Recession doesn't have to kill your startup

Entrepreneurs who review their startups' value offerings are on the path to being recession-ready, writes entrepreneurship professor Per Bylund, who offers three other considerations for founders. "The proper way to anticipate an economic slowdown is not acting out of fear but preparing for what it might bring," he writes.

Pa. STEM program focuses on transportation careers

A group of Philadelphia students in sixth through eighth grades attended a weeklong program about the role of STEM in transportation. Offered by the Community College of Philadelphia, the Transportation Summer Camp sought to introduce students -- especially girls -- to career possibilities in the field transportation and included field trips to a city bus garage and a Carvana Vehicle processing facility.

Fed readies 2nd cash injection into money markets

The Federal Reserve has injected cash into US money markets for the first time in more than 10 years, and the central bank plans to inject an additional $75 billion after short-term interest rates continued to increase. The Fed is intervening because a shortage of cash has sent rates as high as 10%, which could cause turmoil in the broader market.

Meijer expands Shop & Scan to all Midwest stores

Meijer has rolled out Shop & Scan technology to all of its Midwest locations. Customers can scan and bag items as they shop through a free app and can complete the transaction by scanning their smartphone at a self-checkout kiosk to pay.

Millions of medical records, images stored on unprotected servers

An analysis by ProPublica and Bayerischer Rundfunk identified 187 servers in the US that stored medical data and were not protected by password or other standard security measures, leaving medical images and health data exposed to anyone with basic computer expertise. Though the analysis did not find evidence that exposed records had been misused, US law requires that patient data be securely stored.

Pinterest extends Lens search, shoppable pins

Pinterest has enhanced its Lens capability, so individuals searching and using object recognition can now find 2.5 billion home and fashion products, and it is also boosting its e-commerce capabilities with shoppable Pins in search results, which feature products, prices and direct links to individual retail sites for purchase. According to self-reported Pinterest research, 80% of users begin with visual search when shopping and 85% of respondents value visual information more than text.

J.C. Penney CEO bets on in-store improvements

J.C. Penney has been on a mission to win back its core customers since it turned many of them off when it took away coupons and made other changes in 2012 and the years that followed. Jill Soltau, the fourth CEO in nearly eight years, is focused on improving the in-store experience with changes including upgraded fitting rooms and full-time stylists, and she promises more changes to win over shoppers this holiday season.

Tech companies ramp up parental control options

Parents will be able to supervise their children's online activity more easily and at no added cost as several tech companies enhance parental control settings for popular devices. Apple, Google and Amazon have features that allow parents to set parameters around screen time, contacts and websites visited.

Urothelial cancer drug enfortumab vedotin gains priority review status

Investigational antibody-drug conjugate enfortumab vedotin, developed by Seattle Genetics and Astellas, has received priority review status from the FDA as a treatment for a specific group of patients with metastatic or locally advanced urothelial cancer. Data from a midstage trial served as the basis for the designation.

ESPN head sees tech giants vying for NFL rights

Silicon Valley companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are likely to jump into the bidding for National Football League TV rights that expire in 2021 and 2022, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said, though he expressed confidence his network would retain an NFL deal. Pitaro also pointed to the success of ESPN+, a premium streaming service with more than 2 million subscribers.

SoHo/NoHo rezoning report delayed

A report on rezoning for SoHo/NoHo that was due this summer is being delayed to later this month. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's office cites vacation and other glitches for the delay in releasing the report, which takes into account recent feedback from residents and businesses on proposals for future land use.

BP to sell all Alaskan assets for $5.6B

BP has agreed to sell all its assets in Alaska to a local firm, Hilcorp Alaska, for $5.6 billion. The divestment is part of BP's effort to sell $10 billion of assets to bolster its balance sheet.

Alaska Airlines announces West Coast expansion

Alaska Airlines is adding eight new routes in early 2020 from California to Spokane, Wash., and Redmond/Bend in Oregon, as well as new daily service from Los Angeles to Boise, Idaho, and Missoula, Mont. The airline also announced that it has renovated its airport lounges in Anchorage, Los Angeles and Seattle and plans to open one in San Francisco in 2020.

The key to The Breakers Palm Beach's lasting success

The 140-acre, oceanfront Breakers Palm Beach -- circa 1896 and rebuilt after a 1926 fire -- is the only family-owned grand hotel in the US, and it owes its success to a balance of revitalization and preservation. A new one-piece, 161-foot, hand-tufted lobby carpet with vivid flowers abloom is the perfect backdrop to the resort's iconic weekly floral arrangement and one example of more than $30 million in updates.