Truthful statements that are actually deceit
12/9/2016 HBS Working Knowledge

The act of paltering is popular in business and politics as a way of using truthful statements to distort or deceive. "People who palter may gain some ground in negotiating a better deal for themselves in the short run, but if their cunning ways are discovered, they can do long-term damage to relationships," writes Dina Gerdeman.

Number of new Ph.D.s hit a record high in 2015

The number of students receiving Ph.D.s at US colleges and universities reached a record high in 2015 as awarded degrees increased by 1.9% over 2014, a new survey shows. The survey also found that nearly 64% of graduates were from the US and 53.8% of them were men.

Total household wealth reached $90.2T in Q3
12/9/2016 CNBC

Total household wealth reached $90.2 trillion in the third quarter, a 1.8% increase, according to the Federal Reserve. The gain was driven by real estate values, which increased $554 billion, and stock and mutual fund portfolios, which climbed $494 billion.

Grocery chains' holiday campaigns focus on causes

Kroger-owned Pay Less stores in Indiana are running a holiday food drive that encourages customers to either add donations to their totals or to buy full bags of food for the needy. Other grocers are also raising funds and awareness for charitable causes this season, including Fresh Thyme Farmers Market which has partnered with a group that provides moms and kids with vitamins.

CDC reports increasing flu vaccination among pregnant women
12/9/2016 eMPR.comHealthDay News

CDC researchers found that the rate of pregnant women in the US who received influenza vaccination increased from 33% during the 2009-2010 flu season and 41% during the 2013-2014 season to 50% during the 2015-2016 season, but still fell short of the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations that all women who are or might be pregnant receive the vaccine. The findings in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report also showed that 63% of those whose providers recommended and offered flu vaccines received the vaccine, compared with 38% of those whose providers recommended but didn't offer the vaccine.

Target applies a futuristic vision to marketing
12/9/2016 Digiday

Target has embraced technology by developing an internal programmatic unit and its own platform for supplier brands, "Target Guest Access." The company's forward-looking approach extends to testing addressable TV to give viewers personalized ads on networks such as AT&T's DirectTV.

IKEA matches products to popular Google searches
12/9/2016 Adweek

IKEA's "Retail Therapy" campaign features products renamed to match common Google searches. Each of the new monikers refers to a relationship problem, implying the product solves it, such as "My daughter is out all night" leading to a disco ball or "My family doesn't respect me" leading to a white queen costume.

Autonomous vehicle inventions spark Ford patent surge
12/9/2016 Detroit Free Press

Ford topped US automakers with more than 1,400 domestic patents this year, edging out Toyota for the top spot. Work on self-driving vehicle technologies fueled a 25% increase over record 2015 Ford patent levels.

Biohaven's ALS treatment gains FDA orphan status

The FDA has granted orphan drug status to Biohaven's BHV-0223, an investigational treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The drug is a sublingual tablet formulation of riluzole.

Showtime to stream undercard boxing matches on Facebook Live
12/9/2016 Multichannel News

Showtime will stream live boxing matches on Facebook on Saturday as part of the network's live boxing telecast. The streaming is part of a move to increase awareness of the network's live card, according to Showtime Sports executive vice present Stephen Espinoza.

Renderings: Port Tampa Bay plans massive expansion

Florida's Port Tampa Bay has unveiled Vision 2030, a multiyear development plan that includes dredging, expanding its rail lines, building a petroleum storage center and adding warehouses. Apartments, condominiums and a waterfront park also would be built.

Dakota Access Pipeline denial also hurting the state of N.D.

The Obama administration's decision to block the Dakota Access Pipeline is taking a toll not only on Energy Transfer Partners, but on North Dakota as its oil producers will need to ship more of their Bakken oil via rail, hurting their margins. Production in the state's Bakken Shale has already declined by a third in recent years because of a lack of pipeline infrastructure and low oil prices.

American Airlines forecasts revenue uptick for Q4
12/9/2016 Reuters

American Airlines says unit revenue in the fourth quarter could rise by up to 1%. The company anticipates a pretax profit margin of up to 8%.

Social media can make holidays brighter for bookings
12/9/2016 The Blue Magnet Blog

Seasonal profile pictures, advertising on Facebook and Instagram and postings of activities on the premises and in the community are effective ways for hoteliers to boost holiday business through social media. Meanwhile, giveaways and themed parties can add to the effort to pep up a normally slow period.