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4/28/2017

German discount grocer Lidl has widened its search for US store sites to include Pittsburgh, Erie and other areas in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio markets including Cincinnati and Dayton, sources said. The retailer is getting ready to open its first 20 US stores on the East Coast this summer, with plans to operate 100 stores in the US within a year.

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Lidl
4/28/2017

Hy-Vee will open a new small-format concept store potentially named Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh in West Des Moines, Iowa, as part of a 65-acre mixed-use development that is slated to begin construction in the summer. Plans for the 12,000-16,000-square-foot store are still in development and will include grocery and fuel offerings and could also feature curbside grocery pickup.

4/28/2017

Sony sold over 20 million PlayStation 4 consoles by the end of the fiscal year ended March 31, which helped the company recover from a poor profit period. The company's mobile division declined 32.7%, while overall revenue dropped by 6.2%, per company data.

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Engadget
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Sony, fiscal year, PS4
4/28/2017

Nokia is attempting to break into a new market by beginning a line of connected health products, including blood-pressure monitors, forehead thermometers and scales.

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4/28/2017

Nintendo has unveiled a new portable gaming system, the 2DS XL, which will go on sale for $150 on July 28.

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CNET
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4/28/2017

The Food and Drug Administration extended the deadline for new menu labeling rules, which were to be implemented starting May 5. The rules include requirements to post calorie counts on standard menus and menu boards, among other regulations.

4/28/2017

The Norpro Egg Per'Fect Egg Timer joins raw eggs in the pot and changes color to keep home cooks abreast of the eggs' cooking progress. The timer, acting like a mood ring, absorbs heat at the same rate as the eggs so it's accurate every time users boil eggs, no matter how many eggs are in the pot.

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Delish
4/28/2017

Instacart is teaming with Sur La Table to deliver kitchen tools and appliances such as blenders on demand to consumers. "Instacart means that a customer with a dinner party tonight can order a casserole dish and have it delivered in time to cook for their guests," said Sur La Table executive Ben Rosenfeld.

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Digital Trends
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4/28/2017

Food Network celebrity Ayesha Curry is launching Homemade, a meal kit service designed with the entire family in mind. The service stands out because it will include access to the Homemade community via social media and a livestream video channel.

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Fortune
4/28/2017

Commercial general liability insurance can protect companies from liability due to injury or damage, but not all policies cover 3D printing practices. Intellectual property and technology errors are among the other insurance risks with 3D printing.

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IndustryWeek