• IKEA cracking down on hide-and-seekers

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    IKEA is hoping to control a phenomenon born in Belgium in June and now gaining steam in the Netherlands: adult hide-and-seek events organized online by customers to be conducted in several stores, Good Morning America reports. In the Dutch town of Eindhoven, more than 32,000 people signed up on Facebook to participate. In Amsterdam, 19,000 registered interest in playing.

  • Starbucks meeting: #RaceTogether and delivery

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Perhaps this is how more annual meetings will look in the future — public discussions from the top on hot-button business and social issues, USA TODAY reports. Wednesday's Starbucks (SBUX) annual shareholders' meeting will be clearly divided into two segments. The business part will focus on Starbucks' plans to announce a food and beverage delivery test likely to begin this year. This is key for Starbucks as retail trends show consumers continuing to shop less at brick-and-mortar stores and increasingly online.

  • Full of promise: Many of Tulsa's empty buildings ripe for renewal

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Numerous redevelopment projects are underway in Tulsa, but plenty of empty buildings remain. Many of these have crumbling paint, boards in their windows and signs of vandalism. Some have been vacant for decades. It’s tempting to consider them irredeemable eyesores that should be bulldozed to clear the way for something new. But others see opportunities to preserve their classic architecture while giving the structure a new purpose. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 3 ways to fake that you’re a morning person

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    For over a decade, I worked market hours — on the West Coast — which meant waking up between 4 and 5 am. Every day. I don't care how much you love mornings, that schedule will take its toll, and I can say from experience, it's hard not to let that show in the office. No matter how much your colleagues may share your dislike for the early morn', it's generally not a good idea to show your pain and suffering too much. Fortunately, after a decade of practice, I pretty much nailed faking my adaptability to mornings.

  • Mark Cuban and Derek Jeter share their best career advice

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    In December, two worlds collided in New York City. "Shark Tank" star and billionaire tech entrepreneur Mark Cuban sat down sat down for a conversation with recently retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter. For fans of business and sports, it doesn't get much better than that. The event was hosted by Brandon Steiner and produced by his well-known sports memorabilia company, Steiner Sports.

  • 10 lessons you can learn from the Avengers characters that will help you land your next job

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Landing a job is no easy feat.   "Sometimes it feels as if you need superhuman qualities to even get your resume past the spam folder of a hiring manager's inbox, let alone get ahead once your foot's in the door," says Alisha Grauso, editor-in-chief of Moviepilot.com. Luckily, she says, there is a group of people to whom you can look for advice: The Avengers.

  • Why robots may soon replace fast-food employees

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Imagine if the assembly line at your local McDonald's was as automated as the ones that make cars in Detroit. Farfetched? A new report from financial services firm Cornerstone Capital Group makes a solid case that humans behind the counter may be going the way of the McD.L.T, Mashable reports. The chief factors are a climate change-induced spiking of food prices, the uncertain consequences of Obamacare — which could boost the costs of employees — and income distribution trends, which are "increasingly a point of social and political contention."

  • TGI Fridays Slammed For 'Disgusting' Street Harassment Parody

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    TGI Fridays’ new ad, which parodies a now-famous video of a woman being catcalled on the street, has some people losing their appetites, The Huffington Post reports. The Fridays ad replaces Shoshana B. Roberts -- the woman at whom dozens of men lobbed crass comments in a viral video released last year -- with various appetizers from the chain restaurant’s menu. The commercial advertises TGI Fridays’ all-you-can-eat deal, which offers endless helpings of any one appetizer for $10 per person.

  • Elton John's Dolce & Gabbana boycott spreads

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Support is growing for Elton John's campaign to boycott Dolce & Gabbana in a controversy testing the limits of free speech in the social media age, CNN reports. The 67-year-old entertainer said he is boycotting the fashion house after founders Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana told Italian magazine Panorama they disagree with in-vitro fertilization. "No chemical children: life has a natural course, there are things that shouldn't be modified," the magazine says in a quote attributed to both designers in a feature that hit Italian newsstands last week. The magazine also promises insights from the designers on "the importance of relationships within conventional families with very, very traditional values."

