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Vending machines evolving, going high-tech with better products

Vending machines in the United States are evolving because of advanced technology and more affordable development prices. Instead of just selling cheap candy and soda, many vending machines now offer everything from beauty products to electronics, or higher quality food.

 

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Denis Koci's Burritobox, selling hot burritos to visitors via his Box Brands companies, recently rolled out six more machines - featuring hand-rolled burritos which can be customized with sour cream, guacamole, and other choices. The company also has interest in Pizzaboxes and other niche food vending machines which can be in shopping malls, near parks, and other locations with high foot traffic.

 

"There is a lot of innovation happening in vending machines," said Omar Khedr, IBISWorld industry research analyst, in a statement. "It's occurring in niche markets like organic foods, propelled forward by access to new technology and convenience."

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Google legal chief shines light on EU right to be forgotten delistings

The controversial "right to be forgotten" ruling in Europe has seen Google censor news articles and remove search results - and now the company has shed some light on the process itself.

 

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Google's chief legal officer, David Drummond, penned a statement, published in the Guardian, in which he put forward the company's case. "When it comes to determining what's in the public interest, we're taking into account a number of factors," Drummond wrote. "These include whether the information relates to a politician, celebrity or other public figure; if the material comes from a reputable news source, and how recent it is; whether it involves political speech; questions of professional conduct that might be relevant to consumers; the involvement of criminal convictions that are not yet "spent"; and if the information is being published by a government. But these will always be difficult and debatable judgments."

 

That Google is having to decide the validity of each request on a case by case basis is testament to its power - delisting results is at the company's discretion. Of course, Google is not able to remove articles or websites from the internet, but as by far the largest search engine on the planet, taking down searches tends to considerably reduce the access to such pages. But Drummond asserted that adapting to the European ruling will be part of a learning curve. "Only two months in our process is still very much a work in progress," Drummond wrote. "It's why we incorrectly removed links to some articles last week (they've since been reinstated). But the good news is that the ongoing, active debate that's happening will inform the development of our principles, policies and practices."

Britain joins the US in banning uncharged smartphones from flights

Britain has now joined the United States in demanding that travelers have fully-charged smart devices before they're allowed to board flights.

 

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Britain's Department for Transport has said that, "in line with" advice from the US, prospective passengers can be harassed into proving their devices are powered up - otherwise they may not be allowed to board certain flights. "Passengers flying into or out of the UK are therefore advised to make sure electronic devices being carried in their hand luggage are charged before they travel," the Department said in a statement.

 

It's likely to be viewed as a rather over-the-top move, much like the recent decision by US policymakers. As anyone who has had the pleasure of air travel will know, sometimes it's not always possible to keep your device charged up - especially when charging stations at airports can be limited. British Airways recently announced it would outright ban uncharged devices from flights before reversing the decision, and allowing passengers the option of having their phones or tablets forwarded to their destination in the mail.

Samsung investigating child labor claims in Chinese production factory

Korean electronics company Samsung is under fire due to suspicions one of its suppliers uses child labor to help keep costs down. The latest round of accusations are courtesy of China Labor Watch, a U.S. activist group that tracts illegal workplace behavior in China.

 

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Some employees in the Dongguan plant are reportedly under the age of 16, and work 11 hours a day, 7 days per week, while not receiving overtime pay. If the allegations are true, it's a tragic situation that unfortunately we seem to hear more information about.

 

"We are urgently looking into the latest allegations and will take appropriate measures in accordance with our policies to prevent any cases of child labor in our suppliers," Samsung noted in an emailed statement to Reuters.

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Amazon asks FAA for permission to ramp up drone development

When Amazon rolled out a glimpse at its Prime Air drones a while back, most of us though it was a hoax. Amazon appears to believe there may be a future for using drones to deliver products and is asking the FAA to let it develop drones.

 

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Amazon wants to be able to test drones outside of its testing sites designated by the FAA. By expanding its testing sites, Amazon says that it will be able to innovate more quickly. Currently to test a new design, Amazon has to travel to one of the six FAA approved sites around the country.

 

Ultimately, Amazon wants to be able to deliver packages weighing five pounds or less by drones. The retail giant says that 86% of the packages sold on its site weigh less than five pounds. Amazon also says that it has a drone capable of flying over 50 mph while carrying a five-pound package.

FTC says Amazon let kids make unauthorized in-app purchases

The FTC says that Amazon has made it too easy for kids to make in-app purchase using parents phones and accounts. According to the FTC, Amazon's in-app purchase system allowed children to make millions of dollars of in-app purchases that the parent didn't authorize. The FTC leveled this allegation against Amazon in a complaint filed Thursday in a US court.

