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11/13/2018

Sony may be developing a PlayStation controller with a touch screen, based on a patent application filed in 2017. The present controller has a touch-enabled center button for menu navigation, and the screen might replace that button and offer a better interface for console information.

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11/13/2018

Albertsons is investing in sustainability including the purchase of 10 semi-trucks from Tesla, according to the company's report on green initiatives. "We're excited to pilot this expansion of our transportation program with trucks that help us limit our overall carbon footprint," said Tom Nartker, vice president of transportation for Albertsons.

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11/13/2018

Costco, H.E. Butt Grocery and Publix have been highlighted among the best workplaces for veterans in a ranking by Indeed.com. Costco placed fourth, H-E-B fifth and Publix 37th in the top 50 listing.

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Costco, Publix, Butt Grocery, H-E-B
11/13/2018

Kellogg is considering a sale of its fruit-snack and cookie units, which include such brands as Keebler, Famous Amos and Stretch Island, as the firm works to focus more on core brands. The company also announced it would be reorganizing its operational structure in January to spur growth and innovation.

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Kellogg, Keebler
11/13/2018

PepsiCo has named 10 startups to join the first iteration of its Nutrition Greenhouse North America program. Hapi Drinks, Remedy Organics and Bohana are among the businesses joining the six-month mentorship platform, and each will gain $20,000 in funding -- with one startup winning another $100,000 at the end of the period.

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11/13/2018

Pinterest and its major retail advertisers are introducing "snow globes" for the holiday shopping season. With the new ad product, retailers can build interactive catalogs that take visitors to customized recommendations based on their past browsing.

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Pinterest
11/13/2018

Macy's is testing a smaller format at four stores by closing off sections to save money on inventory and staffing, with an eye on expanding the format to more underperforming locations. The "neighborhood stores" will be about one-fifth smaller and feature more self-service options and space to pick up and return online orders, CEO Jeff Gennette said.

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11/13/2018

Google's artificial intelligence research division has published a paper on the process of diarization, detailing the progress it has made toward improving the process, which involves partitioning speech into separate segments. The team intends to expand the model to allow for offline decoding.

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Google
11/13/2018

Xbox gaming head Phil Spencer is working to make Microsoft more appealing to PC gamers by improving Windows 10's Microsoft Store. Windows 10 is the primary platform for PC gaming, and Spencer notes, "I'm going to take a bigger leadership role on what's going on with the Windows Store, make it really tailored to the gamers that we know want to see the best from what we have to offer."

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Digital Trends, The Verge
11/13/2018

On Monday, the Oculus Go mobile VR headset received a new app from YouTube that supports 360-degree and standard video. YouTube's VR app is available in the Oculus Store and joins similar apps, including Google's Daydream VR, Sony's PlayStation VR and Samsung's Gear VR.

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YouTube, Oculus Store, Samsung, Sony, Google