China tariffs are not paying for themselves

Tariffs collected on $250 billion in Chinese goods will not be enough to compensate those in industries hurt in the trade dispute, based on recent government figures, and this gap will become even more noticeable to longer it's allowed to grow. The President committed to paying American farmers $28 billion to compensate them for damages related to the trade war, but total funds raised by Chinese imports only came to about $20.8 billion.

Online educators speak up about child abuse

Some educators on online tutoring platforms say they have witnessed child abuse while on the job. Educators, some who shared stories anonymously, who teach on online platforms share stories of abuse they have witnessed and how they reacted.

Chinese economy expands at slowest rate since 1992

Chinese GDP increased 6.2% year over year during the second quarter, the lowest rate in 27 years, according to government data. China has reduced its growth target for this year to 6% to 6.5%.

Starbucks opens China store focused on mobile, delivery

Starbucks has debuted an express format called Starbucks Now in Beijing, catering to delivery orders and customers using the chain's mobile ordering and payment services. The chain is competing in China with Luckin Coffee, which is focused on mobile ordering and delivery.

CDC reports 1,123 measles cases amid slowing outbreak

CDC officials said the number of confirmed measles rose by 14, reaching 1,123 cases in 28 states as of July 11. Increases in the number of new measles cases have been smaller in the past few weeks, and no newly affected states have reported since June 10, according to the CDC.

Consolidated TV, digital ad buying has a ways to go

Brands are struggling to find the right media buying tools and standards to follow with fragmented viewers across numerous screens and a proliferation of platforms offering traditional, digital, over-the-top and connected TV inventory, writes Shoshana Wodinsky. While services like the OpenAP TV marketplace and Media Rating Council measurement standards try to help, Wodinsky considers whether the efforts are paying off for broadcasters and brands, noting, "Although the promise may initially appear to be a fusion of the scale of TV audiences with the accuracy of digital ad targeting, there is still some way left to go."

Amazon workers strike in US, Germany

Amazon warehouse workers in Shakopee, Minn., went on strike, along with another 2,000 employees at seven sites in Germany who walked off the job, to protest wages and working conditions. Employees and activists are also holding protests on Amazon's Prime Day in various locations throughout the US and Europe.

CTA report: Consumer tech sales soaring

Increases in streaming services, artificial intelligence-enabled devices and in-vehicle technology are the main sources of 2.2% year-over-year growth in the US consumer technology market, which is on track to exceed $400 billion in retail revenue in 2019. The Consumer Technology Association's biannual US Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts report was based on US factory sales to dealers for more than 300 products.

FDA declines to approve AZ drug for type 1 diabetes

The FDA issued a complete response letter to AstraZeneca declining its application for Farxiga, or dapagliflozin, to be used as a supplement to insulin in adult patients with type 1 diabetes that do not respond adequately to insulin alone. The company plans to meet with the agency to decide its next action.

Superyacht rentals take excursions up a notch

Luxury hotel concierges will have no trouble putting their negotiating skills to the test when booking water excursions for guests, thanks to travel company Yotha, which offers Airbnb-style options in "the rarefied world of floating palaces," Peter Allen writes. A weeklong excursion on the French Riviera can cost about $187,000.

Tests point to more wildfire-resistant homes

Landscaping, construction materials and assemblies are the focus of tests by the Institute for Building and Home Safety to reduce damage to homes by wind-driven embers from wildfires. Full-scale testing has revealed key countermeasures that include thinner mesh over eave vents, wider joist spacing and non-combustible siding.

US oil sees largest gain of the year amid US-Iran tensions

US oil prices posted their best performance since December 2016, with West Texas Intermediate for August delivery surging 9.4% last week to settle at $57.43 per barrel on Friday, after President Donald Trump canceled a military strike on Iran. Daniel Yergin, vice-chairman at IHS Markit, says that "the market is poised between where it was before, which was just gloom," and "the possibility that demand will spike up because there will be some kind of settlement with China."

Singapore Airlines tops World's Best international airlines awards

Singapore Airlines' high-level comfort and consistent, top-notch service place it at the front of the line on Travel + Leisure's World's Best list of international airlines. "Even flying coach makes you feel like you're having a luxury experience," one passenger says.

Ascott adds 26 new properties, serviced-residence loyalty program

International lodging owner-operator Ascott, based in Singapore, is adding 26 properties to its portfolio to open through 2023, the majority of which are in the Asia Pacific region, plus some in Saudi Arabia. The company also has introduced Ascott Star Rewards, which it says is "the world's first loyalty program in the serviced residence industry to offer full flexibility to earn and redeem points."