Why technology will continue to create jobs
9/29/2016 Forbes

Artificial intelligence and automation may replace some jobs, but history suggests such technological shifts ultimately create more jobs than they destroy, writes Josh Bersin, founder of Bersin by Deloitte. What's needed to achieve that is a fix for sluggish productivity, a rethink of how careers proceed and organizations function, and an emphasis on learning new skills and tools, Bersin writes.

22 states, D.C. offer seal of biliteracy

High-school graduates who attend school in one of 22 states or the District of Columbia who demonstrate fluency in two or more languages can earn seals of biliteracy. US Education Secretary John King Jr. highlighted such programs during a symposium on multiliteracy and dual-language learning.

US shutdown averted with interim spending bill

Members of the House and Senate passed a stopgap funding measure, averting a potential shut down of the US government and freeing lawmakers to leave the capital to campaign. The measure, which provides funds through Dec. 9, allocates $1.1 billion to deal with the Zika virus but doesn't include any of the restrictions on Planned Parenthood clinics that left earlier negotiations deadlocked.

Earth Fare grows in Fla. with 1st Tampa-area store

Asheville, N.C.-based organic grocer Earth Fare has opened its fourth Florida store and first in the Tampa Bay area. The 24,000-square-foot store sells only "free-from" products but customers will find all of the groceries on their shopping lists, said CEO Frank Scorpiniti.

Health IT implementation tied to high costs, survey finds
9/28/2016 Medical Economics

A Medical Group Management Association survey showed that medical groups must spend more than $32,500 annually per full-time physician in the practice to install, manage and maintain health IT tools, including EHR systems. Practices can minimize reductions in productivity caused by EHR adoption by investing the money and time necessary to maximize the technology's benefits, says MGMA's Rob Tennant.

Facebook Live strategy considered by digital publishers

Publishers ponder how often they should be appearing on Facebook Live. "[I]t's about whether or not there's an interesting/unique moment for us to use it," The Daily Beast's Mike Dyer said.

Sears revs up rewards program with Uber partnership
9/28/2016 Reuters

Sears Shop Your Way loyalty members will earn up to $2 in points each time they take an Uber car under the retailer's new Rider Rewards program. The program, launched first in Chicago and New York City, is slated to expand nationally and will also allow participating Uber drivers to earn points.

CTA names Top 5 promising tech trends for 2017
9/28/2016 TWICE

The Consumer Technology Association called out the "Top 5 Technology Trends to Watch for 2017" at its annual Innovate and Celebrate event in San Jose, Calif. CTA says the trends to keep an eye on next year include the advancement of digital assistants, augmented reality, driverless vehicles, and medical and sports technology.

Right to Try Act signed into law in Calif.
9/29/2016 The Hill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law "right to try" legislation that allows drug manufacturers to provide terminally ill patients with investigational drugs not yet approved by the FDA. The Right to Try Act covers terminally ill patients who have been previously treated with other FDA-approved drugs.

Netflix to add 20 unscripted reality shows to its lineup
9/28/2016 Business Insider

Netflix has approximately 20 new original unscripted reality series in the pipeline, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says. The new series are part of the company's plan to double its original programming, which currently includes 30 scripted series, 60 documentaries and 35 children's programs.

Deal clears way for mixed-use development in Baltimore
9/29/2016 WJZ-TV (Baltimore)

About 250 acres of waterfront in South Baltimore will be home to the Port Covington mixed-use project with manufacturing space, residences, playgrounds, parks and headquarters for Under Armour. Baltimore's mayor has signed off on $760 million in tax breaks for the developer, who must still negotiate federal and state funding for infrastructure.

Oil output rises in Texas while gas production falls for July

The Texas Railroad Commission reports that oil output rose in July while gas production dropped. Preliminary results showed Karnes County led in oil production and Webb County led in natural gas.

American Airlines rolls out no-cost Preferred Seat access for business travelers
9/28/2016 Travelbiz

Corporate travelers are now able to access Preferred Seats aboard American Airlines flights at no additional cost, regardless of their loyalty rewards status. These seats offer standard economy legroom.

Meet Joe&Joe, Accor's foray into youth hostels
9/28/2016 Reuters

Europe's biggest hotel chain is courting millennials and responding to the increasing Airbnb presence by inaugurating a youth hostel brand called Joe&Joe. AccorHotels hopes to list 50 hostels by 2020, beginning with Paris and Bordeaux, France, sites in 2018.