Economy, wages growing, Fed finds

Eleven of the Federal Reserve's 12 regions said economic growth at the beginning of the year has been modest or moderate, and wages were increasing at a modest rate, according to the Fed's latest survey of business conditions. Some regions saw rising wages in a wider range of industries.

Data: Nearly 40% of DACA recipients are students

Nearly 40% of participants in the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program are either high-school or college students, according to a report from the Migration Policy Institute. Data show women in the program are more likely than men in the program to be enrolled in school, while men are more likely to have jobs.

Mester: Tax plan may help more than expected

Cleveland Federal Reserve President Loretta Mester said that the federal tax overhaul could add more to US economic growth than the 0.25 to 0.5 percentage points she originally projected. However, Mester's long-term growth forecast remains at 2%.

Vintners struggling to best market sustainable wine

Winemakers have a problem, namely that there are too many green certifications crowding the market, and it's hard to tell which ones are worth the price of certification. At the high end of the market, for instance, green labels can be viewed as a mark of lower quality, but the claim "made with organic grapes" can command a slightly higher price point.

Algorithm may predict speech outcomes in deaf youths with cochlear implants

Researchers who used a new algorithm based on MRI scans found that brain regions unaffected by auditory deprivation, especially the cognitive and auditory association regions, yielded the highest accuracy, sensitivity and specificity in classifying patients as well as the most precise prediction of language development among deaf children who received cochlear implants. The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Survey: Effective targeting tops programmatic pros

The top benefit of programmatic ads, cited by 61% of senior ad buyers, is effective targeting and optimization, per London Research and Truth. Forty-nine percent say their biggest worry about programmatic is insufficient consistency when it comes to metrics and measurement, 42% say the biggest concern is lack of agency transparency, and 39% say third-party transparency is the biggest problem.

Apple to increase Advanced Manufacturing Fund to $5B

Apple announced it will create 20,000 new jobs, add $350 billion to the US economy and grow its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to $5 billion in the next five years. The company offered limited information on the manufacturing investments it planned to make, but Apple stated it plans to back innovation with American manufacturers to establish a US presence.

Growth in mobile app use slowed in 2017

The amount of time consumers spent in apps did not grow as much in 2017 as it did in 2016, per Flurry's "State of Mobile 2017" report, indicating that the category is starting to mature. Mobile shopping app use was up 54% in 2017 from 2016, while use of lifestyle apps was down 40%, the report states.

FDA, EMA fast-track review of Novartis' blood cancer drug

The FDA granted priority review status to Novartis' Kymriah to treat adult patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The drug also received an accelerated assessment from the European Medicines Agency for treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children and young adults.

Comcast teams up with DLVR to optimize content delivery

Comcast Technology Solutions has announced a partnership with DLVR to provide improved content delivery services. The company will use DLVR's content delivery network switching capabilities and analytics to improve multi-CDN management.

Calif. slide mud trucked to reinforce beaches

Mud recovered from mudslides in Montecito, Calif., is finding a new use on nearby beaches. Up to 300,000 cubic yards of mud is being trucked to serve as an erosion bulwark in the surf zone at Goleta and Carpinteria beaches.

Expanding wind, solar must be a priority for Neb., says union group

Wind, solar and energy efficiency are key to Nebraska's clean energy future and the state legislature must work harder to ramp up their development, said the Nebraska Farmers Union. "Renewable energy is good for rural Nebraska and good for our state," said President John Hansen.

TSA finds 4 guns hidden in checked luggage

Transportation Security Administration officers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport found four guns concealed in a Ghana-bound traveler's checked luggage. The officers contacted US Customs and Border Protection and the Homeland Security Investigations Unit of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, and the traveler was arrested.

Questions loom over enabling guests to "ask Alexa"

Smart speakers in guest rooms are on the increase, but concerns over privacy and other issues have cooled their growth. Among concerns are eavesdropping on conversations and the cost of interface with hotel information systems.