Lauren Feiner

Tech Journalist at CNBC

Permitting pooches on the patio is an appealing idea, but many are unaware of city restrictions - The Boston Globe

They’re called “Yappy Hours,” a chance for you and your dog to share drinks and treats together this summer on an outside restaurant patio in Boston. Problem is, restaurants don’t seem seem to know they need permission to open their patios to pets. State law bars pets, except for service animals, from food establishments altogether. “The truth of the matter is the law says no,” William “Buddy” Christopher, Inspectional Services commissioner, said of allowing dogs on restaurant premises. “The
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About Me

I cover tech news at CNBC as a News Associate. I've written on topics including business, education, and transportation at publications like The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Forbes. Prior to CNBC, I developed and launched a podcast called "Deciding by Data" at the data analytics startup Indicative, Inc. As Editor-in-Chief of the 200-person staff at the student paper of the University of Pennsylvania, I led daily production and spearheaded digital transformation.

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Facebook's worst year ever is now over. Here's how its scandals affected the stock

Facebook is bidding farewell to a year plagued by privacy scandals and internal turmoil. On the last trading day of 2018, the stock closed at $131.09 per share, down 25.7 percent for the year. The stock ended the year lower than the previous one for the first time since its debut on the public market in 2012. In 2018, a series of events soured public opinion on a company that has long prided itself on connecting people to one another.

Why technology companies are predicting Amazon's New York headquarters will boost the sector

While many New Yorkers are dreading the day Amazon moves into its new "headquarters" in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens and crowds the subway with 25,000 new workers, there's one group of people welcoming the company with open arms: Executives at other tech firms. It may seem counter-intuitive that smaller tech companies are eager for a large potential rival to move onto their turf. But New York-based recruiters and tech leaders say they're using a different playbook from Amazon.

Blue Apron shares bounce back to over $1, lowering its risk of getting delisted

Blue Apron bounced back to over a dollar per share Friday as the stock skyrocketed for a second day in a row following the news of its new partnership with Weight Watchers, now known as WW. Shooting up 70 percent for the week, Blue Apron shares are now worth $1.12 each as of Friday's close, bringing its market cap to about $216 million — less than two times its quarterly revenue based on its most recent earnings report in November.

Instagram accidentally released horizontal scrolling to a wide swath of users

Instagram users found a surprising update when they went to check out some holiday photos Thursday morning: They now need to scroll or tap through their feed horizontally. Shortly after the release, Instagram's Head of Product Adam Mosseri tweeted that it was meant to be "a very small test but we went broader than we anticipated." Many Instagram users reported that their feeds went back to the original vertical scrolling.

Blue Apron surges on the news of its healthy eating partnership with Weight Watchers

The meal-kit delivery company Blue Apron spiked 17.2 percent Thursday following the news that it is partnering with WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers. Even with the boost, the stock is still worth less than a dollar per share, ending the day at 92 cents, with a market cap of about $180 million. If the stock remains under $1 per share for 30 consecutive days, it could be delisted from the public market. The stock is down 77.2 percent for the year after premiering at $10 per share as the firs

Amazon claims a record-breaking holiday season as it seeks to beat weak outlook for the quarter

Customers worldwide ordered more items than ever from Amazon this holiday season, the company announced Wednesday. These sales could give the company a chance to beat its own outlook for the holiday season, which disappointed investors after its last earnings report. But investors will still have to wait for Amazon's fourth-quarter earnings to understand the impact of these sales since the company did not disclose the amount of revenue generated this season.

Apple's newest iPhones are attracting more Android users than last year, survey shows

Apple's latest iPhone models are attracting more Android users to the brand than in previous years, a new report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found. Signs have pointed to relatively weak demand overall for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, like lowered guidance by some of Apple's key suppliers and the company's announcement that it will no longer disclose unit sales for the iPhone.

FAANG kicks its losing streak in post-Christmas rally

All five FAANG companies — Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google parent company Alphabet — snapped their losing streak Wednesday after closing multiple trading days in the negative. All five stocks finished the day up at least 6 percent as the Dow gained over 1,000 points, its highest point gain ever. The rally came as the market overall recovered from its worst Christmas Eve sell-off ever. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index rose sharply, closing at 5.8 percent.

Reid Hoffman apologizes for funding a group that allegedly spread misinformation in Alabama race

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman apologized Wednesday for funding a group that allegedly had a hand in spreading misinformation during the 2017 Alabama Senate race. In a post on his Medium blog, Hoffman said he was not aware of the tactics alleged in the New York Times article that called out his ties to American Engagement Technologies. The Times reported last week that AET funneled money to a project that used a Facebook page where people pretended to be conservatives.

