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11/19/2018

Facebook Messenger is experimenting with a service that would allow users to simultaneously view and comment on videos. It differs from the similar Facebook Watch Party, offering co-viewing via messaging rather than a feed, Groups or Events post.

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11/19/2018

Walmart is now the No. 3 online retailer in the US, beating out previous spot holder Apple, per eMarketer. Amazon still controls the online space, taking 48% of e-commerce sales in 2018.

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11/19/2018

Entrepreneur David Stone has founded Forager, a company designed to streamline the process for grocers working with local farmers to provide fresh food in stores. "The Forager platform fundamentally changes the methods of sourcing, digitizing the supply chain in order to save money, reduce errors, and plan much more effectively," Stone said.

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11/19/2018

Jennie-O has recalled more than 90,000 pounds of ground turkey that could be contaminated with salmonella, the Agriculture Department announced. The outbreak dates back to November 2017, with 74 people reported to have been sickened since July.

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11/19/2018

The global market for refurbished smartphones grew 10% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2018, while the market for new smartphones declined by 1% in the same period, according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research. The sales rate of refurbished devices grew fastest in India, with a 41% increase over a year ago.

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11/19/2018

Luxury handbag reseller Rebag has opened two new shops in the Los Angeles area, one in Beverly Hills and another on the city's Melrose Place. The handbags are generally discounted between 20% to 80% off the original price, and customers can return bags after six months for a partial credit that can be applied toward another bag.

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11/19/2018

Sportswear company Rebel Athletic and developer SevenTablets have released the Fit Freedom app, which uses machine learning and augmented reality to measure consumers and recommend clothing sizes. Such apps have the potential to reduce clothing returns, which the National Retail Federation says occur with 40% of all online apparel purchases.

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11/19/2018

Researchers at MIT have discovered that the return signal transmitted by RFID tags may have an additional purpose beyond tracking inventory location: helping detect food safety issues. The researchers used machine learning to analyze variations in transmissions from RFID tags that may indicate contaminants such as melamine in baby food, referring to the new system as RFIQ.

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11/19/2018

Lush has responded to Twitter requests for a bath bomb based on visuals from Ariana Grande's "God Is a Woman" music video. The vegan, cruelty-free product is made with jasmine, rose oil, cocoa butter and shea butter, and will debut Thursday.

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11/19/2018

Equinox has teamed with beauty and wellness brands to introduce its first Holiday Gift Giving Suite. The high-end gym chain has joined with brands like Starskin, Uma Oils and Kiehl's to offer the new assortment of products at 94 Equinox and Pure Yoga locations in the US, Canada and the UK.

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