October 24, 2014
  Today, The Roddenberry Foundation announced a $100,000 contribution to the Global Learning XPRIZE crowdfunding campaign to support the development of technology that will bring literacy to hundreds of millions of children.   The XPRIZE Foundation recently launched the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, challenging teams from around the world to develop open source software to enable children in developing countries to teach...
October 24, 2014
More than 30 million cars and trucks nationwide are equipped with dangerously defective air bags, congressional officials say, a number that raises questions about whether the U.S. auto industry can handle what could become the largest recall in history. Federal safety authorities have recalled only 7.8 million vehicles over the defect in a few states, a limited action that lawmakers said Thursday was vastly insufficient...
October 24, 2014
Individual investors have returned to the stock market in a very big way. But they are putting their money into plain vanilla, no frills, passive corners of the investing world. In today’s column, my very first for Fortune, I’d like to officially welcome you back to the stock market. According to the Federal Reserve’s latest Z.1 release, it’s official—you’re in again. In fact, you’re just about...
October 23, 2014
With 46% of global assets owned by the top 1% earners the income equality gap in the United States is substantial.  Courtesy of http://infographicworld.com/wealth-in-the-united-states/
October 22, 2014
With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored grain from critters or even leaving corn standing in fields over winter to avoid storage charges. Still flush with cash after years of record income and with shipping rates near record highs, farmers have resources to store grain rather than sell into a down market. "The last several years we...
October 22, 2014
Think of a refugee camp and you're probably thinking of messy temporary lodging and throngs of displaced people. But Ken Banks, founder of Kiwanja.net and FrontlineSMS, says that refugee camps are surprising hotbeds of innovation. This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.) download "Many refugee camps, although they are initially set up to be temporary spaces to house...
October 21, 2014
The bear market in oil has analysts reassessing the U.S. shale boom after five years of historic growth. The U.S. benchmark price dropped to $79.78 a barrel on Oct. 16, the lowest since June 2012. At that level, one-third of U.S. shale oil production would be uneconomic, analysts for New York-based Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. led by Bob Brackett said in a report yesterday. Drillers would add fewer barrels to domestic output than...
October 21, 2014
Now that the dust has settled on the long-anticipated unveiling of the Apple Watch, a major obstacle to its success is coming into view: the iPhone. The Apple Watch has been the subject of breathless anticipation for years because, as Tim Cook said at its introduction, it represents “the next chapter in Apple’s story.” Conceived three years ago, shortly after Steve Jobs’ passing, the Watch is the embodiment of...
October 17, 2014
In 1998, when Professor Gregory Dees wrote The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship, the phrase was barely known, even by those running “social ventures” at the time. As Roger Martin, former dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, wrote in a memorial, Dees (along with a small group of like-minded thinkers) “defined the contours of an establishing field.” Dees passed away...
October 17, 2014
Builders started work on more homes in September and American consumers this month were the most optimistic in seven years, signaling the U.S. economywill ride out a global slowdown. Housing starts climbed 6.3 percent to a 1.02 million annualized rate from a 957,000 pace in August as multifamily and single-family projects advanced, the Commerce Department reported today inWashington. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan...


Off the Wires

October 24, 2014
More than 30 million cars and trucks nationwide are equipped with dangerously defective air bags, congressional officials say, a number that...
October 22, 2014
With record harvests depressing prices, U.S. farmers are holding tight to their corn and soybeans and binging on chemicals that protect stored...
October 21, 2014
The bear market in oil has analysts reassessing the U.S. shale boom after five years of historic growth. The U.S. benchmark price...
October 17, 2014
Builders started work on more homes in September and American consumers this month were the most optimistic in seven years, signaling the U.S...
October 16, 2014
Three of the largest dark pools told customers to trade elsewhere during at least part of yesterday’s session as concern about Ebola and...

Value Blog

October 24, 2014
  Today, The Roddenberry Foundation announced a $100,000 contribution to the Global Learning XPRIZE crowdfunding campaign to support the...
October 24, 2014
Individual investors have returned to the stock market in a very big way. But they are putting their money into plain vanilla, no frills, passive...
October 23, 2014
With 46% of global assets owned by the top 1% earners the income equality gap in the United States is substantial.  Courtesy of http://...
October 22, 2014
Think of a refugee camp and you're probably thinking of messy temporary lodging and throngs of displaced people. But Ken Banks,...
October 21, 2014
Now that the dust has settled on the long-anticipated unveiling of the Apple Watch, a major obstacle to its success is coming into view: the iPhone...

Altruism Today

October 24, 2014
25% of chemicals used in fracking increase our risk of cancer. So what's a breast cancer organization doing partnering with the oil & gas...
October 24, 2014
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! That’s the sense of hysteria I get with all this talk of year-end fundraising. I don’t mean...
October 22, 2014
Which World Series baseball team fans have bigger hearts? Baseball fans step up to the plate and participate in a challenge for kids health....
October 22, 2014
In February 2014 HP launched Matter to a Million, a five-year global partnership with non-profit micro-lending platform Kiva. In the first stage of...
October 17, 2014
Believing that the world is “flat,” many organizations attempt to solve pressing social and environmental problems on a global scale....

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