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Report: Amazon faces FTC suit over kids’ in-app purchases

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reportedly drafted a complaint against Amazon.com regarding what it says have been millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases by children using Amazon devices. According to Reuters, the FTC wants to Amazon to make refunds of unauthorized child purchases of digital goods and services within existing apps downloaded by their parents, as well as compensate the FTC for court costs.

Amazon, which has been in negotiations with the FTC on the issue, changed its policies on how in-app purchases are processed in June 2014. The retailer has also said that its refund policy for in-app purchases is clear, but many consumers have complained that it is difficult and confusing. Apple settled a similar complaint with the FTC for $32.5 million in January 2014; Amazon says its policies already meet or exceed the policies Apple adopted as part of that settlement.

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SnapUp launches iPhone shopping list app

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco – SnapUp is launching a free iPhone app that lets users take a screenshot of the item they’re shopping for and then have the product tracked on any retailer’s mobile app or website and compiled in one place. With access to the iPhone’s camera roll, SnapUp recognizes and transforms the screenshots taken, then adds those items to the user’s SnapUp account.

From there, consumers can use SnapUp to keep track of their items as well as create and share lists. SnapUp has also built a smart technology that alerts consumers when prices drop on their items.

In addition, swipe motions let users organize their snaps into customized dynamic lists so they can categorize and manage items. Users can then click a “Buy” button when the see an item available at a desired price.

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Hershey’s Chocolate World, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

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Hershey’s Chocolate World immerses shoppers in all-things Hershey. The two-level, 13.000-sq.-ft. store, which has a 74-ft. high Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar that visitors can walk through and entrances styled to resemble Hershey’s Kisses, is designed as the ultimate brand experience. Custom chocolate sculptures of the Statue of Liberty, made of almost 800 lbs. of pure Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, and the Empire State Building, made of 1,800 Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars, make idea photo ops.

Although it features more than 800 candy and chocolate offerings, Hershey’s is more than just a candy store. Interactive technology allows shoppers to personalize products and customize wrappers with their own image and message — and they can star in their very own Reese’s television ad. Shoppers can also send their friends and family a Hershey’s Kiss e-card, view a timeline of Hershey’s history or discover their ideal Reese’s combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Design: JGA, Southfield, Mich.


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