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5/20/2019

A Whole Foods Market store in New York City is the test site for a convenience store concept called Whole Foods Market Daily Shop. Local and organic products are paired with the ease of a convenience store, and shoppers can make their own acai bowls or get seasonal kombucha on tap.

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5/20/2019

"Minecraft," which was released on Windows PC 10 years ago, has sold 176 million copies worldwide across all platforms, reports "Minecraft" executive Saxs Persson. Also, Microsoft says "Minecraft" has more players, 91 million monthly, than popular video game "Fortnite."

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GameSpot
5/20/2019

Walmart will build new headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., on 300 acres over the next two years, and ultimately move 14,000 employees from its current digs, which were built in 1971. The new campus will feature employee perks including upgraded food offerings, child-care facilities, fitness centers and hiking and biking trails.

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CNBC
5/20/2019

Lutron has partnered with Philips Hue smart bulbs to produce the Lutron Aurora, a $40 smart dimmer dial; the device locks the light switch into the "on" position, eliminating the possibility of someone turning it off. With the switch on, the light can be controlled via phone or voice.

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CNET
5/20/2019

The digital version of poker in the game "Red Dead Online" is not available to all players due to local gambling laws. "In short, poker won't be available in countries where online gambling is restricted or illegal," publisher Rockstar Games' customer support wrote in response to inquiries.

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Digital Trends
5/20/2019

China-based ByteDance, owner of TikTok, has introduced chat app Feiliao -- Flipchat, in English --- which is available for both Android and iOS. Feiliao urges users to produce chat groups and forums about hobbies and interests.

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TechCrunch
5/20/2019

Basics Market will open a second location in Portland, Ore., with features including a beer and wine bar, nutrition classes, rotating meal stations and a cheese-aging observation station. The store is scheduled to open this summer with a focus on local and seasonal products.

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5/20/2019

Furniture retailer Living Spaces opened a 185,000-square-foot store in Grand Prairie, Texas, last week. It's the largest location in the 22-store California-based chain, which makes about one-third of its furniture in the US and has added designer styles from Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines and others in the Texas store.

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5/20/2019

Eva NYC has introduced the Spectrum Tools collection, comprised of a hair dryer and styling iron. Both devices, which use infrared beam technology, are available at Ulta Beauty stores.

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5/20/2019

Retailers including Walgreens, GNC, CVS and Ulta Beauty are eyeing the rapid rise in popularity of CBD-infused beauty products and making plans to add them to their merchandise lineups. The CBD product market could reach $2.1 billion in the next year and hit $16 billion by 2025, according to recent forecasts.

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