Ask "why" 5 times
10/26/2016 ThoughtLeaders blog

"Why" is an important question, but to reach action-worthy insight, it needs to be asked more than once, argues Mike Figliuolo. "By the time you get to that fourth or fifth why, hopefully a new insight will pop out and you'll be able to start solving the real problem that will have a true impact on the organization," he writes.

College tuition rises as loans decrease
10/26/2016 InsideHigherEd.comBloomberg

Students at private nonprofit colleges paid, on average, 2.6% more for tuition, fees and room and board this academic year compared to last, while in-state students at public four-year colleges saw an average 1.8% increase, according to a new report. The report also showed undergraduate students are relying less on federal and nonfederal loans and more on grants.

Labor's Borzi: Fiduciary-rule guidance coming

The Labor Department is close to releasing the first round of answers to FAQ about compliance with its fiduciary rule, said Assistant Labor Secretary Phyllis Borzi. The guidance deals primarily with the rule's exemptions, she said.

AmazonFresh launches in Dallas, Chicago
10/26/2016 VentureBeat

Amazon will roll out its AmazonFresh grocery delivery service next in Chicago and Dallas as part of a significant expansion of the service this year. The service began as a test in 2007, and Amazon has ramped up growth this year into new markets including Baltimore, Boston and London.

Patient data possibly exposed in phishing attack against Baystate Health
10/26/2016 Healthcare IT News

Five employees at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass., responded to a phishing email campaign on Aug. 22 that provided access to their email accounts, some of which contained patient information, according to officials. The cyberattack could compromise the personal data of 13,000 patients, including their names, diagnoses, treatments, dates of birth and some health insurance identification numbers, but didn't affect the provider's EMR system or patient records.

Jeep puts its brand in fans' hands
10/26/2016 Adweek

Jeep is celebrating its 75th birthday by letting its biggest fans share their passion for the brand on a dedicated site and across social media. "Giving owners and fans the opportunity to tell their own story adds an emotional lens that ties them directly to the brand," said Olivier Francois, chief marketing officer of parent company Fiat Chrysler.

Amazon views bookstores as learning labs
10/26/2016 Fortune

Amazon's first brick-and-mortar bookstores, which opened earlier this year, are turning out to be successful experiments, Amazon Web Services executive Andy Jassy said this week. The retailer aims to learn how to use data it gleans online to improve in-store service with features such as personalized reading recommendations, he said.

Self-driving truck from Uber makes beer delivery
10/25/2016 Wired.comReuters

Self-driving technology created by Uber subsidiary Otto was used to deliver tens of thousands of Budweiser beer cans, as seen in this video. The trip, which executives described as a first-of-its-kind revenue-generating delivery, covered the 120 miles between Fort Collins, Colo., and Colorado Springs.

Solid Bio, Solid GT's DMD therapy gains FDA orphan status

The FDA has granted orphan drug status to Solid Biosciences and Solid GT's Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment SGT-001. Clinical studies for the drug are expected to start next year.

HBO's Plepler: Multiplatform deal is a template for the future

HBO CEO Richard Plepler said that multiplatform distribution through AT&T is a "template" for the network moving forward and that he is "agnostic" about where the content appears. AT&T's acquisition of HBO parent Time Warner also includes cable networks TBS, TNT and CNN.

List: Top 25 construction projects in Calif.'s Bay Area

The $1.3 billion California Pacific Medical Center project is the most expensive construction project currently in California's Bay Area. The region's top 25 construction projects have a combined valued of $14 billion.

Xcel proposes 4 new wind farms in Minn., N.D.

Xcel Energy is seeking approval to build four new wind farms -- three in Minnesota and one in North Dakota -- that would add 750 megawatts of installed wind capacity to its network. Xcel said the proposal is part of its greater plan to add 1,500 MW to its footprint by 2020.

JetBlue reports improved revenue trends, expectations for employee pay growth

JetBlue Airways on Wednesday reported better revenue and higher costs associated with expected pay raises in the new year and rising jet fuel costs. Hurricane Matthew is expected to be a factor in the company's fourth-quarter results.

Too many hotels? NYC investors undeterred

New York City's cachet and high room rates continue to draw investors despite concern about oversupply. The mecca for business and leisure travelers is seen by many hoteliers as a testing ground for new brands.