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6/25/2019

Do Something Good, an artist collective, has developed a camera app that can remove people from photos. Developer and artist damjanski said the app, Bye Bye Camera, is "for the post-human era," though human designers and photo editors might find it handy.

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6/25/2019

In a 6-3 vote, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting store-level Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program data and clarified the Freedom of Information Act's Exemption 4 to prevent the disclosure of confidential commercial information that would put businesses at competitive disadvantages. FMI led the appeal that ended with Monday's ruling, saying FOIA "was created to shine a light on actions by the government, not on that of private parties."

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6/25/2019

To remain competitive on price in today's food retail environment, Nikolay Savin writes, smaller businesses can implement artificial intelligence systems to help determine which products should be lowered in cost and which can remain higher. AI-enhanced systems "become fully in control of the whole pricing process to ensure they gain more per product," Savin writes.

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6/25/2019

The only spider anyone really wants in the kitchen is the one embossed on the bottom of Griswold Manufacturing's Spider Skillet in the late 1800s -- making it extraordinarily rare and worth a sizzling $8,000. Roy Meadows of the Wagner & Griswold Society offers an idea of how the spider emblem came to be.

6/25/2019

Vacu Vin Wine Saver is a best-seller at Amazon and has reviewer Katie Macdonald's seal of approval. The stopper goes into the partially consumed bottle, and the small pump mechanism vacuums air out -- designed to keep wine tasty for up to a week.

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6/25/2019

Clean beauty brand Phlur has acquired manufacturer Texas Beauty Labs and raised $7 million in a new funding round. The company plans to expand into new product categories including hair care and after-sun products.

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6/25/2019

United States Steel will idle two furnaces next month, one in Gary, Ind., and one near Detroit, for maintenance and upgrades. The company says it will still reach a 5% increase in production this year because of upgrades to other plants as part of $1.5 billion renovation program.

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6/25/2019

An art installation looking at the effects of mass incarceration will be on display at Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury, Vt., through next June. "It's rare for companies to have organizing theories, but our way of organizing and trying to drive social impact and systemic change is by increasing awareness around systemic issues, engaging our fan base on those issues, and ultimately encouraging them to take action," says Jabari Paul of Ben & Jerry's.

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6/25/2019

Three of the four last presidents issued directives to create plans to protect critical US infrastructure, of which 85% is owned privately. There are four key steps to preparing your infrastructure in case of emergency, writes Ernie Hayden, who offers a step-by-step guide to registering with the government.

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6/25/2019

The job of a chief procurement officer has evolved and is now less about purchasing and more about working with other C-suite executives, says Marcell Vollmer, SAP Ariba's chief digital officer. "One very important thing that AI does is simply automate certain parts of the procurement process, which frees up CPOs to be concentrated on more strategic activities and look at organizational trends outside their own department," he says.

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