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Target recalls Halloween-themed window lights over choking hazard

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Target’s voluntary recall is helping keep Halloween safe for young children.

The mass merchandiser recalled 127,000 Halloween-themed LED gel window “clings” because of the choking hazard they pose to children. The decals, an easy and affordable way to decorate windows and glass doors, light up when a dedicated button is pressed.

If the decal is separated however, the clings expose the LED and button battery compartment. If swallowed, children could choke or face ingestion hazards, according to a statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which added that no injuries have been reported.

The recall is focused on six Halloween-themed LED gel cling designs, including a green skeleton, pink skeleton, purple spider, black cat, orange pumpkin and black bat. The decals, which were sold at stores between August and September, were supplied by a Chinese manufacturer.

Target is offering a refund to shoppers that return the product, the statement said.

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Alibaba co-founder urges China to use big data to fight cyber-crimes

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Alibaba’s co-founder has a solution to ward off harmful cyber-attacks across China.

The online platform’s co-founder Jack Ma proposed that the nation’s top security bureau use big data to prevent crime — an announcement that endorses China’s budding efforts to build an unparalleled online surveillance system, according to Bloomberg.

With minimal privacy safeguards in place in China, the country is in need of technology that can “flush out threats” and potentially stop crimes before they occur. Big data analysis could be the driving force behind preventing cyber-crimes, Bloomberg reported.

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GNC announces quarterly dividend

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

GNC Holdings reported a quarterly dividend of 20 cents per share.

The dividend will be paid on Dec. 30.

The specialty wellness retailer operates more than 9,000 locations in approximately 50 countries.

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