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November 14, 2018

IN THE NEWS: AMAZON CHOOSES METRO AREAS TO EXPAND

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has confirmed what has been reported on for several days now — that it has chosen two of the nation’s biggest metropolitan areas to house its pair of secondary headquarters. The winners in what had been a 14-month, nationwide sweepstakes are Long Island City in New York and Arlington, Virginia, near Washington D.C. Amazon says it chose the two areas because it feels they are best suited to attract the high-skilled workers the company wants. The sites will each get 25,000 jobs that Amazon says will pay an average of $150,000 a year. On the flip side, Amazon will get more than $2 billion in tax credits and other incentives.

IN THE NEWS: NIGERIAN ISP SAYS ERROR CAUSED ONLINE DISRUPTION

BOSTON (AP) — Remember that major internet disruption the other day? Turns out the reason for it was less nefarious than first thought. A Nigerian internet service provider says a botched network upgrade is what caused the disruption of key Google services — routing online traffic to China and Russia. The ISP, MainOne, says it was its network upgrade that caused the string of problems that led to traffic being rerouted. Until MainOne explained its role in the scenario, there was speculation that Monday’s 73-minute data hijacking might have been intentional.

ON THE WEB: W.A.T.C.H. TOYS LIST

CYBERSPACE (AP) — It was one of the top movies in recent years. But a spinoff toy from “Black Panther” has been panned by a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season. The group World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., is out with its list of the 10 “worst toys.” The Black Panther “slash claw” is listed because the group says despite the warnings that tells kids not to use the claw to slash people — the fact that it’s actually called a “slash claw” might lead youngsters to think otherwise.

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World Against Toys Causing Harm site: https://toysafety.org

IN STORES: BLACK FRIDAY SURVEY

UNDATED (AP) — We know most people are still going through with their Thanksgiving plans to get together with the family and enjoy food, football and fun. But what about the other Thanksgiving tradition: heading out to shop on Black Friday? A poll indicates that 70 percent of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday this year. The survey is done by NerdWallet — and conducted by Harris. Along with the lines come a warning for Black Friday. Experts are warning that those looking to find big bargains across the board might do well to sleep in. While retail watchers say there are some deep discounts available for at least part of the day, especially for clothing — other items are actually cheaper at other times of the year.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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