DETROIT (AP) — The federal government wants to get autonomous vehicles on the road more quickly, and says it will fast-track policies and possibly even waive regulations to do it.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx — surrounded by representatives from General Motors and Ford as well as Google and Tesla — said Thursday that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will spend the next six months developing guidance for automakers on what's expected of self-driving prototype cars and what sort of tests should be used to make sure they are safe.
9. Mobile means everything to marketing in 2016 - Friday, January 15, 2016
The ninth in an 11-part series on the Top Ten 2016 Marketing Trends.
In 2016, mobile doesn’t just matter; it’s everything.
In 2015, 62 percent of all digital time – that’s total Internet traffic – was spent on mobile devices, up from 50 percent in 2014. And that number is expected to continue growing rapidly in 2016.10. Cancer survivor Scott builds Narus on lessons learned - Friday, January 15, 2016
Whether it was building models from an erector set, writing a cookbook at age 10 or starting a catering company at age 13, Sloane Scott’s parents knew early on that she was “made of different stuff” and, to their credit, never sought to tame it.11. In California tests, self-driving cars still need human help - Friday, January 08, 2016
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Futuristic self-driving cars traveling along California roads have needed plenty of old-fashioned human intervention to stay safe.
California's Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday released reports filed by seven companies the agency gave permission to test prototype vehicles in public. The documents summarized instances in which a human driver had to take over due to technology problems or other safety concerns.12. The smart-tech future beckons to us from the CES gadget show - Friday, January 01, 2016
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Look around. How many computing devices do you see? Your phone, probably; maybe a tablet or a laptop. Your car, the TV set, the microwave, bedside alarm clock, possibly the thermostat, and others you've never noticed.13. General Motors invests $500m in Lyft, forms partnership - Friday, January 01, 2016
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. and ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. are forming an unprecedented partnership that could help them beat their rivals to the self-driving future.14. A breakdown of the S&P 500's sectors in 2015 - Friday, January 01, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) — While the Standard & Poor's index is finishing 2015 around where it started, the index has been sharply divided between winners and losers. Four of the index's 10 sectors rose, while energy and five others lost ground.15. US stocks are ending 2015 mostly flat, capping volatile year - Friday, January 01, 2016
The U.S. stock market took investors for a wild ride in 2015, but in the end it was a trip to nowhere.
Despite veering between record highs and the steepest dive in four years, the stock market is on track to end the year essentially flat. That means if you invested in a fund that tracks the Standard & Poor's 500 index, you have little to show for the past 12 months.16. Is your business ready for online video marketing? - Friday, January 01, 2016
A shocking 80 percent of the world’s Internet traffic will be video by 2019. Think for a moment about the sheer magnitude.
This has been a landmark year for video, with 2015 being the first year in which U.S. adults spent more time digesting video content than they spent on social networks, according to eMarketer.17. New app helps Nashvillians catch their bus - Friday, January 01, 2016
One of the biggest complaints about Metro’s bus system has long been not enough people use it.
The reason for this, and/or the second-biggest complaint, depending on your perspective, has been that the buses were difficult to use because the schedule seemed more like a suggestion than an actual timetable.18. Expect 2016 to be 'pivotal year' in app adoption - Friday, December 25, 2015
With our sights set on 2016, it’s the perfect time for reflection on your growth strategy. What marketing successes will you carry over from 2015 into the New Year, and which will you abandon? What marketing trends, anticipated for 2016, are worthy of consideration in your 2016 plan?19. Women are out-earning men in corporate finance - Friday, December 18, 2015
Women may be badly outnumbered in the top ranks of corporate America, but at least they aren't underpaid.
Compensation for female chief financial officers at S&P 500 companies last year outpaced that of their male counterparts, according to an analysis by executive compensation firm Equilar and the Associated Press. It follows a similar trend seen with female CEOs in recent years.20. Facebook adding 'Photo Magic' to Messenger application - Friday, December 18, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is trying to make it easier to send photos as the holiday season's picture-taking frenzy escalates with the arrival of Christmas and New Year's Eve.
The world's largest social networking service is offering a feature call "Photo Magic" that will automatically address a message so it can be sent quickly to Facebook friends identified in a picture. The option relies on the same image-recognition technology that attaches people's names to Facebook posts.21. California: Self-driving cars must have driver behind wheel - Friday, December 11, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California unveiled precedent-setting draft rules Wednesday that would slow the public's access to self-driving cars of the future until regulators are confident the technology is safe.22. Too many social media choices? Bank on Facebook - Friday, December 18, 2015
With the New Year almost upon us, it’s time to adjust your marketing strategy to propel your company’s growth in 2016.
