Don't avoid tough talks with longtime co-workers
1/16/2017 Switch & Shift blog

Performance conversations with longtime employees are more difficult because of the familiarity and relationship, but no less necessary, writes Zeynep Ilgaz. Try creating a setting where feedback is not a punitive measure but rather a chance to build.

More college students seek counseling services

The number of students seeking mental health services at college and university counseling centers increased by nearly 30% between 2009 and 2015, according to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. Many schools are using mobile apps and online resources to help more students, but leaders say extra funding for centers is needed.

Fed leads retreat from low, negative rates

An analysis of the Federal Reserve's "dot plot" indicates Chair Janet Yellen has projected three interest-rate increases this year. The Fed has led the way as central banks back off easy-money policy.

Save-A-Lot finds success with smaller stores in Fla.

Save-A-Lot's more than 150 stores in Florida are carving out a successful niche in a competitive market, with smaller stores and a reliance on private-label items. "Our goal is to be a neighborhood grocery store, which means we serve people who live within two to three miles of the store," said spokeswoman Chon Tomlin.

27M patients affected by 450 data breaches in 2016

A total of 450 health care data breaches in 47 states were reported in 2016, according to Protenus Breach Barometer's summary of information from DataBreaches.net. The incidents compromised 27,314,647 patients' records, and 43% of the breaches were attributed to insiders, followed by hacking and ransomware.

Is Snapchat search a sign of things to come for advertisers?
1/16/2017 Advertising Age

Snapchat has made it possible for users to search content in its app, and observers say that could pave the way for the platform to allow brands to pay to make their content more visible. "This is just the beginning for them rethinking ways to present content from people, brands and media companies," Laundry Service's Jason Stein says.

Cargo imports rise at US ports in Dec.

Imports at US cargo ports jumped 8.9% in December from the same month in 2015, according to Panjiva, as retailers buoyed by strong holiday sales replenished their inventories. Merchants may also have been planning ahead based on China's expected factory closures during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

Apple boosts size for submissions to TV App Store
1/16/2017 Engadget

Apple has significantly upped the size of apps that developers can bring to the Apple TV App Store, allowing up to 4GB. The move is said to be good for game developers.

Timing rule for biosimilar launches under Supreme Court review
1/16/2017 ReutersRegulatory Focus

The US Supreme Court has granted the petition of Novartis' Sandoz unit to review a Court of Appeals interpretation of the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act that delayed the launch of its biosimilar version of Amgen's Neupogen for 180 days after FDA approval. Novartis' appeal noted that the ruling improperly gave the reference product manufacturer an extra six months of exclusivity when a period of exclusivity has already been provided under the law.

NCTA opposes FCC's 5G data collection requirements
1/16/2017 Broadcasting & Cable

NCTA: The Internet & Television Association has voiced its opposition to the Federal Communications Commission's 5G cybersecurity data collection requirements in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget. The NCTA wrote that meeting the requirements would take too much time and effort, and that to avoid creating vulnerabilities, the information collected would have to be so general that it would be of no practical use.

Ariz. court rules on "Your Work" exclusion
1/16/2017 The National Law Review

The "Your Work" exclusion found in a Commercial General Liability policy does not cover an additional insured when the only damage was to the named insured's own work, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled. The court clarified whether this standard exclusion would permit coverage for an additional insured when the only damage was from a subcontractor's work, for example.

EPA: Toxic chemical releases have dropped 56% since 2005

Toxic chemical releases at US industrial sites declined 56% between 2005 and 2015, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Data from the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory also showed that the industry prevented 87% of all chemical waste managed from being released.

Southwest hopeful for future of US flights to Cuba

Southwest Airlines hopes the Trump administration keeps commercial travel between the US and Cuba open for business. "Those flights have high demand both from the US and from Cuba and obviously we're hopeful that we can continue to operate them," said Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly.

Iceland's uniqueness honored in 2 hotel approaches
1/16/2017 AsiaOne News

Iceland's Design Hotels displays its versatility with two properties tailored to the country's distinctive ambience. The recently renovated ION Luxury Adventure Hotel reflects the stark beauty of the Mount Hengill area, while the 101 Hotel in urban Reykjavik still shows its origins as a 1930s office building.