Stock falls after Tesla cuts prices in China, says it will pay US customers for missed tax credit

Tesla fell 7.6 percent Monday after the company cut prices in China and said it would pay U.S. customers who missed a tax credit deadline due to the company's production delays. The Nasdaq Composite Index closed down 2.2 percent Monday. CEO Elon Musk tweeted Saturday that Tesla would make sure customers weren't faulted for the tax credit they missed out on due to Tesla's production delays.

Snap hits a new low, closing the day under $5 per share for the first time

Shares of Snap are now worth less than $5 each for the first time as of Friday's close. The stock hit a new low of $4.99 per share as the entire market fell on fears of an impending government shutdown and the Federal Reserve's rate hikes announced Wednesday. The stock has declined fairly steadily as investors question its future. It hit its highest price of $27.09 on its second day of trading on March 3, 2017, but quickly lost steam. Analysts speculated Snap went public too early as it burned

Apple will stop selling some iPhone models in its stores in Germany following ruling in patent case

Qualcomm was granted a second injunction against Apple on Thursday, banning it from selling some iPhone models in Germany that use chips from Intel and parts from another supplier, Qorvo. There was no clear reaction to the news in Apple's stock price, but it finished the day down 2.5 percent as tech stocks overall took a plunge. In a statement, Apple said it plans to appeal the ruling. Under this condition, Judge Matthias Zigann told the court earlier Thursday, the ruling would not go into imme

Apple's services margins will blow estimates out of the water as iPhone sales lag, Jefferies says

While cutting iPhone estimates for Apple's fiscal 2019, Jefferies analysts say the company's services margins will greatly surpass expectations. This is a story Apple has been trying to tell as it aims to shift the focus from its flagship hardware product. Since Apple announced during its fourth-quarter 2018 call with analysts that it would no longer break out iPhone unit sales, investors have feared that iPhone sales will continue to slow as the market reaches saturation. The company has tried

Facebook plummets following burst of bad news

Facebook tumbled 7.3 percent Wednesday following a spate of bad news, including revelations that it shared more user data than previously thought and a lawsuit from the Washington, D.C., attorney general. The drop is the second-steepest this year for Facebook, following a 19 percent drop on July 26 after an earnings report warning of slowing sales. Before Wednesday's Federal Reserve meeting, Facebook had been the only major tech stock in the negative. By the end of the day, it suffered the wors

Charter customers are getting millions in payments in New York's internet speed fraud case

Charter Communications has agreed to a $174.2 million deal to settle fraud charges brought against it by the New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood. The payout is the largest ever in the U.S. to be paid to consumers by an internet service provider, the A.G.'s office said Tuesday. Underwood alleged that Charter, using its brand names of Time Warner Cable and later Spectrum, failed to provide the speedy internet service it promised customers.

Tech companies did the 'bare minimum' in response to the Senate's Russia investigation, per reports

Tech companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter did "the bare minimum" to comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian misinformation on their platforms, according to two new third-party reports compiled for the committee. The reports were released Monday. The reports, commissioned by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, were conducted by two separate third-party research teams.

Instagram was the 'most effective' platform for Russian actors spreading misinformation: Report

Russian actors seeking to spread misinformation around the 2016 U.S. presidential election found the most success on Facebook-owned Instagram, according to a new independent report commissioned by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Cybersecurity research firm New Knowledge, in collaboration with researchers from Columbia University and Canfield Research LLC, reviewed data from Twitter, Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet.
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Why online shopping may not save the cardboard box - The Boston Globe

The familiar swoop of the Amazon arrow floods doorsteps and mailrooms around the country. Once emptied, the boxes that bore purchases are tossed or shoved into recycling bins to do it all over again. As e-commerce sales have shot up in recent years, so too has demand for corrugated boxes. But while box makers are enjoying a surge of business, it is nowhere near the scale of growth that their customers — online commerce companies — are seeing. Ironically, beyond a temporary bump, the box indust

Looking to give low-income shoppers more options - The Boston Globe

A quick bus ride from her Roxbury home can bring Jocelyne Joseph closer to the familiar food of her native Haiti. Standing in the produce section of Tropical Foods supermarket, Joseph picks up a breadfruit, a bumpy, green, nutrient-rich staple of the Caribbean not always stocked by grocery store chains. On Melnea Cass Boulevard outside Dudley Square, the locally owned Tropical Foods caters to a mostly immigrant and largely low-income population. The bins around Joseph are filled with fruits and

