How to develop your strategic thinking skills
9/23/2016 Medium

You can become a more strategic thinker in part by focusing on the numbers executives care about and making time for deep thought, writes Bridget Frey of Redfin. Develop a thorough understanding of past projects at your company, and keep challenging yourself to concentrate on the things that really matter.

How to use the US presidential debates in class

The first 2016 presidential debate is scheduled for Monday. Lesson plan ideas highlighted in this article include having students come up with pre-debate advice for the candidates, post-debate analysis of how the candidates and the moderator performed and a review of debates from past campaigns.

US initial unemployment claims drop
9/23/2016 MarketWatch

Initial claims for unemployment benefits in the US fell by 8,000, to 252,000, last week, the Labor Department said. They have been below 300,000 for 81 weeks, the longest stretch since 1970.

IGA adds e-commerce options with IGA GO site

IGA rolled out an online grocery shopping site called IGA GO this week that will give shoppers the option of picking up their orders or having them delivered. The retailer teamed with tech vendors Digital Foodie and Freshop to create the platform, which it calls "on par with the national chains."

How Trump and Clinton would change US health care
9/23/2016 BloombergCNBC

Under a Donald Trump presidency, more than 25 million Americans would lose their health insurance, while up to 9.6 million additional people would gain coverage under Hillary Clinton, according to a study. The Trump campaign dismissed the study as "ludicrous" and called it a "distraction from the disaster that is Obamacare."

How Hilton's app came to reign the App Store
9/23/2016 Marketing Land

Hilton Worldwide marketing chief Geraldine Calpin talks about the brand's "Stop Clicking Around" campaign that aligned digital with marketing to earn the company top rank among hospitality apps in the Apple Store. She brought together departments on a weekly basis to make the strategy a success.

Saks launches a new personal shopping prototype

Saks Fifth Avenue is raising the profile of its personal shopping service in an effort to make it available to a larger group of shoppers. The Fifth Avenue Club service has moved to a more visible spot in the retailer's New York City flagship, with rooms big enough for friends to shop together, and Saks plans to replicate the prototype at about 30 other stores.

Wireless chargers to beam power to devices across the room
9/23/2016 Bloomberg

Energous, WiTricity and Ossia are among the companies looking to debut chargers that will beam power to multiple smartphones and other wireless devices from a distance of 3 feet or more. Jim McGregor of Tirias Research predicts that the "majority of devices" will have wireless charging capabilities in the next five years.

Allergan to acquire liver treatment developer for up to $1.7B

Tobira Therapeutics, a developer of treatments for liver diseases, will be purchased by Allergan in a deal worth up to nearly $1.7 billion. Allergan gains cenicriviroc and evogliptin, investigational drugs for treating nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and will pay Tobira an upfront fee of $28.35 per share and up to $49.84 per share tied to achieving regulatory and developmental milestones.

Syfy's "Van Helsing" is "tough to resist"

SyFy's post-apocalyptic vampire series, "Van Helsing," is the latest supernatural TV series to tackle an apocalyptic storyline. Mary McNamara discusses some of the show's unique twists -- including the ability for vampires to become human again -- writing, "apocalypses are tough to resist, as are ancient nemeses ... 'Van Helsing' has both."

Photos: Jenga-like tower in NYC almost finished
9/23/2016 New York YIMBY

An 821-foot tower called 56 Leonard Street is almost complete in New York City. The 60-story, Jenga-like tower will contain 145 residential units.

Green construction looks to improve people's well-being
9/23/2016 Environmental Leader

Green construction has become more popular than standard construction, and a survey finds that 67% of building owners want structures that improve people's health. Designers are using natural lighting, low-chemical materials and other methods to enhance interior space, lift moods, and create room for physical activity to improve the well-being of inhabitants.

FAA advisory panel adopts cybersecurity language

The Federal Aviation Administration's RTCA technical advisory committee has adopted language that requires cybersecurity protections to be incorporated in all future industrywide standards, from aircraft design, maintenance practices, flight operations and more.

Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach, boasts a Hydrocapsule
9/23/2016 Travel Weekly

Mike Dunphy writes about his stay at the Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach. The hotel's 5,000-square-foot Aveda spa offers waxing, makeup, nail and hair care, plus a Hydrocapsule system that combines a Vichy shower, aromatic steam and hydrocolor lighting therapy.