Researchers who set out to study how to use social media and survey data to determine how people made decisions about vaccines uncovered evidence that automated bots and Russian-controlled trolls on Twitter disseminated messages between 2014 and 2017 that both supported and undermined the use of vaccines. Supporting both sides of the issue was an attempt to legitimize the debate over vaccine safety and sow public discord, researchers reported in the American Journal of Public Health.
LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner explains the factors play into his hiring decisions, including "people who come from wildly different backgrounds than myself in terms of their upbringing, work experience, domain expertise and education." He also is drawn toward people with whom he immediately feels a connection.
College enrollment and graduation rates are higher for women than men, but data show women shoulder nearly two-thirds of student debt, and are further disadvantaged by a persistent gender wage gap in the workforce. Researchers in this article discuss these challenges and ideas for addressing them.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed down from pushing for Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann to be president of the European Central Bank, opting instead to try to get a German installed as European Commission president, sources say. An official says the commission job carries more weight because, rather than focusing solely on monetary policy, it involves working "to improve the EU's competitiveness, shape trade policy and determine which technologies we will have in Europe."
Raley's has launched a series of advertisements emphasizing the ease of its e-commerce platform that will run online and on social media. The ads highlight the convenience of online shopping, which was found to be the top draw in consumer surveys.
Health systems lose money when patients do not show up for appointments because they lack transportation, so providers are coordinating with transportation companies to fill that gap. CareMore Health System's partnership with Lyft to provide rides for Medicare patients reduced transportation costs and patient wait times, and the ride service has pledged to reduce missed doctor's appointments at partner systems 50% by 2020.
A new study by the Interactive Advertising Bureau advises that digital audio and podcasts are an ideal channel for marketers looking to ensure brand safety. The report states that audio listeners are highly engaged and less likely to skip ads and that an ad read by hosts or integrated into shows "creates a listening experience that is strong in terms of audibility and allows the advertiser to work more closely with the publisher, the show producer, or even the host to ensure the proper brand safety."
Target booked a 20% jump in sales of baby clothes and shoes in the most recent quarter, after the closing of Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, and the retailer aims to capture an even bigger share of the market in future. "We are investing in categories like toy and baby where we know we have this big opportunity ahead of us," CEO Brian Cornell said.
Approximately 25,288 pounds of ground beef products were recalled by Cargill of possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled products were labeled with Excel 93/7 Fine Grind Ground Beef and establishment code EST. 86R and were distributed to warehouses in Colorado and California.
Claims that the rollback of net neutrality regulations would lead to the destruction of the internet have proved to be baseless, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said at a Senate oversight hearing. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., suggested that internet service providers were simply laying low while the rollback faces litigation, while FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel agreed that ability and incentive would eventually lead to internet fast and slow lanes.
Bjarke Ingels Group has designed a mixed-use development which, if it comes to fruition, would put the proposed Miami Produce Center on stilts and place a garden on the roof. The project would encompass roughly 1.3 million square feet and would include residences, offices and hotel space.
Educators in Massachusetts will soon work to create a science, technology, engineering and math curriculum that integrates storytelling and students' imaginations into lessons for middle-schoolers. Using a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant, a school district, Springfield Technical Community College and Smith College will partner on the four-year project with the goal of being the "Harry Potter of STEM education," according to one official.
Instagram executives are seeking out younger consumers with enhanced booking capabilities that lend the platform some of the advantages of Facebook and Twitter. The Facebook-owned company last May launched an "action button" for links, which hoteliers are watching as a means of measuring return on investment.