Facebook is seeking to supplant eBay and Craigslist by turning its Groups into a full-featured trading site, complete with direct-sale, user-to-user payments and order-tracking features, Deepa Seetharaman writes. "We're really just thinking about how we connect this all together to make it easier to buy and sell," Facebook's Deborah Liu says.
If your audience's eyes glaze over when you fire up PowerPoint, you're doing something wrong, writes Stephanie Scotti. A good PowerPoint presentation is tailored to its audience, with plenty of images, not too much text and careful pacing. "Time and time again I see my clients experience an 'aha' moment when they realize how effectively they can engage with their listeners using these techniques," Scotti writes.
US Rep. John Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, will not seek re-election in 2016. Kline said he will continue his work to overhaul and replace No Child Left Behind and expand access to higher education while still in office.
Employers added 173,000 jobs to the US economy last month, according to data from the Department of Labor. The job gain was slightly below analysts' expectations, but the unemployment rate still fell from 5.3% to 5.1%, the lowest mark since 2008.
The average US consumer eats 2.6 daily snacks and 41% have three or more, a trend that's growing with the spending power of millennials, said IRI's Sally Lyons Wyatt. Snack trends include plant-based proteins, fair trade products and raw chocolate.
A CDC report showed 31% of US children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder were diagnosed before age 6 and almost 50% received their diagnosis before age 7. The findings, based on interviews of about 3,000 parents of children with ADHD and 115 parents of children with Tourette's syndrome, also revealed that more than 50% of the children were diagnosed by a general pediatrician or family doctor, while only 25% of those diagnosed before age 6 received their diagnosis from a psychiatrist.
Facebook has teamed with a California charter school to develop software that individualizes education and is being offered to schools for free. The project echoes CEO Mark Zuckerberg's philanthropic focus on education. "[W]e all wanted to find a way to help make an impact by doing what we do best -- building software," Facebook's Chris Cox wrote in a blog post.
Sam's Club has partnered with TrueCar to offer its members guaranteed discounts on new and used autos from 10,000 dealers nationwide. The warehouse club sees the partnership as a membership perk rather than a sales generator.
ATM skimmers are becoming more sophisticated, with insert skimmers becoming the latest criminal trend, writes Brian Krebs, a security blogger. Insert skimmers are installed inside the card-acceptance slot, making them difficult to spot.
An initial recall of about 36,000 cases of Kraft Singles products was expanded by Kraft Heinz to add 335,000 cases of the cheese slices after two more choking incidents were reported. The company said when the product is unwrapped, a thin section of packaging film may remain on the cheese, causing a choking hazard. Shipments made to South Korea, Belize and several Caribbean islands are included in the expanded recall. The initial recall included retail establishments in Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico and the US.
T-Mobile US will allow video calling directly from Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. Also, T-Mobile announced it does not plan to offer the Sony Xperia Z5 phone.
Flood prevention projects in the south-central and southwestern US saved the country from $13.3 billion worth of damage during flooding in May and June, according to a report from the Army Corps of Engineers. May was the wettest month on record in Texas and Oklahoma. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area alone, $6.7 billion in damages were averted, while Arkansas River Basin projects saved the area from incurring $350 million in damages.
When asked about accusations that some Transportation Security Administration officers have groped passengers, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger said better training will improve officer professionalism. "I believe in a consistent foundational training in the standards that we expect people to adhere to. Our core values to treat the public, the traveling public, with the dignity and the respect that you would want to be treated with yourself."
TravelClick anticipates that hotel bookings through the global distribution systems (GDS) used by travel agents will reach 62 million in 2015. According to David Burke of The Breakers Palm Beach, "We've been hearing predictions about the demise of travel agencies for years, and it never really happened." Burke also said that GDS-booked guests typically are the most profitable for hotels due to increased total spending.