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Poundland rolls out frozen food service and new store layout to 37 branches – full list

Poundland rolls out frozen food service and new store layout to 37 branches - full list

Poundland has updated what stock is sold in stores as it rolls out more ranges. This is the full list of branches.

By Autumn, the number of stores offering the service could rise to 250 and there may be as many as 500 branches with the frozen range in two years time.

This means customers can pick up even more items when browsing.

The chilled and frozen sections will be filled with groceries such as ready-meals, pizzas, frozen desserts and ice creams.

The retailer has also updated the layout of some branches to account for larger shopping trips.

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New trolleys and belted checkouts will be installed to the larger stores to mimic the conventional supermarket experience.

Retail and transformation director Austin Cooke said: “To bring chilled and frozen food to more than 200 stores in such a short time frame is a tremendous achievement.

“Customers tell us that they love the ranges, the famous brands, and say the prices are amazing.

“That’s why we’re pushing hard to keep going as quickly as we can so that we can bring even more choice and value where our customers want it most.”

Newcastle-u-Lyme High St

Derby, London Rd

Crystal Peaks SC, Sheffield

Preston, Deepdale RP, Lancs

Washington, The Galleries

Bromsgrove High St

Skelmersdale The Concourse

Sheffield, The Moor

Swadlincote RP

Mansfield Four Seasons SC

Sutton Coldfield, The Parade

Oswestry, Cross Street

Gainsborough Marshalls Yard RP

Sheffield Kilner Way RP

Clay Cross RP

Halifax, 17 Market Street

Solihull Mell Square

Flint RP

Durham Riverwalk SC

Walsall St Matthews

Sheffield Castle Square

Halesowen Cornbow SC

Redditch Kingfisher Walk

Colne, Boundary RP

Harrogate, Victoria SC

Armley, Town St

Stockton-on-Tees, High St

Sheldon, Coventry Rd, Birmingham

Darlington North Road

Birmingham Fort RP

Ilkeston Waterside

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Chinese home appliance giant Midea opens 1st store in Israel

Chinese home appliance giant Midea opens 1st store in Israel

Midea Group, a Chinese home appliance giant, opened its first store in Israel, Midea’s official Israeli importer Hemilton Group said, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

The new flagship store covers an area of 350 square meters in a shopping mall in the central city of Rehovot and offers refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, range hoods and more.

Midea’s products are already sold in Israel in sales areas within five Ace Hardware stores and by dozens of authorized resellers.

Founded in 1968 and headquartered in the southern Chinese city of Foshan, Midea Group operates in more than 200 countries and employs more than 150,000 people.

The new concept store in Israel also offers China’s tech giant Xiaomi’s products, which are also officially imported to Israel by Hemilton.


This includes mobile devices, vacuum cleaners, robot vacuums and scooters.

Xiaomi already operates four flagship stores in Israel, along with dozens of authorized resellers selling its products in the country.

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PS4 and PlayStation Store: Download this PS4 game and skip PS Plus

PS4 and PlayStation Store: Download this PS4 game and skip PS Plus

Sony’s current PlayStation Plus lineup for July comes with some cracking titles and something else for anyone thinking about picking up Red Dead Redemption 2.

That’s because for a short period this month, anyone who doesn’t have a PS Plus subscription currently can log in and enjoy Red Dead Online.

“PlayStation players can play Red Dead Online without a PlayStation Plus subscription from July 13 until July 26,” the official description reads.

So while this isn’t technically a PS Plus benefit, it’s still worth checking if you have never played Red Dead Online on PS4.

A new expansion was just released called Blood Money, which has brought new activities to the map, as well as new cosmetics to unlock.

A message from Rockstar Games provides the latest on the new update, telling gamers this week:

“Today’s update adds three multi-part Crime Contracts — The Railroad Contract, The Jeb Phelps Contract, and The Bluewater Contract — each with their own story to unravel.

