• Apple Watch and MacBook event: start time, live blog, and where to stream

    Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    Apple's March 9th event will provide a close look at the Apple Watch, says The Verge. After its announcement at Apple's September event, the Apple Watch served as the fire from which a thousand hot takes were lit. Now, the company is expected to announce the finer details pertaining to how the device actually works, along with prices for the various models. The Apple Watch is about to get real, and here's how to watch ...

  • Former oil executive in Oklahoma deal sued by SEC for insider trading while with another oil company

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    A former executive with a Houston energy firm that bought Oklahoma oil and gas assets from a Tulsa company last year has been sued again by federal regulators in an alleged insider trading scheme involving one of his earlier employers. Gary Williky, who was Petro River Oil Corp.’s executive vice president as of a July 2014 Tulsa World story, is charged with nine counts by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He was dismissed from Petro River shortly after that deal was announced. None of the federal counts has anything to do with that company nor its Tulsa transactions. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Is it okay to use personal e-mail @work?

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Is it okay to write e-mails on Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo from work, even if it's work related? Or should we worried about all the fuss being made about Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of personal e-mail while she was secretary of state and clean up our act? The topic of how we communicate with folks at work is the lead subject in our weekend USA TODAY Tech Roundtable podcast. We got some fascinating responses from a panel of app founders and folks who run tech companies.

  • iDow: Apple added to iconic Dow stock index

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    The Dow Jones industrial average might now be nicknamed the iDow, says USA Today. Today, the keepers of the iconic stock index said Apple, the maker of the iPhone and iPad, would be added to the blue-chip stock index when trading opens on Thursday, March 19. The powerhouse tech gadget-maker is replacing telecom player AT&T, a company first added to the Dow back on Oct. 4, 1916, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

  • News 9: Employee Says Boss Saved His Life After Suffering A Stroke

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    MIDWEST CITY - A metro man has a massive stroke then, finds himself helpless and partially paralyzed on his bathroom floor, News 9 reports. Scott Waits, 48, has worked for Crest Foods for nearly 30 years and had never missed a day, until his open heart surgery last year ...

  • Facebook, Apple among 379 that file to support gay marriage

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    It's not the Fortune 500, but it came close, says USA Today. Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson were among 379 companies to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, pressing the high court to overturn a lower court's ruling that upheld bans on same-sex marriage in four states. The brief in the Obergefell v. Hodges case argues that without a uniform principle, employers and their employees suffer from significant burdens. It cites evidence showing the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Prohibiting same-sex marriage, the companies argue, makes it tougher to recruit and train employees.

  • Coalition will rally at state Capitol to call for moratorium on injection wells, fracking

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    The Coalition to Stop Induced Seismicity is hosting a rally Saturday afternoon at the state Capitol to call for a 12- to 24-month moratorium on wastewater injection wells and hydraulic fracturing. The gathering will take place 1 p.m. at the South Plaza of the Capitol. Organizers said a diverse mix of local and statewide grassroots groups will attend. Grand Riverkeeper Earl Hatley said the group's petition to Gov. Mary Fallin to enact an executive order to suspend high pressure/volume deep well injections and horizontal hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells — fracking — is two-fold. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • 'Extraordinary denial rate' of 9 in 10 earthquake claims rattles Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak has issued “a loud and clear” message for the insurance industry to handle claims appropriately in response to indications of an “extraordinary denial rate” of nine out of 10 earthquake claims filed in 2014. In a bulletin sent to insurance companies on Tuesday, Doak warned against basing earthquake claim denials on assertions that the quakes were man-made, calling a link between injection wells and earthquakes “unsettled science,” despite several studies to the contrary. The state Insurance Department gathered information from “larger earthquake insurance companies” that indicates that only eight of about 100 earthquake claims filed in 2014 were paid. In the bulletin, Doak noted that he is considering an examination of market conduct “to ascertain the facts surrounding the extraordinary denial rate of earthquake claims that the preliminary data seems to indicate.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Mark Zuckerberg Reveals His Hiring Secret

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    When Mark Zuckerberg is involved in bringing a new employee into Facebook , ABC News says, the CEO said the answer to one simple question helps him determine whether the person would be a good fit: Would I be happy working for this person? "I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person," Zuckerberg told a group in Barcelona who participated in the Facebook co-founder's monthly town hall meeting. "It's a pretty good test."

  • Andrew Lack's return to NBC could signal return of Brian Williams

    Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Former NBC News president Andrew Lack's return to 30 Rock --  he is currently in talks about a "top job" in the news division  -- would catalyze a major shakeup among the executive leadership and would likely signal Brian Williams' return to the network, current and former high-level NBC News staff told the On Media blog on Monday, Politico reports. Lack, who served as NBC News president from 1993 to 2001, is a close friend and adviser to Williams and the man responsible for making him anchor of the NBC Nightly News ten years ago. High-level sources who spoke to On Media on Tuesday said that Lack's return to NBC News should be taken as a near-guarantee that NBC would move to reinstate Williams as anchor of the Nightly News.