New head of the Wonderfund - The Boston Globe

Boston 2024 may have failed to score an Olympic bid, but one of the group’s chief officers just scored a new job. Erin Murphy Rafferty, who was the COO of Boston 2024 and previously worked for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, was recently appointed CEO of the Massachusetts charity the Wonderfund. Previously called DCF Kids Fund, the Wonderfund is a private nonprofit that supports kids in the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families system. The charity supports enrichment opportun

Nurses union, Tufts break off mediation session - The Boston Globe

Five days before a planned strike by nurses at Tufts Medical Center, a mediation session between the union and hospital ended abruptly Friday. Representatives from both parties said they spent around 10 minutes together in the meeting before a federal mediator ended the discussion. The brevity suggested a hardening of opinions between the two sides. The hospital stuck with a $25 million offer, which accounts for the $5 million to hire replacement nurses. The union had expected a new deal, said

Driving while stoned? State officials urge caution on marijuana use - The Boston Globe

While getting high is now legal in Massachusetts, driving stoned is still banned. That’s the message of a new campaign, with the motto of “Drive high? The crash is on you.” The advertising initiative was unveiled by state and federal officials Tuesday and will feature billboards, radio, and TV ads targeting drivers between the ages of 18 and 49, but is particularly aimed at younger people. The goal is to remind drivers that not only is driving under the influence of marijuana illegal, but dang

When ‘Shark Tank’ meets ‘The Apprentice,’ it’s not typical reality TV - The Boston Globe

Katie Bailey hadn’t heard of “Girl Starter” until Tuesday, when she stumbled across a big white tent on City Hall Plaza where the show this week held two days of casting calls for its second season on cable network TLC. She kept walking, but when she found herself back near the same spot on Wednesday, she took out her phone, did some quick research, and decided right there to take a shot at winning $100,000 in seed funding on the reality TV show, whose producers describe it as a cross between “S

Boston doesn’t make the cut on Fortune’s best workplaces for millennials - The Boston Globe

Fortune.com released this year’s list of 100 best places for millennials to work — and none of them are headquartered in Boston. The ranking — a collaboration between Fortune and Great Place to Work — used data from surveys of over 398,000 US employees from companies certified by Great Place to Work. It weighed employee ratings, a comparison of ratings with those of other generations, and the consistency of ratings between employees of different backgrounds and roles. Ultimate Software in Flor

Harvey’s insurance hit may not be hard on Boston-based Liberty Mutual - The Boston Globe

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Holding Co. is one of the largest providers of insurance in hurricane-ravaged Texas, but analysts predict the company will not be hit too hard by claims. As of December, Liberty had $698 million in direct written premiums of homeowners insurance in Texas, making it the fifth-largest in the state, according to Moody’s Investors Service. It’s unclear how many of those premiums come from southeast Texas, the part hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey. Robert Hauff, who follo

MIT postdoc associate accused of insider trading - The Boston Globe

“Want to Commit Insider Trading? Here’s How Not to Do It.” That was the title of an article a MIT postdoctoral associate allegedly read shortly before he used confidential information to buy stock options that federal prosecutors say made him nearly $120,000. Fei Yan, 31, was arrested in his Cambridge home Wednesday morning on charges of insider trading. He turned his illegal profit by purchasing and selling options in Stillwater Mining Co. and Mattress Firm Holding Corp., according to complain

Here’s how you can help victims of Harvey - The Boston Globe

Most New Englanders won’t be able to make it down to Texas to provide relief for Hurricane Harvey’s victims, but there are still ways to help. “The thing that Red Cross is going to most need in the next few weeks and months as we respond to the flooding in Texas is dollars,” said Jeff Hall of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. “We can always use more volunteers, but chances are they won’t be going down to Texas.” Given the time it takes to train volunteers, signing up now won’t ensure th

Boston doesn’t make the cut on Fortune’s best workplaces for millennials - The Boston Globe

Fortune.com released this year’s list of 100 best places for millennials to work — and none of them are headquartered in Boston. The ranking — a collaboration between Fortune and Great Place to Work — used data from surveys of over 398,000 US employees from companies certified by Great Place to Work. It weighed employee ratings, a comparison of ratings with those of other generations, and the consistency of ratings between employees of different backgrounds and roles. Ultimate Software in Flor

Children’s Hospital expands reach in heart treatment with Cleveland Clinic collaboration - The Boston Globe

Boston Children’s Hospital plans to make complex heart treatment for children available to more patients through a new collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic, the hospitals announced Wednesday. In its latest move to grow out of state, Children’s will become a part of the Cleveland Clinic’s national network of cardiovascular care providers. The network is available through direct contracts with employers. Children’s said it will have “special status” within the network, allowing it to help dev

