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  Breaking News

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.


Detroit Labs Wins Technology Company Of Year At Automation Alley Gala
TROY - Detroit Labs was named Technology Company of the Year at the 14th annual Automation Alley Gala last Friday at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit.


Apple Sets One-Day Pre-Sale Record With New iPhones
CUPERTINO - Apple Inc. said it received more than four million orders of its two new iPhone 6 models in the first 24 hours on Sept. 12, surpassing the previous record first-day pre-orders set in 2012 when Apple released the iPhone 5.


ATT Says iPhone 6, Plus Pre-Sale Starts Sept. 19
DALLAS - AT&T Friday announced it will offer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, beginning September 19 in AT&T retail stores.


Compuware To Split Company - Mainframe Support, APM
DETROIT - Compuware Corp., Michigan’s largest pure play IT company, announced Wednesday that it plans to move its mainframe support business to a separate company that will operate under the Compuware name.


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

Some UIA Debit Cards Possibly Breached, LARA Says
LANSING - Customers who used Unemployment Insurance Agency debit cards at Home Depot between April 2014 and August 2014 could potentially be impacted by the store's recent announcement that its payment data systems were breached, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Tuesday.


Data-Leakage Problems Found In Instagram, Vine, Nimbuzz, OoVoo, Voxer
SAN FRANCISCO - By sniffing out the details of network communications, University of New Haven researchers have uncovered a host of data-leakage problems in Instagram, Vine, Nimbuzz, OoVoo, Voxer and several other Android apps.


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

Oprah and Toyota Support Detroit’s Food Entrepreneurs with $25,000 Grant
DETROIT - Every once in a while we meet an inspiring leader in the Detroit area who’s making an impact in entrepreneurship that can’t be ignored. Devita Davidson is one of those Detroiters.


The Sweet Sound Of A Michigan Jam Jar
DETROIT - At first glance, you might think this story is about a candle. The Jam Jar looks like it could be one, with the colorful filling inside of a classic Mason Jar. But the Jam Jar is a radio, decorative and useful for the home.


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

NEA Honors Petoskey Artist With Nation’s Highest Folk Arts Award
LANSING - On Wednesday, Yvonne Walker Keshick, an Odawa quill worker from Petoskey, will receive the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts when she is honored as a 2014 National Heritage Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts. The award will be presented to Keshick at the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119.


Billhighway Client Accounting Team Gets Boost With New Hire
TROY - Billhighway, provider of cloud-based automation software for nonprofits, welcomes Cole Kelter to the team as Client Accounting Specialist. The company is ramping up its accounting staff to accommodate new client acquisition and rapid growth.

  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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