AT&T workers conduct massive weekend strike

Tens of thousands of AT&T workers left their jobs Friday after the company missed a union deadline to draft a contract. The workers, many without a contract for the past year, are seeking higher wages, better sales commission, job protection and increased health care contributions.

Card catalogs: Gone but not forgotten
5/22/2017 Smithsonian online

Card catalogs stopped being printed in 2015, but Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says the book system is part of an important history. "It was really the first search engine, so I think for younger generations it is an eye-opener to think about the written catalog and how far we have come in organizing data and making it findable," she says.

SoftBank, Saudi Arabia back world's biggest private equity fund
5/22/2017 Reuters

The SoftBank Vision Fund, sponsored by Saudi Arabia's top sovereign-wealth fund and Japan's SoftBank Group, said it has raised more than $93 billion to invest in the technology sector. That makes it the world's biggest private equity fund.

McDonald's details additional improvements for franchisees
5/22/2017 Bloomberg

McDonald's could require its franchisees to invest about $100,000 per store on upgrades and new equipment including LED lighting and espresso machines, according to corporate documents. The expenses would be in addition to the company's Experience of the Future program, an ongoing modernization platform for which McDonald's has agreed to pay 55% of the costs.

Is the Affordable Care Act dead?
5/19/2017 National Public Radio

President Donald Trump said in a news conference that "Obamacare is collapsing. It's dead. It's gone," but about 10 million people have bought insurance through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges and another 10 million received coverage through the expansion of Medicaid. Trump's assertion that some insurance companies are pulling out, however, is true, with several providers leaving the market and others raising rates.

Facebook gives in-app food ordering a try

Facebook is trialing an "Order Food" button in its app; the button enables consumers to order and pay for food deliveries without leaving the app in partnership with Delivery.com and Slice. The new feature lists participating restaurants with ratings, photos, price ranges and cuisine categories.

Apple makes bigger moves into physical retail
5/19/2017 Quartz

Apple continues to book strong sales growth at its retail stores and the company is still making plans for new locations, even as other brick-and-mortar retailers struggle in the digital age. The retailer now operates about 500 global stores and they're winning with a strategy that stresses experiences, said Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts.

"Destiny 2" improves game storytelling, villain
5/22/2017 Engadget

Activision's "Destiny 2" is expected to feature a more complex villain and better worldbuilding than previous installments. "We're spending a lot of time just trying to make sure that we're telling a story and that we have characters that people want to meet and want to work with," says Luke Smith, director of "Destiny 2."

Dow-DuPont merger to close by Sept. 1

Dow Chemical and DuPont's planned $130 billion merger is on track and will likely close between Aug. 1 and Sept. 1, according to the companies. They said they are working with regulators in the rest of the relevant jurisdictions to get clearances for the merger.

Netflix's Stuber focuses on pushing Netflix as a film studio
5/22/2017 Deadline Hollywood

Netflix's Scott Stuber is aiming to make the company as successful with films as it has been with TV, with plans to push out 40 to 50 films per year. Stuber's experience at Universal Studios working on films such as "The Fast and the Furious" and "The Bourne Identity," as well as his experience building pictures and networking with talent, makes him a good fit for the role, Mike Fleming writes.

List, photos: 12 dams that will blow the engineering mind
5/22/2017 Interesting Engineering

These 12 dams are especially amazing feats of engineering. For example, the Contra Dam in Switzerland, made famous in a James Bond movie, required less concrete due to its narrow design.

Analysts revise up US shale production growth forecasts
5/22/2017 Bloomberg

Analysts are predicting larger-than-expected US shale production increases this year, with Macquarie Group lifting its forecast from 0.9 million to 1.4 million barrels per day through December, while JPMorgan Chase & Co. estimated growth of 800,000 barrels per day by the end of the year, double its previous projection. US shale output will continue to grow into 2018, with JPMorgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecasting a 1.05 million-barrel-per-day increase and a 950,000 barrel-per-day surge, respectively.

FBI detains Turkish man after disturbance on airliner
5/22/2017 Bloomberg

The FBI detained a 25-year-old Turkish man who flight attendants said caused a disturbance on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
Anil Tuvanc Uskanli faces a possible charge of interference with a flight crew after he purchased an economy ticket but attempted to sit in a first-class seat.

Baltimore hotels use an artful touch to attract travelers
5/19/2017 The Baltimore Sun

Hotels throughout Baltimore are turning to photography collections, fine art and artisan furniture to create an unforgettable arts experience for guests. Embracing fine art is about amenity and identity for hotels and resorts, private art dealer Mark Myers said.