United apologizes after giving away toddler’s seat - The Boston Globe

A Hawaii woman travelling to Boston is the latest passenger to be caught up in an airline mishap—and again United Airlines was the center of the controversy. The airlines had to issue yet another apology to an angered passenger, this time to Shirley Yamauchi, a middle school teacher who said she was forced to hold her 2-year-old son Taizo on her lap for a three-hour-plus flight last month after United assigned the child’s seat to a passenger flying standby. A representative for the National Ed

Over 2,000 Massachusetts taxpayers billed incorrectly due to software error - The Boston Globe

Around 2,100 Massachusetts residents received one of those chilling notices that says you owe the taxman some money. But it turns out to have been a false alarm. After receiving calls from confused taxpayers and tax preparers, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue said it found a fault in a commercial software program called TaxAct that some professionals and individuals use to file returns. The program had incorrectly coded payment vouchers from those customers to 2017 instead of 2016, so t

Permitting pooches on the patio is an appealing idea, but many are unaware of city restrictions - The Boston Globe

They’re called “Yappy Hours,” a chance for you and your dog to share drinks and treats together this summer on an outside restaurant patio in Boston. Problem is, restaurants don’t seem seem to know they need permission to open their patios to pets. State law bars pets, except for service animals, from food establishments altogether. “The truth of the matter is the law says no,” William “Buddy” Christopher, Inspectional Services commissioner, said of allowing dogs on restaurant premises. “The

Where to find counterprotests to Saturday’s ‘free speech’ rally in Boston - The Boston Globe

The upcoming “Free Speech Rally” on Boston Common has emboldened people throughout the state to respond with action. Boston Free Speech, which is planning the rally, claims to be separate from the group that organized Saturday’s protest in Charlottesville, Va., where a supposed Nazi-idolizer allegedly rammed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman. Several groups around Massachusetts have already organized to demonstrate against hate and violence on the part of wh

Mass. unemployment rate evens out with national average - The Boston Globe

So much for bragging rights. After years of outperforming the nation’s economy, the Massachusetts unemployment rate for July tied with the United States for the first time in nearly a decade. The jobless rate in Massachusetts for July was 4.3 percent, the same as the US rate. As one of the most widely used economic measuring sticks, the state’s consistently low jobless rate was a powerful business and political marketing tool — until now. “Most states would trade their economy’s conditions wi

Home health agency officials accused of cheating Medicaid - The Boston Globe

Two employees of a Boston home health care agency have been accused of defrauding the Massachusetts Medicaid program, the latest targets of a crackdown on what state officials say is widespread fraudulent billing within the industry. Elena Kurbatzky, 44, the owner of Harmony Home Health Care LLC and her employee, Natan Zalyapin, 43, both pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to multiple counts of larceny and false claims to the state Medicaid program. Zalyapin was released on personal re

Massachusetts economy surged in second quarter - The Boston Globe

The Massachusetts economy made a big comeback in the second quarter of 2017 after a disappointing start to the year. The state’s gross domestic product grew by 4 percent, compared to the national average of 2.6 percent over the same period, according to MassBenchmarks, a local economic service administered by the UMass Donahue Institute. The group also revised upward its estimate of the state’s first-quarter economic performance. After initially reporting that economic activity had declined in

Why does the BSO perform in a ‘shed’ in the summer? - The Boston Globe

This weekend, music lovers will gather in a shed to hear some of their favorite artists. If you’re picturing mediocre teenaged bands in a garage, think again. The attraction is the Boston Symphony Orchestra, returning to its summer home in the Berkshires for performances throughout the season at Tanglewood. The “Shed,” as the performance venue is known, got its name from the Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, who proposed a costly and elaborate design. Asked to simplify his plans, Saarinen repli
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Peirce grads juggle family and attending college

FOR THE PAST three years, Emma Morando-Young and Anthony Young's Philadelphia home has been doubling as a college dorm. The dining room table is strewn with books - the result of too many 3 a.m. homework sessions - rather than forks and knives. On Monday, some 13 years into their marriage, after raising kids and pursuing careers, the Youngs will walk down another aisle - to get college diplomas at the same time. The couple will graduate from Peirce College, a Center City school focused on adul

Uber offers free 'presidential' motorcades in lead up to Philly's DNC weekend

This pre-DNC weekend, Uber wants you to feel like a president, or, perhaps, more like a a president stuck in traffic. As 50,000 convention attendees start to converge on Philadelphia, the ride-sharing service is offering users their very own motorcades. For free until 3 p.m. Friday. That’s right, you can feel both hipster and presidential on your ride to wherever. Riders can enter the code PHLPOTUS under the UBERCADE option  to receive not one but three free cars to get to their destination.

