Should you accept that acquisition offer?
3/24/2017 Hacker Noon

Founders who want to build the next billion-dollar business are faced with a hard decision when somebody offers to buy for, say, $100 million. One of the ways to evaluate this kind of offer is to compare the acquisition deal to the valuation the company would be able to achieve in a subsequent funding round.

Study: College costs too high for many students
3/24/2017 The Atlantic online

As many as 95% of colleges may be out of financial reach for many low- to moderate-income students, while wealthier students have access to about 90%, according to a study by the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Researchers found that, with expanded grants and loans, poorer students could afford about 20% of the colleges in the study.

Research: Bitcoin fraud rising this month

The number of bitcoin-related scams promoted online has increased significantly in March, according to security firm ZeroFox. The company said it had identified bitcoin fraud on 8,742 social media posts linked to 3,618 unique URLs over a three-week period.

Fareway to open 2nd specialty meat market in Neb.

Iowa-based Fareway Stores will open a Fareway Meat Market in Lincoln, Neb. this fall. The 6,500-square-foot full-service specialty store will be Fareway's second store operating under the concept, which debuted in Omaha last year.

AAP, others urge FDA to prohibit all flavored tobacco products

The FDA should ban all candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products, and Congress should oppose legislation reducing FDA oversight on e-cigarettes and cigars, according to a joint report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and four other health care organizations. "Eliminating all flavored tobacco products is a critical step in preventing tobacco companies from addicting another generation of kids and reversing our nation's progress in the fight against tobacco," the groups wrote.

How Marriott became a storytelling powerhouse
3/24/2017 Advertising Age

David Beebe, Marriott International's former vice president of global and creative content marketing, talks about establishing an in-house content team and creating strategic content such as a YouTube and Instagram video series to entertain consumers, as well as inform them of travel opportunities. He shares his top content tips, saying, "The practice of content marketing is a specialty, and I think a lot of times CEOs don't understand the fundamentals of storytelling versus what's actually a campaign."

Burger King to overhaul its chicken sourcing
3/24/2017 The Huffington Post

Burger King has committed to sourcing all its chicken from farms that follow the humane standards established by the Global Animal Partnership within seven years. Other chains that follow the policy include Chipotle, Starbucks and Panera Bread.

Google struggles to ensure timely Android security patching
3/24/2017 CIO.comTechCrunch

Google has yet to find a way to encourage consistent security-patch updates for Android devices, given the profusion of device-makers that use the operating system. The company has been working with manufacturers and reports progress but says there is "still a lot of work to do."

Rare skin cancer drug from Merck, Pfizer wins FDA nod
3/24/2017 Reuters

Pfizer and Merck KGaA's Bavencio, or avelumab, has received FDA approval as a treatment for patients at least 12 years old with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma.

Tech companies scramble to scoop up NFL streaming rights
3/24/2017 Recode

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon have all submitted proposals to gain the rights to stream the NFL's Thursday night games, sources say. The NFL could make a decision on streaming rights as early as next month.

Lawsuit could derail Calif. high-speed rail project

California is set to sell a portion of $10 billion in bonds to fund construction of the high-speed rail project next month, but a federal judge has ordered a hearing on a preliminary injunction the day before the sale. The suit alleges that a bill adopted last year by the state changes the scope of funding for the voter-approved bond sale, making it illegal.

Solar energy farms are spreading across US
3/24/2017 Yale Environment 360

During 2016, the US added more than 10.5 gigawatts of solar energy to the grid, and the country is on track to install an additional 8 gigawatts this year. While land west of the Rocky Mountains provided more than 77% of the country's solar power, according to the US Energy Information Administration, areas in Florida, Georgia and Minnesota are becoming more aggressive in their solar energy projects.

Air Canada touts vacations to Iceland for summer
3/24/2017 Travelweek (Canada)

Air Canada is offering vacation packages to Iceland as the carrier prepares to launch its service to Reykjavik in June. The seasonal service aboard Air Canada Rouge will feature four weekly flights from Toronto and three from Montreal.

Independent hotels draw families via space, programming

Independent hotels are following the lead of the big chains and adopting family-oriented strategies of their own. Offerings range from educational excursions to laid-back public spaces where kids can get together.