NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN Money's Stacey Delikat has your top business and financial news on this Monday, April 22.
Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau to rebrand
The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced that it will undergo comprehensive rebranding. According to Director Gretchen Hall, the LRCVB has hired BrandStrategy Inc. of Anacortes, Wash., and MMGY Global of Kansas City, Mo., to perform the job. Hall said BrandStrategy's process involves several phases starting with assessing the current brand's perceptions with the community. This factor, she said, is what led to the LRCVB choosing the company.
Airlines sue to block air traffic controller furloughs
Predicting chaos for air travel next week, the airline industry filed suit Friday to block the Obama administration's plan to furlough air traffic controllers starting Sunday due to federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Furloughs could force Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to operate with two runways instead of three, controllers said, forcing a sharp reduction in maximum arrivals per hour. "This has the potential to cause massive disruption for the American traveling and shipping public," said Nicholas Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America, a Washington-based industry group.
EBay asks users to fight national sales tax bill
EBay Inc. EBAY -0.81% is trying to enlist its users in a fight against a national online sales tax bill. The company on Sunday said it sent tens of millions of emails urging its active U.S. sellers to push for changes to a bill now before Congress that would allow all states to collect sales tax from online merchants, whether they have operations in that state or not. EBay said the bill's sales threshold for triggering the tax is too low. "The legislation treats you and big multi-billion dollar online retailers--such as Amazon-exactly the same," said John Donahoe eBay's chief executive, in one of the emails. He said only businesses with at least $10 million in annual out-of-state sales, or 50 or more employees, should qualify for sales tax, compared with the $1 million sales threshold in the bill.
Will Twitter's new #Music app boost the recording industry?
Twitter Inc. says its new music service helps users discover songs and artists. But the music industry isn't sure it's something to sing about just yet. The #Music app recommends songs based on the artists Twitter users follow. It also shows what tracks friends are tweeting about. And it lets users browse songs that are popular or up-and-coming on the service. The user can preview the tracks from iTunes or subscribe to Spotify or Rdio to listen to full-length versions of the suggested songs. The highly anticipated service, which rolled out Thursday online and to iPhone users in the App Store, is part of the San Francisco company's efforts to expand beyond chatter and photos into other media to broaden its appeal to its more than 200 million monthly users.