Follow through on what you say you'll do
4/26/2017 SmartBrief/Leadership

Your actions are a demonstration of your integrity, so keep in mind that everyone is watching what you say and do, says S. Chris Edmonds in this blog post and video. He shares the story of a golf match where his playing partner's creative scoring revealed his integrity, or lack thereof.

Executive order on education expected today

President Donald Trump is expected today to sign an executive order that seeks to promote state and local control over education. The order is expected to call for a study of whether the federal government "has unlawfully overstepped state and local control."

Corporate tax plan may split Republican leadership
4/26/2017 Financial Advisor online

President Donald Trump's push to reduce the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% may face opposition from House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. House Republicans issued a plan last year that proposed a tax-rate reduction to 20% and exempted exports, and Ryan has questioned whether a 15% tax rate is realistic, given his goal of making the new tax plan revenue-neutral.

McDonald's bets on tech investments for future growth

McDonald's focus on driving repeat business with all-day breakfast, $1 soft drinks and new Big Mac size options fueled first-quarter sales and earnings growth, CEO Steve Easterbrook said Tuesday. The chain is counting on tech investments including mobile ordering, digital kiosks and an expanded delivery partnership with UberEats to drive future growth.

Obesity tied to increased type 2 diabetes risk in children, study finds

A study in the Journal of the Endocrine Society showed that children with obesity had an almost four times increased risk of developing incident type 2 diabetes before reaching adulthood, compared with those with a normal body mass index. UK researchers used a cohort of 369,361 children ages 2 to 15 and found a 1.6-fold increase in diabetes risk for every 1 standard deviation increase in BMI z score.

O'Keefe, Gildan tell millennials to skip Dad's underwear

O'Keefe Reinhard & Paul's new campaign for Gildan Activewear aims to woo millennials with "The Next Generation of Underwear." The push runs across digital, TV, print, radio and social and includes a tie-in with Tinder that enables users to "swipe right" from an underwear-clad father to view the modern boxer briefs worn by his son.

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.

Musicians tap into VR, 360-degree video to engage with fans

Musicians are tapping into new technologies such as virtual reality, 360-degree video and vertical video to better interact with fans. The tools help musicians connect with a market of fans who receive their music mainly through smartphones and tablets.

Bills would roll back regulations on e-cigarettes, vaping devices
4/26/2017 Reuters

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is expected to introduce a bill this week that would exclude e-cigarettes and vaping devices from FDA review and authorization before being brought to market, repealing former President Barack Obama's "Deeming Rule" that considers the items to be tobacco products and subject to the same regulations as cigarettes. A separate bill that is expected to be attached as a rider to Trump's spending bill would exempt thousands of vaping devices already on the market from FDA oversight.

Altice CEO on enhancing viewer experience with OTT
4/26/2017 Multichannel News

Altice CEO Dexter Goei at the NAB Show on Tuesday discussed integrating over-the-top services to enhance the user experience. Goei also talked about the company's upcoming initial public offering plans and said the company wants to be prepared for new opportunities.

Judge to reject challenge to Calif. high-speed rail

Opponents of a $64 billion high-speed rail project filed a lawsuit to keep the California High Speed Rail Authority from spending money raised by a recent bond sale, claiming that changes in the project didn't fall under the terms of a voter-approved bond. A judge disagrees and plans to reject the suit.

Executive order that could allow drilling in Pacific Ocean expected
4/26/2017 Bloomberg

President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing an executive order that would instruct the Interior Department to potentially open Pacific waters off the California coast to oil and natural gas development and reverse an Obama-era ban on Arctic and Atlantic drilling. While there are still active rigs drilling for oil in the Pacific, the US hasn't sold any drilling rights off the West Coast since 1984.

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.

Work begins on Pro Football Hall of Fame hotel

Construction began Tuesday for a Curio by Hilton hotel that will anchor a Pro Football Hall of Fame complex in Canton, Ohio. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2019 as part of the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village.