“For those looking to lie, cheat, and steal their way to riches, you can also take on other dirty deeds, and as you traverse the plains, keep your eyes peeled for Homestead and Camp Robberies.

“During these exploits, you’ll amass Capitale for Martelli. Trade these private bonds to henchmen in Martelli’s network who will in return for your efforts dispatch you on the first of three, larger scale Opportunities. Martelli is eager to stifle a rising Lemoyne senator whose political ambitions have hampered the Bronte family’s far-reaching operations.

“Damage the senator by stealing three Jewels of the West, the first of which is in pursuit of the Covington Emerald, an ill-gotten heirloom coveted by black hats far and wide, being transported by rail on a heavily guarded train.”

However, while there are plenty of cool new activities to explore in Red Dead Online, it’s not for everyone.

While the story won plaudits across the board for its impressive yarn, locations to explore and graphical performance, Red Dead Online has been marred with technical issues and a lack of content.

It doesn’t look like it will ever rival GTA Online, which remains one of the most popular multiplayer experiences on PS4 and Xbox One.

It should also be noted that there is no next-gen version available for Red Dead Online, meaning you will be stuck with whatever is available right now.

And anyone still not up to date with the PS Plus lineup for July can download these new titles today:

BLACK OPS 4

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 delivers a trio of action-packed multiplayer-modes* for first-person shooter fans. First there’s the series’ iconic multiplayer experience pitting players against each other worldwide. Second, is the fan-favourite Zombies experience, letting you and friends battle the undead.

WWE 2K BATTLEGROUNDS

The world of WWE is your battleground with over-the-top, arcade action as your favorite WWE Superstars and Legends battle in interactive environments around the world. Play through a new story mode while unlocking unique characters and Battlegrounds.

A PLAGUE TALE

The critically acclaimed adventure releases on PS5 with 4K native resolution***, targeted 60 FPS, highly improved visuals, and fast loading – and makes its debut onto PlayStation Plus. Follow the tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo, in a heartrending journey through the darkest hours of history.

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PS5 UK restock LIVE: How to get a PlayStation 5 console online and in store this weekend

PS5 UK restock LIVE: How to get a PlayStation 5 console online and in store this weekend

PlayStation 5 customers can potentially grab a console at Argos this weekend.

As reported by PS5 UK Stock, the PS5 was restocked at Argos ahead of the weekend.

The consoles were available on a regional basis, both on browsers and via the Argos app.

“Stock drop at Argos Online,” reads a PS5 UK Stock tweet. “Works either on browser or app. Remember it’s regional! Your region might not be available yet. Good luck.

“This is collection only. Most people have better luck via a Web browser. Chrome is the worst, suggest using alternative like Safari, Edge, Opera etc.”

Because of the nature of the drop, and the fact that it’s collection only, customers are encouraged to contact their local store to see if any additional consoles are available.

It’s also worth keeping an eye open for additional stock drops, following last week’s surprise weekend restock at ShopTo.

Currys has also sent out emails to customers as part of its VIP scheme. Users are urged to check their emails to see if they are eligible to purchase a console.

Currys codes must be redeemed in store before July 13. Various stock checker accounts are giving away Currys VIP codes, so it’s worth giving them a follow.

If you want to give yourself the best possible chance of purchasing a PlayStation 5, then it’s worth bookmarking some of the more popular stock checker accounts for even more alerts and information.

This includes Digital Foundry DealsStock InformerPS5 UK Stock – Instant UpdatesPS5 UK Stock and Express Gaming – the latter of which will have live updates throughout the week.

Some of the accounts mentioned above have Discord groups for PS5 customers, while some have live streams and alerts on sites like YouTube.

If you do manage to pick up a PlayStation 5 this weekend, then it’s worth pre-ordering new Bethesda game Deathloop.

The PS5 exclusive (for the time being) sees rival assassins trapped in a timeloop on the island of Blackreef. The only way to escape the loop is by assassinating eight targets before the day resets.

