CNN Money: Top business headlines for March 18

NEW YORK, NY (CNN) - CNN Money's Maribel Aber has your top business and financial news on this Tuesday, March 18.

Conway reimagined for $100M and change

Tandem retail projects in Conway are poised to reshape the commercial landscape along Interstate 40. The biggest on the drawing board is Central Landing, a mixed-use redevelopment of the 151-acre municipal airport with a 750,000-SF lifestyle center. The project, considered to be the largest ever in Conway, is envisioned as a $100 million endeavor that will also feature apartments and office buildings. Less than a mile from Dennis F. Cantrell Field's southernmost runway, a 60-acre site at the southeast corner of I-40 and Dave Ward Drive is undergoing planning review for a retail center dubbed, for now, Lewis Crossing.

4 things to expect from Yellen's Fed

Get ready for Janet Yellen's first policymaking meeting as head of the Federal Reserve. The Fed is set to meet this Tuesday and Wednesday to mull over the latest economic data, issue new forecasts and re-evaluate its plan for winding down its stimulus program. Here are the top things to look for: 1) Tapering will continue: The central bank has been buying trillions in bonds since late 2008 in an effort to lower long-term interest rates. The goal: Stimulate the economy by making it cheaper to take out loans.

Hacker crashes Google Play -- twice

New Android apps and updates were blocked from appearing in Google's Play Store on Monday, after a hacker attacked Google's app publishing system. It's an outage you may not notice -- until it holds up the next update to Candy Crush, Plants v. Zombies or Clash of Clans. But developers are furious. The publishing system known as Google's Developer Console first crashed mid-day Sunday. Many app developers still found themselves blocked from uploading to the Google Play Store on Monday. Some developers noted the issue appeared to be resolved on Monday, but another posted in a Google forum, "problem started again."

The man who tried to invest the Like Button in the 1930s

Think Facebook invented the Like button? Think again. Back in the 1930s one man hoped to create a device that could send feedback to radio stations with the push of a button. He called it the "radiovota." Get it? The radio... voter. Dr. Nevil Monroe Hopkins, pictured above left, was a research engineer and lecturer in electrical engineering at New York University. He imagined a world where broadcast media could actually become a two-way street of communication. His radiovota was an interesting little box you attached to your radio and contained three buttons: Present, No, and Yes. Using it, people might express whether they liked or disliked a song. Or they might even communicate with their politicians, using this innovative new system in radical forms of direct democracy. At least that was the techno-utopian idea behind it.


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