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Another large employer claps back on anti-LGBT Tennessee bills

Memphis Business Journal - 4 hours 51 min ago
One of Music Row's most notable corporate giants is joining advocates in pushing back on controversial state legislation. On Tuesday, Warner Music Group's Nashville chiefs co-wrote a letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, urging his administration to block three bills that advocates argue pose a threat to members of the state's LGBT community. The company's Nashville teams are led by John Esposito, CEO of Warner Music Nashville; Ben Vaughn, CEO of Warner/Chappell Nashville; and Kris Ahrend, who runs…

Honeywell, International Paper commit to $16.2M cleanup of contaminated site in NC

Memphis Business Journal - 5 hours 1 min ago
Honeywell International Inc. and International Paper Co. have signed a consent decree with federal regulators to clean up mercury, PCBs, and other contaminants from an EPA Superfund site in North Carolina. The settlement documents set the initial “estimated cost of the work” at $16.2 million. The consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency was signed April 14. It was filed Thursday, April 18, along with a complaint the U.S. Department of Justice filed to recover the costs of cleaning…

Free Speech Puts U.S. on ‘a Collision Course’ With Global Limits on Big Tech

NYT Technology - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 13:31
Many other countries are adopting or considering stricter moderation of online speech. But they don’t have to work around the First Amendment.

The Interpreter: Sri Lanka Blocks Social Media, Fearing More Violence

NYT Technology - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 12:02
Sri Lankan officials have a troubled relationship with social media. They have seen firsthand how quickly online hate can turn into deadly violence.

Silicon Valley Came to Kansas Schools. That Started a Rebellion.

NYT Technology - Sun, 04/21/2019 - 02:00
Public schools in Kansas rolled out a web-based learning platform backed by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Now students have staged walkouts and sit-ins. Their parents have organized.

BRED: See the faces behind the Best Real Estate Deals of the year

Memphis Business Journal - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 09:20
From the outside, a real estate deal may seem like a faceless transaction. But, for a real estate deal to become a reality, multiple people representing multiple interests must come together to negotiate, argue, and, eventually, agree to the terms. From brokers to lawyers, bankers, and developers — and lots of people in between — the Memphis Business Journal will honor the people behind the projects at its inaugural Best Real Estate Deals (BRED) Awards Thursday, April 25. The awards will honor…

He Stopped a Global Cyberattack. Now He’s Pleading Guilty to Writing Malware.

NYT Technology - Sat, 04/20/2019 - 08:36
Marcus Hutchins, a British security researcher credited with halting a huge outbreak of ransom software in 2017, accepted United States charges over previous activity.

Guest column: Snowbird or sunbird? What to consider before you go

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:51
As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. In the case of snowbirds and sunbirds — affectionate nicknames for traveling retirees — this is definitely true. Snowbirds are residents of northern states who flock to the South to escape harsh winters, while sunbirds travel to the North in droves to get away from summer heat and humidity. However, if you’re tempted to take flight in the off-season, think through the costs and logistics first. Keep tabs on your house. You’re right…

Local homebuilders raise $500K to get construction trades taught in high schools

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:47
"We've met with four superintendents — from Bartlett, Germantown, Lakeland, and Collierville. They are ecstatic."

With break in tradition, Memphis in May plans free, five-stage event

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:38
The Memphis in May International Festival will be wrapping up its month-long salute to the city — in honor of its bicentennial year — by inviting everyone to come celebrate at no cost. On April 16, Memphis in May revealed the entertainment lineup for a free, bicentennial concert that will be held Saturday, May 25. Featuring five stages throughout Tom Lee Park, the event is produced in conjunction with the City of Memphis, Shelby County, and the Memphis Brand Initiative and will offer a wide…

Top of the Market: Slow week for county's priciest home sales

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:20
A new East Memphis abode led this week's home sales roundup, despite selling for less than $800,000. Houses in Collierville and Germantown took the other four spots, selling for between $575,000 and $700,000. The No. 1 home, which sold for $770,000, is located on Pecan Grove Lane in ZIP code 38120. Located on .46 acres, the 4,000-square-foot house holds five bedrooms and four full bathrooms. A 1998 abode on Coton Hall Cove in Collierville sold for just under $700,000. The ZIP 38017 residence has…

Sports fanatic and trucking company owner opening new sports bar

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 14:17
A sports fanatic is set to open a three-room restaurant and entertainment venue inside a former pool hall near Bartlett.

Fred's annual report delayed

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 13:05
Waiting for Fred’s annual report? You’ll have to wait a little longer. The Memphis-based discount retail chain filed an NT 10-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) April 19 that stated its annual filing for the fiscal year that ended Feb. 2, 2019, was delayed. An NT 10-K form has to be submitted when a company is unable to file its annual report by the due date. Fred’s was originally supposed to file by April 18. Fred’s latest SEC filing states: Fred’s expects…

The Real Stars of the Internet

NYT Technology - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:36
The rater has become the rated.

Bits: The Week in Tech: Do You Prefer Free Speech, or a Perfectly Clean Internet?

NYT Technology - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 08:00
Automated policing of content will never be perfect, and that leaves us facing a big question about what we want the web to be like.

Air conditioner repairman opening soul food restaurant in Crosstown area

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 06:30
An air conditioner repairman is opening a soul food restaurant in the Crosstown area. Calvin Brantley owns Complete Home Care, a small air conditioner repair shop in Memphis. As a way to fulfill his passion for Southern cooking, Brantley is now also the head chef and owner of Henrietta and Hazel’s Restaurant and Lounge at 284 N. Cleveland St. Henrietta and Hazel’s is expected to open Tuesday, April 23, at 11 a.m. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant is located upstairs in the two-story building…

Memphis International sees nearly 10 percent bump in traffic year-over-year

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 06:06
Memphis International Airport saw a surge in traffic between March 2018 and this March as it continues to grow passenger volume. And that early spring surge is indicative of how traffic has grown over the course of the past year. Enplanements at MEM shot up 9.1 percent in March year over year — from 178,531 enplanements to 194,812. Over the first nine months of the 2019 fiscal year, MEM has seen significant growth enplanements — the number of people who get on a plane. More than 1.6 million…

Cover story: PILOTs and incentives play a big part driving high-powered pay

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 05:00
The more than 70 firms examined by MBJ employ more than 65,000 people locally, which demonstrates their sheer importance to the surrounding locales and metro as a whole.

After Social Media Bans, Militant Groups Found Ways to Remain

NYT Technology - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 04:00
Hezbollah and other groups classified as terrorist organizations by the United States have changed their social media strategies to stay on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Amazon Gives Up on Chinese Domestic Shopping Business

NYT Technology - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 21:22
The company had long struggled to gain traction in China despite operating there for more than a decade.

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