Hawaii publication benefits from 72-year-old intern
9/28/2016 Poynter.org

The Honolulu Civil Beat has hired Ron Hochuli, 72, as an unpaid intern, saying the longtime Hawaii resident brings valuable community experience and fresh insight. If the experiment succeeds, the publication will create a fellowship based on newsroom-retiree collaboration.

14 institutions offer MOOC "MicroMasters" program
9/28/2016 The Hechinger Report

Fourteen universities will begin offering "MicroMasters" courses based on the massive open online courses model and designed to help students sharpen workforce skills. The graduate-level program is available for free, though students can pay $1,000 to receive a certificate of completion.

Greece transfers assets to privatization fund

The Greek Parliament has approved moving several government departments into a privatization fund set up to hold public assets until they can be sold. The package of bills passed in a 152-141 vote after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos intervened to round up support.

Earth Fare grows in Fla. with 1st Tampa-area store

Asheville, N.C.-based organic grocer Earth Fare has opened its fourth Florida store and first in the Tampa Bay area. The 24,000-square-foot store sells only "free-from" products but customers will find all of the groceries on their shopping lists, said CEO Frank Scorpiniti.

ONC resources aim to help providers maximize EHRs, health IT tools

The ONC has released an EHR contract guide and a health IT playbook to help health care providers with acquiring and using EHRs and other health IT tools. The "EHR Contracts Untangled" guide aims to assist decision-makers and health care professionals with negotiating EHR acquisitions, while the online Health IT Playbook provides information on implementing and using health IT tools to advance care.

Live Nation uses Snapchat to sell event tickets
9/27/2016 Digiday

Live Nation is selling Ariana Grande concert tickets on Snapchat, using an ad campaign that lets users swipe up to visit a Ticketmaster sales page.

Amazon builds on its delivery capacity to cut costs

Amazon is speeding development of its delivery operation to trim shipping costs and give it the ability to compete with FedEx, UPS and the Postal Service. Expansion allows the company to increase delivery capacity during busy times, but some current and former Amazon managers say the ultimate goal is to create a competitive domestic delivery network.

CTA names Top 5 promising tech trends for 2017
9/28/2016 TWICE

The Consumer Technology Association called out the "Top 5 Technology Trends to Watch for 2017" at its annual Innovate and Celebrate event in San Jose, Calif. CTA says the trends to keep an eye on next year include the advancement of digital assistants, augmented reality, driverless vehicles, and medical and sports technology.

Firms to evaluate BMS' Opdivo, Nektar drug combo

Bristol-Myers Squibb will evaluate Opdivo, or nivolumab, in combination with Nektar Therapeutics' experimental NKTR-214 in Phase I/II trials as a treatment for five types of tumors and several indications, including bladder, kidney and non-small cell lung cancer. The studies will be funded equally by the firms.

TNT greenlights drama series "Hinges"
9/27/2016 Deadline.com

TNT has ordered a pilot of drama series "Hinges," which is based on Janine Sherman Barrois' short story, "The Boom." The drama, which is centered around a scandal in the suburbs, will be directed by Anthony Hemingway, who will also serve as executive producer, alongside John Wells, Mark Taylor and Sherman Barrois.

N.Y. selects team for $1.6B post office renovation
9/28/2016 Bloomberg

The James A. Farley Post Office Building in New York City will be transformed into a rail station and retail center by a team that includes Related Cos., Skanska AB and Vornado Realty. The state tapped the group for the $1.6 billion project.

Whitman: CPP offers extraordinary flexibility

Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman pledged support for the Clean Power Plan on Monday, adding that the agency has done its best to develop a legally sound and flexible plan for states to curb carbon emissions. "It offers states extraordinary flexibility in how they comply with their obligations -- as much flexibility as I have ever seen EPA allow," she said.

Musk offers vision for colonizing Mars

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has outlined his vision for sending passenger spacecraft to Mars carrying up to 200 people at a time. Musk's most optimistic vision would put humans on Mars in about a decade.

Meet Joe&Joe, Accor's foray into youth hostels
9/28/2016 Reuters

Europe's biggest hotel chain is courting millennials and responding to the increasing Airbnb presence by inaugurating a youth hostel brand called Joe&Joe. AccorHotels hopes to list 50 hostels by 2020, beginning with Paris and Bordeaux, France, sites in 2018.