Most federal agencies slated for cuts employ staff outside D.C. area

Most federal employees work outside metropolitan Washington, D.C., and President Donald Trump's proposed workforce cuts could have significant effects on employment numbers in certain states. Maryland, California, Texas, Virginia and Georgia have the most employees who are more vulnerable to cuts.

Why higher ed needs "digital thinkers"

Individuals who are "digital thinkers" relentlessly push for change, embrace risks, and view data as tools for transparency and growth on their campuses, Joshua Kim writes. Colleges and universities can help their analog institutions move forward by putting these individuals in non-IT leadership roles, Kim writes in this commentary.

US to impose duties on Canadian lumber
4/25/2017 Bloomberg

The Commerce Department said the US will impose duties ranging from 3% to 24.1% on Canadian softwood exported to the US. The Canadian government said that the action is unjustified and that it will take legal action if necessary to stop it.

Sources: Marsh reduces store count, HQ staff

Marsh Supermarkets is expected to close 10 or more stores next month, sources say, and the retailer has reportedly reduced the support staff at its headquarters. Marsh would operate about 55 locations following the May closures, compared with more than 120 in 2006.

Survey examines instances of EHR outages affecting patient safety

SERMO surveyed 3,086 physicians from 26 countries and found that 46% have witnessed an EMR/EHR outage or malfunction that endangered a patient's health or safety. Fifty-five percent of physicians in the US said they experienced such an incident, followed by 46% -- the global average -- in Canada and the UK and 39% in France.

HuffPost unveils new name, look and strategy

The Huffington Post has rebranded as HuffPost with a revamped website and a new logo. The update includes more native-content opportunities for advertisers, and video ads will be more prominent across the site, especially on the home page.

Alibaba to help 1M US small businesses sell in China
4/25/2017 USA Today

Alibaba's Jack Ma will hold a conference in Detroit in June to help 1 million US small businesses enter the Chinese market by selling on the e-commerce giant's Tmall site. Alibaba seeks to invite 2,000 US small-business owners, educate them on how to sell to Chinese consumers and then help them partner with logistics firms to make the process possible.

DJI Goggles combine VR with drone tech
4/25/2017 Engadget

DJI has developed goggles that use a drone to capture and transfer real-time images for first-person, immersive viewing through a virtual-reality experience. The DJI Goggles connect to Mavic Pro or Phantom 4 drones wirelessly.

Mylan sued W.Va. to keep EpiPen on preferred Medicaid drug list

Mylan filed a lawsuit in 2015 against West Virginia in an effort to force the state to list EpiPen allergy shots as a preferred drug on the state's Medicaid formulary. State officials had decided to list a competing product as preferred, but EpiPen gained preferred status not through the lawsuit but when the other product was taken off the market.

NCTA study: Cable industry employs 2.9M
4/25/2017 Broadcasting & Cable

The cable industry supports 2.9 million jobs, contributing $421 billion to the economy, per an NCTA: The Internet & Television Association study. "Whether it's building the powerful broadband networks that are transforming our lives or creating the award-winning TV that is entertaining us, this industry continues to be one of the most significant contributors to our nation's economy," said President and CEO Michael Powell.

Report: High velocity water under spillway likely cause of Oroville failure

A report prepared for California's Department of Water Resources says the failure of the spillway at the Oroville Dam "likely occurred as a result of high velocity flow ... penetrating under the slab, causing a strong uplift force and causing the slab to lift, eventually causing all or part of the slab to break away" with "[s]ubsequent erosion of foundation material." A final report on the cause is expected in the fall.

Apple signs 200-MW PPA with Ore. wind farm
4/25/2017 (U.K.)

Apple has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with the 200-megawatt Montague project in Oregon to partially power its data center in Prineville. It added that the project marks the "first Apple-created wind project" and is expected to begin operations next year.

Alaska Airlines uses data analytics to achieve operational excellence
4/25/2017 (U.K.)

Alaska Airlines has long been committed to leveraging data in its operations, a strategy that has helped the airline become a leader on-time performance. The company plans to bring this practice to Virgin America.

Four Hands massage a popular treatment at Four Seasons Hotel N.Y.
4/25/2017 Haute Living online

Four Seasons Hotel New York General Manager Mehdi Eftekari says the most popular treatments at the hotel's L. Raphael Beauty Spa are its Four Hands massage and its Perfection anti-aging facial with vitamins and antioxidants. The 3,800-square-foot spa features 10 treatment rooms, a hair salon, nail stations and men's and women's locker rooms equipped with saunas.