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Brad Keywell's Uptake brings in GE Power executive to help lead the data mining startup

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CHICAGO -- Uptake Technologies is bringing in a former General Electric executive to serve as president of the data analytics startup.

Ganesh Bell, who served as chief digital officer at GE Power, starts in his new role at Uptake on Monday, spokeswoman Abby Hunt said. Bell will report to CEO and co-founder Brad Keywell and will be responsible ...Read more

White House signals new trade deals must help those left behind

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WASHINGTON -- The White House signaled President Donald Trump will pay close attention to the fate of workers left behind by globalization as a new benchmark for negotiating trade deals around the world.

While trade may be good for America, it hasn't necessarily helped all Americans, the White House Council of Economic Advisers said Wednesday ...Read more

Sinclair Broadcast will sell WGN-TV, New York station in bid to buy Tribune Media

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Sinclair Broadcast Group plans to sell Chicago's WGN-TV and stations in New York and nine smaller markets to win federal approval of its proposed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media.

The Hunt Valley, Md.-based broadcaster outlined steps it will take to comply with national TV station ownership rules in a plan filed Wednesday with the Federal...Read more

Ford North America President Raj Nair out for unspecified inappropriate behav

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DETROIT -- Raj Nair, one of the first promotions made by new Ford CEO Jim Hackett, left the company Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately, amid an admission of "inappropriate behavior."

"I sincerely regret that there have been instances where I have not exhibited leadership behaviors consistent with the principles that the company and I ...Read more

Some Fed officials raised concerns about higher inflation as tax cuts took effect

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WASHINGTON -- Some Federal Reserve policymakers raised concerns last month about the potential for higher inflation and financial instability because of stronger economic growth triggered by the recently enacted tax cuts, according to an account of the meeting released on Wednesday.

Early signs that the effects of the tax cuts "might be ...Read more

Applebee's and IHOP's new recipe for success: technology, takeout and takeovers

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With free birthday breakfast meals and all-you-can-eat riblets, the IHOP and Applebee's restaurant chains became a traditional stop for millions of American families seeking a feast.

But casual dining restaurants began to lose their appeal for millennial-generation foodies, and in 2016, Applebee's tried to update its image. The restaurant got ...Read more

Uber introduces Express Pool service, which sounds kind of like a bus

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LOS ANGELES -- First, Uber framed itself as an alternative to taxis. Now the San Francisco ride-hailing company is rolling out a new service that sounds kind of like a bus.

The ride-hailing company is introducing Express Pool to several cities this week. It's a lower-cost service for passengers who are willing to share rides with strangers and ...Read more

Supreme Court limits protections for corporate whistleblowers

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court sharply limited the legal protections for corporate whistleblowers on Wednesday, ruling they are not shielded from being fired under a federal law unless they have reported a potential fraud to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The justices conceded their ruling might "gut" the whistleblower protections ...Read more

3M settles groundwater lawsuit for $850 million

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MINNEAPOLIS -- 3M Co. has agreed to give the state of Minnesota $850 million to resolve the biggest environmental lawsuit in the state's history over the decades-long contamination of groundwater in the east metro area.

On Tuesday, the day that the trial between the state and 3M was set to begin, Attorney General Lori Swanson said the money ...Read more

Broadcom lowers Qualcomm buyout bid in wake of NXP

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SAN DIEGO -- Broadcom trimmed its hostile takeover offer for Qualcomm on Wednesday in the wake of the San Diego company agreeing to pay more for Dutch automotive chip maker NXP Semiconductors.

But Broadcom said it remains committed to acquiring Qualcomm even with NXP in tow.

Broadcom's new offer is $79 per share -- $57 in cash and $22 in ...Read more

Facebook backlash compounded by exec's tweetstorm about Russian election meddling

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Facebook's head of advertising, Rob Goldman, has apologized after a tweetstorm that seemed to downplay Russian interference in U.S. elections on the heels of indictments made by special counsel Robert Mueller late last week.

Goldman, who the company said was acting on his own and not on behalf of Facebook, tweeted Friday, "I have seen all of ...Read more

California can't force IMDb to stop publishing actors' ages, judge rules

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A federal judge has handed IMDb a victory in its ongoing feud with the state of California and SAG-AFTRA over whether the Amazon-owned website can publish the ages of actors.

Judge Vince Chhabria of the Northern District of California ruled in his decision Tuesday that California cannot enforce a law that would compel IMDb to remove the age of ...Read more

Weinstein Co. bidders try to salvage deal as fired executive David Glasser prepares to sue the board

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A team of investors is expected to meet with the New York attorney general's office as soon as Wednesday in a move to salvage their proposed purchase of the beleaguered Weinstein Co.'s assets, according to people familiar with the matter.

Former U.S. Small Business Administration head Maria Contreras-Sweet and Southern California billionaire ...Read more

Get ready for the era of hypersonic flight — at five times the speed of sound

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The sleek aircraft, really more rocket than plane, dropped from the wing of a B-52 before shooting through the sky above Point Mugu Sea Range off the California coast, leaving a long, white contrail in its wake.

The unmanned X-51A hit Mach 4.8, almost five times the speed of sound, with help from a solid rocket booster. Then the Boeing Co. ...Read more

UNC-Atrium health care deal hits a snag over who will be in control

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Negotiations to form one of the nation's largest health care companies in North Carolina are snagged on a sensitive issue: Who will control the joint organization overseeing some 60 hospitals and 90,000 employees.

UNC Health Care CEO William Roper provided an update Tuesday after discussing the matter in a closed session ...Read more

Helpware: This column is guaranteed to put you to sleep

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Technology is all about functionality. I've always marveled at the mechanical pencil, not to mention the replaceable eraser head. There are sound machines that help block out a neighbor's barking dog. And don't forget the electric toothbrush.

And then there is MyPillow.

If you watch TV, especially cable channels, you've probably seen Mike ...Read more

Tech Q&A: E-mailing photos with no loss of quality

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Q: The last Windows 10 upgrade wiped out one of my favorite features in my Outlook 2010 e-mail program. Before the upgrade, I could select several pictures to e-mail and have Outlook automatically resize the images to fit the storage capacity of an e-mail. After the upgrade, the resizing option quit working. That means I can't e-mail multiple ...Read more

Amazon wristbands could track workers' hand movements: 'Employers are increasingly treating their employees like robots'

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As Amazon continues its quest to shrink delivery times and add warehouses in Illinois, the e-commerce behemoth is eyeing technology that could track the movements of its workers' hands as they fulfill orders.

The company recently won patents for wristbands that could be used as part of an inventory system, communicating with equipment in ...Read more

Is harassment training working?

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The recent high-profile reports of sexual harassment in the workplace have prompted a surge in training courses, which experts are updating to reflect the latest examples making front-page news.

Inquiries about sexual harassment training provided by TrainUp have skyrocketed, said Jeremy Tillman, founder and chairman of the Dallas-based company....Read more

Uber wants to fly air taxis from DFW Airport to Frisco by 2023. Is that pie in the sky?

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FORT WORTH, Tex. -- Uber and Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter are working to launch an air taxi service in Dallas-Fort Worth.

And before you dismiss the idea as pie in the sky, it's important to note that officials from both companies say they're aiming to get it up and running by 2023.

"We expect test flights by 2020, and we anticipate ...Read more