The game "Fortnite" is a cultural sensation that is driving hundreds of millions in monthly revenue despite being free to play, and its potential as a destination platform should worry anyone competing for people's time online, writes Matthew Ball. "For these players, Fortnite has become a daily social square -- a digital mall or virtual afterschool meetup that spans neighborhoods, cities, countries and continents," he writes.
Lyft will emphasize the dramatic pace of its expansion in presentations to investors ahead of its initial public offering, sources say. Lyft is trying to get an IPO to the market ahead of its larger adversary, Uber.
A survey finds that 80% of students in Generation Z -- those between ages 14 and 23 -- say they believe in the value of a college education and only a quarter say they can have a good career without a degree. The data also show that while this cohort prefers learning via video, only 26% preferred online classes.
President Donald Trump says he will sign legislation heading off another government shutdown that would provide $1.4 billion for border security, far short of the $5.7 billion he wants for a US-Mexico border wall. Trump says he will declare a national emergency to get more money for border measures without the approval of Congress.
Liquor maker Brown-Forman overhauled its digital and data strategy during the past few years and now can use data analytics to monitor everything from pricing to batch production, says Chief Information Officer Tim Nall. "We've really shown how having this information available in real time on any advice gives us a competitive advantage when we're engaging with our customers," he says.
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, Comcast.net, Gmail, Inbox.Iv or RR.com, and almost all of the firms were the target of one or more email attacks that originated from their own domain.
TikTok is trialing a sponsored video ad format that encourages users to click through to the sponsor's website. The social app has publicly tested only a pre-roll ad so far, but a leaked document reveals that the company is also developing in-feed native video ads, 2D lens filters, brand takeovers and hashtag challenges.
Samsung will expand its retail presence in the US with the launch of Samsung Experience stores, where shoppers will get a chance to try out the latest devices. The South Korea-based company already operates Experience stores in Australia and Canada, and the first three US stores are set to open Feb. 20 in Los Angeles, Houston and Long Island, N.Y.
Samsung's recent update to its wearables platform inadvertently revealed new products coming from the company, including a fitness band, a smartwatch and wireless earbuds. The update also verified previous rumors of a forthcoming watch dubbed the Galaxy Sport, though that product's new name is the Galaxy Watch Active.
The World Health Organization announced it has created an international committee consisting of 18 members that will establish guidelines relevant to editing human DNA. The group's main goal "will be to advise and make recommendations on appropriate governance mechanisms for human genome editing," the WHO said.
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.
Google is expected to put $13 billion this year into office and data center expansions and new construction around the US. Construction of new data centers in seven states will create 10,000 jobs, CEO Sundar Pichai says.
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.
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.
Harriet Baskas gives a detailed guide to New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, which hosts more than 30 airlines and serves more than 42 million passengers per year. The airport's amenities include a 24-hour free monorail connecting its three terminals, plentiful retail choices, pet-relief areas, nursing spaces and free Wi-Fi.