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9/19/2017

The new payment program designed to come as part of Apple's iMessage program will not be released with iOS 11, due to be rolled out today. The new operating system will include significant updates to the App Store with a redesigned platform that heavily features games.

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9/19/2017

Wegmans Food Markets was recognized by Great Place To Work and Fortune magazine as one of the top workplaces for women. Wegmans came in at No. 7 on the list of 100 companies, and grocery players Publix Super Markets and Nugget Markets were ranked at No. 39 and No. 95, respectively.

9/19/2017

Rouses Supermarkets will build two new stores in southwest Louisiana, which are slated to open next year. The stores being built in Sulphur and Moss Bluff, La., mark the retailer's furthest move west in the US, and will bring Rouses' store count to 58.

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9/19/2017

ShopRite dominates New Jersey's grocery market with 139 stores, and Acme, Stop & Shop, Target and ALDI also have a strong presence in the state. But emerging players including Whole Foods Market 365, Weis Markets, Wegmans, Lidl and Trader Joe's are poised to gain ground as they open more stores in the Garden State.

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9/19/2017

Sprint made a major subscriber power play by offering new and existing customers a new iPhone 8 with the trade-in of an iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Note8. Even customers with older iPhones or other competitor models can get half-off iPhone 8 price deals.

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Bloomberg
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9/19/2017

Retailers are experimenting with different online grocery shopping models to discover whether their customers prefer delivery or some version of click-and-collect. Food retailers including Costco, Safeway and Target have partnered with Instacart for home delivery in some markets, while others including Walmart are expanding in-store pickup and other e-commerce options.

9/19/2017

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a revised version of Walgreens' bid to acquire Rite Aid stores. Under the deal, Walgreens will pay $4.38 billion for 1,932 locations, giving the company about 10,000 stores in the US.

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9/19/2017

August has rolled out updates to its smart lock for a new Pro version that supports Z-Wave Plus and offers Wi-Fi, HomeKit and Bluetooth support. The company has also announced another compatible product, the Doorbell Cam Pro, which allows users to monitor their front doors via webcam.

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TechCrunch
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9/19/2017

Venture capital firm Shasta Ventures is offering a new fund designed to assist in the development of augmented reality. The fund will provide $100,000 to eligible companies in the AR development field.

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TechCrunch
9/19/2017

PlayerUnknown's "Battlegrounds" just overtook "Dota 2's" number of online players with 1,342,857 players online at the same time. The game tweeted the announcement Saturday.

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The Verge
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