The world's largest food company is requiring all of its suppliers of dairy, meat, poultry and egg products to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Animal rights groups applaud the move.
Twitter wants to grow its user base by exposing its users to new content. Their strategy, if you haven't heard already: Inserting tweets into your feed from people you don’t follow.
"For example, I may not follow CNN, but I may start seeing tweets from CNN in my feed because people that I do follow like CNN, and they’re engaging with those tweets," says Kurt Wagner, who covers social media at Re/code. "It enables them to target you more efficiently with ads," says Wagner.
Judging from a somewhat scathing initial response, Twitter could risk losing some users. Many people enjoy using Twitter because they’re able to filter the content that they’re most interested in seeing, says Wagner.
"I think that’s going to rub some people the wrong way," adds Wagner. "They’ll feel like they’re losing control over what they see."
Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.
Cyclists may soon have a convenient way to discourage bike thieves, thanks to new designs that use parts of the bikes themselves as locks.
We turn to Wyoming this morning, where the financial world is parsing through Janet Yellen's keynote speech for hints to when the Fed might raise interest rates. Then, famously neutral, Switzerland has not joined in sanctioning Russia and as such, they aren't included in Russia's retaliatory ban on European food imports.
This week, Janet Yellen is the star of the show at the Economic Policy Symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. That's where central bankers from all over the world converge to talk monetary policy...and possibly fly fishing techniques.
There aren't expected to be any major surprises from Yellen this year. The Federal Reserve is expected to stay its course with lots of stimulus and low interest rates.
"I think everybody agrees, quantitative easing is essentially on auto-pilot," says Bill Stone, Chief Investment Strategist for PNC Wealth Management.
"Quantitative easing" is the Fed's now-famous policy of pumping billions of dollars a month into the U.S. economy. When the Fed first started the practice, central banks around the world voiced concern. But now Stone says Europe looks poised to take similar measures.
"Relative to Europe, we look like we’re kings in terms of economic growth," Stone says. "I don’t necessarily feel like anyone’s saying, 'You’ve stayed too loose too long,' anymore."
In fact, now Europe is worried the U.S. will taper the stimulus off too fast.
"There’s a real fear that the U.S. will raise rates more quickly and that they’ll see a money drain out of Europe," says Michael Farr, president of investment firm Farr, Miller and Washington.
The worry is that if the Fed turns the spigot off and U.S. economic growth slows, we’ll buy fewer European goods, which would be a big blow to the struggling European economies.