Smart oven startup Tovala partners with LG
The Verge

LG has formed a partnership with smart oven startup Tovala, which also sells pre-assembled meals. By using Tovala's app, LG oven owners will be able to scan data from Tovala's meals, and the oven will automatically adjust to the proper settings to prepare them.

Is French the language of opportunity in Morocco?
Reuters

Government officials in Morocco are encouraging the teaching of French in formal education, and have proposed that the language be used to teach science, math and technical courses. The country's official languages are Arabic and Amazigh, but French is used in business, higher-education institutions and government, and some officials tout the benefits of increasing proficiency.

JPMorgan plans digital coin to cut transaction time

JPMorgan Chase will introduce digital currency to let clients accelerate transactions. Each "JPM Coin" has a face value of $1 and runs on proprietary blockchain technology Quorum.

How Kroger connects with customers across stores, digital

Kroger is working to build an all-inclusive grocery service model while attempting to limit any loss of its customer base to digital competitors, Hilary Milnes writes. "It's a lot of complexities that we face, and in response, we're putting together a new ecosystem that makes it effortless for customers to get what they want when they want it," says Matt Thompson, Kroger's vice president of digital.

WHO reports growing prevalence of measles worldwide

The World Health Organization reported that the number of measles cases worldwide totaled 229,068 in 2018, nearly two times more than in 2017, and that figure is expected to rise as final reports from the year trickle in. The organization said vaccine coverage has stalled at 85%, well below the 95% threshold required to prevent outbreaks, and second-dose coverage is 67%.

Forecast: US digital ad spend to pass traditional
eMarketer

US digital ad investment will hit $129.34 billion in 2019, up 19%, taking a 54.2% share of overall estimated ad spend, according to eMarketer. Mobile will make up more than two-thirds of digital ad investment, and while Google and Facebook continue to dominate, Amazon's share in third place will rise from 6.8% in 2018 to 8.8% this year.

Iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

Karl Lagerfeld, the prolific designer who reinvented Chanel after taking over as creative director in 1983 and also developed his own fashion brand, has died at age 85. "Thanks to his creative genius, generosity and exceptional intuition, Karl Lagerfeld was ahead of his time, which widely contributed to the House of Chanel's success throughout the world," Chanel CEO Alain Wertheimer said.

Russian hackers seen as most skilled cybercriminals
The Hill

Russian hackers are the fastest and most efficient cybercriminals, states a report from security firm CrowdStrike, which found that it takes less than 20 minutes for Russian adversaries to infiltrate a website and gather information, making it more difficult for IT professionals to detect then. "Speed is essential in cybersecurity -- for both offense and defense," CrowdStrike wrote in the report, adding that North Korean and Chinese hackers are slower and more noticeable than their Russian counterparts.

Regenerative medicine guidances issued by FDA

Final versions of two regenerative medicine guidance documents have been published by the FDA. The guidances confirm that sponsors can apply for and get breakthrough and regenerative medicine advanced therapy designations for a product and that gene therapies could be included in the RMAT pathway.

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.

Trump administration sets record for oil, gas lease sales

The Interior Department leased over 1.5 million acres for drilling in 2018 with a new high of $1.1 billion in lease sales, but President Donald Trump's rush to open up more land for oil and natural gas projects has drawn the ire of environmentalists and some lawmakers. Bobby McEnaney of the Natural Resources Defense Council says government officials' efforts "to lease as much as they can as fast as they can" risk the integrity of areas that are "too sensitive to drill."

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.

American Airlines launches 6 new routes

American Airlines launched six new domestic routes between Feb. 14 and 16, including daily service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Texas' San Antonio International Airport; twice daily service between New York's La Guardia Airport and Tennessee's McGhee Tyson Airport near Knoxville; and daily service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in the D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia, and Oklahoma's Will Rogers World Airport.