EBay works with small merchants to grow e-commerce sales

EBay launched an incubator program in March dubbed Retail Revival to help about 100 small US merchants boost their sales by incorporating e-commerce. Participant 7th Floor Clothing in Akron, Ohio, has seen sales rise, and its online store now generates 70% of sales of its signature product, said co-founder Frank Miller III.

Refugee students learn English, how to do school

A Kansas elementary school with a student body that speaks more than 50 languages is helping refugee and immigrant students learn English and adjust to going to school -- some students are in school for the first time -- in the US. Educators are teaching students concepts and how to use tools, including pencils and scissors, that others may take for granted.

US deficit surges to 6-year high

The US budget deficit reached $779 billion in fiscal 2018, a 17% increase compared with fiscal 2017 and the biggest total in six years. Revenue increased only $14 billion because of tax cuts enacted by the Trump administration.

Dunkin's spent coffee grounds power tiny house

Dunkin' teamed with Hill Holliday to create a tiny house that runs on biofuel made with oil extracted from coffee grounds. The house is available on Airbnb for two-night stays in Nahant, Mass., through Oct. 26.

Survey examines patients' technology use for health

The Harris Poll surveyed 2,006 US adults and found that 75% reported researching their condition before visiting a hospital, while 59% said they feel more empowered about their personal health by using self-diagnosing tools such as online chats, wearables and websites, and new technology. Sixty-one percent of respondents reported using an online patient/health care provider portal to communicate or interact, while 50% use a wearable fitness tracker.

CVS touts in-store beauty experiences with 360-degree ads

OmniVirt's 360-degree interactive spots for CVS showcase the retailer's new BeautyIRL experience available in flagship stores. The ads allow viewers to immerse themselves in the store experience and control which products and services they want to home in on.

Best Buy's bet on appliances pays off

Best Buy has grown its home appliance market share in recent years, and this week's bankruptcy filing by Sears could bring the electronics retailer even more big-ticket sales. The retailer has expanded its appliance offerings since buying Pacific Kitchen and Home in 2006, and it now sells upscale brands including Viking.

Pixel 3 highlights AI capabilities for smartphones

Google's Pixel 3 is underlining the usefulness of artificial intelligence in smartphones, as the phone itself seems designed to serve AI functions, write Khari Johnson and Kyle Wiggers. Meanwhile, Brian Heater delves into the hardware changes for the new device, including a larger 5.5-inch screen, dual-facing front cameras and wireless charging.

Azar expected to announce drug pricing transparency rule

HHS Secretary Alex Azar today is set to deliver a speech addressing the administration's efforts to reduce drug prices, and sources say a rule requiring pharmaceutical firms to include drug pricing information in advertisements could be part of the plan. Drugmakers are opposed to the idea, saying it would deter patients from obtaining necessary care and raise legal issues.

Justice Dept. challenges Calif. net neutrality law in court

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against California after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that reinstates net neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission voted in December 2017 to repeal. The department is seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the California law from taking effect Jan. 1, with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions emphasizing that "states do not regulate interstate commerce."

$3B Calif. airport project attracts scrutiny

Environmental concerns related to increased congestion are being raised about a $3 billion expansion and upgrade of San Diego International Airport. The scrutiny could cause a slight rewrite of the project's environmental impact report, which officials say is no longer on track to be completed by the end of 2018.

US shale to remain key driver of global oil supply growth

US shale will remain the largest contributor to global oil supply growth in the coming years, with domestic production seen increasing by 1 million barrels daily through 2021, reports Goldman Sachs. However, the bank warned that shale resources are nearing a breaking point, noting that Eagle Ford and Bakken shale production has already peaked and both plays have less than 30 years of resources left.

Air travelers express varying levels of concern on Wi-Fi security

A survey by The GO Group LLC found 48% of air travelers are somewhat distressed about Wi-Fi security, and 19% are very concerned. The survey found 25% of travelers aren't concerned about Wi-Fi security, and 9% hadn't considered the issue.

Marriott to roll out new reservations system by year's end

Marriott is expected to soon roll out a reservations system that will bring new features for guests. "Attribute-based selling is really trying to get away from the one-size-fits-all concept where everybody gets the same results when they search for a room," said Iain Saxton of technology innovator Amadeus, which built Marriott's new system.