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Starting this week, Walmart will deliver groceries into your fridge if you’re in one of 3 markets where it is launching the service. CNBC > Target has plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 by the end of 2020. Some store ...

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McDonald’s is now accepting job applications through voice commands for Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. THE VERGE > Google says it will not pay publishers in France for search results. Instead they’ll show results that are stripped back. ENGADGET > As small ...

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Popeye’s, which recently had difficulty keeping adequate supplies for its chicken sandwiches, says you can bring your own bun to get one. MASHABLE > A pilot spilled coffee on a control panel, and a plane had to divert. BBC > Small business owners ...

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G Suite versus Office 365 – Which is best for your business?

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Businesses of all sizes have a wealth of options available to them for productivity suites. The two solutions standing head and shoulders above the competition are Google’s G Suite and Microsoft Office 365, both of which offer a full range ...

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Researchers working on app that sees injury risks at work

This composite image shows a robot monitoring participants at left and the robot’s display at right.
To test how well the algorithm might work in a warehouse, the researchers had a robot monitor participants performing activities in a warehouse-like setting. Within three seconds of the end of each activity, the robot showed a score on its display. (Parsa et al./IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters)

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a system that can monitor factory and warehouse workers and tell them if they risk musculoskeletal injuries in real time, and they’re using their knowledge to develop an app. The researchers used machine learning ...

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A number to know: The cost of acquisition

$950 million The amount that Vertex spent buying Semma Therapeutics, a biotech company working on a cure for diabetes. READ MORE AT ENDPOINTS NEWS >

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A man could not get a Popeye’s chicken sandwich because it was sold out. He’s accused of pulling a gun. WASHINGTON POST > The ISM U.S. manufacturing PMI declined to 49.1% in August, the lowest reading in more than three years. CNBC > ...

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Investment judgement can be clouded by familiarity, researchers say

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When choosing where to invest, it's really easy to pick something because it's familiar, even though that could be the wrong reason to invest, according to research from Vanderbilt University business professors.

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Study: People losing jobs would rather lose them to robots

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Millions of jobs are expected to be threatened by robots and artificial intelligence in the coming years, and while much has been speculated about the economic impact on society, a new study suggests a surprising psychological impact on workers: that ...

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Companies promoting causes can be accused of ‘wokewashing’ – allying themselves only for good PR

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More consumers want companies to address societal problems, including climate change and crumbling infrastructure. Additionally, more than half want to buy from brands that take stands on social issues. At the same time, consumers are increasingly skeptical about these partnerships, ...

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Researchers: Don’t make your exploding job offer too explosive

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Sometimes, companies in a rush to hire an employee may use job offers with unreasonably short deadlines for acceptance — called exploding offers — in order to force an employee to choose quickly. How can that affect the hiring process? ...

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A number to know: A lot of money to lose

$3 billion The amount that Chinese police say investors lost in a ponzi scheme called PlusToken that used cryptocurrency. READ MORE AT COINTELEGRAPH >

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Business news roundup

A whistleblower says GE is a bigger fraud than Enron. CNN > Virgin Galactic has opened Spaceport America, and the company’s launch vehicle has arrived. Engadget > Some small businesses are planning to grow even if there’s a larger economic downturn. AP> How a ...

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