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Old 04-16-2012, 09:19 AM   #601 (permalink)
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Taliban target Western embassies in largest co-ordinated attack in 11 years

Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik pleads not guilty to terror charges, claims ‘self defence’

Some Asian glaciers 'putting on mass'

Uzbekistan's policy of secretly sterilising women
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New prostate cancer treatment may reduce side-effects

Orangutans show engineering skills when building nests

Fracking 'should continue with checks'

Brazil's education challenge
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MGM eyes Toronto for sprawling integrated resort and casino - The Globe and Mail
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:20 PM   #604 (permalink)
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Toronto News: Man dies in Toronto condo fire plunge - thestar.com
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:30 PM   #605 (permalink)
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This would be devastating for a large chunk of Niagara Falls. The whole area around the casino has been built up because of the casino.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:17 AM   #606 (permalink)
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Headlines for April 18th...

Gas prices: Do oil speculators fuel higher pump prices?

Downtown waterfront or bust: Big casino resort won’t work at Woodbine, MGM says

Violent racist gang expands into Edmonton

'Musical stars' that help scientists search for new life
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Conservatives want unemployed to fill jobs going to temporary foreign workers

Human rights tribunal to would-be women: You can take your penis with you

Will the cult of Swazi King Mswati ever end?

Galileo payload milestone reached
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Headlines for April 20th...

Peak hydro rates to rise 8 per cent on May 1

Kingston Penitentiary: Ernest Hemingway’s story on the dramatic jailbreak of 1923

Sudan and South Sudan on brink of all-out war

Two dead after cruise liner Star Princess reportedly ignored pleas to rescue fishermen adrift at sea
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:21 PM   #609 (permalink)
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Sayonara Sony: How Industrial, MBA-Style Leadership Killed a Once Great Company - Forbes

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Who can forget what a great company Sony was, and the enormous impact it had on our lives?* With its heritage, it is hard to believe that Sony hasn’t made a profit in 4 consecutive years, just recently announced it will double its expected loss for this year to $6.4 billion, has only 15% of its capital left as equity (debt/equity ration of 5.67x) and is only worth 1/4 of its value 10 years ago!

After World War II Sony was the company that took transistor technology invented by Texas Instruments (TI) and made the popular, soon to become ubiquitous, transistor radio.* Under co-founder Akio Morita Sony kept looking for advances in technology, and company leadership spent countless hours innovatively thinking about how to apply these advances to improve lives.* With a passion for creating new markets, Sony was an early creator, and dominator, of what we now call “consumer electronics:”

Sony improved solid state transistor radios until they surpassed the quality of tubes, making good quality sound available very reliably, and inexpensively
Sony developed the solid state television, replacing tubes to make TVs more reliable, better working and use less energy.

Sony developed the Triniton television tube, which dramatically improved the quality of color (yes Virginia, once TV was all in black & white) and enticed an entire generation to switch.* Sony also expanded the size of Trinitron to make larger sets that better fit larger homes
Sony was an early developer of videotape technology, pioneering the market with Betamax before losing a battle with JVC to be the standard (yes Virginia, we once watched movies on tape)
Sony pioneered the development of camcorders, for the first time turning parents – and everyone – into home movie creators
Sony pioneered the development of independent mobile entertainment by creating the Walkman, which allowed – for the first time – people to take their own recorded music with them, via cassette tapes
Sony pioneered the development of compact discs for music, and developed the Walkman CD for portable use

Sony gave us the Playstation, which went far beyond Nintendo in creating the products that excited users and made “home gaming” a market.

Very few companies could ever boast a string of such successful products.* Stories about Sony management meetings revealed a company where executives spent 85% of their time on technology, products and new applications/markets, 10% on human resource issues and 5% on finance.* To Mr. Morita financial results were just that – results – of doing a good job developing new products and markets.* If Sony did the first part right, the results would be good.* And they were.
By the middle 1980s, America was panicked over the absolute domination of companies like Sony in product manufacturing.* Not only consumer electronics, but automobiles, motorcycles, kitchen electronics, steel and a growing number of markets.* Politicians referred to Japanese competitors, like the wildly successful Sony, as “Japan Inc.” – and discussed how the powerful Japanese Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) effectively shuttled resources around to “beat” American manufacturers.* Even as rising petroleum costs seemed to cripple U.S. companies, Japanese manufacturers were able to turn innovations (often American) into very successful low-cost products growing sales and profits.