 

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The suit was filed against Amazon in the Western District of Washington and is seeking a court order to force Amazon to refund money to parents for all unauthorized purchases made by kids. The FTC is also seeking a ban on Amazon's ability to bill parents and other account holders for in-app charges without consent.

 

The FTC wants to highlight a central tenant in this case and that tenant is that companies should get parents permission before charging for in-app purchases. Director of the FTC Consumer Protection Bureau Jessica Rich says that Amazon employees raised concerns about purchases by children years before Amazon changed any procedures. The FTC complaint also notes that the refund process is "unclear and rife with deterrents."

Elon Musk donates $1 million to the Nikola Tesla Museum

It wasn't too long ago that The Oatmeal was asking for funds to erect the Nikola Tesla Museum, going as far as asking the founder of PayPal and Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, for some help.

 

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Back in May, Musk replied over Twitter saying "I would be happy to help". He has now just helped, providing a huge $1 million for the project. Musk reportedly called up Matthew Inman (the man behind The Oatmeal) promising two things - first, a Tesla supercharger to be built outside of the museum, making the museum part of Tesla's massive, nationwide recharging network, and two - the $1 million for the development and construction of the museum.

 

The original crowdfunding campaign saw $1.3 million raised, which was enough to save Tesla's old laboratory from being torn to the ground. In order to make it into a museum, more money was required, with a rough estimate of $8 million required. This $1 million injection of cash is one great start for that though.

Uber driver allegedly flees authorities with three passengers onboard

A man named Ryan W Simonetti and two of his coworkers were in Washington DC recently where they hailed an Uber ride via the app. When the trio walked up to the Uber car, they noticed a DC Taxi inspector talking to the driver of the Uber car. As the inspector walked off, Simonetti says the Uber driver just drove off.

 

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The inspector turned on his lights and started to follow the Uber car according to Simonetti. The passenger told the driver the cop was following him and the Uber driver allegedly responded, "He's not a real cop." The driver then ran a red light and proceeded to drive above the speed limit. Simonetti said it was like an episode of cops.

 

The driver allegedly told the passengers he couldn't stop and let them out because he would get a $2,000 fine. "It was insane," Simonetti said. "I physically tried to force his leg to hit the brake. I ripped off his pant leg ... I said, 'Here's two options. You take this exit, or I'm going to knock the side of your head in. If we crash, we crash, but you're gonna kill us anyway.'" The driver eventually let them out of the car and continued to flee authorities. The matter is under investigation by law enforcement and Uber.

Antenna patent ruling threatens Motorola products in Europe

A German firm could have just forced Google's Motorola handsets off store shelves thanks to a new patent ruling.

 

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It was argued that Motorola's antennas infringe on a patent owned by German laser specialist company LPKF, and now a local court has just ruled in the latter's favor. At the moment LPKF hasn't decided how it will act, but it has the power to pull Motorola products if an agreement is not reached. The patent dispute surrounds a technology LPKF believes it has the rights to - Laser Direct Structuring - which cuts costs and simplifies creating patterns for antennas.

 

LPKF had previously filed against companies in China, but a court overruled the claims. "The more attractive a patent is, the harder you have to work to defend it," LPKF CEO Ingo Bretthauer said in a statement. "We will continue to fight for our patent in China and systematically take action against infringers outside China." A Motorola spokesperson said the company had "taken steps" to avoid interruptions in the supply line.

Lyft heads to New York City Friday despite legal issues

Lyft is a car-hiring app that lets normal people play cabbie to earn extra money. Lyft has been available in cities around the country for a while and it is set to expand into New York City this Friday. The catch for Lyft and the drivers that plan to drive for the service is that Lyft is not legal in New York.

 

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There are over 500 people signed up to drive for Lyft when it launches in Brooklyn and Queens this week. The issue for these drivers and Lyft with the launch is that it is not certified by the Taxi and Limousine Commission. Drivers for Lyft risk having cars seized and high fines for working illegally.

 

In NYC, anyone offering rides for money without a TLC license is subject to $600 penalty and $185 in tow fees. Lyft thinks that these laws don't apply to ride sharing apps. "We don't believe any city law has the jurisdiction to do anything to these drivers," said Lyft cofounder John Zimmer. After a ride is over, Lyft will offer a suggested donation rate for the ride, said to be about 30% cheaper than a normal taxi.

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