If you seem giddy, people will think you're naive
2/21/2017 Knowledge@Wharton

People viewed as overly happy are also seen as uninformed and easier to exploit, Maurice Schweitzer says based on his research. "The baseline is some happiness, but when people go above that, when they're expressing it on their faces, the reaction they get is totally different from just sort of regular happiness or the normal ups and down that we have during the day," he says.

Schools see savings with connected devices

Schools' use of internet of things technology is projected to climb to 35.2 million units by 2018, according to analysts at the Gartner Group. Some schools, such as those in Cheshire, Conn., already use connected devices to make buildings more energy efficient.

Hensarling revising Financial CHOICE Act
2/21/2017 HousingWire

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, is drafting revisions to the Financial CHOICE Act that would significantly alter the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's functions. Hensarling recently referred to the structure of the CFPB as "a tyranny."

Burger King parent to acquire Popeyes for $1.8B
2/21/2017 ReutersBusiness Insider

Restaurant Brands International, the Canada-based parent of Tim Hortons and Burger King, will pay $1.8 billion to buy Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the companies announced today. Popeyes operates more than 2,000 restaurants, mostly in the US, and RBI is expected to raise the chicken chain's prospects for global growth.

Researchers: Fitness trackers, health apps not science-backed
2/21/2017 The Guardian (London)

Fitness trackers and health apps are not based on good science and could cause harm, researchers told the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting. Johns Hopkins University professor Greg Hager said without trials or scientific evidence it cannot be known whether apps are having their intended effect, and University of Pittsburgh professor John Jakicic said people should be careful about relying solely on the devices.

Mark Zuckerberg intends to make Facebook a global communication force for good
2/21/2017 Marketing Land

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has written a nearly 6,000-word mission statement about the platform's intention to support global communities, encourage inclusiveness, tackle fake news and address the problem of filter bubbles. "[O]ur goal must be to help people see a more complete picture, not just alternate perspectives. We must be careful how we do this," he writes.

Timberland prepares shoe line made from recovered waste
2/20/2017 GreenBiz.com

Timberland is partnering with Thread International to launch a line of sneakers and boots made from trash collected in Haiti. The shoes made from the "Ground to Good" fabric will be released this spring.

Congress moving slowly toward cybersecurity initiatives

The probe into Russia's role in influencing the 2016 election is delaying further discussions about cybersecurity and needs to be resolved before moving forward, says Sen. Claire McCaskill. The Senate's slow advancement of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees also is creating a delay in establishing cybersecurity policy.

FDA issues warning about dog foods containing pentobarbital
2/21/2017 Food Poisoning Bulletin

The FDA warned pet owners not to feed their pets certain Evanger's and Against the Grain dog foods because the agency is still investigating the companies after the euthanasia drug pentobarbital was found in unopened dog food cans and in the stomach contents of one dog that died after consuming the food. The FDA hasn't released an official summary of its ongoing investigation yet, but there is preliminary evidence of other manufacturing and food-sourcing violations.

Sen. Hatch touts free and open internet in Innovation Agenda
2/17/2017 Broadcasting & Cable

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has released an Innovation Agenda that promotes a free and open internet. The industry is praising the agenda, which seeks patent reform, protects cross-border data flows and preserves "the open, competitive nature of the internet against unnecessary government regulation while promoting continued development of innovative online services."

Aging dams create major challenges for engineers
2/21/2017 The Washington Times

A $1 billion project to upgrade the spillway at Folsom Dam and the recent disaster at the Oroville Dam spillway demonstrate opposite ends of the dam-maintenance spectrum and the challenges engineers face with older dams. Experts says the problem has only increased as the climate changes.

Mont. lawmakers consider ban on pipeline crossings under bodies of water
2/21/2017 Billings Gazette (Mont.)

Montana state Rep. George Kipp, a Democrat, has introduced a bill that would ban pipelines of at least 10 inches in diameter from crossing underneath navigable bodies of water such as rivers or lakes to prevent the contamination of aquifers from potential spills. Additionally, the bill includes several construction requirements regarding casings and leak detection for aboveground pipelines.

11 travelers pass unscreened through N.Y. airport checkpoint
2/21/2017 NBC News

Eleven unscreened passengers passed through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The travelers' carry-on bags were eventually all properly screened, the TSA reported.

Four Seasons Palm Beach partners with plastic surgeon

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox, Ultherapy skin tightening and CoolSculpting are available at the spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. The spa has partnered with plastic surgeon Harold Bafitis.