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 questioned on higher-ed agenda
1/18/2017 InsideHigherEd.com

Betsy DeVos, nominated to be US secretary of education, faced questions Tuesday about her higher-education agenda during a confirmation hearing before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. DeVos acknowledged the rising student debt and voiced support for career education programs as a path to postsecondary education.

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.

The rise of influencer bots and what it means for brands

CoverGirl teamed with Automat and The Amplify to create a chatbot version of digital influencer Kalani Hilliker on Kik, resulting in 91% of users viewing the bot positively and a 14-times spike in social engagement compared to the influencer's actual posts. "Fast-forward 12 months and we'll be seeing thousands of examples like this because it's just a great way for technology to add value and let brands close the gap between content and commerce," You & Mr Jones' David Jones says.

Rebecca Minkoff launches program to fund retail tech
1/18/2017 Glossy

Fashion brand Rebecca Minkoff will team with venture capital firm Quotidian Ventures to launch an incubator program to help fund new retail technology companies. The effort, which was announced at Retail's BIG Show, will start with an investment in data platform 42 Technologies, which works with fashion companies.

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.

Brazil's yellow fever outbreak has potential to become an epidemic

An outbreak of yellow fever in southeastern Brazil has the country's health officials worried of the incident's potential to become an epidemic. The death toll stands at 30 people, with an estimated 110 diagnosed with the disease.

Pai expected to be named FCC interim chairman

The Federal Communications Commission's Ajit Pai is expected to be named interim chairman on Friday after Chairman Tom Wheeler's departure. White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed a meeting between Pai and President-elect Donald Trump and referred to Pai as the current FCC chairman.

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.

LVMH cuts emissions, struggles to make luxury sustainable

As part of effort to reduce its carbon emissions, luxury brand LVMH says its French facilities' electricity will be 100% renewable by the end of the year. The company faces challenges in making sustainability go hand in hand with luxury items.

American Airlines named ATW Airline of the Year
1/18/2017 Air Transport World

Air Transport World honored American Airlines with its top ATW Airline Industry Achievement award. "American Airlines has never been in better shape to deliver more to all of its stakeholders, and that is because of the leadership skills of American's executive team and the dedication and hard work of its employees around the world," said Karen Walker, editor-in-chief of ATW.

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.