Obscure peanut butter whiskey goes viral after Foo Fighters shoutout

California-based startup Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey went from obscurity to social media darling after Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl gave an unsolicited shoutout to the brand during a San Diego concert last week. "I started seeing it all over my Facebook, started getting text messages from people who did see it, were videotaping it, saying congratulations to the Skrewball team," said employee Alex Glanzman, adding that Grohl does not own any part of Skrewball.

Tracing the birthplace of written Spanish

La Rioja, Spain, is believed to be where the written Spanish language originated, according to this article. The history of the language is explored by experts including, professor Jairo Javier García Sánchez, of the University of Alcalá, who traces the language to common, colloquial Latin.

Xi, Trump to discuss trade at G-20 summit

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping plan to meet at a Group of 20 summit next week in Japan. The White House said the two leaders spoke by phone and "discussed the importance of leveling the playing field for US farmers, workers and businesses through a fair and reciprocal economic relationship."

Albertsons invests in self-checkout for all stores

Albertsons is joining with Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions to roll out self-checkout stations across its 20 banners in 34 states and Washington, D.C. The company hopes to bring the service to all of its stores by the close of its fiscal year.

Survey: Majority of patients value importance of accessing clinical notes

Researchers polled 23,710 patients or their caregivers and found that 62% consider having access to clinician-documented visit notes via a web-based portal as an important factor in their search for a new health provider, and 98% said it was a good idea to have web-based access to clinical visit notes. The findings, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, also showed that 72% of patients cited the importance of note reading in their health management, while 65% remember their care plans by accessing clinical notes.

Survey: Increased demand for AR despite cost

Some 39% of marketers who have worked with augmented reality cite cost and nearly 25% cite technical challenges as the largest issues for delivering effective campaigns, per Unity Technologies. The survey also found that 78% of respondents feel positively about AR in advertising and 62% of creatives report that client demand for AR campaigns is increasing.

Report: US businesses increase logistics spend

US businesses increased spending on logistics by 11.4% last year, reports the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Spending this year is again expected to increase, albeit at a slower rate.

Real estate firm develops office voice assistant

Commercial real estate firm JLL and Google worked together to produce JiLL, a smart voice office assistant that employees can use for booking spare desks and arranging meetings with colleagues. "We think of JiLL as being the assistant that you have in your consumer life, whether through Alexa or Google Assistant, and we want to essentially re-create that experience with JiLL in the workplace," said Vinay Goel, digital product officer for JLL.

Health Canada issues guidance for off-label use of drugs in studies

A new guidance issued by Health Canada will require drugmakers to answer a series of questions about a particular treatment before deciding whether it needs an investigational drug designation for use in an off-label trial. Drugmakers will be required to detail the risks of off-label use, their reason for not considering the off-label use as a separate trial and explain how the proposed use is in accordance with recognized or current medical practice.

AT&T's direct-to-consumer play hinges on volume

AT&T will compete for streaming video customers by dipping into its huge library of content to provide more programming choices to consumers, said John Stankey, the CEO of AT&T's WarnerMedia arm who is charged with consolidating the telecom's various media pieces. Toward that end, AT&T put WarnerMedia Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in charge of Otter Media, the company's collection of digital services.

North American roofing market to approach $48B in 6 years, report says

By 2025, the roofing market in the US and Canada will be worth $47.5 billion, up from $29.9 billion in 2017, an Allied Market Research report finds. Roofing membrane will likely continue to be the largest segment of the market, although metal roofing will gain ground.

Musk: Solar tile production will ramp up slowly

Elon Musk on Wednesday said that Tesla's Solar Roof tiles will be manufactured at a slower rate to ensure they last as long as expected. Musk's comment came as his company reported a reduction in solar installations.

Boeing 737 Max problems result in more flight cancellations

Southwest Airlines is cancelling flights involving its 34 Boeing 737 Max planes for the rest of the summer travel season. The airline said it is eliminating the flights in advance to avoid last minute cancellations and passenger inconvenience.

Qatar Airways back on top as best airline for 2019, Skytrax says

Skytrax has ranked Qatar Airways the world's top airline for 2019, nudging last year's favorite, Singapore Airlines, into second place, with All Nippon Airways in third, Cathay Pacific Airways in fourth and Emirates in fifth. Qatar has led the list in four other years since 2011.