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9/30/2016

Whole Foods Market opened an 18,000-square-foot store in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood this week, giving one of the city's poorest neighborhoods a place to buy fresh and organic foods. The retailer has striven to stock local products and hire employees from the neighborhood.

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9/30/2016

Best Buy will open 350 of its stores at midnight Oct. 13 to let gamers nab PlayStation VR headsets the minute they become available. A limited number of headsets will hit shelves the next morning at all Best Buy locations.

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9/30/2016

Arduino aims to raise $500,000 on Kickstarter for its ESLOV IoT Invention Kit, which lets user turn hardware into an internet of things device by attaching sensors. The kit comes with a Wi-Fi hub and a set of sensors -- button, buzzer, LED, GPS and more -- for $99 for the entry-level version.

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Arduino, Wi-Fi
9/30/2016

Argos has launched The Collection by Argos, its own brand of premium homewares. "When people think about decorating their home, at the moment they don't think about Argos and that must change," said executive Alyson Lockley.

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9/29/2016

Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have come together to form "Partnership on AI," a group that aims to be inclusive of businesses of all sizes and to openly share research on AI topics such as privacy and ethics.

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AI, Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft
9/29/2016

Grocers will have to meet the needs of many different types of shoppers, from in-store browsers to online delivery customers, Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen told attendees at a conference this week. "[W]hat we're trying to do is to make sure that it's a completely seamless experience for the customer, regardless of where they go," he said.

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9/29/2016

The cyberattack on Yahoo that led to 500 million accounts being stolen was the result of a criminal effort and not a state-sponsored attack, InfoArmor says. Intel experts say that the focus should be on finding and catching criminals, rather than punishing the companies that fall victim to hacking attempts and data breaches.

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Yahoo, Intel, InfoArmor
9/29/2016

Amazon's voice-activated assistant is appearing on more devices both in and outside of Amazon's branded device lineup. Alexa will be loaded on Jam Audio's forthcoming $70 smart speaker, which hits shelves Oct. 30 at Best Buy, and on Amazon's new $40 Fire TV stick, which will ship Oct. 20.

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Amazon, Alexa, Best Buy
9/29/2016

Fitbits are still the most popular wearable, data from a Raymond James survey indicate. Of 500 respondents, 14% owned a Fitbit and 16% planned to purchase one, though Apple is gaining in popularity, with only 2% ownership but 9% planning on purchasing an Apple Watch.

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Apple, Raymond James, Fitbit, Fitbits
9/29/2016

FMI will end its annual FMI Connect show starting in 2017 and work to create an event that better serves members' changing business needs, President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said Wednesday. The group expects to debut the new format in 2018 and FMI will also move forward with its Future Leaders program next year, Sarasin said.

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FMI, FMI Connect, Leslie Sarasin