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November 12, 2018

IN THE NEWS: UBER EATS EXPANSION

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s been around just three years. But already, Uber Eats has taken a bite out of the business of delivering food using a smartphone app. Before the year ends, it’s expected that Uber, the food version, will cover 70 percent of the U.S, population — and will be in 243 metropolitan areas. Internationally, Uber Eats has more than 300 cities in 36 counties. One main difference between Uber Eats in the U.S. and overseas: many international deliveries are done by bicycle. Jason Droege, an Uber vice president, says younger generations are the main ones gravitating to Uber Eats — with many customers looking to get restaurant food — with the added benefit of having it come to their homes, instead of having to go out.

IN THE NEWS: SINGLES DAY RECORD BROKEN IN CHINA

SHANGHAI (AP) — What started out as a small way of celebrating people without romantic partners has become a big boon to online retailers in China. Online shoppers have shattered last year’s record mark for Singles Day. The total from yesterday’s transactions was $30.8 billion. In its tenth year now, Singles Day has recently eclipsed Cyber Monday each year for the record for online purchases made in a one-day period.

ON THE WEB: FACEBOOK - SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Facebook has joined Google in making a key change to the way it handles sexual misconduct claims within its ranks. The world’s largest social media site has dropped a requirement that claims of sexual misconduct be handled by an arbitrator first. The change came after complaints by Silicon Valley tech workers, who’ve staged walkouts recently. Critics felt the mandatory arbitration rule stymied efforts to bring offenders to justice. They said arbitration helped keep sex misconduct claims secret. And they complained the practice let high tech firms keep on those they considered key players — even after misconduct allegations were lodged against them.

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Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com

IN STORES: LAY-N-GO STORAGE MATS

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — Let’s face it, these days we all seem to have a lot of “stuff.” And getting it from one place to another is often a challenge, whether those items are big or small. One way to solve the problem of toting things around is the Lay-N-Go storage mat. For example, the Lay-N-Go “Wired” mat is designed to keep your chargers, cords, storage drives and the like in one spot, instead of stuffing them individually into a bag or backpack. Simply lay the items inside the mat, pull the drawstring together — and off you go. Once you arrive, pull out the mat and spread it — and everything is right there. For those concerned about making a mess while keeping clutter to a minimum, don’t worry. Lay-N-Go mats are made with fabrics that can be wiped or washed, as need be. The mats come in a wide variety of sizes, so they can be used for many different storage needs, including cosmetics or kids’ toys.

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Lay N Go site: https://www.layngo.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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