So what went wrong for Sony?

Firstly was the national obsession with industrial economics.* W. Edward Deming in 1950s Japan institutionalized manufacturing quality and optimization.* Using a combination of process improvements and arithmetic, Deming convinced Japanese leaders to focus, focus, focus on making things better, faster and cheaper.* Taking advantage of Japanese post war dependence on foreign capital, and foreign markets, this U.S. citizen directed Japanese industry into an obsession with industrialization as practiced in the 1940s — and was credited for creating the rapid massive military equipment build-up that allowed the U.S. to defeat Japan.

Unfortunately, this narrow obsession left Japanese business leaders, buy and large, with little skill set for developing and implementing R&D, or innovation, in any other area.* As time passed, Sony fell victim to developing products for manufacturing, rather than pioneering new markets.

The Vaio, as good as it was, had little technology for which Sony could take credit.* Sony ended up in a cost/price/manufacturing war with Dell, HP, Lenovo and others to make cheap PCs – rather than exciting products.* Sony’s evolved a distinctly Industrial strategy, focused on manufacturing and volume, rather than trying to develop uniquely new products that were head-and-shoulders better than competitors.

In mobile phones Sony hooked up with, and eventually acquired, Ericsson.* Again, no new technology or effort to make a wildly superior mobile device (like Apple did.)* Instead Sony sought to build volume in order to manufacture more phones and compete on price/features/functions against Nokia, Motorola and Samsung.* Lacking any product or technology advantage, Samsung clobbered Sony’s Industrial strategy with lower cost via non-Japanese manufacturing.

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Headlines for April 23rd...

The Arab Spring may have helped usher in a new era of government surveillance

Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart
After Top-Level Struggle


In Hippie Holdout, a Fight Over Worms and Moats

'Huge' water resource exists under Africa
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CANADIANS watching yesterday morning's TV news broadcast were shocked when the program was replaced on their screens with hardcore gay pornography.
The unscheduled change in broadcasting - which affected CHCH-TV in Hamilton, Ontario - was due to an error by a cable provider, the National Post reported.

Screens switched unexpectedly at 9:30am (local time) for viewers who were watching CHCH through Cogeco and Shaw cable networks. As well as homes, the adult content was broadcast into gyms and cafes showing the news.

"It felt like an eternity but I think it was on there for about a minute," said Mike Katrycz, the vice-president of news at CHCH. "We discovered through quick investigation that ... it was one of the cable companies that had patched it. It was beyond our control."

Shocked viewers complained to the station and #chch was soon trending on Twitter.

"We have been doing a lot of apologising this morning," Katrycz said.

In almost identical circumstances about a week earlier, an error by Comcast led to pornography being shown instead of Good Morning America on KRDO-TV in Colorado. However, in that instance the footage was shown for only a few seconds, the New York Daily News reported.
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Headlines for April 24th...

Worker describes gruesome scene at B.C. sawmill after massive explosion

Two men relate to same haunting specter -- Charles Manson

Next iPhone may be housed in 'Liquidmetal'

See Northern Lights from space station
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Headlines for April 25th...

ORNGE execs’ girlfriend, daughter did $6.7-million report using Google

G-spot found

James Cameron's next venture: mining asteroids

Can Charles Taylor verdict heal the horrors of war?
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Headlines for April 26th...

Former Liberian President Convicted of War Crimes

Experts Split on Possibility of Remains at Titanic Site

Rights groups see politics behind rise in Muslim hate crimes

Montreal police and protesters rage through the night as tuition march turns violent
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Headlines for April 27th...

Police who lie: False testimony often goes unpunished

Nearly 500,000 children waiting for Tanzania’s only surgeon

Skylon: A British dream of space

New ICBM missiles at North Korea parade 'fake'
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U.S. military’s war with drugs: Drugs issued by military led to assaults, murders, doctors say

Lions invade wealthy Nairobi suburb

U.K. installing missiles on London rooftop to guard Summer Olympics

Web War II: What a future cyberwar will look like
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