China regulator says Microsoft should not obstruct antitrust probe

Reuters: Microsoft Corp. should not obstruct an antitrust investigation by Chinese regulators, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce said on Monday, the latest shot fired by China's government at the U.S. software giant. Last week, the SAIC said it was formally investigating Microsoft for breach of antitrust rules and had raided four of the software firm's offices in China.

 

Improved relations with suppliers could improve US automakers' profit 

Bloomberg: The six largest automakers in the U.S. could have earned $1.4 billion more last year if they had improved their relationships with suppliers, a study shows. The companies would have received such benefits as more advanced technology and dedicated supplier resources, better communication and quicker time to market, according to Planning Perspectives Inc., which conducted the research.

 

Proposed gondola for Grand Canyon's rim has Navajos on edge

Iowa Public Radio: About 100 miles north of Flagstaff, Ariz., a long dirt road ends at a precipice. Thirty-five hundred feet below, the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers meet at the floor of the Grand Canyon. Developer R. Lamar Whitmer is envisioning a gondola ride, two hotels, a restaurant, a cultural center, an amphitheater and an elevated walkway along the river's edge. Whitmer believes the project would keep Navajos from moving off the reservation to find jobs, but Navajo leaders are divided over whether to allow desperately needed economic development on a place they believe holy.