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2/17/2017

"Pokemon Go" is adding 80 new Pokemon, including Totodile, Cyndaquil and Chikorita. The launch has proved so successful that servers are having a hard time keeping up with player demand.

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The Verge, TechCrunch
2/17/2017

Wal-Mart's 2,500-square-foot test convenience store in Crowley, Texas, offers hot foods, coffee taps, a healthy food section, a walk-in beer fridge and gasoline pumps. The store is one of two convenience stores being tested by the retailer, both of which are located in Supercenter parking lots.

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2/17/2017

Florida-based Southeastern Grocers has revamped 2,260 of its private-label items, including canned vegetables, household items and other products, the company announced Thursday. The retailer will roll out the products, which will be sold under the SE Grocers Essentials, SE Grocers and Prestige brands, to its Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Fresco Y Mas and Harveys stores over the next year.

2/17/2017

Microsoft will collaborate with India's Tata Motors for the development of connected-car technology. The companies will unveil the collaboration results in March at a car show in Geneva.

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2/17/2017

Startup Caavo has unveiled a product that allows users to integrate and control up to eight connected devices. The product uses a unified interface to control and link viewers to content from devices including Fire TV, Roku, gaming consoles and set-top boxes.

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Fire TV
2/17/2017

Visa and IBM Watson have announced a partnership for greater connectivity in internet of things devices. IBM's Watson IoT platform will be used to expand digital payment options for a wide range of connected devices.

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VentureBeat, ReadWrite
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IBM Watson, IoT, Visa
2/17/2017

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program must operate in an efficient and effective manner to maintain the program for food retailers and the consumers who rely on it, FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin told the US House of Representatives Agriculture Committee. "FMI's maxim when referring to its member companies is 'Feeding Families and Enriching Lives,' a responsibility we take very seriously," she said.

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Progressive Grocer
2/17/2017

Food Safety Modernization Act regulations span across departments and across categories in the food industry, and companies have to be ready to tackle the regulations by developing a plan, utilizing resources and working together, said Hilary Thesmar, FMI's vice president of food safety programs. "Communication is key and leadership from the top down is needed to make sure companies understand what the requirements are and how important it is to comply with the regulations," she said.

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Food Online
2/17/2017

Shoppers are still heading to stores to buy their groceries, but retailers still face challenges with inventory management and omnichannel, and cross-channel solutions could be key. "It's about delivering a personal and seamless experience for the customer," said Brendan O'Meara, managing director of worldwide retail at Microsoft.

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Pymnts.com
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2/17/2017

Startups such as 3DSignals and Augury are working on systems that can detect potential mechanical breakdowns of machines by focusing on sounds. "We're developing an expert mechanic's brain that identifies exactly what is happening to a machine by the way that it sounds," explains Amnon Shenfeld, founder and CEO of 3DSignals.

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