Reflect on what worked and what didn’t with your 2015 plan, and consider trends on the horizon that could further amplify your results.23. Entrepreneur Center names Lingo president, COO - Friday, December 18, 2015
Sam Lingo has been appointed president and COO of the organization Nashville Entrepreneur Center.
In addition, John Murdock has been promoted to vice president of entrepreneurial development and Heather McBee has been promoted to vice president of accelerator programming, and Kelli Nowers has been promoted to community director.24. Wal-Mart to launch own mobile pay system - Friday, December 11, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile payment wars are heating up. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register.25. Wal-Mart to launch own mobile pay system - Friday, December 04, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The mobile payment wars are heating up. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register.26. Farm, historic building weddings gain in popularity - Friday, December 11, 2015
If you’ve got it, flaunt it – that’s the mindset of many couples that want to show off the beauty of Tennessee to their family and friends with a rustic, indoor or outdoor wedding.27. Yahoo going back to the drawing board with Alibaba spinoff - Friday, December 04, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo's long-running identity crisis is spiraling in a new direction now that the company is abandoning a year's work on a tax-dodging spinoff to pursue an alternative path that will carve off its Internet business instead.28. Country music exhibit included in Google interactive - Friday, December 04, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is included in a new online exhibition called Google Cultural Institute.
The museum and Google say in a news release the exhibition offers interactive experiences from 60 cultural institutions. Google says it allows viewers to experience the best in dance, music, opera and more.29. Google ups ante, nearly doubles bet on renewable energy - Friday, November 27, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is nearly doubling the amount of renewable energy feeding its massive data centers that enable more than 1 billion people to search for information, watch video clips and communicate virtually anytime they want.30. Yahoo mulls shareholder demand to sell Internet business - Friday, November 27, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo's board is considering an activist shareholder's demand to sell the Internet services the company is best known for, a maneuver that might help the company dodge a tax bill of more than $10 billion looming over its holdings in China's Alibaba Group.31. Siri, please tell me why I’m losing business - Friday, December 04, 2015
While some of the tried and true strategies that performed well for you in 2015 should no doubt carry forward, there are also several emerging marketing trends that could benefit your company’s growth strategy.32. Upbeat feds revising self-driving car position - Friday, November 20, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal transportation officials are rethinking their position on self-driving cars with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public's hands.
Just two years ago, the U.S. Department of Transportation struck a cautious tone. Its official policy statement, published in May 2013, says cars should be limited to testing and not "authorized for use by members of the public for general driving purposes."
33. Corporate America's problem: Falling profit, revenue - Friday, November 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Corporate America has a profit problem. U.S company earnings are falling for the first time since 2009, when the economy was still reeling from the Great Recession.
The main culprit is the plunging price of oil, which has decimated earnings at big energy companies like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. Mining companies have also taken a beating because of tumbling prices for gold, silver and copper.34. Stocks march higher, ending their best week so far this year - Friday, November 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market closed out its best week of the year Friday as big gains by retailers and technology companies pushed major indexes higher.
Stocks faded as Friday wore on, but they still finished higher. The S&P 500 index climbed almost 3.3 percent this week. By just a hair, that was the biggest weekly gain for the index in 2015.
35. Emerald ash borer devastates Tennessee forests - Friday, November 20, 2015
The emerald ash borer is an unassuming little bug, an almost-pretty insect that could fit on the head of a penny with three or four of its brothers.
But these little green pests are weaving a wormy path of destruction through Tennessee’s lumber industry to the tune of $11 billion. That’s a lot of pennies, and a lot of emerald ash borers.36. Apple Pay expands as it vies for broader acceptance - Friday, November 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's year-old mobile-payments service is expanding to more countries, banks and merchants, as it faces growing competition and some challenges before it becomes as commonplace as plastic cards.37. Google Maps offers offline option when Internet is spotty - Friday, November 06, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Google Maps is getting disconnected. With an update for Android phones Tuesday, you'll be able to search nearby businesses and get driving directions, including turn-by-turn voice prompts, even if your Internet connection is spotty or non-existent. Google says a version for iPhones will come soon.38. Toyota invests $1 billion in artificial intelligence in US - Friday, November 06, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota is investing $1 billion in a research company it's setting up in Silicon Valley to develop artificial intelligence and robotics, underlining the Japanese automaker's determination to lead in futuristic cars that drive themselves and apply the technology to other areas of daily life.39. Microsoft gets stingy with free online storage - Friday, October 30, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is getting stingy with online storage. The company just cut the free space it offers through its OneDrive service by two-thirds, making it the second major company to retreat from a consumer cloud-storage boom that tempted users with price cuts and ever-larger free offers.40. Google founder hopes Alphabet spells innovation - Friday, October 30, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google founder Larry Page is hoping his newly created company called Alphabet becomes synonymous with innovation.41. Nissan test car drives itself safely, recognizes pedestrians - Friday, October 30, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Being a passenger in a self-driving car is similar to being driven around by a very cautious person, maybe your grandmother.
