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Walmart tells staff to pull violent video game signage from stores

Walmart Inc said on Friday it has asked employees at its stores in the United States to take down signs and playable demos of violent video games but made no changes to its policy on selling firearms. In an internal memo, Walmart also asked its employees to turn off hunting season videos immediately. The largest […]

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Beyond Meat shelves plans for Japan push, Mitsui says

Beyond Meat Inc (BYND.O) has shelved plans to enter Japan, according to a Japan-based investor, focusing more on the U.S. market where it recently bolstered funding to fuel an expansion and beat out emerging faux-meat rivals. Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co Ltd (8031.T), which bought a small stake in Beyond Meat in 2016, said […]

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Farm equipment maker Deere’s dealers reel from trade war, bad weather

When China announced this week that it had stopped buying U.S. agricultural products and might impose additional tariffs on farm shipments from America, Dave Schmidt braced for another blow to his business. The Salem, Wisconsin-based dealer of Deere & Co’s (DE.N) tractors, planters and combines is grappling with declining sales and higher levels of inventory […]

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Oil rises on European stock draw despite demand slowdown forecast

Oil prices rose more than $1 a barrel on Friday, supported by a drop in European inventories and OPEC output cuts despite the International Energy Agency reporting demand growth at its lowest since the financial crisis of 2008. Brent crude LCOc1 futures gained $1.15, or 2%, to settle at $58.53 a barrel. U.S. West Texas […]

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Gold gains as trade concerns weigh on global markets

Signs of further escalation of the U.S.-China trade war and weak UK economic data weighed on global markets on Friday, capping a volatile week that has pushed gold to its highest level in six years. Safe havens like the Japanese yen gained after a report that Washington was delaying a decision about allowing some trade […]

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Microsoft Files Patent For Hand-Held Xbox Device

Microsoft has filed a patent for a hand-held Xbox device – so that’s good news, isn’t it? A patent application was submitted on 9 July for a hand-held that attaches to an existing touchscreen device, like your phone, for example. A couple of controllers clip to either side of the screen to make a complete […]

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Epic Games commits to loot box transparency across portfolio

Epic Games and THQ Nordic are joining the growing list of major companies weighing in on the issues surrounding loot boxes this week, with the former pledging continued transparency and the latter saying it has no plans to implement the mechanic at all. Earlier this week, the ESA announced that the three major platform holders […]

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Destiny 2 cross-save coming later this month

Later this month your Guardians can continue their Destiny 2 journeys on whatever platform you see fit, as cross-save launches on 21st August. As well as cross-save, on 20th August Destiny 2 will begin its migration over to Steam, allowing players to start linking their Battle.net and Steam accounts “to facilitate the transfer of content […]

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Where to Spray a Fountain, a Junkyard Crane, and a Vending Machine in Fortnite

To complete one of the week two challenges, you’ll need to know where to spray a Fountain, a Junkyard Crane, and a Vending Machine in Fortnite. This forms part of the Fortnite Spray and Pray challenges, which all revolve around making your mark with a paint can in your hand. Depending on how good your […]

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Apple pulls a dirty trick to clamp down on unofficial iPhone batteries

Apple is clamping down on third-party iPhone battery replacements, according to a new report. The teardown specialists at iFixit say Apple has unlocked dormant software within iOS, which means only Apple batteries installed by Apple will work properly in iPhone handsets. The report filed this week says the Battery Health app in iOS will tell […]