospital Design Saves Lives

from BW Online Design changes can cut infection rates, lower physician errors, improve staff performance, and make all the difference in delivering care. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine shocked the health-care industry with its landmark report, “To Err Is Human,” which highlighted the staggering human and financial costs of medical error: an estimated 44,000 […]

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How Australia Got Hot for Solar Power

from Business 2.0 RATTLING DOWN A RED DIRT ROAD ON THE EDGE OF THE Australian outback, Roger Davey hits the brakes and hops out of a rented Corolla. With a sweep of his arm, he surveys his domain–24,000 acres of emptiness stretching toward the horizon, the landscape bare but for clumps of scrubby eucalyptus trees […]

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Innovation Metrics

from BW Online All businesses rely heavily on metrics to gauge various measures of absolute and relative health. Growth rates, margin improvements, return on investment, liquidity measures, and many others are universal tools — a language in and of themselves — that allow businesspeople to communicate with each other in meaningful ways. Grounded in objectivity, […]

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New Kid On Sun’s Block

from NYTs Jonathan I. Schwartz, the new chief executive of Sun Microsystems, likes to take visitors on whiteboard tours of what at first glance appear to be highly unorthodox business ideas. General Motors, he suggests, should think about giving away its cars to customers willing to subscribe to an aggressively priced version of OnStar, the […]

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Microsoft’s New Brain

from Fortune Last June, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer summoned the company’s top 15 executives to Robinswood, a rustic 19th-century house a few miles from Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. The meeting was urgent: Google (Research), Yahoo! (Research), and other newer companies had been amassing customers, revenue, and investor enthusiasm not by selling software, as Microsoft (Research) […]

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Great Ideas

from BW Online Innovation. It’s the latest buzzword. And it carries a heavy load: Innovation is the quasi-magical element that’s supposed to protect what’s left of U.S. economic hegemony in a fast-globalizing world. But what, exactly, does innovation mean to smaller companies? And what if your industry is one that doesn’t, at first glance, have […]

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How CEOs See Innovation

from BW Online IBM conducts a survey of CEOs and government leaders every two years to find out what’s high on their agendas. This year’s topic: innovation. Some results were surprising. Business-model innovation scored high, especially at top-performing companies. And execs now see collaboration with other companies — even rivals — as indispensable. Senior Writer […]

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