Requiring neither hands on the steering wheel nor a foot on the gas pedal or brakes, the Nissan Motor Co. car making its way on Japanese public roads is instead packed with radars, lasers, cameras and computer chips.42. Nashville Public Library selects Meacham for honor - Friday, October 30, 2015
Acclaimed presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Nashvillian Jon Meacham will receive the 2015 Nashville Public Library Literary Award and will join Nashville’s own American history buff and country performer Tim McGraw for a free public lecture and conversation on Dec. 7.43. Green self-driving cars take center stage at Tokyo auto show - Friday, October 23, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Visions of cars that drive themselves without emitting a bit of pollution while entertaining passengers with online movies and social media are what's taking center stage at the Tokyo Motor Show.44. US stocks return to black after summer swoon - Friday, October 23, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe you shouldn't have put your money under a mattress after all.
The stock market is back in the black for the year after a bruising late-August tumble that had investors worrying about their money in a way they hadn't in four years.45. Tech companies face rocky road on the way to making cars - Friday, October 23, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Silicon Valley may think it can build a better car. But should it?
As tech giants like Google and Apple look to automobiles as the next frontier for innovation, they face a looming reality: Cars are a lot harder to manufacture and sell than smartphones.46. Amazon 3Q results up on strong sales, cloud computing growth - Friday, October 23, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is Primed for success as the busy holiday season approaches. The e-commerce powerhouse reported a surprise third-quarter profit, driven by a boost in revenue from its Prime Day promotion and continued strong growth in its cloud-computing offerings.47. Tech stocks lead a rally; S&P 500 turns positive for year - Friday, October 23, 2015
U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday, delivering their second gain in two days and pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index back into positive territory for the year.
Strong quarterly earnings from several big-name technology companies helped rally the market, which has been gradually regaining ground following a swoon in August and September. Microsoft vaulted to a 15-year high, while Amazon and Google's parent company Alphabet closed sharply higher.
48. Appeals court rules in favor of Google's online library - Friday, October 16, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing books for a massive online library, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decadelong dispute.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with a judge who concluded that the snippets Google showed customers from its database did not violate copyright laws.49. Yahoo's updated email app aims to kill the password - Friday, October 09, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is trying to phase out passwords with an update to its mobile application for its email service.
The renovated app released Thursday for iPhones and Android devices will include an option called "Account Key" that allows people to sign into their email accounts by pressing on a notification sent to their smartphones instead of typing in a password.50. Obamacare: What to do, when and how to sign up - Friday, October 16, 2015
Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act is just around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to do your research, find your best health insurance options and then secure coverage for 2016.51. Top EU court rules data sharing pact with US invalid - Friday, October 02, 2015
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Europe's top court ruled Tuesday that data stored on U.S. servers isn't safe because of government spying, a giant blow to companies such as Facebook that might need to change the way they handle private data from Europe.52. Toyota shows self-driving technology being readied for 2020 - Friday, October 02, 2015
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota unveiled its vision for self-driving cars in a challenge to other automakers as well as industry newcomer Google Inc., promising to start selling such vehicles in Japan by 2020.53. Top economies move toward crackdown on corporate tax dodging - Friday, October 02, 2015
PARIS (AP) — Dozens of world economies are close to adopting sweeping changes to international tax rules that could end tax-dodging by powerful multinationals — practices believed to deprive governments of up to $240 billion every year.54. US stocks end sharply higher; GE leads gains in industrials - Friday, October 02, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rallied in the U.S. and overseas Monday after last week's gloomy jobs report led investors to expect that the Federal Reserve will wait even longer before making its first interest rate increase since the financial crisis.55. GM warns the Valley: Prepare to compete over driverless cars - Friday, October 02, 2015
MILFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Move that tiny self-driving pod out of the way.
