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July 23rd, 2014 at 8:12 am

Job growth is faster in states that raised minimum wage

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The 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not.

The Department of Labor released new data that suggests that raising the minimum wage in some states might have spurred job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen.



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July 22nd, 2014 at 10:12 am

Blue Cross makes a $65B bet on value-based medical care

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The traditional fee-for-service approach to medicine that can lead to overtreatment and unnecessary medical tests and procedures.

The country’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans say they are spending more than $65 billion annually, about 20 percent of the medical claim dollars they pay, on “value-based” care that rewards better outcomes and keeps patients healthy. This is the latest blow to fee-for-service medicine.



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July 17th, 2014 at 8:18 am

Top 10 airlines for 2014 named at World Airline Awards

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Cathay Pacific 

At an awards ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow on Tuesday Cathay Pacific was named the world’s best airline. The award is decided by the votes of millions of travelers. Here is the Top 10:


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July 3rd, 2014 at 8:15 am

China’s epidemic of overwork, workers are dying at their desks

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600,000 Chinese a year die from working too hard.

After 26 years, Chinese banking regulator Li Jianhua literally worked himself to death. He was “always putting the cause of the party and the people” first, his employer said this month, the 48-year-old official died rushing to finish a report before the sun came up.



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June 27th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Computer science education – Is there a crisis?

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The U.S. graduated proportionally fewer computer-science majors in 2011-12 than in 1985-86.

There has been a lot of talk from journalists, programmers, and educators about computer-science education in the U.S. on whether every should or should not learn how to code. The question comes up often in the digital-media circles. Tasneem Raja, interactive editor at Mother Jones made a thoughtful, nuanced contribution to that conversation last week.


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June 25th, 2014 at 9:25 am

Women have made big gains in earning college degrees in all fields except computer science


It’s a known fact that women are far less likely than men to get bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math(STEM). But what is the gender breakdown like in other fields?



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June 24th, 2014 at 11:51 am

The largest companies by revenue in every state: Map

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The map above shows the largest company by revenue in every state in the U.S.  The map drew information from Hoover’s, a Dun & Bradstreet company,  database of company profiles. It was created by Mike Simmons in collaboration with Broadview Networks. The site updates information based on figures available from the most recent fiscal year.



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June 20th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Percentage of college degrees conferred by women, by major


Men outnumber women in Computer Science classes.

There is a glaring gender disparity in Computer Science classes.  In any given Computer science class men usually outnumber women by as much as 8 to 2.  In most other college majors women are outnumbering men an average of 3 to 2. Do other STEM majors suffer the same gender disparity?


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June 18th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

The ‘nanodegree’ – A new type of college degree created by AT&T and Udacity


An instructor for Udacity teaching an online Python class.

AT&T and the online education provider Udacity have partnered to create the “nanodegree,” a new type of college degree similar to the Micro Colleges that Futurist Thomas Frey predicted. The vocationally focused nanodegree is designed to be a lifelong learning portfolio that would be widely recognized by the tech industry and far cheaper to obtain.



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June 16th, 2014 at 11:17 am

Study shows startups are better off taking less venture capital


Entrepreneurs fared better taking less venture capital.

It seems that raising as much venture capital as humanly possible is Silicon Valley’s mantra, there are reasons to be cautious when signing termsheets. Startups raising a couple of million dollars had a median exit price of more than $10 million, while the outcome for those raising double that was actually worse, a recent study shows.



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