Cross-generational workplaces face challenges

The modern workforce now spans five generations, a situation that is causing tension and disconnect among some workers, especially regarding perspectives on social issues, Yuki Noguchi writes. Consultant Meagan Johnson says older workers can help tackle this problem by letting go of their egos and making room for new leaders rising from the younger ranks.

High-school English class collaborates on book

Ninth-graders in a Portsmouth, Va., English class are contributing a chapter to a book that will be sold to raise money for a peer in need. The students' book, called "Mercy," will be available for purchase in January on Amazon.

Goldman Sachs tries to reinvent itself

Goldman Sachs' revenue and profit centers have eroded, in part because of regulation and electronic trading, and the task of restructuring and rejuvenating the company falls to CEO David Solomon. He's implementing the company's first multiyear strategic plan and emphasizing financial and bureaucratic efficiency, while Goldman has also relaxed its office culture, starting with the dress code.

Walmart details plans to upgrade produce departments

Walmart will revamp its produce departments at about 3,000 stores before next fall with wider aisles, a consolidated organic area and more visible fresh produce bins. Shoppers who buy fresh fruits and vegetables spend 55% more on an average shopping trip than those who don't, according to Nielsen.

Why physicians should embrace patients' use of Dr. Google

Not all medical professionals have embraced the rise of health data on the web, but patients who do a little web-based research might be better equipped to make informed health choices than those who don't, writes internal medicine physician Suneel Dhand. "I cannot imagine going back to a world where the doctor's opinion was absolute, and there was little option for otherwise educating yourself," Dhand writes.

Facebook helps advertisers bolster brand safety

Facebook is rolling out tools and launching tests to provide more advertiser transparency and enhanced brand safety, including whitelist creation tools, an advanced blocklist service and in-stream placements with integrated content-level whitelisting, and the platform has also added Zefr to its list of safety partners. This "is part of a two-plus year journey that we've been on to ensure that we provide advertisers with as many controls as possible to help their brands feel safe and secure being on our platform," says Facebook's Carolyn Everson.

Fashion fuels Target's strong Q3 sales growth

Target raised its full-year guidance on stronger than expected third-quarter results, fueled by strong growth in apparel. Upgraded fashion departments with a growing list of private-label brands helped the retailer shore up profit margins and book an increase of more than 10% in apparel sales.

Fake Microsoft update email contains ransomware

PC users are being warned about update emails, sent from a fake Microsoft address, that have an attachment that contains ransomware and will encrypt the user's files, demanding $500 in bitcoin to unlock data. "Windows users should understand that Microsoft will never send patches via email, but rather use their internal update utility embedded in every current Windows operating system," wrote Karl Sigler, threat intelligence manager at Trustwave SpiderLabs.

Hahn supports use of patient-focused endpoints in device, drug trials

President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the FDA, Stephen Hahn, stated that he plans to uphold the agency's approval standards for devices and drugs, and supports the use of patient-focused endpoints to expedite clinical trials. "I believe strongly in the importance of science, data and the law that have guided and should continue to guide the decision making at the FDA," says Hahn on drugs and medtech oversight.

US gives rural carriers more time with Huawei equipment

The Commerce Department recently gave rural carriers an additional 90-day extension of their ability to work with from Huawei Technologies, six months after the government imposed restrictions on the Chinese manufacturer, as trade talks between the two countries enter a sensitive period. Competitive Carriers Association's Alexi Maltas noted the extension will allow smaller carriers to maintain their Huawei networks by downloading software and patches.

Apple building massive campus in Texas

Construction is underway on Apple's $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that is scheduled to open in 2022. The 3 million-square-foot facility will eventually accommodate 15,000 workers.

Students protest for climate action

High school students have inspired throngs of activists and ordinary citizens worldwide to join the Global Climate Strike today to demand action on climate change from their national leaders. Over a million students were excused from school in New York City to participate in strike protests, while similar demonstrations are occurring in major cities all over the world.

American Airlines adds seasonal routes for 2020

American Airlines is adding eight new routes for summer 2020, including service to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard from its Philadelphia hub and service between Washington. D.C. and Traverse City, Michigan on Saturdays. "Every year, we evaluate our network and look to create more routes and serve unique destinations whether we're entering new markets like Casablanca or adding more service to places like Traverse City, Mich.," says the airline's Vasu Raja.

Breathtaking, crowd-free Colosseum views from Palazzo Manfredi hotel

Livia Hengel notes that Relais & Chateaux's 17th-century Palazzo Manfredi is the only five-star hotel with "unparalleled" Colosseum vistas. The comfortable lodgings overlook the Ludus Magnus gladiator training school ruins, and guests will "notice how the light washes the Colosseum in different colors throughout the day -- and [will] be able to admire the splendor of the 2,000-year-old monument without the crowds," Hengel writes.