  • Midstates Petroleum opts to delay release of fourth quarter and full 2014 results

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Midstates Petroleum Co., the oil and gas producer that moved its headquarters from Houston to Tulsa late last year, has delayed the earnings report that was due out Tuesday. The company also will put off its conference call which was scheduled for Wednesday. Midstates delayed those releases “to allow for more time to finalize its year-end financial results,” according to a statement on its website. “A press release will be forthcoming about its rescheduled earnings date.” The downturn in crude oil prices has hit Midstates Petroleum particularly hard in what was already a difficult time for the producer. Midstates’ stock value has dropped down nearly to $1 per share as of Tuesday, compared with a year-long high of $7.16 in June. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • John Stancavage: What's driving the price of gasoline?

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    The retail gasoline market is entering its annual crazy period where prices spike no matter what crude prices and drivers are doing. A recent 10-cent rise in pump prices in Tulsa reinforced the suspicion that such times are here again, and we're just going to have to ride them out, so to speak, until the summer driving season arrives. Gasoline here jumped to $2.25 at many retailers to start the week, while crude remained below $50 a barrel and oil supplies were at a high level. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Why You Can't Get Your Favorite Tea at Starbucks

    Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    If it has Oprah’s name on it, it is bound for success; but since January when Starbucks started carrying Teavana’s Oprah Chai, along with nine other flavors, many stores have not been able to keep the teas in stock. Yahoo Food reports Starbucks, which has almost 22,000 stores in 66 countries, previously blamed the shortage on problems at the ports, but now a company spokesperson is saying it is just because of the transition from their former marquis tea brand Tazo. “We are experiencing slower than usual replenishment, but we are in the process of replenishing our teas, and apologize to customers for any inconvenience,” said Alisa Martinez, a Starbucks spokesperson.

  • WPX Energy cutting its workforce by 83 positions systemwide, including 44 in Tulsa

    BY LAURIE WINSLOW, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    WPX Energy is cutting its companywide workforce by 83 employees, including 44 in Tulsa. The latest moves for the energy company, however, actually could result in an overall net gain for Tulsa, officials said. The cuts affect approximately 8 percent of its staff. The company also is consolidating most of its regional office employees in Denver with personnel at the company’s Tulsa headquarters, WPX reported Monday. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Forbes richest list: See the Oklahomans that made it

    BY JOHN STANCAVAGE, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The world's richest person got richer in the past year, while Oklahoma's two wealthiest individuals slipped a bit. Forbes said Monday that Bill Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year. That put him at the top of the magazine's list of the world's billionaires for the second consecutive year. The co-founder of Microsoft Corp. has topped the list for 16 of the last 21 years. Okahoma's wealthiest individual was Harold Hamm, leader of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, who fell from No. 29 last year to No. 96 as his net worth decreased from $14.6 billion to $12.2 billion. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Tulsa's movie theaters have changed dramatically in 20 years and are set to change again

    BY MICHAEL SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    The summer of 1997 was just six months ahead of the opening of the AMC Southroads 20-screen theater, and Tulsa’s theaters included the Park Lane Twin, Fox 4, Fontana 6 and Annex 7. Little more than a year later, those theaters were gone, and in the fall of 1998, theaters at Eastland Mall and outside of Woodland Hills Mall were slowly moving toward closing as the theater-building rage continued. While Tulsa Promenade’s theater expanded to become a 12-screen “Palace,” new megaplexes were built like the Cinemark “Tulsa” in southeast Tulsa and the Starworld 20, constructed so far south that its Tulsa location was just across the street from Bixby’s city limits. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • See Meryl Streep's 3 Beautiful Daughters in New Fashion Campaign

    Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Meryl Streep 's daughters  Grace Gummer ,  Louisa Gummer  and  Mamie Gummer  showcase chic looks in a new fashion campaign, says Entertainment Weekly. The three beauties appear in a new ads for popular retailer H&M's sister brand,  & Other Stories , which launched a U.S. online store last year. They showcase colorful styles from  Clare Vivier 's new Co-Lab collection, which features shoes, bags and accessories and will be made available for purchase on March 5.

  • The Best (and Worst) States for Business

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    While the United States was founded on the principle of equality for all people, the 50 states are decidedly unequal in providing opportunities for business, says 24/7 Wall Street. For companies choosing to locate in the United States, deciding the state in which to base their operations can be very difficult. To determine America’s best states for business, 24/7 Wall St. identified nearly 50 measures that contribute to the business climate and reviewed them in each of the 50 states. The measures were classified into eight larger categories that independently measured various risks and benefits of doing business in each state.

  • While Inhofe throws snowball, little town in Oklahoma plays big role in climate debate

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Nearly two hours west of Bartlesville, on a prairie flat enough to see the town's water tower from half a county away, Lamont has a dwindling population of just 417 people. Less than half a mile wide, four Lamonts would fit inside of downtown Tulsa, with plenty of room left over. But Thursday, while a U.S. senator from Oklahoma was literally throwing a snowball in the fight over alleged global warming, little Lamont was playing a big role in the research. It happens to be the home of the Southern Great Plains field-observation facility for the U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program. Which probably sounds more impressive than it looks — 30 or so instrument clusters scattered across 160 acres of cow pasture and wheat fields southeast of town. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • The planned hotels for downtown Tulsa are still coming -- mostly

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Four of the planned new hotels for downtown Tulsa continue to progress — though a fifth appears to be on hold. Anish Hotels Group’s plans for an unbranded hotel at the former Parker Drilling building are in flux because the building is back up for sale. Loopnet, a commercial real estate listing website, now has the building at 8 E. Third St. listed for purchase at an asking price of $1.65 million. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .