Uber has reached a deal with Microsoft to purchase mapping assets including cameras, a Colorado data center, intellectual property and around 100 Bing employees. "[W]e will no longer collect mapping imagery ourselves, and instead will continue to partner with premium content and imagery providers for underlying data while concentrating our resources on the core user experience," Microsoft said.
The most influential comedian in the world might just be "Jerry Seinfeld," the fictional comedian portrayed by real-life comedian Jerry Seinfeld on his TV show, writes Jesse David Fox. By following "Seinfeld" offstage, the show turned comedy into something more visceral, revealing and personal than it had been before. "The irony to all of this is Seinfeld's actual stand-up comedy is not particularly influential anymore," Fox writes.
Some schools in New Jersey and elsewhere have taken steps to eliminate the letter grade D, asserting that it has a negative effect on students and encourages students to "game the system." "[I]f Ds are markers of adequacy that everyone recognizes as inadequate, doling them out seems illogical and cynical," writer and teacher Andrew Simmons notes in this commentary.
JPMorgan Chase will offer users of its Chase Liquid prepaid card access to services such as online bill payment and person-to-person payment, according to a letter sent to Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general. The bank also has revised its criteria for new checking accounts, eliminating penalties for applicants who frequently made overdrafts if the overdraft activity didn't happen within the past two years. Schneiderman said the changes "will help expand access to low-cost financial services."
Wegmans said it is committed to opening its first urban location in Boston's Fenway neighborhood by 2018, anchoring a $500 million mixed-use development project that will also include additional retail space, apartments, offices and parking. The city's Redevelopment Authority approved 75,000 square feet of grocery space for the new Wegmans location.
A U.S. study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that only 288 people out of 2,694 adults with elevated A1C were aware of the problem. Researchers also found that adults who were aware of their condition were 30% more likely to exercise and engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, and almost 80% more likely to try losing weight and to have at least a 7% reduction in their body weight in the past year.
The Google Now voice command option on Android phones may soon be usable without an Internet connection. A code in the application's latest update suggests the "OK, Google" command could make calls, send text messages, toggle Wi-Fi connections and play music while offline.
Gap has unveiled plans to open two new flagship stores in Times Square. The Gap and Old Navy stores will occupy the building currently housing Toys R Us. "This signature spot builds on Gap Inc.'s continued commitment to showcase its brands in ideal locations that best serve customers," Gap spokesman Sean Piazza said.
A hexagonal battery developed through LG's Free Form Battery program could boost battery life in future smartwatches by up to four hours, the company claims. "We are going to take the top position in the small-battery field in 2018," said Kwon Young Soo, president of LG Chem's battery business department.
The Treatment Action Group and Yale University's Global Health Justice Partnership filed a lawsuit against the FDA to speed up the disclosure of the clinical research information that backed up the approval of Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni. In a complaint submitted to a federal court in New Haven, Conn., the groups said doctors and patients need more data to make decisions about using the drugs, which are costly and not always covered by insurance. The groups asked Gilead for the information and were ignored, and they were told by the FDA that a decision on whether to disclose the data could take up to two years.
Sprint issued a flurry of new marketing options Monday, including an $80 unlimited monthly "All-in" package that includes a $20 fee to lease a phone such as the iPhone 6. The carrier also announced the "Best Buy One Family Plan," which offers two lines of unlimited service for $100 a month. Separately, Sprint announced it is now offering its "Direct 2 You" smartphone home delivery service in four major cities: New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver, Colo.
The National Multimodal Freight Policy and Investment Act introduced by four Democratic senators would provide $12 billion in grants over six years to enhance the multimodal freight infrastructure in the U.S. "These types of critical investments act as economic multipliers, supporting family-wage jobs, domestic manufacturing and our regional and national economies," said Sharon Neely, chairwoman of the Coalition for America's Gateways & Trade Corridors.
Magellan Midstream Partners and LBC Tank Terminals have formed joint venture Seabrook Logistics to build over 700,000 barrels of crude storage in the Houston area along the Gulf of Mexico, the companies said Monday. The partnership also calls for constructing a pipeline connecting the facility to a refinery that, according to sources, could be any one of three refineries in Texas City. Magellan is expected to be in charge of the pipeline, while LBC will manage the terminal assets, including the storage tanks.
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $16 billion fiscal year 2016 budget for the Federal Aviation Administration. The bill includes $184.6 million for Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast, or ADS-B, implementation and exhorts the agency to "include a fuller utilization of organizational designation authorization, more effective safety oversight, better workforce training and meaningful performance metrics." The funding bill will now go to the full Senate for consideration.
Marriott International highlighted its support for the LGBT community even before the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage last week. Marriott's #LoveTravels marketing campaign, which started a year ago, showcases transgender individuals and same-sex couples. "Marriott's taken a pretty holistic or 360-degree approach to how we're approaching LGBT issues, so it's not just a marketing effort, but it also encompasses our public policies and policy advocacy. I think 15-plus years ago at this point, it really started as a human resources effort to do right by our company's employees, so I think we were early adopters," said Thomas Maloney, Marriott's government affairs director.