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  Breaking News

Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Top 10 Million Sales Mark In First Week
CUPERTINO, Ca. – Apple said Monday that its first weekend sales for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus topped 10 million units, another record.


Award Nominations To Open Sept. 29 For Michigan Celebrates Small Business
LANSING - Nominations open Sept. 29 for the 2015 Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards program, a prestigious annual competition that recognizes successful growing businesses and their supporters. The winners will be honored at the 11th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 7, 2015.


Report: Michigan Sales Tax Topped $7 Billion In FY 2013, Internet Sales Hurting Growth
LANSING - Michigan's sales tax revenues topped $7 billion for the first time in history during the 2012-13 fiscal year, a report from the Department of Treasury shows, but the tax base is "being eroded rapidly" by increasing retail sales through the Internet and mail order.


Lawrence Tech Hosts Sept. 27 National Championships For World Robot Olympiad
SOUTHFIELD - The United States is joining an international student competition for robot design for the first time this year, and on Sept. 27, Lawrence Technological University will host the first-ever national championships to determine who will represent their country at the World Robot Olympiad.


54 Semifinalists Named By $1 Million Accelerate Michigan Innovation Contest
DETROIT – After an intense review process by the judge’s panel, 54 semifinalists have been selected to compete for more than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes in the fifth annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition.


Michigan House Health Policy Approves ‘Right To Try' Act
LANSING - Bills that would allow terminally ill patients the right to try drugs that have only gone through the first phase of Food and Drug Administration testing were sent to the House floor on Tuesday by the House Health Policy Committee.


Internet Advisor Podcast: New Apple iPhones, Apple Payment, Urban Nation Radio
DETROIT - Will you be buying a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Yakeem Tatum, host and founder of Urban Nation Radio, Apple Payment: The Ultimate Digital Security? MITechNews.Com headlines.


Internet Advisor Podcast: Step IT Up America Graduates & GIV Mobile Charity
DETROIT - A group of IT professonal women joined us in studio to talk about Step IT Up America. Ashley Montvidas Marketing & Social Media Coordinator at GIV Mobile shares details about an incredible cell phone plan and opportunity to help your favorite charity. Mike Brennan shares MITechNews.Com headlines.

  Cyber Defense

Next Version Of Android Will Encrypt Data By Default
CUPERTINO, Ca. - The next version of Android will for the first time encrypt data by default, Google confirmed last week, preventing both thieves and law enforcement officials from gaining access to personal information on the devices running the web giant's mobile operating system.


Apple Publishes List Of iOS 8 Security Upgrades
CUPERTINO - Apple published a long list of iOS 8 security changes on Wednesday as the operating system update got delivered to users. While Apple credited many independent security experts, it continued to not differentiate bugs by severity and buried the fix to a major vulnerability.


Michigan Commission Approves Environmental Standards Excluding Urban Farms
LANSING - Urban farms with livestock cannot be verified as following proper environmental practices under standards approved, with some reservations, Wednesday by the Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development.


MSU Environmental Engineering Professor Named Fulbright Scholar
EAST LANSING - Volodymyr Tarabara, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan State University, has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will conduct research on water quality control in the Republic of Georgia.

  Entrepreneur's Corner

Venture Drive - A Competition For Michigan Startups With Traction
ANN ARBOR - Getting beyond startup? Join MiQuest for Venture Drive. If you've got a leadership team that's focused on rapid growth and a vetted business model, this competition is for you. It is definitely for you if the critical issues you're facing include a lack of access to capital, ineffective management practices, and difficulty recruiting talent, developing a sales pipeline or scaling up production or services.


SBAM’s Kenneth Root honored with MSAE Diamond Award
ROCHESTER - Kenneth M. Root, director of membership for the Small Business Association of Michigan, was recognized with an a 2014 “Emerging Leader” Diamond Award Wed. Sept. 17 during the Michigan Society of Association Executive’s 13th Annual Diamond Awards Banquet in Rochester.


Michigan Uninsured Percentage Falls In 2013
LANSING - The percentage of Michiganders without health insurance fell in 2013 from 11.4 percent to 11 percent, according to census data released Tuesday.


FIH To NDA In 5 Years, The Calistoga Pharmaceuticals Story
ANN ARBOR - Kicking off BioArbor’s Fall 2014 season, Carol Gallagher, past CEO of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals will present the story of the development of Zydelig and the formation and successful exit of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals on Sept. 18 at the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex.


Poll Again Shows Close Governor's Race, Peters Leading For Senate
LANSING - Republican Governor Rick Snyder has a small, but statistically insignificant, lead over Democratic challenger Mark Schauer, and Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters leads Republican Terri Land in the U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll.


Michigan House Education OKs Bill Fixing Error In Merit Curriculum Change
LANSING - After Governor Rick Snyder signed HB 4465 , current high school seniors suddenly were required to have two credits of foreign language rather than one. But on Wednesday, the House Education Committee reported a bill that would fix the inadvertent change.

  New Products/Contracts

Gongwer Unveils Features To Track Bills By Category, Committee
LANSING - Gongwer News Service Thursday unveiled two major new features to its pioneering bill tracking system that allow subscribers greater flexibility and utility in following legislation. The first change enables subscribers to track bills by general category.


Wayne State Gets Grant To Develop Computer Research Cluster
SOUTHFIELD - Wayne State University has received a grant from Silicon Mechanics that provides WSU with a computer research cluster at its Computing Services Center.

  Guest Columns

Little Free Libraries: Campaign to Change Detroit's Image
DETROIT - Over the years, Detroit has held many titles and nicknames, many of them negative - which is why, as the city works to reinvent itself, one local woman is on a mission to crown it the "Little Free Library capital of the world."


Companies Tighten Reins On Non-Compete Agreements
ANN ARBOR - The use of non-compete agreements in employment contracts from the chief executive to the middle manager is on the rise, but is that good or bad for competition and innovation?

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