Intel's employee hotline saves 8 in 10 jobs

Intel noticed three years ago that it was losing workers, most notably women and people of color, so it created an online hotline to help resolve issues and stem the attrition. WarmLine, run by case managers of Intel's Global Diversity and Inclusion team, boasts an 82% save rate.

Study considers bias in teachers' evaluations

Systems for evaluating teachers may be skewed against teachers of color, according to a study in Michigan that found that a greater number of African American and Hispanic teachers received poor ratings. While 3% of teachers in Michigan were rated ineffective, teachers of color were 50% more likely to receive low ratings than their white peers in the same school.

UK prime minister May to step down June 7

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will resign June 7 after multiple unsuccessful attempts to negotiate Brexit. She will remain prime minister until a new Conservative Party leader is elected.

Instacart Pickup expands to more than 30 states

Instacart Pickup has expanded to more than 30 states through close to 25 retailers since its national rollout began last November. This year, the service has launched or expanded at supermarkets including Publix, Food Lion, Albertsons and Sprouts Farmers Market.

Verily teams with 4 drug companies to improve clinical trials

Google parent Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences has formed an alliance with Novartis, Pfizer, Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Sanofi to improve clinical research and trials. The partnership aims to implement a more technology-based approach and make enrolling patients in trials easier, as well as collect data across a variety of sources, including EHRs and sensors.

Users, marketers adapting to GDPR

A study from Airship finds that people are adapting to the General Data Protection Regulation rules on mobile privacy, with marketers sending more notifications but fewer people sharing location data. The number of mobile app users has risen almost 17% compared with this time last year, when the regulations took effect.

Best Buy expands its focus on senior safety, wellness

Best Buy acquired Critical Signal Technologies earlier this month, adding 100,000 new subscribers to the Assured Living plan to help seniors stay in their homes longer. The service grew out of last year's $800 million acquisition of GreatCall, and subscribers pay $30 per month for emergency call buttons and alerts to family members.

Snap seeks expansion of music licenses

Snap is talking with major record labels about how it can allow users to include music on its Snapchat mobile app. The company intends to expand its licensing rights from individual artists to the catalogs of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group.

Myers: FDA to stay the course until new commissioner is confirmed

Nancy Bradish Myers of Catalyst Healthcare Consulting told the Rising Leaders Conference on Healthcare Policy that acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Norman Sharpless will continue to implement the policies of predecessor Dr. Scott Gottlieb. But because Sharpless is in what is viewed as a caretaker role, Myers said, getting new initiatives going may be difficult until a permanent commissioner is confirmed, which may not come until after the 2020 elections.

Charter's revenue rises 5.1% in Q1

Charter Communications netted 428,000 broadband customers in the first quarter along with 176,000 new wireless lines while growing revenue by 5.1% compared to the period a year ago. The company reported gains in small and medium-size business video subscribers although overall it shed 145,000 video customers.

New construction slows in April

Dodge Data & Analytics reports that new construction starts dropped by 15% in April, with most sectors reporting declines. Total construction starts, unadjusted, are down 8% year-over-year so far in 2019.

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.

UPS delivers life-saving "gift" packages

In 2018, UPS delivered 5.2 billion packages and documents, and some of those deliveries included human organs and tissues. UPS made its first successful live organ delivery in 2016 -- a "gift" package with a kidney for a woman in South Carolina. "When I see them [UPS] in the store and all I just look at them and smile. You know, in the truck and it's UPS -- they delivered my kidney," said Sharon Cauthen.

Lifestyle move brings Hyatt into hot sector

Hyatt Hotels Corp. says it is joining the growing list of hotels that offer lifestyle brands by introducing a division that incorporates the brands it acquired from Two Roads Hospitality and its Hyatt Centric brand. Hilton, AccorHotels and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts are among chains that have responded in recent years to the growing lifestyle demand.