Why summer camp matters for Philly's homeless

DURING THE school year, Manuel Walker and his 8-year-old son start their day at 4:40 a.m. when they leave the shelter where they live in West Philly for school in Mount Airy. Two trains, a bus, and an hour and a half later, Walker leaves his son at the before-school child care and continues to travel for another hour to work. For homeless parents like Walker, relief in the summer months comes not from a reprieve from the school commute, but from knowing their kids still have somewhere to go. W

Pa. K-9 dies after being locked in squad car

A Pennsylvania Department of Corrections drug-detecting dog died of heat exposure on Thursday after being locked in a squad car, according to news reports. The dog was mistakenly locked in a squad car for two and a half hours while in the care of its Department of Corrections handler, said a report by PennLive. Department Spokeswoman Amy Worden told the news site that two-year-old yellow lab Totti was left in the car at the state prison at Rockview. At 12:15 p.m., Sgt. Chad Holland, the dog’s

Marsha Bacal, 87, Philadelphia advocate

Marsha Bolnick Bacal, 87, a city advocate and former Inquirer employee, died of cancer July 3 at the Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Ms. Bacal worked in the Inquirer's promotions department in the 1950s. In 1957, the paper announced her special commendation by the Philadelphia Women in Advertising Exhibition for a booklet on a patrolman hit by a bullet. Later in life, she took on advocacy roles in the city, showing an ongoing passion for Philadelphia and its people. Her family said she pushed for

New Jersey Shore loses its tropical hue

The peak opportunity for Jersey Shore Instagram photos has passed. The tropical blue-green color that tinted the ocean last week appears to have faded already, The Press of Atlantic City reported. The color, due to an excess of a microscopic marine plant called phytoplankton, was the result of cold water rising from the bottom of the ocean in a process known as upwelling, Elizabeth Lacey, a marine science professor at Stockton University, told the Press. The green pigment, chlorophyll, reflect

Why Philly's disabled face a more daunting SEPTA rail commute

It's been a dismal summer for SEPTA's rail commuters. But one group has been faring especially badly: the disabled. "There's a harsh irony to the fact that the newest, most accessible [cars] are the trains that had to be taken out of transportation," said Matthew Clark, an advocate for disability rights with the Fair Ride Philly Coalition, who uses a wheelchair. Disabled riders have also criticized the newer ride service Uber, saying it hasn't done enough on access. Many disabled find trains a

Construction debris raining on Schuylkill River Park Community Garden

Water, sunlight, and construction nails have been showering the plants at one of Center City's most popular community gardens. Among the blooming flowers, tomatoes, and herbs is the occasional two–by–four sticking out of a plot of soil. So far, the nails and other construction detritus has resulted in closures, meetings, special committees, and input from a lawyer. On Monday, after another meeting, a solution was reached. It involves a task force.

Why the Jersey Shore suddenly looks like the Caribbean

If you've been to the Jersey shore in recent weeks, you might have wondered why the usually brownish-green North Atlantic suddenly seems to resemble the Caribbean. The uncharacteristically blue-green hue of the Atlantic is the result of phytoplankton and unusual weather conditions.  But, if you haven't seen it, now is the time to go - it may not last much longer. NASA satellites have captured the color from space on its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on July 6.  In fact, NASA ha

Mission Monarch: Saving butterflies and other wildlife in urban Philly

Tucked between sleek urban office buildings and the historic red brick of Center City is now a taste of wildlife. On Wednesday, a team of high school students with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service planted flowers in a plot they have been working on since March. The area, several feet of dirt between a stone wall and benches just outside the Free Quaker Meeting House at Fifth and Arch Streets, was once just fallen leaves and soil riddled with English ivy.

Dancing teens raise $5.5 million to fight childhood cancer

In the past school year, 70,000 face-painted, tutu-wearing, dancing students raised more than $5.5 million to fight childhood cancer, the fund-raising group Four Diamonds announced Friday. The students, most of them either in middle school or high school, raised the money through programs modeled after THON, Pennsylvania State University's annual dance marathon. Mini-THON has raised has raised more than $23 million since 1993, according to a news release from Penn State.