An intriguing premise is made all the more interesting by the inclusion of PS5 exclusive features, such as DualSense haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

“Every new loop is an opportunity to change things up. Use the knowledge you gain from each attempt to change up your playstyle, stealthily sneaking through levels or barreling into the fight, guns-blazing.

“In each loop you’ll discover new secrets, gather intel on your targets as well as the island of Blackreef, and expand your arsenal. Armed with a host of otherworldly abilities and savage weaponry, you’ll utilise every tool at your command to execute takedowns that are as striking as they are devastating.”

Deathloop has a September 14 release date, exclusively on PlayStation 5.

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SOUTH DAKOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL JOINS SUIT AGAINST GOOGLE FOR ANTITRUST LAW VIOLATIONS OVER APP STORE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 8, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has joined a coalition of 37 attorneys general to file a lawsuit against Google in California. Utah v. Google alleges exclusionary conduct relating to the Google Play Store for Android mobile devices and Google Billing. This antitrust lawsuit is the newest legal action against the tech giant, claiming illegal, anticompetitive, and unfair business practices. The States accuse Google of using its dominance to unfairly restrict competition with the Google Play Store, harming consumers by limiting choice and driving up app prices. The lawsuit is co-led by AGs in Utah, New York, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

“Google’s monopoly is a menace to the marketplace. Google Play is not fair play. Google must be held accountable for harming small businesses and consumers,” said Utah Attorney General Reyes. “Most consumers have no idea that for years Google has imposed unnecessary fees far beyond the market rates for in-app transactions, unlawfully inflating costs for many services, upgrades and other purchases made through apps downloaded on the Google Play Store. As a result, a typical American consumer may have paid hundreds if not thousands of dollars more than needed over many years.” 

According to the lawsuit, the heart of the case centers on Google’s exclusionary conduct, which substantially shuts out competing app distribution channels. Google also requires that app developers that offer their apps through the Google Play Store use Google Billing as a middleman. This arrangement, which ties a payment processing system to an app distribution channel forces app consumers to pay Google’s commission—up to 30%—on in-app purchases of digital content made by consumers through apps that are distributed via the Google Play Store. This commission is much higher than the commission that consumers would pay if they had the ability to choose one of Google’s competitors instead. The lawsuit alleges that Google works to discourage or prevent competition, violating federal and state antitrust laws.  Google had earlier promised app developers and device manufacturers that it would keep Android “open source,” allowing developers to create compatible apps and distribute them without unnecessary restrictions. The lawsuit says Google did not keep that promise.  

When Google launched its Android OS, it originally marketed it as an “open source” platform. By promising to keep Android open, Google successfully enticed “OEMs”—mobile device manufacturers such as Samsung—and “MNOs”—mobile network operators such as Verizon—to adopt Android, and more importantly, to forgo competing with Google’s Play Store at that time. Once Google had obtained the “critical mass” of Android OS adoption, Google moved to    close the Android OS ecosystem—and the relevant Android App Distribution Market—to any effective competition by, among other things, requiring OEMs and MNOs to enter into various contractual and other restraints. These contractual restraints disincentivize and restrict OEMs and MNOs from competing (or fostering competition) in the relevant market. The lawsuit alleges that Google’s conduct constitutes unlawful monopoly maintenance, among other claims. 

The AGs further allege that Google also engaged in the following conduct, all aimed at enhancing and protecting Google’s monopoly position over Android app distribution:

Google imposes technical barriers that strongly discourage or effectively prevent third-party app developers from       distributing apps outside the Google Play Store. Google builds into Android a series of security warnings (regardless of actual security risk) and other barriers that discourage users from downloading apps from any source outside Google’s Play Store, effectively foreclosing app developers and app stores from direct distribution to consumers. 

