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Micro-Grocers Revive the Corner Store, Cater to Food-Obsessed Urbanites
By Alina Dizik, The Wall Street Journal
Jenny Kendler recently went to check out Plenty Grocery & Deli, a small grocery store that had just opened in her Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park. A clipboard near the cash register invited customers to write in product requests. Ms. Kendler, 34, an artist and cofounder of an art website, knew what she wanted: Sophie’s Kitchen Breaded Vegan Calamari, made with Japanese Konjac powder, a thickening ingredient. Ms. Kendler, a vegan, discovered the frozen squid alternative online once when she had a craving for seafood and wanted to try it. To her surprise, after she put in the request at Plenty, “it showed up on the shelf a week later,” she recalls. Ms. Kendler walks or rides her bike to Plenty twice a week to do most of her grocery shopping and visits farmers markets in warmer months.
The Next Marketing Frontier: Your Medical Records
By Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Wall Street Journal
When Allan Treadwell views patient charts on his computer, a yellow alert sometimes pops up—a handy feature that tells him when a patient is due for vaccines for hepatitis B, influenza or other ailments. “It’s a nice safety net,” said Dr. Treadwell, an internist in San Francisco. Dr. Treadwell isn’t the only one who is pleased with the alerts. So is Merck & Co., which pays for the notifications sent to Dr. Treadwell and 20,000 other health-care providers. Medical-record software startup Practice Fusion Inc., which sells the alerts and displays them through its software, said that during a four-month study period ending in August, it observed a 73% increase in vaccinations—amounting to 25,000 additional treatments—compared with a control group. The company didn’t disclose its fees for delivering sponsored alerts but said it doesn’t take a cut of sales that result.
McDonald's USA to Phase Out Human Antibiotics from Chicken Supply
By Lisa Baertlein and P.J. Huffstutter, FOXNews
McDonald's Corp's (MCD) U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a major food company to change chicken producers' practices in the fight against dangerous 'superbugs.' The world's biggest restaurant chain announced on Wednesday that within two years, McDonald's USA will only buy chickens raised without antibiotics that are important to human medicine. The concern is that the overuse of antibiotics for poultry may diminish their effectiveness in fighting disease in humans. McDonald's policy will begin at the hatchery, where chicks are sometimes injected with antibiotics while still in the shell.
GOOGLE To Offer Own Cellular Network Plan
By Joseph Wilson, AP
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates. Vice President Sundar Pichai says Google, the leading Internet search engine and mobile software provider, is working with unnamed network operators on developing a cellular plan.
5 amazing apps for business travelers
By Kim Komando, FOXNews
As much as I love traveling, I know how stressful it can be to book flights, reserve hotels, arrive on time and drive in unfamiliar cities. And that's just when I'm going on a relaxing vacation. On a business trip, where a big contract or your job is on the line, the stress skyrockets. What happens if you get lost on the way to a meeting? How do you find a hotel for that last-minute trip? Where can you get Internet access to download that crucial file you left behind? What's the easiest way to expense your mileage and meals so you can get reimbursed or take deductions on your taxes?
UN Says Limit Use of Personal Audio Players To 1 Hour A Day
By Frank Jordans, AP
BERLIN (AP) -- People who use personal audio players should consider limiting their use to one hour a day and turn down the volume to prevent permanent hearing loss, the World Health Organization said Friday. The U.N. agency said young people are particularly at risk. with data from middle- and high-income countries showing that almost half of all 12- to 35-year-olds listen to their personal audio devices or cellphones at unsafe volumes. About 40 percent of young people are also exposed to damaging sound levels at nightclubs, bars and sporting events.
Flower Power: Christian florist rejects attorney general’s offer, won’t betray her religious beliefs
By Todd Starnes, FoxNews
Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington State florist who declined to provide flowers for a gay wedding , has rejected a deal by the attorney general’s office that would’ve forced her to betray her religious beliefs – much like Judas betrayed Jesus. “You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver,” Stutzman wrote in a letter to state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “That is something I will not do.”
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