  • Crowne Plaza Tulsa sells yet again for $8.5 million

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Crowne Plaza Tulsa Southern Hills has found a third owner in less than a year. Lewis Avenue Hotels, a Texas-based investment group, sold the 286-room hotel at 7902 S. Lewis Ave. to Delaware-based Tulsa Lewis Hotel Venture for $8.5 million, Tulsa County land records indicate. A receptionist at the Crowne Plaza, who declined to be identified, said the hotel is now operated by Pacific Pearl Hotels. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • New Tulsa energy company springs to life

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    From where they are standing, striking out on your own to form an oil and gas company in the middle of a downtown is a pretty smart idea. It's all in how you see it. Newly formed Atalaya Resources LLC is the brainchild of longtime Apache Corp. officer Rob Johnston and four of his closest colleagues. Together, they have more than 160 years experience and all have been through the booms and busts. "We, from our vantage point, look at things differently from others," Johnston said from Atalaya's 11th-floor office of the First Place building in downtown Tulsa. "In my time we've experienced about six corrections. There's always an up following a down." Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Mountain Dew to roll out craft DEWshine

    Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Even Mountain Dew is going craft — and taking some early grief for it. The high-caffeinated soft drink, ultra-popular with teens and Millennials, is about to roll out a new version sold in longneck bottles that some critics say look like craft beers, USA TODAY reports. When Mtn Dew DEWshine hits shelves March 23, a single-serve will sell for $1 to $1.49 and a four-pack will sell for $3.99. It's a clear citrus Dew made with real sugar, "inspired by the brand's roots in the backwoods of Tennessee," says Jennifer Ryan, a Mountain Dew spokeswoman.

  • One apartment complex’s rule: You write a bad review, we fine you $10k

    Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Trying to control customer opinions online is nearly always a losing game for a business, and there's now a long line of cases where it has backfired on companies, says Ars Technica.  A reader contacted Ars Technica about a "Social Media Addendum" that his Florida apartment complex, called  Windermere Cay , included in his lease. The Social Media Addendum is a triple-whammy.

  • People are freaking out over the new undeletable advert Apple forced onto their iPhones

    Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Apple released the latest update to its mobile operating system, and people aren't happy about the biggest change, says Business Insider. iOS 8.2 adds in the companion app for the Apple Watch , which Apple talked about in its event on Monday. The app is useful if you have an Apple Watch, as it lets you pair the device with your iPhone. But the problem is that almost nobody has an Apple Watch, because they're not on sale yet. So the Apple Watch app is pretty much just an ad for the watch that you can't delete.

  • Burger King drops soft drinks from kids' meals

    Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    It's getting tougher for kids to get soft drinks at the fast-food joint, USA TODAY reports.  Burger King has dropped fountain drinks from its kids' menu boards and they are no longer merchandised as part of Burger King Kids Meals. The stealth, unannounced move late last month by Burger King – under pressures from advocacy groups – follows similar announced moves in recent months by McDonald's and Wendy's.

  • 8 tips for surviving in an open office

    Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    The phrase "my door is always open" is becoming extinct in the workplace, as fewer and fewer people have actual offices with actual doors. According to a survey from CoreNet Global, an association for commercial real estate managers, about 81% of companies in North America have adopted an open-space floor plan. And a recent New York Times article pointed out that the average amount of space per office worker has dropped from 225 square feet in 2010, to 176 in 2012, due primarily to rising real estate costs.

  • 10 sentences great bosses never say

    Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    If you've ever had a bad boss, you probably have a litany of sentences tucked away in your memory that stand out as the red flags that made that manager so terrible to work for. Here I have picked ten that any manager should be banned from using. If you find these sentences coming out of your mouth as a manager, it might be time to take a step back and examine your motivations.

  • 15 Things You Should Never Put On Your Resume

    Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    How many times have you applied for a job and never heard back? You tell yourself, “They probably never saw it,” or, “Maybe I just wasn’t a good fit,” and you move on. But, more likely, your resume just didn’t impress.

  • How the McWrap is killing McDonald's business

    Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    The McWrap was supposed to help McDonald's compete with Subway and Panera Bread. Instead, it's slowing down service in the drive-thru and exacerbating the brand's already tense relationship with franchisees, reports Stephanie Strom at The New York Times.

  • MARK CUBAN: Here's how to fix America's crippling student debt crisis

    Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    After 114 years, Sweet Briar College revealed last week that it would close after the spring 2015 semester, an abrupt announcement that shocked many in the world of academia. "This is just the beginning of the college implosion," Mark Cuban tweeted last week, after the news about Sweet Briar, an all-women's college in Virginia.