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12/13/2017

Alexa users can now get Twitch notifications and channel suggestions through their devices. The new skill for Alexa will especially benefit users of Echo Show, as Alexa will be able to stream visual as well as audio Twitch channels.

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12/13/2017

Facebook has opened its Camera Effects Platform to allow outside developers to create augmented reality masks. Access began rolling out Tuesday and will be controlled through Facebook's AR Studios.

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12/13/2017

Marvell is touting creation of the industry's most inclusive 802.11ax wireless product portfolio and is the first to provide MU-MIMO and OFDMA uplink and downlink for the newest IEEE 802.11ax standards. Marvell's 802.11ax products provide "unprecedented solution flexibility" to consumers, said Vice President Mark Montierth.

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2017 marked a change in the way tech companies present their mission, as many businesses acknowledged their cultural influence, prompting a discussion on tech companies' responsibility for users' malfeasance. In addition, tech firm employees may drive a positive shift in industry culture, writes Farhad Manjoo.

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Nintendo has reported reached 10 million sales of its Switch console. The company intends to ramp up production for the holidays, revealing in a recent news release that a record number of units will be shipped from Japan in December.

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12/13/2017

The meal kit market has reached a value of $5 billion, according to Packaged Facts, and many retailers are forming partnerships with third parties to give meal kit offerings a try. Walmart now sells meal kits from several brands online, and Tops Markets and Gelson's have both teamed up with Chef'd to add meal kit options.

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SUPERVALU has completed its purchase of Associated Grocers of Florida. The company has also broadened Instacart home-delivery and curbside-pickup options from its Cub stores to all retail brand locations.

12/13/2017

Amazon.com has about 150 million square feet of warehouse space in 330 facilities across dozens of US states, and fulfillment centers account for most of that square footage, according to data from MWPVL International.

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12/13/2017

Less-than-truckload cost methodologies are changing as density-based pricing has become common and shipments have become more compact and frequent, writes Greg Umstead of Transplace. Co-loading is one option to consider, especially because technology has improved network visibility, he writes.

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Logistics Viewpoints
12/13/2017

Chinese tech firm Tencent Holdings will acquire a 5% equity interest in Yonghui Superstores, said the upscale supermarket chain, which operates 17 stores in six cities. Yonghui's growth in the online-to-offline grocery segment puts Tencent in competition with Alibaba Group Holding, which has been developing its own physical stores under the Hema Supermarkets banner.