Tressie LaBass

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Will Starbucks Alcohol 'Infect' Other Products?

Starbucks continues to test alcohol sales in selected stores, and appears to be on the verge of rolling out beer and wine to more of its coffee shops. Their Starbucks Evenings concept adds selected adult beverages to an expanded food menu.<p>The benefits to Starbucks are clear: if they can make this …

The Auto Recall Frenzy Isn't What You Think

Are the cars on our highways getting more dangerous?<p>That might be a logical assumption considering the rapid rise in recalls over the past five years. Last year, 22 million vehicles were involved in recalls in the United States, up about 20 percent from the previous year, according to federal data. …

Ann Arbor

GM Puts Two Engineers on Leave, Adds Second Part to Recall

General Motors (GM) said Thursday it placed two engineers on paid leave after a briefing from former U.S. attorney Anton Valukas, who is leading an investigation into the events leading up to the automaker’s ignition-switch recall.<p>“This is an interim step as we seek the truth about what happened,” …

You Can Explain eBay's $50 Billion Turnaround With Just This One Crazy Story

Between 2005 and 2007, its stock price was cut in half and its market cap shrank by $30 billion.<p>In October 2007, eBay admitted that Skype, a company it had acquired for $2.5 billion two years earlier, was actually worth less than half of that.<p>During the third quarter of 2007, eBay lost money for …

Startups

Patagonia's new CEO: 'You should build a product that lasts'

Rose Marcario talks about the future of the company, its culture and making sure profits also help the environment<p>Everyday businesses all over the world hope – nay, pray – that you will make another impulse decision and buy their product. After all, it’s how they make money. Yet there is one …

GM posts small fourth-quarter profit gain, but annual earnings fall

General Motors Co.posted a small increase in fourth-quarter profit but its results for the period disappointed Wall Street as business deteriorated in Asia and South America and the costs of restructuring operations in Europe mounted.<p>The nation's biggest automaker said its fourth-quarter net income …

Mary Barra's To-Do List At General Motors

Anyone looking for big shifts in strategy at General Motors under new chief executive Mary Barra will be disappointed. “There are no left turns or right turns,” she reiterated during a conference call with analysts and investors this morning after announcing a 22 percent drop in net profit. “What …

GM Keeps Expectations Low for 2014 As Global Restructuring Effort Continues

General Motors reported a lower net profit for 2013 as restructuring costs in Europe and other special items offset an improved operating performance, including record results in North America.<p>GM’s 2013 net profit was $3.8 billion, down from $4.9 billion in 2012, as one-time charges of $1.3 …

Mary Barra, First Female CEO Of GM, Gets Paid Half What Her Male Predecessor Made (UPDATE)

Last month, Mary Barra started work as chief executive officer of General Motors, becoming the first woman to run a major automaker. Her appointment was hailed as a significant milestone for female executives the world over. Even Barack Obama cited Barra during his State of the Union address as an …

Even (Some) Law Firms Think Robots Are The Next Big Thing

I am proud to say that I helped found the Robot Block Party in Silicon Valley. Now in its fifth year, the event brings together industry, academia, and the hobbyist community to demo robots in celebration of National Robotics Week. We held the first one in Paul Brest Hall at Stanford Law School. …

65% of all email gets opened first on a mobile device — and that’s great news for marketers

While composing email on mobile phones is still a tricky mire of text prediction and flawed virtual keyboards, email reading is quickly shifting away from the desktop.<p>According to data from the US Consumer Device Preference Report: Q4 2013 from Movable Ink, way more than half of all email — a full …

Dance yourself happy: ballet and fitness holiday in southern France

A fitness retreat in a French chateau that now includes ballet lessons is the perfect way for our writer to dance away his blues<p>'Pretend that you're squeezing something between your legs," yelled the instructor over Sinitta's So Macho. "Neutral bottom, you need a <i>neutral</i> bottom. And … plié."<p>The …

Can Low Calcium Intake Cause Shin Pain?

Pregnancy, amenorrhea, and breast-feeding can all impact bone density.<p><i>Hi Dr. Roberts,</i><p><i>My shin bones usually feel really sensitive to touch for hours after running. It doesn't feel like shin splints and hurts only when I press on the bone. I'm a female runner and I've been running for about ten</i> …

Breast Feeding