Uber board backs CEO, continues search for COO
3/22/2017 Reuters

Uber's board is supporting CEO Travis Kalanick, but he will have to adjust his leadership style, said board member Arianna Huffington. A search for a chief operating officer and an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at the company are both in progress, Huffington said.

Study: Peer-coached college students do better

College students are more apt to get better grades and write better essays when they are mentored by a peer instead of a professor, according to a new study. Talking with a fellow student about assignments gives students a better real-world understanding of the material, researchers say.

French economic outlook improving, central bank's head says

Despite some uncertainty brought on by upcoming national elections, the prospects for the French economy are getting better, said Francois Villeroy de Galhau, the Bank of France's governor. But France also needs to move faster with pension and labor market reforms and the European Central Bank should continue to use monetary policy to stimulate Europe's economy, he said at a conference in Frankfurt, Germany.

Smart & Final upgrades omnichannel tech
3/22/2017 Progressive Grocer

Smart & Final Stores has upgraded its demand forecasting, inventory control and operations through its Symphony Gold omnichannel technology platform, which now includes category management, store replenishment and mobility and a vendor portal. Through the upgrade, the retailer will be able to use the platform to tailor merchandise to individual stores.

Smartphone device can detect presence of Zika, dengue in samples
3/22/2017 New Atlas

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a low-cost mobile device that uses a smartphone app to identify the presence of Zika, dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases in blood, saliva and urine samples. The device uses loop-mediated isothermal amplification that, with the aid of custom biochemical agents and DNA "primer" molecules, indicates traces of the virus when the sample is heated and molecules fluoresce.

Target celebrates real bodies in Photoshop-free swimwear push
3/22/2017 The Associated PressMashableToday

Target is touting its swimwear with a social media campaign that features the real, un-Photoshopped images of four models to celebrate the female body in all forms.

Container shippers to testify in antitrust inquiry

The US Justice Department has subpoenaed the executives of several container shipping lines, including A.P. Moller-Maersk, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, Evergreen and Orient Overseas Container Line, to testify in an antitrust investigation. Details on what the agency is looking for were not disclosed.

Secret Service laptop theft highlights importance of endpoint security
3/22/2017 ITBusinessEdge.comZDNet

The theft of a Secret Service agent's laptop containing highly confidential information after it was left in a vehicle spotlights the importance of endpoint security, writes Sue Poremba. Leaving devices unattended, using cloud services without security and broadly sharing files across cloud services leave openings in security that put data at risk, Poremba writes.

FDA's orphan drug program to be investigated by GAO
3/22/2017 Kaiser Health News

The Government Accountability Office confirmed it will investigate the FDA's orphan drug program for potential abuses after three US senators requested the probe. The investigation, which is expected to begin in nine months, will include a request for a listing of drugs approved or denied orphan status by the FDA, an evaluation of whether reviews are consistent and an analysis of the FDA's ability to keep up with orphan drug applications.

Studios push to bump up movie home release timelines
3/22/2017 Variety

Six Hollywood studios are pushing to make movies available for home viewing just weeks after they debut in theaters. Fox and Warner Bros. have proposed releasing films through an on-demand option after 30 to 45 days at a cost of $30 per film, while Universal is pushing for a shorter timeline of around 20 days.

Banks increased construction lending in 2016
3/22/2017 CoStar Group

Banks increased their construction and development lending by 14% in 2016, making it the fastest-growing category for the second straight year. C&D lending grew by 13% in 2015, while loan growth measured only 5% in the preceding two years.

How Hilton keeps up with its CSR goals
3/22/2017 TriplePundit.com

Hospitality company Hilton uses a performance management platform called LightStay to measure the reach and effectiveness of its corporate social responsibility efforts. The company recycles mattresses, composts food waste and donates extra soap to needy communities throughout the world.

Southwest makes its largest tech investment with $800M in upgrades
3/22/2017 Bloomberg

Southwest Airlines' systems upgrade includes moving to electronic ticketing and incorporating tablets into workflows. Overall the airline is investing $800 million to update its reservation system and bringing on new technology to further enhance the travel experience.

There are enough guests to go around
3/22/2017 Forbes

Online travel agencies are expected to continue growing their share of hotel bookings while hotel brands use advertising and discount techniques to woo consumers, especially members of their loyalty programs, to book directly on their sites. About 80% of direct bookings come from loyalty club members, according to Phocuswright.