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Walmart Ditching Murphy USA After 20 Years; Will Run Its Own Gas Stations Going Forward

Stop by just about any Walmart and you’re likely to see several fuel pumps in the front or on the side of the store. For the last 20 years, those gas stations have been operated by another company, Murphy USA, but that’s about to change.  [More]

In Spite Of Past Failure, Amazon Not Giving Up On Smartphones

In Spite Of Past Failure, Amazon Not Giving Up On Smartphones

Three months after it was revealed that Amazon took a $170 million loss during its last foray into the smartphone market, the e-tailer is reportedly readying plans for a second go-around, this time by partnering with other well-established mobile companies.  [More]

Ford, Google Reportedly Teaming Up For Driverless Car Project

Ford, Google Reportedly Teaming Up For Driverless Car Project

Just a week after Ford announced it would be joining the auto pack and heading to California to test a driverless car next year, the company is reportedly adding a player to its autonomous vehicle team: Google.  [More]

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Just two months after Macy’s announced it would team up with Best Buy to sell electronics in some locations, the retailer has entered another partnership, this time to sell eyeglasses, contacts and other vision-related services. LensCrafters will open 500 retail centers inside Macy’s stores around the country, expanding a deal between the retailer and Luxottica, which already has 670 Sunglass Hut locations inside the department store chain. The first outpost will open in April, with 100 others slated to start business by the end of 2016. [The Associated Press]

MasterCard Launches Program To Make Anything – Clothes, Rings – A Payment Device

MasterCard Launches Program To Make Anything – Clothes, Rings – A Payment Device

MasterCard’s quest to make paying for things easier already includes a few out-there systems: verification via selfie for online orders, anyone? And it doesn’t appear that the credit card company is holding back in its latest endeavor, partnering with a fashion designer and other companies to create an array of consumer products-turned-mobile payment systems. Because, you know, paying with pieces of plastic and phones was so last year.  [More]

Uber, New Jersey Town Partner To Offer Residents Free Rides After A Night On The Town

Uber, New Jersey Town Partner To Offer Residents Free Rides After A Night On The Town

Since its launch, Uber has had a somewhat contentious relationship with cities and municipalities over the legality of its services. But in an interesting turn of events, the ride-hailing app is actually partnering with one town, offering free rides for citizens that may have had a few too many adult beverages.  [More]

AT&T, Uber Team Up To Stream College Football Games On Your Next Ride Across Town

AT&T, Uber Team Up To Stream College Football Games On Your Next Ride Across Town

The next time you have to trek across down during the big game, you might not have to worry about missing any extraordinary plays: Uber and AT&T have struck a deal to stream college football games in some of the vehicles operated through the ride-hailing service.  [More]

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New Test Program Lets You Use Federal Loans To Pay For Intensive Career & Coding Training

If you want to boost your resume by taking one of those intensive “bootcamp” training programs but don’t have the funds to pay for it, a new experimental offering from the Department of Education would allow you to use federal student loans to cover the cost. [More]

Tesla and Airbnb have teamed up to provide electric car chargers for use by renters.

Tesla, Airbnb Team Up To Create The “Ultimate Road Trip,” Provide Chargers For Rental Hosts’ Homes

What do electric cars and rental properties have in common? Not much, unless of course you live in California, drive a Tesla, and rent your abode on Airbnb, as the two companies recently announced a partnership to provide free charging stations to select hosts’ homes along the left coast. [More]

An example of the new statistics users can find for health facilities on Yelp. [via Yelp]

Yelp Adds Hospital Wait Times, Nursing Home Fine Info To Reviews

When a trip to the emergency room is in order, you’re usually in a hurry, because, after all, it’s an emergency. Sitting around waiting to be seen by a doctor can be an agonizing experience for those in need of quick help. While Yelp can’t hurry along those doctors, it can apparently tell you just how long you might expect to be camped out in the hospital E.R. [More]

Sprint Partnering With UK Tech Retailer To Open Up To 500 New Stores In The U.S.

Sprint Partnering With UK Tech Retailer To Open Up To 500 New Stores In The U.S.

There could be a few more Sprint stores in the neighborhood soon, as the wireless company announced plans to partner with one of the U.K.’s biggest technology retailers to open new locations stateside. [More]

Smart Robotic Ceiling Fan Wants To Save You Money On Heating Bills

Smart Robotic Ceiling Fan Wants To Save You Money On Heating Bills

Consumers are often advised to install ceiling fans as a way to feel cooler in the summer without actually running the AC, but can a “smart” ceiling fan save you some money on your heating bill? The whimsically-named industrial fan company Big Ass Fans thinks so. Unveiled at CES 2015: a “smart” ceiling fan that they claim could save consumers an estimated $200 on winter energy bills. [More]

Miss Oprah? Get Your Fill With Teavana Oprah Chai Tea At Starbucks Next Month

Miss Oprah? Get Your Fill With Teavana Oprah Chai Tea At Starbucks Next Month

Has there been a void in your life since Oprah Winfrey ended her talk show three years ago? Well, Starbucks aims to fill that hole with a new product – Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. Yes, that’s right, Oprah is once again sharing one of her favorite things with the entire country…in tea form. [More]