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Report: Target getting boozy in Chicago

BY Dan Berthiaume

MINNEAPOLIS — Target reportedly wants to become a place where consumers can go and everybody knows your name.

According to USA Today, Target plans to serve liquor in a store slated to open in Chicago in October 2015.

While a number of Target stores sell packaged alcohol products, this marks the first time Target would also serve liquor for customers to consume inside the store. Target has applied for permits to both sell alcohol for take-home purchase and for in-store consumption for the Chicago store.

The store would follow Target’s smaller urban format. Other retailers including Starbucks, Duane Reade and Taco Bell are offering or planning to offer alcohol for on-premises consumption in some stores.

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Daily Diversion: Feeling a smile

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Johnson & Johnson recently worked with app developers JWT on the Listerine Smile Detector. The app uses a phone’s camera to detect when a person in the frame is smiling and will vibrate when one is detected.

To accompany the app’s launch, Johnson & Johnson created a short video that shows them letting people born blind or who have lost their sight try the app and feel their loved ones’ smiles.

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NYT: Amazon expands Dash buttons

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NEW YORK — The New York Times  is reporting that Amazon is expanding its Dash buttons, which are WiFi-enabled  buttons that Prime members can press to order more of an often-used product. In addition, the Times notes that Amazon is making them more or less free for customers.

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