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More Cable Companies Take TV Off Menu
By Shalini Ramachandran,The Wall Street Journal
A growing group of small cable-TV providers are realizing that both they and their customers can live without expensive TV channels. Of the 100 million homes in the U.S. that subscribe to pay TV, about 14% are served by smaller companies that have a million or fewer customers. In some cases, they serve fewer than 100. Faced with rising programming costs, some of those companies—such as Ringgold Telephone Co. in Georgia and BTC Broadband in Bixby, Okla.—have pulled the plug on TV service altogether, preferring to simply focus on Internet and phone service.
Traveler from Liberia is first Ebola patient diagnosed in U.S.
By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley, SRN News
(Reuters) – A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday, a sign the outbreak ravaging West Africa may spread globally. The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters. He was admitted two days later to an isolation room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
EBay to Spin Off PayPal in 2015
EBay Inc (EBAY) said it would spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments business, into a publicly traded company in the second half of 2015, marking an about-face for the company. The news of the tax-free spinoff to shareholders sent eBay's shares up 10 percent to $58.15 in premarket trading.
New airport scanner could make going through security a breeze
By Jacopo Prisco and Nick Glass, CNN
(CNN) -- Imagine if going through airport security was just a matter of walking past a stretch of wall. No pat-downs, no X-rays, no metal detectors, and no need to remove any clothing. The harsh reality of today's air travel is at strong odds with such a fantasy, but a new type of body scanner bears the promise to make every frequent traveler's dream come true.
As Doctors Lose Clout, Drug Firms Redirect the Sales Call
By Jonathan D. Rockoff, The Wall Street Journal
SAN DIEGO—Kendall French used to pitch drugs to doctors who could prescribe them. But many of those doctors now work for hospitals that don't give them final say over what is on the menu of medicines they can pick. So when the PLC saleswoman began plugging two new lung-disease drugs to a big San Diego hospital system this spring, it was to an administrator who doesn't see patients but helps write the menu, also called a "formulary," of approved medications.
DHL to Begin Drone Delivery for Packages in Germany – Will the U.S. Follow?
By Gabrielle Karol, FoxBusiness
DHL is taking a giant step toward making drone delivery a reality in Europe, with a pilot program beginning Friday in the North Sea. The German logistics company announced this week that it will start delivering medications using DHL’s unmanned “parcelcopters” to the small, car-free island of Juist. DHL says it has no current plans to use parcelcopters in normal delivery operations. But if the pilot program is a success, the company says it could use drones in emergency situations to deliver packages to remote areas.
Amelia, a Machine, Thinks Like You
By Christopher Mims, The Wall Street Journal
Here's what it's like to have a conversation with Amelia, the nearest thing yet to a real-life version of Samantha, the artificial-intelligence operating system in the movie "Her." "Where does Christopher Mims work?" types Ergun Ekici, the lead architect of Amelia, into her (for now) text-based interface. And then, well, there's really no other way to put this: Amelia responds like a person. She's read my bio online. She knows all about me. But her real talent isn't regurgitating information; it's solving problems.
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