labels to help Mote
SARASOTA -- Drum Circle Distilling has created a new series of sea life labels for its Siesta Key Toasted Coconut Rum, and the company will support Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium by donating 2 percent of all sales to an associated Mote program. The first featured animal is the sea turtle. The label will be available soon in the distillery's tasting room, 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.
Google hitting the road -- literally -- for feedback
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is about to embark on an old-school search, swapping its Internet algorithm for a custom-built van that will cruise across the U.S. to find out how people use its online services and react to new features.
The white van emblazoned with Google's colorful logo is scheduled to pull out Monday on a six-week road trip and help the company break out of its Silicon Valley bubble. The van will make multiday stops in seven states, stopping near colleges, libraries, parks and more in hopes of finding out how average Americans are using the company's digital offerings.
$400M dispute lingers over Post-it inventor
FORT LAUDERDALE -- Alan Amron holds 40 U.S. patents, but he's most interested in an invention for which he gets no credit: the Post-it Note, which was made into a worldwide success by the 3M Company.
Amron says he invented what he called the Press-on Memo in 1973, a year before 3M developed what later became known as the Post-it Note. Although Amron settled a previous lawsuit against 3M, he's suing again in federal court saying the company breached its previous agreement not to take credit. Now Amron wants $400 million in damages -- and something even more important to him: credit.
Ford subsidiary to invest in new mobility
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it is establishing a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary to build and invest in new mobility options like car-sharing and ride-hailing services.
Ford Smart Mobility LLC will be chaired by former Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett, a member of Ford's board since 2013. Hackett resigned his board seat Friday to lead the new company. Ford Smart Mobility plans to name a CEO in the near future.
It will operate in Palo Alto, Calif., and Ford's hometown of Dearborn, Mich.
Pfizer drug use expanded for form of lung cancer
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration expanded approval of a Pfizer drug to treat a small subset of lung cancer patients with a rare mutation.
The agency said Friday that Xalkori capsules are now approved for patients with the ROS-1 gene mutation, who make up about 1 percent of U.S. patients with non-small cell lung cancer, the most common form of the disease.
The twice-a-day drug is part of a new generation of medications that fight disease by targeting specific genes found in certain patients.
-- Herald staff, wire reports