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Google Wallet 9.0 offers improved transaction search

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mountain View, Calif. – Google has released version 9.0 of the Google Wallet electronic payment app, skipping version 8.0 but only adding a couple of new features. The most significant new feature is a transaction search bar that lets users find past transactions via keyword.

In addition, a maps widget lets users track stores where they make purchases and locate them on a map. Among other benefits, this feature lets consumers quickly identify purchases made in stores and areas they have not visited.

Other than fixing a few glitches and removing the order screen that tracked physical deliveries of online orders, Google Wallet 9.0 does not have any other major upgrades or changes.

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Changing of the guard at RadioShack; former Dell exec to head chain

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — A former executive of Dell Inc. has been tapped as the new CEO of RadioShack. Standard General, the hedge fund that bought 1,743 of the chain’s stores in bankruptcy court proceedings, has appointed Ron Garriques as the new head of RadioShack.

Garriques headed Dell's consumer and communications divisions and previously worked at Motorola Inc. He replaces Joseph Magnacco, who resigned Wednesday after two years as CEO.

Under RadioShack's approved bankruptcy plan, Sprint will operate dedicated in-store shops in most of the locations acquired by acquired by General Wireless (a newly formed affiliate of Standard General LPO. In a news release, Soo Kim, managing partner of Standard General, called the transaction “an important milestone in this storied company's history.

"It has allowed the company to shed stifling debts and unprofitable business lines,” Kim said. “The new company has now been reorganized around a solid retail franchise underpinned by a world-class mobility carrier, Sprint Corp.”

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Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy to open its 30th store

BY Michael Johnsen

Boulder, Colo. — Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy will open its 30th store, in Los Altos, California, on May 2.

Part of the company’s aggressive strategy to expand throughout the Western region, the new store is its third location to open in 2015 and follows three store openings in 2014. Pharmaca has plans to open an additional location in Colorado mid- to late 2015.

“In 2000, Pharmaca opened its first store with the goal of changing how people approach health and wellness,” stated Allison Janda, VP operations at Pharmaca. “Our innovative retail concept was a first in the industry, and has thus far been incredibly well received by consumers in communities from Denver to San Francisco to Seattle and beyond. We’ve taken a great deal of time to perfect and provide a shopping experience unlike any other, and are poised for continued growth with the opening of this 30th new store.”

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