Dig this: Suit Corner in Old City stood atop 18th century jail

On Monday, construction workers digging at the site of the former Suit Corner store on the southwest corner of Third and Market Streets uncovered something other than a blazer and trousers. Specifically, construction worker Ery Chacon said Tuesday, they found two brick arches about 10 feet below street level - and experts say they could be from before the nation was founded. As it happens, people who were collared ended up at that location long before it became the Suit Corner, which was destroyed

Wharton grad introduces young women to the corporate world

While some teens are soaking up their last weeks of summer at camp or on vacation, 14-year-old Samantha DeMartino spent Monday visiting corporate America. DeMartino, of Robbinsville, N.J., was among 50 high school and college-age young women participating in "Discovery Days," the latest project for University of Pennsylvania alumna Katlyn Grasso to connect girls with successful female role models. The idea, Grasso said, is to "bring the online world offline." "Girls needed role models and the

Can art fight crime? South Philly installation aims to find out

On a secluded street in South Philadelphia, an unusual duo of crime-fighters hopes to fend off night lurkers. Mural artist David Guinn and lighting designer Drew Billiau have combined their talents on "The Electric Street," an illuminated neon mural on Percy Street between Reed and Wharton, down the block from the iconic cheesesteak spots Pat's and Geno's, in an alleyway hidden by the unusual curve of the block. Low-energy flexineon LEDs bend with the curve of the paint on the 30-by-15-foot wa

Forbes

Starting The College Search From Your Smartphone - Forbes

One thing drilled into every college applicant: What you put on social media may affect what a college thinks about you. But while colleges may judge prospective freshmen and transfers by their social media habits, an increasing number of students are doing the same right back. Rising college freshmen Hannah Major didn’t think twice about looking up schools she was interested in on social media. It was natural to explore colleges on the sites and apps she was already using. “It’s just like having a friend on Facebook,” says Major, who will attend Western Kentucky University in the fall. “I follow them on Facebook just to see what they’re posting.”

How To Choose The Best College For You: Advice For and From Students - Forbes

Each year, FORBES brings you an extensive list of 650 of the nation’s best colleges. But even with all the information on student population, acceptance and retention rates, sports teams and student-faculty ratio, there’s still one piece that’s missing: how to actually choose a college. Since college selection is ultimately a personal, often unquantifiable, decision, we asked some current college students and recent grads to give us their best advice on how to choose a school. The answers? As varied as the schools on our list, ranging from “go on more visits” to “go to Canada” for a cheaper education.

Best Value Colleges 2015

With the average student with student loans now graduating with $35,200 in debt, paying for college will be a burden for millions for decades to come. Which is why selecting the right college often means weighing the long tail value of the degree over the pure prestige of the school’s brand. For the FORBES 2015 Best Value Schools, we divided each school’s Quality Score (calculated specifically for our annual college ranking) by its published in-state tuition.

Newcomers To #MyTopCollege Gaining Steam

Halfway through this year’s #MyTopCollege campaign, we have received over 5,000 submissions from students, schools and alumni eager to share their best experiences and college spirit. As we move into the final weeks of the competition, it’s been great to see more and more schools entering. This week, we had notable showings from the University of Central Oklahoma, Franciscan University, Grand Valley State University and Butler University. Gettysburg College made an impressive leap, moving into the top ten after nearly zero submissions in week one.

The Work-Study Dilemma: Is The Money Worth The Time?

During his first semester at college, Aidan Martinez made a choice: buy a winter coat or maintain his GPA. As his first Connecticut winter at Wesleyan University approached, the Texas native chose the coat. That fall, Martinez shucked his studying and picked up extra hours at his federal work-study job – part of his financial aid package – in order to afford the cost of his cold weather necessities. “I had to choose between academics and surviving,” Martinez, a rising junior, says. “So I chose surviving.”

The Daily Pennsylvanian

Penn Police officer, Phila. sergeant among six people shot by gunman blocks from campus

A Penn Police officer, a Philadelphia Police sergeant and four civilians were shot Friday night by a gunman who was later killed by police, the Division of Public Safety confirmed early Saturday morning. At least one civilian died after being shot. The shooting occurred around 52nd and Sansom streets around 11:19 p.m. Friday, outside the Penn Patrol Zone, Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush said in an interview.

Engineering graduate student's death ruled a suicide

Administrators informed the Engineering community of Engineering graduate student Alfredo “Freddy” Abravanel’s death in an email on Tuesday. He had died “unexpectedly” the day before, the email said. Abravanel’s death marks the 12th student suicide since Feb. 2013. Abravanel graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 2016 and had sub-matriculated into the Master’s program for mechanical engineering and applied mechanics.

Convicted felon arrested after fleeing in car near campus, found with firearm

On Thursday night, Penn Police arrested a male suspect and previously convicted felon with a firearm after fleeing in a car. At 10:47 p.m., two Penn Police officers approached a vehicle around 33rd and Market streets, after observing a traffic violation, Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush said. Upon getting closer to the car, officers smelled “a strong odor of marijuana,” Rush said.

Penn withholds sexual violence punishment data

Despite national pressure for universities to be more transparent about how they handle sexual assault on campus, Penn remains firm in its decision not to detail how it punishes perpetrators of sexual misconduct. Previous disciplinary statistics released by the Office of Student Conduct do not differentiate between sanctions issued for sexual assault and harassment and other types of misconduct, such as noise complaints.

