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October 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Vote: Who should lead Microsoft?

The Microsoft CEO sweepstakes is under way. The Seattle Times’ Janet I. Tu recently wrote about the qualities needed in the successor to Steve Ballmer, as well as the top candidates rumored to be considered for the job: St. Alan Mulally of Ford and formerly Boeing; Paul Maritz, chief executive of Pivotal, former head of VMware and a one-time top Microsoft executive; Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop, and Tony Bates, former Skype president and current Microsoft executive vice president for business development and evangelism (who makes up these titles?).

Who do you think should lead one of the premier companies of the Puget Sound region? If you have a write-in choice, please use the comments field.

Read on for some of the best business and economy stories of the week and the haiku from your economics columnist and macroeconomic evangelist…

This Week’s Links:

JPMorgan losses bring bank’s era of exceptionalism to resounding halt | Heidi Moore/The Guardian

Tell me again why Jamie Dimon is still chairman of JPMorgan? | Michael Haltzik/LA Times

Port of Miami receives new super post-Panamex cranes | Journal of Commerce

The economy is a subset of the environment, not vice versa, and 19 other things I didn’t learn in business school | The Oil Drum

The ravings of Naill Ferguson, the real world, and the needless suffering of millions | Dean Baker/CEPR

Did the recession convince Americans to move to more productive cities? | Richard Florida/The Atlantic

New York Fed fired examiner who took on Goldman | ProPublica

When it comes to jobs, not all small businesses make it big | NPR

Today’s Econ Haiku:

Pulling no punches

‘Lazy or incompetent’

Touchy feely Jeff

Comments | More in Microsoft | Topics: Alan Mulally

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