Study: Transit tightly linked to startup activity

Business startups are more prevalent around rail transit stations, especially in cities with good transit networks, a new spatial analysis concludes. The study found that the association is strongest with retail, service and food businesses that seek consumer traffic.

More Australians studying Aboriginal languages

Data from last year show 1,867 students in Victoria, Australia, studied Aboriginal languages -- an 8,000% increase from 2011 when there were just 23 students studying the languages. Lionel Bamblett, Victorian Aboriginal Education Association general manager, said studying the languages fosters a strong cultural identity and increases understanding of the history of Australia.

Trump, US lawmakers agree on 2-year budget, debt-limit deal

The Trump administration and US congressional leaders have reached a two-year budget and debt-ceiling deal. The agreement provides $1.3 trillion for defense and domestic programs and a debt-limit suspension until July 31, 2021.

Kroger chooses first-ever ad agency of record

Kroger has picked DDB New York to be its first advertising agency of record. The agency is expected to help Kroger create a stronger brand identity and support the retailer's omnichannel efforts, like Kroger Ship and grocery pickup.

Electronic reporting of patient-generated data boosts satisfaction

People who had undergone breast cancer treatment had higher patient satisfaction scores if they were in a study group that reported pain, fatigue, physical functioning and emotional distress levels through a patient portal each month, compared with peers who received standard post-treatment care, according to the results of a pilot study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting. A triage nurse followed up with patients who reported moderate to severe symptoms or medication nonadherence or who asked to speak with a nurse.

Why AI is a marketing ally

Hypergiant's Ben Lamm discusses how pending data regulations are spurring marketers to find a balance between privacy and personalization and the role of artificial intelligence in helping marketers to make the most of a plethora of information. "AI becomes very useful in helping us to look at data without biases, find and clean up the data and then be an ally of marketers in answering questions and looking at many different scenarios," he says.

Fashion industry to rely less on China for product sourcing

The US Fashion Industry Association reports that 83% of fashion companies responding to a recent survey intend to reduce sourcing from China because of the ongoing trade dispute between it and the US. The survey also found that US fashion brands paid over $15 billion in tariffs on apparel, home textiles and footwear last year.

What an Apple-Intel deal would mean for 5G iPhone development

Apple reportedly is in talks for a $1 billion purchase of Intel's chip business -- a deal that could drive development of 5G iPhones. Apple is still likely to use Qualcomm technology, writes Harry Domanski, but an acquisition of Intel's chip unit could move iPhone production largely in-house.

FDA approves 9 applications for biosimilars of Pfizer's Lyrica

Nine firms have received the FDA's approval for their biosimilar versions of Pfizer's Lyrica, or pregabalin, a drug used to treat pain linked to diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The approved biosimilars are produced by Alembic, Alkem, Amneal, Dr. Reddy's, InvaGen, MSN Laboratories, Rising Pharmaceuticals, Sciegen and Teva.

How AT&T could change the cloud market

Recent deals with IBM and Microsoft allow AT&T to connect with an expanding cloud market and could lead to technology vendors altering how they work with partners, according to analysts at global research and advisory firm Gartner. "It raises the customer expectation that there will be greater interoperability between different service providers," says Ed Anderson, research VP with Gartner.

"Ambitious" N.Y. climate law includes solar, energy efficiency

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week signed a plan into law that requires the state to get all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2050. Solar capacity would have to reach 6,000 megawatts -- five times what it is now -- in six years, and new building codes would mandate efficiency measures.

EPA: Air pollution decreases six categories

Six criteria used to measure pollutants in the air decreased from 2016 to 2018, per a report from the Environmental Protection Agency, and the agency attributes these changes to President Donald Trump's administration. Measurements of the six key pollutants, excluding greenhouse gases, decreased by 74% since 1970.

LAX introduces germ-resistant bins at TSA checkpoints

Los Angeles International Airport has rolled out new germ-resistant bins at its security checkpoints. The bins are being paid for through an advertising agreement with JCDecaux Global.

Summer 2020 itineraries available from Dream Cruises

Dream Cruises' summer 2020 itineraries will include new ports of call, such as Christmas Island and Belitung. Favorite locales Palawan and Kota Kinabalu also are among the destinations for the two- through five-night cruises.