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Amazon to open three new fulfillment centers in New Jersey, creating 2,500 full-time jobs
by Florin Bodnarescu
Online retail giant Amazon has announced its intention to open three additional fulfillment centers in New Jersey.
The press release reveals that Edison, Cranbury Township and Logan Township are the places where the company intends to build the three new centers, which will join the existing seven facilities in the area. Amazon's operations in New Jersey began five years ago, and have since grown to employ over 13,000 full-time workers across the facilities in Avenel, Carteret, Florence, Logan Township, and Robbinsville.
The smaller, 900,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Edison will handle items such as kitchenware, books and toys. Larger items like music equipment, sports gear, or patio furniture will be picked, packed, and shipped at the more than 900,000-square-foot and 1-million-square-foot centers in Cranbury Township and Logan Township, respectively.
It is pointed out in the press release that Amazon's full-time employees have a number of benefits, such as healthcare, 401(k) and awards consisting of company stock. It also highlights the Career Choice program, which essentially pays "up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon". So far, over 9,000 employees have taken advantage of the program, pursuing degrees in everything from game design to radiology.
It is not yet clear when construction will begin, nor if the rooftops of the three new fulfillment centers will be part of Amazon's initiative to install solar panels on the roofs of 15 of these centers in the United States by the year's end.
sCaRey -- Fascinating:
Published on Feb 9, 2017
Andre Verge talks about how his world was turned upside down with the discovery of an unknown creature lurking on their property. After calling the police for help, strange men show up, find and take evidence of hair and tracks of the creature, then leave. When the family calls to find out the results of the evidence these men found, the number given to them was not in service!
Individuals claiming to have seen Bigfoot describe it as a large, hairy, muscular, bipedal ape-like creature, roughly 6 ft –9 ft tall, covered in hair described as black, dark brown, or dark reddish. Some descriptions include details such as large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead. The top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla, with a strong, unpleasant smell. The enormous footprints for which the creature is named are claimed to be as large as 24 inches long and 8 inches wide.
Vizio settles for $2.2m after FTC found 'while viewers watched TV, Vizio was watching them'
by Andy Weir
Vizio has agreed to a significant settlement, after a complaint filed by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the New Jersey Attorney General alleged that the company had collected extensive information about users' activities on their smart TVs without their explicit knowledge, and sold that information to third parties. In a blog post, the FTC said that "consumers didn't know that while they were watching their TVs, Vizio was watching them".
The FTC explained what was happening, according to the complaint:
Furthermore, the FTC and New Jersey AG alleged that Vizio failed to provide sufficient information about the data it was collecting. Its tracking features were integrated into its TVs through a setting called "Smart Interactivity", but the complaint alleged that:
On top of that, the FTC said that "Vizio then turned that mountain of data into cash by selling consumers' viewing histories to advertisers and others." It added:
In a statement to Engadget, Vizio general counsel Jerry Huang portrayed the settlement as a positive step, allowing Vizio to 'lead the way' in how users should be informed of such data collection efforts in the future:
According to the FTC, Vizio has now agreed to stop unauthorized tracking, to more clearly explain how it collects data on users' activities, and "to get consumers' express consent before collecting and sharing viewing information". It has also consented to the deletion of "most of the data it collected" going back as far as 2014, and to implement a privacy program to evaluate its own data collection practices and those of its partners.
As part of the settlement, Vizio will pay a total of $2.2 million, including $1.5 million to the FTC, with the remainder going to New Jersey as a civil penalty. The FTC had previously alleged that Vizio was engaging in "unfair trade practices that violated the FTC Act and were unconscionable under New Jersey law."
Source: FTC via Engadget
The person who purchased a winning lottery ticket will miss out on the $1 million prize if they don?t claim the money by Sept. 18, when the ticket is set to expire.
The Powerball ticket, which was purchased at a New Jersey convenience store last year, has the winning numbers 7, 10, 22, 32 and 35. The Red Powerball number was 19.