We’re beta testing a new digital curation service called Storify.
Sure, there are some bugs to be worked out, but so far, so interesting. (more…)Category: Making Media Salad, Things We Like | Tags: Aggregation, Bert Herman, Curation, Jeff Mason, social media, Storify | No Comments »
The field of big drug makers racing to produce an effective weight-loss drug not only is narrowing, it’s almost drying up.
In the last month alone, the Food and Drug Administration has rejected approval for two new drugs and forced the withdrawal of a third that had been on the market for more than a decade. And in the last few years, several of the pharmaceutical industry’s biggest names — including Abbott Laboratories, Merck & Co. and Sanofi-Aventis — have tried and failed to take anti-obesity and weight-loss drugs to market. The F.D.A. hasn’t approved a prescription diet pill since 1999, when it gave a nod to Roche’s Xenical, now the only weight-management drug approved for long-term use.
The F.D.A. hasn’t acted without its reasons — but experts say pharmaceutical companies are increasingly discouraged from working on drugs for obesity, one of the nation’s biggest health problems. One-third of Americans are obese, and another third are overweight — conditions that lead to cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Alcohol-sales wars are brewing across the nation.
Costco this week failed in a well-funded attempt in its home state of Washington to expand its revenue from alcohol sales. The discount retail giant backed a ballot initiative that essentially would have booted alcohol distributors from the sales equation. Costco was pushing to buy alcoholic beverages directly from manufacturers. The initiative also would have made it much more difficult for Washington’s state-controlled-and-operated liquor stores to compete for business.
Ultimately, Washington voters rejected the initiative — leaving liquor stores in the state’s ownership for now.
But don’t think this fight ends here. (more…)Category: From Our Notes | Tags: alcohol, alcohol distribution, beer, Colorado, craft beer, Indiana, liquor, Travis E. Poling, Washington | No Comments »
Letting go of conventional paradigms helped Media Salad’s founder and chief executive officer, Christine Tatum, see professional opportunities she probably would have missed — and even resisted — otherwise.Category: Media Salad Team, Things We Like | Tags: Becky Beaupre Gillespie, books, Christine Tatum, Hollee Schwartz Tower, The New Perfect | No Comments »
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