That might as well have been the message Thursday from General Motors to Google, Apple and anyone else with designs on dominating the market for autonomous cars.56. New TiVo DVR will skip through entire commercial break - Friday, September 25, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — TiVo wants to help you skip TV commercials. With one press of a button on the remote, TiVo's new digital video recorder will skip the entire commercial break.
That's quicker than the 30-second forward feature found on previous TiVos. On the new TiVo Bolt, TiVo will tag the start and end of commercial breaks so that viewers can skip that section when watching on their recordings. The feature will work with about 20 over-the-air and cable channels, including the major broadcast networks, mostly during prime-time hours.57. Major companies form group to push for LGBT rights globally - Friday, September 25, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A dozen corporations, including Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Coca-Cola Co., are joining a new coalition to push for LGBT rights in the workplace in places beyond the U.S. and Western Europe.58. Google's driverless car drivers ride a career less traveled - Friday, September 25, 2015
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Fresh out of college, Brian Torcellini dreamed about getting a job writing about surfing.
Instead, he wound up in a dusty, dimly lit garage near Google's Silicon Valley headquarters six years ago, getting ready to ride a wave of technology that thrust him into an occupational oxymoron. He became a driver in a driverless car.59. Nasdaq center aims to build relationships with startups - Friday, September 18, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nasdaq has long been known as the "tech-heavy" stock exchange, where some of Silicon Valley's best-known companies have gone to sell shares. Now, as it faces stiff competition from rival exchanges to lure the next hot IPO, it's reaching out to business startups before they go public.60. Investment treaty between China and US key business goal - Friday, September 18, 2015
SEATTLE (AP) — When Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses a meeting of some of the top names in Chinese and American business Wednesday, they may be most interested what he says about progress toward a treaty between the nations that would provide a framework for broader investment in each other's economy.61. Why Europe isn't creating any Googles or Facebooks - Friday, September 18, 2015
HELSINKI (AP) — Micha Benoliel grew up in France and launched his first technology startup there, but he never forgot the atmosphere of adventure and optimism in San Francisco, where he studied in the early 1990s.62. Report: Apple moving forward on building a car - Friday, September 18, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is speeding up work on a project that could lead to the California tech giant building its own electric car, according to a new report.
The maker of iPhones and iPads is tripling the number of engineers on the project, code-named Titan, and has set a "ship date" of 2019, the Wall Street Journal said Monday. The newspaper said that could just be a target for engineers to sign off on the design, not necessarily when a car would be available for sale.63. Events - Friday, September 18, 2015
Business Studio Workshop: Crisis Management. Aileen Katcher of Katcher Strategic Communications will lead this workshop to help small business owners develop a crisis management plan. We’ll outline the key elements to include in the plan and how to make sure your team is ready to use it to communicate when and if (or even before) a crisis hits. This will be an interactive workshop and attendees will be put into small groups to practice managing a “crisis” with their newly developed plans. Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m. Refinery Nashville, 438 Houston Street, Suite 263, Nashville. Information: nashvillechamber.com, 615 743-306064. HP to jettison up to 30,000 jobs as part of spinoff - Friday, September 11, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. is preparing to shed up to another 30,000 jobs as the Silicon Valley pioneer launches into a new era in the same cost-cutting mode that has marred much of its recent history.65. Tech disruption hangs over automakers at Frankfurt show - Friday, September 11, 2015
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A sense of impending disruption hangs over all the shiny new cars at this year's edition of the Frankfurt International Motor Show.
The potential impact of automated driving and of extensively connected cars has pushed aside electric and low-emission vehicles as the major theme in just the two years since the show was last held.66. Fund established to close digital divide in Nashville - Friday, September 11, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — Officials in Nashville have announced a fund to provide free or low-cost digital access to people in the city who don't have it.
Mayor Karl Dean's office said in a news release Tuesday that more than 40 percent of Metro Nashville Public Schools students didn't have access to computers or Internet connectivity at home in 2012.67. Google names auto veteran to lead self-driving car push - Friday, September 11, 2015
Google has hired auto industry veteran and former Hyundai U.S. CEO John Krafcik to run its self-driving car program.
Krafcik, 53, is credited with turning around Hyundai's U.S. operations, leading the company to huge sales increases after the Great Recession. Early in his career as a mechanical engineer he worked at a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors where he became a proponent of lean manufacturing.
68. Apple stakes new claim to living room, shows new iPhones - Friday, September 04, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple staked a new claim to the living room on Wednesday, as the maker of iPhones and other hand-held gadgets unveiled an Internet TV system that's designed as a beachhead for the tech giant's broader ambitions to deliver a wide range of information, games, music and video to the home.69. Vanderbilt's wireless ECG: Real lifesaver for heart attack victims - Friday, September 11, 2015
Susan Eagle, M.D., didn’t necessarily see herself as an inventor, but she recognized a problem in her field and she just couldn’t live with it.
“I am a cardiovascular anesthesiologist and I saw the need for rapid transmission of cardiac data, not only within the hospital, but between hospitals and outside of major medical centers,” says Eagle, associate professor of clinical anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.70. Apple event to focus on new iPhones, Apple TV and Siri - Friday, September 04, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hey, Siri, what does Apple have in store for us this week?
Along with new iPhones, the iconic tech company is expected to show off a new Apple TV system and a bigger role in the home for Siri, its voice-activated digital assistant.71. Disney teams up with Amazon and Microsoft - Friday, September 04, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Disney has signed agreements with Amazon and Microsoft that will allow them to use its cloud-based digital movie service.
The deals expand the number of ways in which people can watch Disney films. The company already has agreements in place with Vudu, Google Play and iTunes.
72. Toyota to invest $50M in car-tech research at Stanford, MIT - Friday, September 04, 2015
EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Toyota is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in hopes of gaining an edge in an accelerating race to phase out human drivers.73. Wave of new Windows 10 devices on show at Berlin tech fair - Friday, September 04, 2015
BERLIN (AP) — Computer manufacturers are unveiling the first big batch of devices running Windows 10 at the IFA home electronics show opening in Berlin on Friday.
The industry has seen sluggish sales in recent years as consumers opt to spend their money on smartphones and tablets instead, so many companies are pinning their hopes for a revival in the PC market on the latest version of Microsoft's operating system.74. Berlin gadget show: Tiny PCs and high-end handsets - Friday, September 04, 2015
BERLIN (AP) — Gadget makers have been showcasing their latest gear at Europe's flagship technology show, the IFA in Berlin, this week.
With the exception of Apple, all major manufacturers have been announcing new devices in time for the holiday shopping season.75. Judge approves $415M settlement in Apple, Google wage case - Friday, September 04, 2015
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple, Google, Intel and two other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.76. Apple, Google bring smartphone functions to car dashboards - Friday, September 04, 2015
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Playing deejay with voice commands will get easier for more Americans this fall as some best-selling cars get updated with software that integrates smartphones into the dashboard.77. Google tries to woo iPhone owners with Android watch app - Friday, August 28, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is introducing an application that will connect Android smartwatches with Apple's iPhone, escalating the rivals' battle to strap their technology on people's wrists.
The move thrusts Google on to Apple's turf in an attempt to boost the lackluster sales of watches running on its Android Wear software. The program uniting the devices running on different operating systems is being released Monday in Apple's app store.78. What's in a billion? Facebook users hit milestone in 1 day - Friday, August 28, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A billion people logged in to Facebook on a single day this week, marking the first time that many members used the world's largest online social network in a 24-hour period. The number amounts to one-seventh of the Earth's population.79. Bargain-conscious teens are shopping more like their parents - Friday, August 21, 2015
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Giulia Pugliese is a typical teenager. She likes to look good, and she's particular about what she wears.
But when The Associated Press followed the 15-year-old from Long Island on a recent back-to-school shopping trip with friends, she left a Nike store empty-handed — even though Nike is one of her favorites. The reason?80. China worries weigh down US stocks in morning trading - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Another sell-off in the Chinese stock market spread across global markets on Thursday. The declines pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index into the red for 2015 in early-afternoon trading.81. Alexis named vice president for advancement at TSU - Friday, August 21, 2015
Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover has announced the appointment of Eloise Abernathy Alexis as the new associate vice president for Institutional Advancement. Alexis will serve as TSU’s chief advancement officer providing strategic advocacy and leadership for alumni relations, annual giving and development.82. High-tech cars bring Detroit, Silicon Valley face to face - Friday, August 14, 2015
PALO ALTO, California (AP) — The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.83. Amazon's data-driven approach becoming more common - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon isn't the only company that is using data on employees to improve productivity.
