What’s a driver to do? Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse.
Airbus nearly ready to install the boxes. Boeing says the recorders are prone to ejecting accidentally and creating a safety risk.
McDonald’s Corp.’s Japan business predicted a $157 million net loss this year after its chicken supplier said it mislabeled expired meat. [Bloomberg]
CNNMoney ranked the city No. 4 on its list of 10 innovative cities, citing Chicago being the first to appoint a chief data officer and programs such as Skills for Chicagoland’s Future. The top three are New York at No. 1, followed by Boston and Portland, Oregon. [CNNMoney]
Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called “Caleb’s Kola” that comes in glass bottles reminiscent of a bygone era.
Chicago-based United Airlines sent an automated apology letter to a disgruntled passenger without filling in the blanks. [Entrepreneur]
New York Fed President Dudley says forecasts for higher interest rates in mid-2015 are “reasonable” [Bloomberg]
U.S. consumers increased their borrowing in August in the category that covers auto loans and student loans but cut back on their credit cards.
The Denver-based company plans to open four floors of food, drinks and games on Milwaukee Avenue late next year [Eater]
A New York lender has agreed to fund the Spire project’s exit from bankruptcy [Crain’s]
AT&T has informed about 1,600 customers a rogue employee accessed account information that might have included Social Security numbers.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week beginning Jan. 1.
Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what’s traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, a retailer trade group say.
SodaStream says it isn’t winning over enough customers in the U.S. and reported preliminary sales results that fell short of Wall Street estimates.
BloomNation closed on a Series A round with backing from the likes of Andreessen Horowitz and Chicago Ventures.