Why Google+ didn't beat Facebook

Google's recent announcement that a Google+ account will no longer be needed to log in to YouTube marks a turning point for the company's troubled social network. Google+ launched to fanfare in 2011 but failed to challenge Facebook even though some of its individual features won praise. "People didn't need another version of Facebook," said Paul Adams, part of the Google+ team and now a Facebook employee.

4 benefits of desk-free teaching

Students in English teacher Nicholas Provenzano's class became more engaged and took more ownership of their learning after he removed the teacher desk from the room. He highlights four benefits of "ditching the desk" in this blog post. "I wanted the students to start feeling that it was their classroom and I was part of it," Provenzano writes.

Fed, Treasury question benefits of HFT in bond market

Federal Reserve and Treasury Department officials are concerned about high-frequency trading in the U.S. Treasury market. "We need to consider whether the race for speed, at this already-advanced stage, helps or hurts market functioning," said Antonio Weiss, counselor to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Stringent bank rules are not the driving force behind a liquidity drop in the bond market, Fed Governor Jerome Powell says. The Fed plans to discuss bond-market liquidity at an October meeting in New York, Powell says.

Is "local" the new "organic?"

"Local" food and beverage labels could become more important than "natural" or "organic" labels when it comes to consumer trust, according to a report from The Hartman Group. The report found that 62% of shoppers want to understand where their products come from, and 56% make an effort to purchase locally-made products.

Transport delays remain a challenge in stroke care, study says
HealthDay News

The time it took to transfer stroke patients from a hospital that was not equipped to handle their care to a major stroke center ranged from 46 to 133 minutes, which is longer than the driving time between the facilities, researchers told the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery's annual meeting. Researchers said increased public awareness, better emergency dispatching policies and improvements in hospital stroke units have reduced the time to treatment for stroke patients, but transport delays are still common.

Retail technology shouldn't be a one-way street

Many retailers use cutting-edge technologies in old-school ways, such as using Twitter to broadcast messages rather than to engage consumers in a two-way exchange, writes Andy Austin of CBX. It's better to use technology to offer a personalized retail experience, guided by customers' needs, Austin writes: "[F]orget about 'pushing' content down a one-way street. Instead, let your customers take the wheel with you right by their side."

Macy's details its plans for same-day delivery

Macy's has expanded its partnership with Deliv to offer same-day delivery services in nine new markets, in its push to fend off online rivals including Amazon. The program, which began as a pilot project last fall, will cover 17 markets including Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas and New York City.

"Angry Birds" sequel passes 10M downloads

"Angry Birds 2" has racked up more than 10 million downloads after a few days of availability, passing Rovio Entertainment's goal to hit 10 million downloads in a month, said Eric Seufert, one of the game-maker's executives. The free game is frustrating some players, who would rather pay $.99 and avoid in-app purchases.

Shire boosts eye disease pipeline with $300M Foresight buy

Foresight Biotherapeutics will be acquired by Shire in a deal worth $300 million. The acquisition will strengthen Shire's eye drug business, giving it access to Foresight's pink eye treatment, FST-100, which is in clinical development.

DIRECTV in hand, AT&T readies first nationwide TV, wireless bundle

AT&T is promoting a $200 monthly cellphone and TV Everywhere bundle that it plans to offer throughout the U.S. -- marking the first fruits of its merger with DIRECTV. Starting Aug. 10, the carrier will provide four phone lines with unlimited voice and texting, along with 10 gigabytes of sharable data. On the video side, AT&T will hook up four TVs with HD and DVR features and the ability to watch on any mobile device.

Savannah Harbor Expansion Project moves along

Work on the $706 million Savannah Harbor Expansion Project in Georgia continues, and dredging to a depth of 47 feet will begin soon. The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $99.6 million contract to CDM Smith to install an oxygen injection system to keep oxygen levels in the Savannah River steady during the area's hottest, driest months. In addition, the corps anticipates soliciting bids to construct a reservoir to protect the city's drinking water supply.

Pattern acquires 100% of Texas wind farm
ReNews.biz (U.K.)

Pattern Energy Group has acquired the remaining 170-megawatt stake in the Gulf Wind project in Kenedy County, Texas. The wind farm has a total capacity of 283 MW and features 118 turbines. "We now own 100% of Gulf Wind, which is located in a unique site on the Gulf Coast where the winds blow strongest at the times of Texas' peak demand and pricing," said President and CEO Mike Garland.

United Airlines offers tablet rentals on routes to Hawaii, Guam
USA Today

United Airlines is trying out a new program that makes Samsung Galaxy tablets available for rental on flights to Hawaii from the continental U.S. and from Hawaii to Guam. "Later this year we will look at customer feedback to decide if we want to expand to other routes," said spokeswoman Karen May. "We did this under the premise of giving our customers another choice of entertainment because we know how important that is to them."

Hotel RL in Baltimore offers unique lifestyle-brand experience for millennials
The Baltimore Sun

RL hotels, a brand of Red Lion Hotels, works hard to provide a different kind of lifestyle-brand experience. The Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor targets "the millennial guest or those who have adopted a millennial mindset," said sales and marketing director Stacie Votaw. Among the features are a complimentary coffee bar and a vintage Volkswagen minibus for lifts around town.