How this VC learned to embrace big ideas
2/9/2016 Forbes

Chris Sacca's investments include Twitter, Instagram, Kickstarter and Uber. But before founding Lowercase Capital, he was head of special initiatives at Google, where he learned the importance of dreaming big. "The only way you could get laughed out of the room with [Larry Page and Sergey Brin] was to bring them an idea that was too small," he said.

Feds create new unit to handle for-profit student loan complaints

Federal officials are creating a new Student Aid Enforcement Unit within the Education Department to respond to student complaints about for-profit colleges. The unit, led by former Federal Trade Commission attorney Robert Kaye, will work with federal and state agencies to investigate complaints and take action, acting Secretary of Education John King said.

Yellen might offer rate clues this week
2/9/2016 Bloomberg

Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve, is due to address Congress this week. She is expected to take a middling line on interest-rate policy while noting rising global risk. Observers will be watching for hints of another rate increase in March. The prevailing wisdom is that Yellen will leave that door open.

Foodstirs sells subscription baking kits
2/9/2016 Forbes

Foodstirs, co-founded by actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame, sells baking kits through a subscription model. Gellar hopes to open retail stores and take the company public. Also, she says her fame didn't help in the early going. "When you go to investors and say 'Buffy has an idea for a business,' see how seriously you get taken," she says.

How physicians unraveled the microcephaly-Zika connection

Brazilian obstetrician Dr. Adriana Melo became concerned when she started seeing an unusual number of patients whose ultrasounds indicated their fetuses had brain abnormalities and calcifications. Dozens of cases of microcephaly mounted, but with little evidence of a possible cause, people became afraid and began blaming vaccines. Melo ran tests that found Zika virus was abundant in the amniotic fluid of fetuses with the brain abnormalities. She collaborated with Dr. Gustavo Malinger, a fetal brain expert based in Israel, and their work sparked warnings to women about the possible risks of Zika virus.

How Frito-Lay's CMO spent Super Bowl Sunday
2/9/2016 Momentology

Frito-Lay marketing chief Ram Krishnan explains how he spent Super Bowl Sunday, beginning with a morning tour of Doritos' NFL Experience at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, followed by overviews for retail customers and checking on the Doritos Top N’ Go Truck. Once the game began, his focus shifted to social media engagement.

Kohl's plans big red carpet ad debut for the Oscars

Kohl's has replaced J.C. Penney as sponsor of the Academy Awards and the retailer will run five TV spots on the night of the ceremony and launch a social campaign this week using the hashtag #AllTheGoodStuff. The ads will tout Kohl's relaunched Sonoma brand and will feature a cheeky take on acceptance speeches.

Nike brings shoe-buying SNKRS app to Android
2/9/2016 Engadget

Nike is bringing its shoe-shopping SNKRS app to Android, a year after the app went live for iOS devices. The app notifies shoppers ahead of the latest releases to give shoe lovers a chance to order the newest designs before they sell out.

GlaxoSmithKline to develop flu vaccines with Valneva

GlaxoSmithKline has signed a research and development deal with Valneva to produce flu vaccines based on the latter's EB66 cell line. Under the terms of the agreement, Valneva will create upstream processes to be used in vaccine production and is eligible for undisclosed research payments. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority will be involved in financing and overseeing the advanced development program.

Google looks to AMP up mobile Web pages
2/9/2016 RCR Wireless News

Google will begin a project this month aimed at making its mobile Internet pages load more quickly, states a corporate blog post that describes the Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, initiative. Built on an open-source framework, AMP will help speed page loading by simplifying the creation of ads and Google's analytics tracking process.

Many areas, not just Flint, face problems with aging water infrastructure

The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has brought the country's aging water infrastructure to the forefront. Many other cities across the US also have lead-lined pipes. ASCE estimates it could cost $1 trillion over a quarter of a century to replace the oldest pipes, including ones that aren't lead. "The stuff underground is just totally ignored," said Erik Olson of the Natural Resources Defense Council. "We're mostly living off the investment of our parents and grandparents for our drinking water supply."

Why sustainability is still a hard sell for top executives
2/9/2016 Yale Environment 360

Climate hawk David Crane was recently ousted as chief of NRG Energy -- a reminder, some executives say, of the challenges top business leaders face in advocating for sustainable business practices. "Never, ever, ever underestimate the power of the status quo. It is huge," warns John Hofmeister, former president of Royal Dutch Shell.

FAA says more drones than piloted aircraft are in the skies
2/9/2016 USA Today

The Federal Aviation Administration says that at least 325,000 drones have been registered, more than the 320,000 piloted aircraft tracked by the agency. "The sheer numbers concern me, as they increase the risk of a collision, and it is likely that the actual number of drones is much greater than the number registered," said Chesley Sullenberger, famous for landing a commercial jetliner on the Hudson River.

Moon World Resorts selects Calif. home
2/9/2016 Las Vegas Sun

Sources say the $4 billion Moon World Resorts will go up in Indio, Calif. "The site is perfectly triangulated between Los Angeles and San Diego in Coachella Valley, which already welcomes some 12 million annual visitors. And within easy driving distance of Las Vegas," said one executive familiar with the plan.