Business briefs: Quality Inn in Tucson to be Red Lion hotel
Red Lion Hotels Corp. has signed a franchise agreement to add the Quality Inn & Suites in Tucson, Ariz., to its list of properties.
The hotel, near the Santa Catalina Mountains in west Tucson, will be converted to the Red Lion brand in May, the company announced.
Converting hotels into franchises has been the primary business goal of the Spokane-based, publicly traded hospitality company.
Interim Red Lion CEO Jim Evans said the company added 11 locations in 2013, bringing the total to 30 franchised hotels. Tucson will be the 31st.
Silverado, GMC Sierra pickups to be recalled
DETROIT – General Motors is recalling 370,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from the 2014 model year to fix software that could cause the exhaust components to overheat and start a fire.
The recall includes 303,000 trucks in the U.S. and 67,000 in Canada and Mexico. All of the trucks involved have 4.3-liter or 5.3-liter engines.
GM said eight fires have been reported, but no injuries. One garage was damaged, the company said. All of the incidents occurred in cold weather.
The company is asking customers not to leave their trucks idling unattended.
GM dealers will reprogram the software for free. The company will inform owners starting Thursday.
Google fixes reference to Hitler, apologizes
BERLIN – Google apologized Friday after a Berlin intersection briefly regained its Nazi-era name, Adolf-Hitler-Platz, on the Google Maps service.
Google spokeswoman Lena Wagner said the company quickly took down the name after the error was discovered. The intersection was relabeled with its proper name, Theodor-Heuss-Platz, after West Germany’s first post-World War II president.
The erroneous name was visible only for a few hours late Thursday.
Scores of streets and squares were named after Hitler during his 1933-45 dictatorship.
The intersection in question, in western Berlin, sits on what the Nazis envisioned as the capital’s main east-west axis for a redesign of the city that was never completed.
Militants block Internet over fear of drones
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked militant group has ordered telecom companies to shut down mobile Internet services over fears the U.S. can use the data to target militants.
Al-Shabab this week set a 15-day deadline for the telecoms, whom the group accused of being “enemy collaborators.” The two affected mobile operators that offer 3G data service declined to comment.
Al-Shabab said mobile Internet services allowed the targeting of some fighters, an apparent reference to drone strikes or other military operations.