Whole Foods for thought: Austin foodies ponder future under Amazon

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Shelf-stockers and purveyors of locally sourced organic produce give a wary welcome to Jeff Bezoss buyout of the market that changed their town The ne plus ultra of sprouted oat honey hemp granola and mango habanero kale chips is on the west side of downtown Austin the location of arguably the worlds finest Whole Foods […]

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Rise of the machines: who is the internet of things good for?

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The long read: Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality ordering our shopping, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all but how can it? In San Francisco, a young engineer hopes to optimise his life through sensors that track his […]

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Family sues Amazon for $30m claiming hoverboard burned down their house

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Tennessee family blames an exploding battery a common occurrence that has led to a mass recall for setting their million-dollar home on fire It has been nearly a year since the self-balancing scooters known as hoverboards were setting sales charts on fire, but the resulting litigation (from the resulting real-world fires) is just getting started. […]

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Australias worst invasive plant species available for import on Amazon and eBay

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Internet trading sites host ads for prohibited weeds, with Invasive Species Council warning postal system a big gap in quarantine system Amazon and eBay have been exposed as weak points in Australias quarantine system, with the internet trading sites hosting dozens of offers to import the nations most dangerous weeds. Any Australian with a credit […]

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Alibaba membership of anti-counterfeit group suspended amid conflict claims

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International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition president reportedly holds Alibaba stock and has ties to an Alibaba executive An anti-counterfeiting group said on Friday it was suspending Alibabas membership following an uproar by one of communist Chinas greatest capitalist success stories. Critics had feared Alibaba would use IACC membership to gain legitimacy while papering over fundamental flaws in […]

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