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AT&T store will take part of former Spin Street space

Memphis Business Journal - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:44
A redevelopment is ongoing at the shopping center.

The Sad Truth About Sleep-Tracking Devices and Apps

NYT Technology - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:16
Our personal tech columnist tracked his sleep for two weeks with an Apple Watch and some software. Here’s why he concluded it was a pointless exercise.

Board chairs named for ALSAC and St. Jude

Memphis Business Journal - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:10
As of July 1, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its affiliated fundraising organization, ALSAC, each had new board chairs. Judy A. Habib, formerly the vice chair, is now chair of ALSAC’s Board of Directors. The former vice chair of St. Jude’s Board of Governors, Dr. Christopher B. George, has also been elevated to chair. Habib is cofounder and CEO of KHJ Brand Activation, a Boston-based marketing agency. She has been on the ALSAC/St. Jude boards since 1994 and also serves on the…

Varsity Spirit launches new brand for pro teams

Memphis Business Journal - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:05
Varsity Spirit is going pro. The Memphis-based company known for its nationwide cheerleading events announced Tuesday, July 16, it is launching Varsity Pro, a new brand focused on NBA and NFL professional dance and cheer teams. Earlier this month, Varsity Spirit joined the pro sports scene by agreeing to a multiyear partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies to become the official outfitter of the Grizz Girls. According to a release, Varsity Pro will offer pro dance teams custom, performance-ready…

Amazon Faces E.U. Inquiry Over Data From Independent Sellers

NYT Technology - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 13:02
European antitrust regulators have opened an investigation into the data that Amazon uses from third-party sellers who rely on the tech company’s site

When ‘Good Stories’ Happen for Bad Reasons

NYT Technology - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 12:15
We take comfort in news about viral acts of kindness toward the sick, the poor and others in need, experts say, but there’s a catch.

Brand overhaul focal point of First Horizon's Q2

Memphis Business Journal - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:52
As First Horizon ushers in its new look, the company saw increases across several key metrics in its quarterly earnings. Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. — parent company of Capital Bank, First Tennessee Bank, FTB Advisors, and FTN Financial — released its second quarter 2019 earnings July 16. For the quarter, First Horizon reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.35 compared to $0.31 in Q1 2019. “In the second quarter, we gained loan and deposit growth momentum within our key…

Covering Protests Where There Is a Distrust of Social Media

NYT Technology - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 08:00
Daniel Victor, a reporter in Hong Kong, on why protesters there chose not to go after the Instagram moments while marching.

Who Owns Memphis: The Cordova Corridor: A parkway drives through it

Memphis Business Journal - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:51
Germantown Parkway is arguably the hardest working corridor in Shelby County — well, at least, parcel-for-parcel it’s the area’s most commercially frenetic.

Hilton playing catch-up in the luxury market

Memphis Business Journal - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:45
McLean-based Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HLT) is making a big push into the luxury hospitality market, with plans to open 11 new high-end properties this year as it plays catch-up against other hotel giants, according to The Wall Street Journal. Hilton has 65 existing luxury properties on its roster and it will open the new properties this year under its Waldorf Astoria, Conrad Hotels, and LXR luxury brands, according to the report. It plans to open more than 30 other high-end hotels…

How this virtual-reality startup is training 1,000 surgeons per month

Memphis Business Journal - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:33
Palo Alto-based Osso VR hopes to at least double the number of medical universities it partners with by early next year.

Lovin' it: DoorDash deals blow to Uber Eats with new McDonald's deal

Memphis Business Journal - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:21
DoorDash is ready to supersize its growth as competition in the restaurant delivery world continues to heat up. The San Francisco company has just landed McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) as a new restaurant delivery partner, upending up what had been an exclusive agreement the fast-food chain had with competitor Uber Eats. DoorDash will begin delivering Big Macs and french fries to Houston customers later this month, and based off its success, will likely expand the partnership nationally before the end…

GameStop and R/GA partner to develop new brick-and-mortar experience

Memphis Business Journal - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 06:13
Offices of the brand development and innovation agency R/GA in Chicago and Austin, Texas, have signed a deal with GameStop Corp., the Fortune 500 company based in Grapevine, Texas, to help reimagine the in-store experience at more than 5,700 GameStop video game and consumer electronics stores in 14 countries. As brick-and-mortar retailers have increasingly discovered the hard way in recent years, it’s no longer adequate to put out some merchandise in stores and expect customers to show up and…

One Small Step for Experimental Space Gear. Many Giant Leaps of Imagination.

NYT Technology - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:00
A gallery of scenes from when the space age was young and extraterrestrial travel looked fun.

Elon Musk’s Company Takes Baby Steps to Wiring Brains to the Internet

NYT Technology - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:00
Neuralink, a San Francisco company funded by Mr. Musk, says it has created a device that could one day wire data links directly to the brain.

‘I Don’t Trust You Guys’: Lawmakers Unite to Take Aim at Big Tech

NYT Technology - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 18:58
A series of hearings on Capitol Hill showed the rising force of the political backlash against the country’s tech giants.

Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World.

NYT Technology - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 17:08
As social media expands its cultural dominance, the people who can steer the online conversation will have an upper hand.

11-time PGA Tour winner commits to FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Memphis Business Journal - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 14:33
A 11-time PGA Tour winner has committed to play in the upcoming, inaugural World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis. According to tournament officials, Jordan Spieth will be playing at TPC Southwind in Memphis on July 24-28. It will be Spieth's first time playing in Memphis since 2010, when he was 16 and missed the cut in his second career PGA Tour start. Spieth, who also won the 2015 FedExCup title, has yet to win a World Golf Championships event, in 21 prior tries. In…

Gibson moving headquarters to Downtown Nashville

Memphis Business Journal - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 14:16
The iconic Gibson Brands Inc. is moving its existing Nashville headquarters Downtown, to a building nearly as old as the 125-year-old guitar maker. Gibson is moving its headquarters into the Cummins Station office building in SoBro, the company announced July 15. More than 100 employees will move into the 40,000-square-foot space by year's end. It's the latest step in a revamp of the business, which reorganized its finances in a bankruptcy case that ended late last year. The company is now led…

SunTrust, BB&T announce $60 billion community investment plan

Memphis Business Journal - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:59
SunTrust Banks Inc. and its merger partner BB&T Corp. on Tuesday announced a three-year, $60 billion plan to invest in their communities, focusing on affordable housing, small business and financial wellness. The “Truist Bank Community Benefits Plan” is to include these components: •$31 billion for home purchase mortgage loans to low- and moderate-income borrowers, low- and moderate-income areas, minority borrowers, and/or majority-minority areas •$7.8 billion for lending to small businesses and…

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