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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.
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.
A New Jersey teacher said he was charged nearly $9,000 after he showed a cut middle finger to a hospital emergency room aide.
Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski said he went to the Bayonne Medical Center last August after he cut his finger with a hammer and thought he needed stitches. He didn't. Instead he was sent home after he got a tetanus shot from a nurse practitioner who also sterilized the cut, applied some antibacterial ointment to it, and put a bandage on it.
Then he got the bill: $8,200 for the emergency room visit, $180 for the shot, $242 for the bandage and $8 for the ointment, plus hundreds of dollars for the nurse practitioner.
"I got a Band-Aid and a tetanus shot. How could it be $9,000? This is crazy," Hanusz-Rajkowski told NBC 4 New York Wednesday.
The hospital's CEO Mark Spektor told the station Hanusz-Rajkowski's visit cost so much because his insurance carrier United Healthcare refuses to offer fair reimbursement rates.
But UnitedHealthcare responded by saying the hospital was just trying to gouge its members.
Linda Schwimmer of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute said the right price for getting a finger bandaged should be $400 to $1,000.
She told NBC that New Jersey needs a public database showing the average price for medical procedures.