The HHS Office for Civil Rights said it will initiate a federal inquiry into Google's Project Nightingale, a program the company set up to gather and analyze personal health information from millions of Americans through a partnership with Ascension. Several lawmakers also raised concerns about the program, including Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who urged Congress or HHS to stop the program pending an investigation.
Identify the people and activities that affect your energy levels as a starting point for choosing more of what invigorates you, writes Scott Eblin. "There's even a chance that you might influence the energy draining people in your life to take a more productive path," he writes.
A group of students who participated in the Arab Reading Challenge recently learned they are semifinalists in the contest's category of students from non-Arab countries. The students, who are collectively from 22 countries, share why they were inspired to learn their mother tongue for the competition despite facing obstacles to acquiring and retaining the language.
Deere & Co. this year has increased its purchasing of tractors and construction equipment for leasing to farmers and builders. Leasing is more complicated than selling, and the company runs the risk that customers will come to prefer leases over outright purchases, Bob Tita writes.
All of the whole bean and ground coffee sold at US McDonald's restaurants is now sourced sustainably. The chain met its 2020 goal ahead of schedule, with all of its coffee verified through the McCafe Sustainability Improvement Platform, created with Conservation International or acquired from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.
Several consumer advocacy, privacy and social justice groups said in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission that Google's proposed acquisition of Fitbit raises privacy and antitrust concerns. The groups said the acquisition would further strengthen Google's dominance of internet search and advertising as well as smartphone operating systems, and would expand Google's trove of consumer data.
Marketers saw the writing on the wall when Instagram began to test blocking the viewability of "likes" for consumers in various countries before the policy was recently implemented in the US, and many recognized gauging campaign outcomes will require change. Mavrck's Lyle Stevens says, "We are already seeing marketers adopting more sophisticated measurement capabilities, including referral codes and swipe up affiliate links in stories," while other marketers say the change will drive brands to focus on alternate engagements that demonstrate more than interest.
Startups Grabango and AiFi are creating autonomous checkout systems that will let smaller players compete with Amazon Go stores. Also, Walmart has been testing cashierless checkout systems, and its scan-and-go technology is operational at Sam's Club stores.
Google's Mark Spates speaks candidly about how the company is moving away from a purely device-focused marketing strategy for its smart devices and is instead focusing on how such devices can help users solve household challenges. Smart devices aren't being used to their fullest extent, says Spates, who also addresses the importance of consumer privacy.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar said President Donald Trump was not satisfied with the administration's International Pricing Index proposal and wants it changed so US drug prices would be even lower than those in other countries. Under the proposal, the US would pay less than it currently pays but still more than the average from among developed countries, but Azar said Trump wants the US to get "the best deal among developed countries."
The federal government could take action to break up giant technology companies that abuse their power, Makan Delrahim, the Department of Justice's antitrust division chief said this week at the WSJ Tech Live conference. Delrahim has assigned several members of his staff to study artificial intelligence and machine learning to gain deeper insight into tech companies' work as an antitrust investigation into companies like Facebook and Google continues.
Daimler soon will introduce what it says is a first: pay-as-you-drive lease financing. The program, which initially will be used on Freightliner Cascadia trucks, involves telematics that will track mileage via the embedded Detroit Connect Platform, with payments based on truck use.
High school students have inspired throngs of activists and ordinary citizens worldwide to join the Global Climate Strike today to demand action on climate change from their national leaders. Over a million students were excused from school in New York City to participate in strike protests, while similar demonstrations are occurring in major cities all over the world.
Record numbers of passengers are expected to travel this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president for Airlines for America said that the Sunday after Thanksgiving is projected to be "the single busiest day ever for the US airline industry" with 3.1 million passengers expected to fly. The Transportation Security Administration projects 26.8 million passengers to pass through checkpoints between the Friday before Thanksgiving through the Monday afterward.
Envoy Air, an American Airlines subsidiary, had the highest rate of baggage mishaps among all airlines in July, according to the US Transportation Department, with about 10 mishandled bags out of every 1,000. Republic Airways was close behind, followed by American Airlines with 9.71 per 1,000 bags.