A New York Times article over the weekend portrayed Amazon's work culture as "bruising" and "Darwinian" in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff. The article depicted a work culture where staffers are under constant pressure to deliver strong results on a wide variety of detailed metrics the company monitors in real time — such as what gets abandoned in peoples shopping cards and what videos people stream — and encouraged to report praise or criticism about colleagues to management to add to more data about workers performance. The story led to an outcry on social media.84. In a slow-growth world, technology stocks are trending again - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology stocks are trending big-time as investors latch on to innovative companies racing ahead in a slow-growth world.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq is the best performing major U.S. stock index this year, gaining 6 percent as the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial averages have wavered between small gains and losses.85. Dell to sell Google Chromebook tailored for corporate users - Friday, August 14, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's latest Chromebook laptop will be specially designed for corporate customers in an effort to get more workers off machines powered by Microsoft's dominant Windows software.86. 2 jumbo phones from Samsung ahead of expected new iPhone - Friday, August 14, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung has unveiled two new Android smartphones with jumbo screens as it seeks to recapture some of the sales lost to Apple after larger iPhones came out last year.
Samsung said Thursday that the new Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus will start shipping Aug. 21. Usually, Note phones don't come out until well after Apple's new iPhone models in September.87. Deciphering Google’s algorithms no easy task - Friday, August 14, 2015
Much can ride on a Google search. People use the search engine to find information on every aspect of their lives, from finding a plumber who works on Sunday to digging up information on a blind date.88. Restoring your online reputation is a task for experts. And it's expensive - Friday, August 14, 2015
As a property manager, Mark Hill is used to putting out fires. But when a disgruntled tenant took to the Internet to flame him and his business, Hill was the one calling for help.
“He was bound and determined to try to wreck us online,” Hill says of the angry tenant.89. Google forms a new holding company, 'Alphabet' - Friday, August 07, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is creating a new company to oversee its highly lucrative Internet business and a growing flock of other ventures, including some — like building self-driving cars and researching ways to prolong human life — that are known more for their ambition than for turning an immediate profit.90. Will your boss match Netflix's yearlong paid leave? - Friday, July 31, 2015
Netflix stirred envy in sleep-deprived parents nationwide by saying it will give its employees up to a year of paid leave following the birth or adoption of a child. But outside of hypercompetitive Silicon Valley, don't hold your breath for your boss to match it.91. Who could reject scholarly history of dirty words? - Friday, July 31, 2015
It’s been said that the Web is a Mecca for writers who are not good to start with and don’t know how to rewrite, revise and edit.
An apt quote on this concept may be found in the current I Swear Cross-plug – uh, Crossword.92. Will the Internet listen to your private conversations? - Friday, July 24, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm.
But Aanya's care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud.93. Five questions for Nashville's mayoral candidates - Friday, July 31, 2015
In the more than 50 years under metro-politan government, Nashville has had only one one-term mayor. When the original limit was three terms, both Richard Fulton and Beverly Briley served 12 years. All the rest served two, four-year terms except Bill Boner, who did not seek re-election.94. Microsoft launches Windows 10: Here's what that means - Friday, July 24, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online.95. Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research - Friday, July 24, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life.96. Even Apple loyalists taking their time on Apple Watch - Friday, July 17, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — For all those who hailed the iPhone as the "Jesus Phone" in 2007, the Apple Watch's arrival has hardly been the second coming.
Sure, it can do many useful, even delightful things, such as showing incoming texts and email, tracking heart rates during exercise or sending digital doodles to friends. But is that enough to spend $350 or more, especially when it requires wearing a watch again while still carrying an iPhone around?97. Google shares gain a record $65B in value - Friday, July 17, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Google is already one of the largest companies in the world, and on Friday it made one of the largest stock market moves ever.
The Internet giant reported strong second-quarter results on Thursday, sending its stock climbing. Google's market capitalization, already around $403 billion, rose some $65 billion to finish at $468.3 billion, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.98. Country star Luke Bryan launches interactive fan app - Friday, July 17, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) - A new mobile app will put fans closer to Luke Bryan with live streaming and interactive features.
The multiplatinum singer told The Associated Press that The Luke Bryan App will be available July 24 on iTunes and Google Play.99. Nasdaq logs best week in nearly nine months as Google jumps - Friday, July 17, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — A strong week fizzled to a close on Friday as the stock market eked out a small gain. But a few companies made big moves. Google surged after reporting strong results, pushing the Nasdaq to another record high.100. EBay, PayPal outline plans for after split - Friday, July 17, 2015
NASHVILLE (AP) — When eBay and PayPal split up on Friday, they'll face different challenges than they did as a combined company.
E-commerce company eBay first said in September 2014 it would split off its payments unit PayPal, in order to focus the two companies on growing profits individually. Investors, including activist Carl Icahn, had lobbied for the movie.