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DXG helps consumers embrace 3-D photography

BY Allison Cerra

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — DXG is helping photo enthusiasts snap and share 3-D pictures with its latest innovation.

The company said that its new DXG-018 3-D pocket camera and viewer brings photography to a new level. The dual-lens 3-D camera snaps color pictures, which are saved onto a SanDisk card (sold separately) and then can be printed on standard 4×6 photo paper.

Pictures automatically print as side-by-side images with dotted lines for optimal cutting and sizing to fit into 3-D cardboard viewers, which are sold with the camera bundle. Once the photos are ready, users can slide them into the viewers and check out the 3D magic, the company said.

“We are excited about the DXG-018 3-D camera and viewer because it makes 3-D technology easy, fun and accessible to every type of consumer, with no 3-D TV required,” DXG USA SVP sales and marketing Paul Goldberg said. “We designed the product with kids in mind, making it extremely easy to use and portable. The cardboard viewers are truly a fun and one-of-a-kind way to share 3-D memories.”

The DXG-018 3-D camera bundle includes three cardboard viewers and retails for $69.99.

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Department of Justice Antitrust Division pursues credit card companies

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — One week after the Senate failed to pass an amendment that would have delayed swipe-fee reform for an additional 12 months, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division reportedly is addressing anticompetitive practices related to credit cards.

The agency has submitted a final consent decree in its enforcement action against Visa and MasterCard, according to the Food Marketing Institute.

Swipe fees are charged by banks, which adhere to the fees set by card companies, to process debit card transactions. Swipe fees currently are 1% to 2% of each transaction and often are passed along to customers through higher prices of goods and services.

“This is just a first step, but a vital one, to help alleviate some of the card network restraints on FMI members’ ability to provide discounts to their customers," FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin said. "This enforcement action is focused on anticompetitive practices related to credit cards, and re-enforces the need for credit card transactions to be subject to the same reforms authored by [Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who introduced the Credit Card Fair Fee Act in 2009] related to debit cards. Visa and MasterCard have hundreds of pages of non-negotiable, take-it-or-leave-it network rules that have stifled and continue to stifle market competition.”

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Blogger announces release of Walgreens Infant Care Booklet

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKE WORTH, Fla. — According to a post Monday from extreme couponer and Walgreens fan Christie Hardcastle, American Baby magazine is shipping out a Walgreens Infant Care Booklet mailer to subscribers.

“I wrote about these being mailed out in February but it looks like some of you might be getting this mailer again!” blogged Hardcastle. The mailer contains coupons for Nursery Water and Earth’s Best baby food, among other products, Hardcastle reported.

Hardcastle’s site — Wild for Wags — features “information … on stretching your dollar when shopping at my [Hardcastle’s] favorite pharmacy, Walgreens.”

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