… instead of acting dumbfounded by customers’ defecting to online sites, retailers have finally put in place technology that links their online stores with their physical stores. They’re also trying to make their stores more fun.
A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide them to more balanced coverage.
The plug-in, “Open Mind,” was developed this month during a 36-hour problem-solving competition known as a hackathon at Yale University.
Reference: Students develop way to expose fake news
American Airlines is handing out $1,000 bonuses to its employees.
So are AT&T, Bank of America and Nationwide Insurance. The same goes for Southwest Airlines, Comcast, JetBlue Airways and US Bancorp.
Such announcements, coming from dozens of companies, have followed the passage of the Republican tax plan that President Donald Trump signed into law last month.
The plan slashed the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. The companies say the bonuses they’ve announced are a way to share some of their bounty with their workers.
The bonuses are one-time payouts, not the permanent raises that Trump and congressional Republicans have said will eventually result from the corporate tax cuts. Over time, bonuses are far less valuable to employees than wage increases.
Reference: Many bonuses, few raises
One promise of ridehailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that ridehailing companies are pulling riders off buses, subways, bicycles and their own feet and putting them in cars instead.
Reference: Ride-share companies are congesting cities
City leaders and a coalition of business and political leaders released a study Wednesday that says immigrants in Dallas had $5.4 billion in spending power in 2016. That represents about 22 percent of the city population’s entire $24.1 billion in spending muscle. … “Immigrants are a net contributor, and we really need them.”
Reference: Area’s immigrants pack $5.4B punch
Is universal income just a dream?
The Finnish government has decided not to expand a limited trial in paying people a basic income, which has drawn much international interest.
Scientists say that if this natural process, called carbon mineralization, could be harnessed, accelerated and applied on a huge scale — admittedly some very big “ifs”
— it could help fight climate change. Rocks could remove some of the billions of tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide that humans have pumped into the air since the beginning of the Industrial Age.
And by turning that CO2 into stone, the rocks in Oman — or in a number of other places around the world — would ensure that the gas stayed out of the atmosphere forever.
Reference: How Oman’s rocks may save the planet