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12/9/2016

Ford topped US automakers with more than 1,400 domestic patents this year, edging out Toyota for the top spot. Work on self-driving vehicle technologies fueled a 25% increase over record 2015 Ford patent levels.

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Detroit Free Press
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Ford, Ford
12/9/2016

Kroger-owned Pay Less stores in Indiana are running a holiday food drive that encourages customers to either add donations to their totals or to buy full bags of food for the needy. Other grocers are also raising funds and awareness for charitable causes this season, including Fresh Thyme Farmers Market which has partnered with a group that provides moms and kids with vitamins.

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Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
12/9/2016

An upfront payment of $9.99 to access the full "Super Mario Run" mobile application when it debuts next week holds substantial revenue potential for the mobile game's early days. Sensor Tower is predicting as much as $71 million in revenue over the game's first month with 56% more downloads than for the summer sensation "Pokémon Go."

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TechCrunch, VentureBeat
12/9/2016

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to have a wraparound display that uses specialty light-emitting diode technology, per company insiders. Samsung has targeted a March release but the launch may be pushed back to April due to more stringent testing procedures.

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Bloomberg
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Samsung, Galaxy
12/9/2016

Amazon will partner with Conexant Systems and Intel to expand the usage of its virtual assistant Alexa. As a result of these deals, the Alexa assistant will be available in Intel's Smart Home Hub and Conexant's development kit will include Alexa connectivity.

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Forbes
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Alexa, Conexant Systems, Amazon, Intel
12/9/2016

MDV SpartanNash, a division of the grocery wholesaler, will supply a range of private-label items to military commissaries around the world, Defense Commissary Agency officials said. About 400 items will be rolled out in May 2017 with the range expected to grow to about 1,000 products by the end of that year, officials said.

12/9/2016

A majority of customers buying alcohol either decide what to buy or change their minds and choose something different while in the store, according to a study from IRI. About 40% of shoppers walk into the store without knowing what they want, and 21% of the rest select something else while shopping.

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IRI
12/9/2016

Bills have been filed in both the Florida House and Senate to allow groceries in the state to sell spirits. This is the fourth year such measures have been introduced, backed mainly by national retailers including Target and Wal-Mart Stores.

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Bills, Wal-Mart, Florida House, Senate
12/9/2016

Technology and consumer demand for more personalized and sustainable products are fueling an era of experimentation in grocery retail, Valli Herman writes. "We know consumers want sustainable diets, so how can we use strategies and tactics to help the consumers have what they want?" said Daniel Vennard, director of the Better Buying Lab.

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TakePart.com
12/9/2016

The Mockmill is an attachment for stand mixers that allows bread makers to grind their own flour. The tool makes an ideal gift for bakers because it helps to produce tasty, fresh baked goods, Jane Lear writes.

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TakePart.com