Best Buy stores in Pennsylvania and Illinois have stopped accepting televisions and computer monitors for recycling amid rising costs. The retailer now charges a $25 fee to recycle the items in other states, but Pennsylvania and Illinois have laws on the books that prohibit charging consumers recycling fees on electronics.
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.
More higher-education students are enrolling in online courses, but some faculty and academic leaders question their worth, according to a survey by the Babson Survey Research Group. Data show that just 29% of university leaders say their faculty "accept the 'value and legitimacy' of online courses."
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, 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.
Research suggests sustained aerobic exercise may promote the generation of additional neurons in an area of the brain linked to learning and memory, and that genetics may be a factor. The animal study, to be published in the Journal of Physiology: London, compared aerobic exercise with resistance training and high intensity interval training, and found the latter two did not promote neurogenesis as well as the aerobic activity.
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 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 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 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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.