Trends, products and advances


Universities remain proactive in data protection

Growth of online courses means more opportunities for data breaches.

March 22, 2019
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) The internet has made it easier for students to take classes, but there are risks involved. Read More

Fifth Third acquires savings app

Dobot helps customers with personal savings goals through a ‘fun and engaging’ digital interface.

March 22, 2019
If you’re looking to save some dough, there’s a bot that can help you with that. Read More

Lab stops testing pesticide on dogs

March 21, 2019
| By AP
A laboratory in the region has halted pesticide testing on beagles after the Humane Society of the United States released an undercover investigation that raised concerns about the animals' treatment. Read More

Tech company adds to leadership team

March 18, 2019
A growing Grand Rapids tech company has expanded its leadership team. Read More

Judge loses caseload

March 18, 2019
| By AP
DETROIT — A judge has been benched after her boss said she refuses to use courtroom technology. Read More

MPSC annual report highlights changes to utility oversight

In first full year since enactment of state’s energy laws, commission has expanded programs to reduce energy waste.

March 15, 2019
The Michigan Public Service Commission issued its 2018 annual report last week, highlighting achievements in implementing the state’s energy laws, helping customers with heating bills and utility complaints, infrastructure renewal, tax cut refunds for ratepayers and technical assistance to expand broadband across the state. Read More

Stryker acquires medical device company

March 14, 2019
Stryker has acquired a company that will complement its orthopedic and surgical divisions. Read More

Humane Society seeks release of dogs from laboratory

March 14, 2019
| By AP
The Humane Society of the United States is pushing for the release of three dozen dogs from a laboratory in the region, alleging that an undercover investigation found that they are being fed fungicides. Read More

Battery company merges with manufacturer

March 6, 2019
A battery company serving the automotive industry has merged with an out-of-state manufacturer. Read More

VC fund invests in medical startup

March 5, 2019
A venture capital fund in the region is investing in a medical startup on the East Coast. Read More