Seattle's Airbiquity is showing off its new telematics systems at the Consumer Electronics Show. Airbiquity is building on its Bluetooth technologies and offers a new system for tagging car radio tunes.
The oil-carrying rail cars that exploded earlier this week in West Virginia were the newer CPC 1232 cars designed to avert such calamities. Specifications for the new cars were adopted by the rail industry in 2011 amid safety concerns over older models.
The Starbucks-owned Seattle's Best coffee brand will be sold at ExtraMile convenience stores in the Chevron chain, with locations in California, Oregon and Washington. Also, Kmart will sell packaged Seattle's Best coffee at all 1,300 locations nationwide by the end of the year.
Arbitron has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the New York attorney general alleging its PPM system undercounted minority listeners by revamping the radio-ratings system in New York, paying a $260,000 fine, providing $100,000 to groups to support minority radio and by funding an ad campaign to market minority radio. Arbitron, under the agreement, also must fund an inquiry, overseen by the AG, into ways to avoid bias against minorities with the PPM system.
New York's WOR-AM is the first affiliate to add to its lineup the newly syndicated Michael Smerconish Program from CBS Radio and Dial Global. Smerconish, currently a morning host on CBS Talk stations in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., will host an additional two-hour daily show in the noon to 2 p.m. slot.