Education isn't everything for sales professionals

Education can be helpful for sales professionals, but workers with or without degrees still need to update their skills regularly and learn to network efficiently, writes John Boitnott. Education is not always as helpful as expected in sales, because each industry requires very different techniques and approaches, Boitnott writes.

Submarine pilot engages girls in STEM, robotics

Girls in a Florida school district recently participated in a three-day camp in which they designed, built and piloted remote-controlled submarines. The Girls Underwater Camp was created by submarine pilot Erika Bergman, who said she wants to encourage more females to work in submarines and STEM fields.

Trump receives report on auto imports' security risk

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has submitted to President Donald Trump findings of an investigation into whether imported vehicles threaten national security. Trump has 90 days to determine whether action, such as tariffs, is needed.

Big Y looks to sell smaller Mass. store

Big Y Foods wants to sell its location in Adams, Mass., to another company, saying the 16,000-square-foot site is too small for the features it now offers, among them a full range of organic items and pharmacy services such as vaccinations. The grocer generally offers foods including sushi, fresh pizza, and fish and chips at other locations.

Report shows rise in email fraud attacks in health care in 2017

The health care sector saw a 473% increase in email fraud attacks between the first quarter and the fourth quarter of 2017, with organizations suffering 96 attacks per quarter on average, according to an analysis released by Proofpoint. Researchers analyzed more than 160 billion emails sent across 150 countries between 2017 and 2019 and found that 33% of the attacks against the sector were from AOL,, Gmail, Inbox.Iv or, and almost all of the firms were the target of one or more email attacks that originated from their own domain.

Why Instagram is the place for mobile e-commerce
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Instagram's shoppable tags offer marketers a huge opportunity to turn young, engaged users into customers, writes Jeremy Juhasz. Consumers are looking for ways to buy easily from in-app experiences, so marketers should create visually appealing shoppable posts to maximize Instagram's e-commerce potential, he writes.

Hasbro bets bigger on digital in post-Toys R Us era

Toy maker Hasbro is betting bigger on e-commerce to make up for the loss of brick-and-mortar shelf space after the closure of Toys R Us. The brand, which has made social media inroads in recent years, uses 1-click shopping on several social sites including Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

Facebook uses AI in Portal and Portal+

Facebook's launch of Portal and Portal+ underlines artificial intelligence advances, as Portal uses a "smart camera" system, writes Luke Dormehl. Dormehl discusses the company's work with movie directors to adapt the cameras, noting that one focus was on how to gather all the information in one scene while working from a fixed angle.

Gilead accused of paying kickbacks through patient screening program

A False Claims Act case in California alleges that Gilead Sciences used its Frontlines of Communities in the United States patient screening program to illegally pay physician salaries through grants, fund patient travel to HIV and hepatitis screenings, and pay for upgrades to health care providers' software, staff to write prescriptions, upgrades to laboratory equipment and dissemination of product efficacy information.

Vestberg will replace McAdam as Verizon chairman

Verizon has tapped CEO Hans Vestberg to become its board chairman as of March 8, replacing Lowell McAdam, who will retire after having served seven years in the position but will stay on the board until the May 2 shareholders' meeting. The company also named former Darden Restaurants CEO Clarence Otis as lead director.

How to step up your digital recruiting game

Building a social media presence, developing content that reflects your company's culture, asking for help from current employees and using technology to attract potential hires are the keys to a successful digital recruiting strategy. User-friendliness and mobile accessibility are also important considerations for candidates looking for a job online.

Transportation Dept. finalizes oil spill response rules

The Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has unveiled new regulations that obligate railroads to create oil spill response plans and provide oil shipment information to states and tribal governments. The new rules will take effect in August.

NASA officially says goodbye to Mars rover

Opportunity, one of NASA's Mars rovers, has been silent since June, and after sending one last call to the robot Tuesday with no response, NASA says Opportunity is dead. The rover had been working on Mars since 2004, even though its original mission was intended to last three months.

United to add 3 new routes serving Denver
USA Today

United Airlines on June 6 will launch daily service from Denver to Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C., and Syracuse, N.Y. The airline will launch weekend service from Denver to Portland, Maine, on June 8.