Tory Burch hopes to encourage women business owners with $100,000
11/25/2015 Fortune

The Tory Burch Foundation has announced a fellowship program focused on helping women expand their businesses -- and for one lucky winner, that means $100,000. After 30 semifinalists are vetted, public voting will narrow it down to 10, who will receive grants, an assigned mentor for one year and a three-day trip to New York.

Neb. school district, library system partner to expand Internet access

A Nebraska school district has partnered with the local library system to expand Internet access for students. Under the agreement, students will be able to access the school district's network from the library. The agreement comes as the school system is preparing to roll out a one-to-one Chromebook program.

MiFID II delay gets conditional support from European lawmakers

Some European Parliament lawmakers are supporting the European Commission's request to delay the introduction of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive to January 2018 on condition the commission adjusts the draft rules on curbing large positions in commodities. Some lawmakers sent Jonathan Hill, European financial-services commissioner, a letter saying they are open to postponing MiFID II.

Talking turkey with Honest and Abe
11/25/2015 National Public Radio

Two turkeys named Honest and Abe will be pardoned by President Barack Obama today, as part of a tradition that's also a carefully staged lobbying event run by the National Turkey Federation. This year's turkeys have been picked for their personalities, says Foster Farms Manager Joe Hedden. "We want to present the president with a well-mannered and socially skilled turkey that's going to act right on the big day," he says.

Rubio budget plan undermines Obama's health care reform
11/25/2015 The HillAmerican Thinker

A 2014 budget measure inspired by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., could leave President Barack Obama's health care reforms on the rocks, by making it impossible for the administration to fund critical "risk corridors" that shield insurers from initial losses. Rubio's measure blocked officials from dipping into Medicare funding or other resources to top up its risk-corridor fund, leaving the administration without the cash needed to keep paying insurers. "I think this is one of the most effective things they've done so far in terms of trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act," says health care law expert Tim Jost.

Crayola ad brings drawings to life
11/30/2015 Adweek

Crayola has tapped YouTube star Zach King to showcase its Easy Animation Studio interactive coloring kit, which enables children to make their drawings come to life. The spot, from mcgarrybowen New York, features superhero and villain characters drawn by King jumping off the page to participate in a battle.

How Zappos employees found their footing on new ground
11/25/2015 Las Vegas Review-Journal

The chaos critics predicted when Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh switched to a workplace where employees manage themselves didn't materialize, said John Bunch, a technical adviser to Hsieh. Instead, employees at the Amazon-owned online shoe retailer adapted to the change and adopted new rules by consensus, including making the office a dog-friendly workplace.

Hundreds of millions may be victims of prolific hacker, says FBI
11/30/2015 Tech Times

A hacker identified only as "mr. grey" is being blamed for absconding with 1.2 billion login credentials, many of them from popular social media sites, the Federal Bureau of Investigation says. Investigators from Hold Security say they identified the individual during a probe into Russian hacking gang CyberVor.

Shire to renew buyout bid for Baxalta, source says
11/25/2015 Reuters

A new takeover bid for Baxalta is reportedly being prepared by Shire. A source said the potential cash-and-share takeover plan is not yet final and could fail. The acquisition would make Shire a leading rare disease specialist with sales revenue of about $20 billion in 2020.

Carriers discount aggressively to kick off the holidays
11/25/2015 Wireless WeekeWeek

The nation's top carriers and some smaller ones have disclosed their holiday weekend deals -- some of which include "Cyber Monday." They include deep discounts on new phones and tablets, strong incentives to switch carriers, free data buckets and giveaways of products apart from mobile devices.

Gov. Malloy wants $100B over 20 years for transportation infrastructure

The rail infrastructure in Connecticut is aging and uses less than all its tracks because of frequent repairs. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to modernize the rail system and spend $100 billion over the next 20 years on the state's transportation infrastructure, including reconfiguring the railroad tracks in a way that could potentially quadruple service.

Pa. Game Commission lands not affected by state ban on new drilling leases
11/30/2015 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A ban on new oil and natural gas drilling leases in Pennsylvania state parks and forests does not affect lands owned by the state's Game Commission, according to a spokesman for Gov. Tom Wolf. "Because the Game Commission is an independent agency, we could not bind them to an executive order," spokesman Jeff Sheridan said. The Pennsylvania Game Commission increased its lease revenue to $22.1 million during the fiscal year ended June 30.

Hawaiian Airlines plans brand review

Hawaiian Airlines is hinting at a potential brand makeover soon, including an update to the carrier's uniforms. "In the next 12-18 months, we will look at our logo, livery and uniforms," said Hawaiian's Avi Mannis.

It's not necessarily easy going green

The growing sustainability movement is favored by most hotel guests, but varying tolerance for resulting inconvenience must be taken into account. Reduced or slowed heating and cooling capacity may be more acceptable to a resort hotel guest than a business traveler in urban lodgings, for example. As real estate, though, green structures enjoy high desirability.