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Targeted Ads? TV Can Do That Now Too
By Steven Perlberg, The Wall Street Journal
The marketing minds at Choice Hotels International Inc., which owns Comfort Inn and Sleep Inn, used to figure that ABC’s “Good Morning America” was the primo spot for advertising to would-be travelers. Now they also like reruns of “Big Cat Diary” on Animal Planet, where they can reach a similar audience for a lot less.
3D-printed hearts help surgeons save babies' lives
By Tia Ghose, LiveScience
Replicas of the human heart that are made on 3D printers could help save babies' lives, new research suggests. The heart replicas are designed to match every tiny detail of a baby's heart, so they can help surgeons plan where to cut tissue, reroute piping and patch holes in children with congenital heart defects, researchers said. The new findings were presented Nov. 19 at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.
New app to reward you for ignoring your phone
By Jenn Gidman, FOX News
A way to reward people for having face-to-face interaction instead of staring into the void of their smartphone screens? There's an app for that. Or there will be soon, thanks to three 20-year-old Singapore students who won $30,000 in funding Tuesday at the Splash Awards to develop Apple Tree, reports the Straits Times, via the BBC.
Oops! Obamacare enrollment stats fudged
By Tami Luhby, CNN Money
Only 6.7 million Americans were enrolled in Obamacare health insurance plans as of mid-October, not 7.1 million, the Obama administration admitted Thursday. Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell acknowledged the error, calling it a mistake. The higher figure the White House reported earlier included people who enrolled in stand-alone dental plans. Previously the administration separated out enrollment in those dental plans.
How to Avoid Gift Card Fraud This Holiday Season
By Susan Johnston, US News
Gift cards will be the most requested gift this holiday season for the eighth consecutive year, the National Retail Federation reports. Unfortunately, this also creates an opportunity for fraudsters who want a piece of an industry worth hundreds of billions of dollars per year. Just ask James Bregenzer, 32, of Chicago, who purchased a $500 airline gift card as a Christmas gift a few years ago for his mother who was planning a trip to Disney (DIS) World. After he brought the gift card home from the grocery store where he purchased it, he noticed the PIN area on the back of the card was scratched off, so he called the airline. "[I asked] if there was any way they could exchange my gift card for a new one, use it to purchase a new one or otherwise protect my purchase with the potentially compromised PIN," he says.
Coming soon: 'Facebook at Work'
By Rob Quinn, FOX News
Bosses may soon be demanding that employees get on Facebook and do some work. The social media giant is getting ready to roll out a workplace version of its site called "Facebook at Work," insiders tell the Financial Times. The site—which will compete head-to-head with Google's and Microsoft's workplace products, as well as LinkedIn—will look and function much like Facebook's existing site, the sources say, but will include tools for people to work on things like shared documents and will allow users to keep their personal Facebook profiles completely separate from their professional ones.
Earlier school start times may be tied to teen driving accidents
Reuters
Teens with earlier high school start times may get in more car accidents than those with later start times, according to a study comparing two counties in Virginia. The authors previously found a similar association in two other Virginia counties, which they published in 2011.
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