Phi Delta Theta on probation following holiday photo

Penn’s chapter of Phi Delta Theta is currently on probation after a controversial holiday photo went viral, according to the fraternity’s international organization. The photo, released on Dec. 14, featured several mostly light-skinned members in holiday attire with a black sex doll. Following an investigation, the chapter is barred from participating in social activities until it completes cultural sensitivity and sexual and relationship misconduct education programs.

Penn announces new head of disciplinary office

The University has named Julie Lyzinski Nettleton as the new permanent director of the Office of Student Conduct. Nettleton, who is the director of the the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives, is currently serving as the interim director of OSC. She will assume the permanent role starting Nov. 15. Nettleton will oversee the office as it transitions away from investigating sexual assault complaints.

Biden swarmed by students during Election Day visit to campus

Vice President Joe Biden might be getting hungry right about now. On an Election Day pit stop, the vice president came to Penn for a bite to eat, but was sidetracked by a large crowd of students bearing iPhones. Stepping out of a car on Spruce Street outside Irvine Auditorium at about 12:30 p.m., Biden didn't make it far. He stood in Perelman Quadrangle until around 1:15 p.m., taking photos and talking with students who had flooded the area.

Bills and barriers: Greek life, beyond the sticker price

Last year, having a social life was more stress-inducing than carefree for Brittany. For Brittany — a full financial aid student and College junior— paying sorority dues was more than a matter of asking her parents for money or digging into her own paycheck to make up the difference. While many of her peers didn’t think twice about going to BYOs and buying Fling tanks, Brittany had to keep careful tabs on all of her expenses.

Campus sees two false bomb scares

Sunday evening, there was an “unfounded” bomb threat at the 3925 Walnut street Chipotle, the Division of Public Safety confirmed in an emailed statement in response to questions from The Daily Pennsylvanian. “Penn and Philadelphia cleared the area in an abundance of caution. A sweep was done of the property and no device was found.” DPS said. “Because no device was found as there was in the earlier incident, no UPennAlert was sent out.” Earlier in the afternoon, a wired object that police dete

Up to $1,600 stolen from SFCU accounts

Since early January, 15 members of Penn’s Student Federal Credit Union have fallen victim to credit card fraud, Vice President of Public Safety Maureen Rush said. On Tuesday, SFCU forwarded members an advisory from the Division of Public Safety, alerting them of an investigation into the fraud. Rush said that accounts were robbed of anywhere from $400 to $1,600, with most cases involving a $400 to $500 loss. Rush deferred comment to SFCU about whether victims were reimbursed.

UPDATED: Power returns to stores on Walnut Street, cause of outage still unclear

The power outage that knocked out several Walnut and 40th street stores on Sunday finally ended by 1:30 p.m., when all the stores appeared to be back up and running, but the source of the problem is still a mystery to customers and workers in the area. Around 11 a.m., several buildings on Walnut between 40th and 41st streets, as well as on the 4100 block of Locust Street, lost power.

Alum Donald Trump shows interest in 2016 presidential bid

Wharton School‘68 alumnus Donald Trump believes that he is “the only one who can make America truly great again,” according to a statement announcing his creation of an exploratory committee for the 2016 presidential election. The high-profile real estate investor and co-producer and host of the NBC show “The Apprentice” has previously expressed interest in the presidency three times since 1999.

Penn Museum artifacts in danger of looting

In 1995, a team of archaeologists, led by current Near Eastern Language & Civilizations Department Chair Richard Zettler, discovered an Early Bronze Age tomb in Tell es-Sweyhat, Syria. According to a recent warning issued by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — UNESCO — indicates that Syrian artifacts, including those found by Penn researchers at Tell es-Sweyhat, are missing or in danger of looting. These objects include pots, jewelry, and 11 skulls which Zett

No arrests in RadioShack armed robbery

No arrests have been made as of Thursday afternoon for the armed robbery in RadioShack on Wednesday night, according to Philadelphia Police Public Affairs Office. Around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, the Division of Public Safety received a radio call that the store, located on 212 S. 40th Street, had been robbed at gunpoint by three suspects. A UPenn Alert was sent out at 10:04 p.m. informing the community of increased police activity, and again at 10:33 p.m when the area was clear.
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How Analytics Is Shaking Up Angel Investing, According to Gust CEO David S. Rose

David S. Rose, one of the most prominent angel investors in New York, says angel investing is about to change for good. David has founded half a dozen companies, but his latest, Gust, is a SaaS platform connecting entrepreneurs to early-stage investors. With a new product, Gust Launch, David aims to help make algorithmic investing possible on a large scale, while standardizing the tools for entrepreneurs to get started on their companies.

