Facebook's data security chief reportedly stepping down

Facebook's chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company this year, reports say. Stamos has been a proponent of disclosing more information about Russian activity on Facebook, which is dealing with a backlash over disinformation campaigns and reports that Cambridge Analytica used data gathered without Facebook users' permission.

Higher-ed bill criticized by veterans groups

A House bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act would remove some protections for veterans, including the so-called 90-10 rule that prevents for-profit schools from taking advantage of veterans. Tanya Ang, director of policy and outreach at Veterans Education Success, says the bill protects predatory lenders and for-profit schools over students.

Tusk urges EU member states to back Brexit agreement

European Council President Donald Tusk called on the 27 countries that will remain in the EU after the departure of the UK to approve a post-Brexit transition deal agreed upon by UK and EU negotiators. Members of the European Council are scheduled to discuss ratifying the arrangement at their summit that starts Thursday.

Albertsons offering digital marketplace for small brands

Albertsons is launching an online marketplace for small and newly launched brands to help them garner the attention of the company's larger banners. The marketplace will be open to vendors that have the ability to pack and ship their own orders, and brands can use data from the marketplace to help push their products.

Fetal MRI may have expanded role in prenatal care, researchers say

Although ultrasounds are the traditional diagnostic tool for fetal conditions, expectant mothers may benefit from MRI scans, researchers from the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center reported in the American Journal of Roentgenology. MRIs are useful in accurately diagnosing and treating conditions such as complex or equivocal congenital pulmonary airway malformation, congenital lobar overinflation and uncertain diagnoses of abdominal wall defects.

Google strengthens publisher ties with new subscription feature

Google has launched News Initiative to boost its relationship with publishers; the feature includes a Subscribe With Google option, which enables users to subscribe to their favorite publications. The two-click subscribe feature, which uses a consumer's Google account information to enable fast processing, has been trialed by The Washington Post and others.

Nordstrom board halts buyout talks

Nordstrom has ended buyout talks with members of the Nordstrom family after failing to come to terms on a price, a committee of the department store's board of directors said. Last month the board rejected an offer of $50 per share or about $8 billion from the group, which is backed by Leonard Green & Partners.

Facebook hit with class-action suit after data harvesting

A class-action lawsuit was filed against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica after data harvesting on the social media website was revealed. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook did not protect user data and that Cambridge Analytica exploited that data.

Latest lawsuits against opioid makers have good chance of success, expert says
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Opioid-drug makers were able to inject an element of doubt into plaintiffs' claims in early lawsuits, but the argument that patients were to blame for abuse and addiction might not hold up against current lawsuits brought by state attorneys general, says Rebecca Haffajee, a lawyer and professor of public health at the University of Michigan.

Will tech giants factor in DOJ, AT&T antitrust case?

Opening arguments in the Justice Department's antitrust case to block AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner have been delayed until Thursday due to weather. AT&T's attorney has continued to dispute claims that the acquisition is a threat to competition in the pay-TV landscape, arguing that the combined market cap of FANG -- Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google -- is $3 trillion, compared with AT&T's $300 billion if combined with Time Warner. US District Judge Richard Leon has not indicated whether he will consider information about tech companies when defining the competitive landscape.

Bill increases federal infrastructure spending by $21.2B

Republicans and Democrats have agreed on a fiscal 2018 spending bill that increases federal infrastructure spending by $21.2 billion. Highways will get a $3.5 billion boost under the bill's terms, and spending on the country's airports will increase by $1 billion.

Analysis: Energy efficiency, renewables driving fossil fuels back

Efficiency measures are helping the US curb its energy consumption and that, combined with renewables growth, has led to declines in coal and natural gas over the past year, writes John Timmer, citing Energy Information Agency data. Renewables, including biomass, account for more than 18% of US electrical generation.

FedEx increases 2018 profit forecast

FedEx's increased 2018 profit forecast is $15 to $15.40 a share, up from the December forecast of $12.70 to $13.30. The company credits a strong holiday season, the federal tax legislation and continued strong demand for its improved outlook.

Translating device helps guests at Miami hotel

A hand-held device named Emilia helps guests at Miami's El Paseo Hotel overcome language barriers. Luis Soto, the hotel's general manager, says nearly a third of the hotel's customers are international travelers.