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Executive Q&A: FedEx's Patrick Fitzgerald on PGA Tour Championship

Memphis Business Journal - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:43
Fitzgerald says the 2018 TOUR Championship had a great leaderboard, on a tough golf course, with outstanding fan attendance that provided a great tournament for golf fans around the globe.

Here's how to boost employee morale during March Madness

Memphis Business Journal - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:32
Beginning this week, many basketball fans across the country will tune in to watch one or more of the 60 live games in the March Madness tournament, some during work hours. Even though spending time checking scores, team rankings and results may sound like a productivity drain, business leaders can flip the script and use March Madness as a chance to boost morale, promote team bonding and reward employees for their hard work.   With that in mind, below are a few tips for managers looking to…

'Morality clause' stops U of M's middle school from being housed at St. Anne

Memphis Business Journal - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:23
The vacant school buildings at St. Anne Catholic Church will no longer be the site of the University of Memphis’ future middle school. Rev. Dr. Bruce Cinquegrani — pastor for St. Anne — distributed a copy of a memo to parishioners before mass on Sunday, March 17, that stated, “Officials at the University of Memphis have determined that they are no longer interested in our property for their middle school project.” The memo was originally sent to the Pastoral and Finance council members…

Former IP CFO to fill same role with Georgia-based public company

Memphis Business Journal - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 06:11
After his abrupt departure in June 2018, the former CFO of International Paper has landed at another public company.  Glenn Landau will assume the role of chief financial officer and executive vice president of Georgia-based Mohawk Industries Inc. — a flooring manufacturer — effective April 1, 2019. He will replace the current CFO, Frank Boykin. In a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing submitted March 12, it states that Boykin will retire as CFO March 31 but will continue…

Apple’s Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape

NYT Technology - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 20:46
The tech company, about to have a showcase event on its campus, is expected to reveal details about a dozen or more programs ready to go or almost done.

Trusting in Antitrust: Actions Against Big Tech Are Now Palatable

NYT Technology - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 14:22
Antitrust is the nuclear bomb of regulatory moves, but at a moment when nearly everything in America seems contentious, proposals to break up internet giants are gaining support.

All the Crime, All the Time: How Citizen Works

NYT Technology - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 04:00
An app called Citizen promises “awareness” of nearby danger. What it provides is more complicated.

The Shift: A Mass Murder of, and for, the Internet

NYT Technology - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 20:38
The terrorist attack in New Zealand is shocking on every level — and feels like a first for how unmistakably online it was.

PewDiePie Put in Spotlight After New Zealand Shooting

NYT Technology - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 19:36
The killer urged people to “subscribe to PewDiePie,” the pseudonym of the YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, who said this “absolutely sickened” him.

Bitcoin Tycoon Who Oversaw Mt. Gox Implosion Gets Suspended Sentence

NYT Technology - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 19:08
Mark Karpelès, who ran the exchange that helped make the cryptocurrency a household name, was found guilty of falsifying data by a Japanese court.

Academic Behind Cambridge Analytica Data Mining Sues Facebook for Defamation

NYT Technology - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 18:31
Aleksandr Kogan, a former psychology professor, said Facebook defamed him when it claimed he lied about how the data was going to be used.

Apple Violated 3 Qualcomm Patents, Jury Finds

NYT Technology - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 16:25
A federal court jury said Apple owed the chip maker Qualcomm about $31 million after agreeing with Qualcomm’s claims that Apple had infringed on its patents.

Tesla Model Y, a New S.U.V., Is Unveiled Amid Mounting Challenges

NYT Technology - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 15:11
Elon Musk’s electric-car company is broadening its vehicle offerings as it looks to increase sales in difficult markets like China and Europe.

Inside the sterile environment of one of Memphis' most high-tech facilities

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 14:35
Full disclosure: I've never been to Mars. But, on a recent visit to St. Jude, I wore a head-to-toe sterile suit not unlike one worn by Matt Damon in "The Martian" and felt a bit like I had visited another planet.  A typical Thursday for a journalist starts with coffee – and news: Catching up on the big stories of the day, then looking for fresh story ideas of my own. On Thursday, March 7, my day started off at 8 a.m. with coffee at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for a "Media Immersion…

EDGE facing decision on Graceland TIF, Madison Avenue apartment project

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 14:28
The Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis & Shelby County won't be approving any new projects at its March 20 meeting, but it will be making key decisions on two existing projects: 1544 Madison, a residential project with notable developers, and long-sought changes to the Graceland Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. Documents outlining the amendments to the two previously approved projects weren't immediately available from EDGE. As part of a deal announced last week, Elvis…

Income Before: $18,000. After: $85,000. Does Tiny Nonprofit Hold a Key to the Middle Class?

NYT Technology - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 14:19
Pursuit, a nonprofit jobs training program in Queens, is finding success at moving low-income New Yorkers into well-paying jobs.

Prominent pitmaster bringing barbecue to The Lake District

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 14:01
Another Memphis-area restaurant has committed to the 160-acre mixed-use project being developed in Lakeland. Memphis BBQ Co. announced on Thursday, March 14, it had signed a lease to open a 5,500-square-foot restaurant at The Lake District in Lakeland, which is slated to open in summer 2020. Memphis BBQ is owned and operated by famed pitmaster Melissa Cookston, who is known as the “Winningest Woman in Barbecue,” because of her accomplishments as a seven-time barbecue champion and a 2017 inductee…

City Council preview: FedEx bot takes City Hall, Graceland TDZ, and 3.0

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 13:33
The Memphis City Council could get a chance to see the technology everyone is talking about — FedEx's new SameDay Bot — on its next meeting. The council will also continue the process of implementing Memphis 3.0 and amending the Graceland Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) Tuesday, March 19. A few week ago, Memphis-based logistics giant FedEx revealed its same-day delivery autonomous bot to the nation on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Memphis City Council, and the local public,…

Top of the Market: Home off Poplar, Forest Hill sells for $1.4 million

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:27
This week's Shelby County home sales roundup is led by an 8,100-square-foot Germantown mansion, not far from Poplar Avenue's intersection with Forest Hill Irene Road. We'll start, though, with the No. 5 spot, which was one of three East Memphis homes in the week's top five. A 1980 house on Hemlock Lane in ZIP 38117 sold for $620,000. It holds four bedrooms and three bathrooms in 4,200 square feet. A 5,400-square-foot abode in Germantown's ZIP 38139 was No. 4, selling for almost $730,000. Located…

Local developer plans two new hotels near I-40/269

Memphis Business Journal - Fri, 03/15/2019 - 12:12
The four lots not destined for hotel or storage uses will be sold, Grant said, and he expects developers of restaurants or small office space to buy them.

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