How Big Data and AI Will Change Your Life, According to Matt Turck of FirstMark Capital

Matt Turck, a Managing Director of FirstMark Capital, invests in early-stage enterprise and consumer startups, with a focus on Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. Previously, he helped start the investment segment of Bloomberg LP, Bloomberg Ventures, where he was a Managing Director.  Prior to that, Matt co-founded TripleHop Technologies, an enterprise search software startup later acquired by Oracle.

How Bitly Reaches and Collects Data on Billions of People Each Month

While you probably recognize Bitly as those short links you see on Twitter, the company’s most valuable service revolves around data. In addition to its free link shortening tool, Bitly serves thousands of paying brand customers by managing their links and providing analytics. In this interview, CEO Mark Josephson explores how Bitly helps customers track their links across the Internet and personalize their experiences.

How to Spot the Next Great Entrepreneurs with Data, Featuring Founder Institute CEO Adeo Ressi

Can we boil down an entrepreneur’s success to their DNA? Adeo Ressi, Founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, says yes. This startup accelerator determines acceptance into its prestigious launch program in part based on a series of psychometric tests they claim to determine if a candidate has “Entrepreneur DNA.” Ressi says Entrepreneur DNA is “the equivalent of being tall [in basketball] in entrepreneurship.” It’s not a silver bullet, but it’s a big help.

Unlocking New Markets with Data and Machine Learning, as told by Smartling’s CEO

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Building a Community Around Data at MongoDB, with Senior Director of Sales Operations Meghan Gill

As employee No. 8 and the first non-technical hire at MongoDB,  Meghan Gill was charged with growing a community around the open source database. In her interview for Deciding by Data, Meghan dives into how she launched many of the company’s first demand generation programs, and how she helped the sales process evolve to target enterprise decision-makers. She’s now an award-winning marketing leader and startup advisor and runs sales operations at MongoDB.

How ClassPass is Disrupting the Fitness Industry with Data, Featuring Founder Payal Kadakia

Payal Kadakia created a business that is transforming the way people work out. But that’s not what she first set out to do — she got there by following the data. When Payal created Classtivity in 2011, she wanted to provide a way for adults to rekindle their love for old hobbies and easily find and book classes online. After analyzing customer feedback and platform usage, Kadakia pivoted the company to launch a new platform called ClassPass.

Your AI-Powered Assistant Has You Covered: A Futuristic Conversation with x.ai CEO Dennis Mortensen

X.ai has raised $44 million to tackle a really big small problem: scheduling emails. You might have encountered one of their AI-powered assistants without even knowing it. When emailing to set up a meeting, a user simply copies amy@x.ai or andrew@x.ai to take over the logistics. These bots process natural language in order to set up a meeting the way a human assistant would — but for much less money.

Can Data Build the Perfect Pizza Shop? Featuring Olo CEO Noah Glass

One day in 2003, Noah Glass was fed up with waiting in line for coffee. There must be a better way, he thought. Today, he is the Founder and CEO of Olo, which provides order-ahead technology for 200 restaurant brands, including sweetgreen, Chipotle and Shake Shack, across 40,000 locations. Olo has raised over $63 million and says that when brands add digital ordering to their restaurants, they see on average a 25 percent increase in ticket size.

Why Finding Your ‘Career Fit’ Is Better Than Your Dream Job, featuring The Muse CEO Kathryn Minshew

Kathryn Minshew didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life, so she created a company to help others figure out their career fit. Minshew is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Muse, a careers platform that lets candidates peek into companies before they apply through photos and videos. Companies pay to have profiles on The Muse to stand out from competitors on text-heavy job boards and source candidates who understand their values before they step through the door.

Using Data to Work Smarter, Not Harder: Lessons from Collective[i] CEO Tad Martin

When Tad Martin first joined Overstock.com in 2000, he entered a company with a lot of valuable data waiting to be used, but lacking the technology to use it. As COO, Tad led a lengthy and pricey big data overhaul to get the company up to speed. After he left Overstock, Tad wanted to empower other organizations to harness the power of big data in an easier way. He started Collective[i] for a profession that he thought was underserved in big data solutions: sales professionals. Using predictive

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Rent the Runway is a business that’s dressed as a fashion company but has the bones of a tech startup. Their service allows customers to rent clothes for special occasions or everyday wear. Rent the Runway aspires to give customers the freedom to create a ‘closet in the cloud’ — receiving a rotating wardrobe of outfits that suit their style. Data drives all of the company’s operations — from personalizing recommendations, to efficiently dry cleaning and shipping clothes to customers.
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