Overcome the tyranny of PowerPoint
1/18/2017 Forbes

PowerPoint is a default tool at many companies despite its ineffectiveness at facilitating natural conversations, write Shani Harmon and Renee Cullinan. They offer several alternatives for presenting information in ways that engage participants and foster discussion.

DeVos hearing addresses school choice, rights

School choice, guns in schools and special education were some of the topics lawmakers asked Betsy DeVos, the nominee for US secretary of education, during her confirmation hearing this week. DeVos addressed school choice during her opening remarks, noting that "Parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the needs of every child."

Supreme Court allows Libor suits to proceed
1/18/2017 Reuters

The US Supreme Court has rejected an industry appeal and ruled that investors' antitrust lawsuits against a number of banks accused of manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate, including Deutsche Bank, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, can move forward.

Hy-Vee embraces ugly produce with Misfits program
1/18/2017 Progressive Grocer

Hy-Vee is rolling out a program to bring lower-priced, less-than-perfect fruits and vegetables to its 242 stores across the Midwest. Four to six ugly seasonal produce items will be available in the retailer's Robinson Fresh's Misfits displays.

Report lists 100 evidence-based conclusions about cannabis

A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report detailing 100 evidence-based conclusions about the benefits and harms of cannabis found it may help reduce chronic pain and chemotherapy-induced nausea. The report noted cannabis is linked to psychoses and schizophrenia but called for removing barriers to studying it further and making the development of data for practitioners and patients a high priority.

Facebook said to focus on long-form premium video

Facebook has reportedly signaled to publishers that it won't pay them for live video content any longer and is instead interested in long-form video. The company is reportedly negotiating with creators to produce premium video and TV-style original shows.

N.J. container terminal uses reservations to cut congestion

The New York Harbor container terminal in Bayonne, N.J., is now using a reservation system for trucks picking up and dropping off cargo at part of the busiest port complex on the East Coast. Terminal operators hope the procedure will eliminate long lines of trucks at the gates.

Mobile devices don't pose significant risk for data breaches
1/18/2017 InfoWorld

Information from the Identity Theft Resource Center's database shows that mobile devices pose the smallest data breach threat. Companies should focus on securing laptops, external hard drives and cloud services using encryption to lower their risk of a breach, Galen Gruman writes.

Analysis: Orphan Drug Act being manipulated by some drugmakers
1/18/2017 Kaiser Health News

Nearly 450 drugs have been brought to market since the Orphan Drug Act was enacted in 1983 in an effort to encourage drugmakers to develop treatments for diseases that affect relatively few people, but a study shows that some drugs that received "orphan" designation were already approved to treat other conditions, and some were blockbusters. "What we are seeing is a system that was created with good intent being hijacked," said FasterCures senior fellow Bernard Munos, who reviewed the analysis by Kaiser Health News of several FDA drug databases.

CNN spinoff won't be part of AT&T, Time Warner deal
1/18/2017 Multichannel NewsThe Hill

A CNN spinoff is not going to be part of AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner, says AT&T CEO and Chairman Randall Stephenson. Stephenson says that the deal is a "basic vertical merger" and that a spinoff isn't relevant to the deal.

Videos: Groundbreaking held for $1B NBA arena in San Francisco

The Golden State Warriors held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $1 billion, 18,000-seat basketball arena in San Francisco. It will be part of a new community that includes a 5.5-acre waterfront park and 11 acres of public plazas and dining and office space.

Interior secretary nominee plans to review Obama's limits on energy drilling
1/18/2017 Reuters

Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday that he would consider reversing the Obama administration's Arctic drilling ban and increasing energy exploration on federal lands if confirmed as Interior secretary. Zinke also said he doesn't believe climate change is a hoax, although he questions the extent of human contribution to the phenomenon.

75 guns found at Utah airport last year; 48 found in 2015

Transportation Security Administration officers screening passengers at Utah's Salt Lake City International Airport last year found an increase in guns, with 75. Forty-eight guns were found at the airport in 2015.

Speedy, all-season modular construction rises in demand
1/18/2017 HotelNewsNow.com

Faster progress and removal of the weather factor combine to make modular construction increasingly popular in the hotel industry. Guestrooms, hallways and other elements for a wide variety of lodgings can be built in factories and shipped for assembly onsite.