 

Google has not allowed Android to be “open source” for many years, effectively cutting off potential competition. Google forces OEMs that wish to sell devices that run Android to enter into agreements called “Android Compatibility Commitments” or ACCs. Under these “take it or leave it” agreements, OEMs must promise not to create or implement any variants or versions of Android that deviate from the Google-certified version of Android. 

Google’s required contracts foreclose competition by forcing Google’s proprietary apps to be “pre-loaded” on essentially all devices designed to run on the Android OS, and requires that Google’s apps be given the most prominent placement on device home screens. 

Google “buys off” its potential competition in the market for app distribution. Google has successfully persuaded OEMs and MNOs not to compete with Google’s Play Store by entering into arrangements that reward OEMs and MNOs with a share of Google’s monopoly profits. 

Google forces app developers and app users alike to use Google’s payment processing service, Google Play Billing, to process payments for in-app purchases of content consumed within the app. Thus, Google is unlawfully tying the use of Google’s payment processor, which is a separate service within a separate market for payment processing within apps, to distribution through the Google Play Store. By forcing this tie, Google is able to extract an exorbitant processing fee as high as 30% for each transaction and which is more than ten times as high as the fee charged by Google’s competitors.  

This effort is led by Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes, New York Attorney General Letitia James, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III.  The other states joining the lawsuit include Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

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The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal officer for the State of South Dakota and provides legal advice to agencies, boards, and commissions of the State as well as representing the State in state and federal court.  The Office of Attorney General also handles prosecutions, felony criminal appeals, civil matters, consumer protection issues, and issues formal opinions interpreting statutes for agencies of the state.  Visit www.atg.sd.gov to learn more. 

Connect with us on Facebook or on Twitter at @SDAttorneyGen

CONTACT: Tim Bormann, Chief of Staff, (605) 773-3215

 

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North Carolina, more than 30 states launch suit against Google over app store

North Carolina, more than 30 states launch suit against Google over app store

Dozens of states – including North Carolina – are taking aim at Google in an escalating legal offensive on Big Tech.

This time, attorneys general for 36 states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit targeting Google’s Play store, where consumers download apps designed for the Android software that powers most of the world’s smartphones.

“No matter how big a company is, it has to play by the rules,” said Attorney General Josh Stein in a statement. “Google isn’t. It is using its monopoly power to cut off competition and increase its power and profits at the expense of North Carolina consumers by forcing Google Play Store customers to overpay for apps. I will continue to fight on behalf of millions of North Carolina consumers for a marketplace that encourages competition and innovation at a fair price.”

The 144-page complaint filed late Wednesday in a Northern California federal court represents the fourth major antitrust lawsuit filed against Google by government agencies across the U.S. since last October.

The lawsuit also comes against a backdrop of proposed laws in Congress tailored to either break up or undermine the power amassed by Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. The four have built trillion-dollar empires fueled by the immense popularity of services that people have become increasingly dependent upon.

“Epic Games to amend complaint in lawsuit against Google”

Much of the latest lawsuit echoes similar allegations that mobile game maker Epic Games made against both Google and Apple, which runs a separate app store exclusively for iPhones, in cases brought last August.

Just as Epic did, the states’ lawsuit focuses primarily on the control Google exerts on its app store so it can collect commissions of up to 30% on digital transactions within apps installed on smartphones running on Android. Those devices represent more than 80% of the worldwide smartphone market.


Major points in suit

The lawsuit alleges that Google:

  • Broke its promise to app developers and device manufacturers that it would keep Android “open source,” allowing developers to create compatible apps and distribute them without unnecessary restrictions, but did not keep that promise. Google has not allowed Android to be “open source” for many years, effectively cutting off potential competition.
  • Imposes technical barriers that strongly discourage or effectively prevent third-party app developers from distributing apps outside the Google Play Store.
  • Forces Google’s proprietary apps to be “pre-loaded” on essentially all devices designed to run on the Android OS, which cuts off potential competition.
  • Forces app developers and app users alike to use Google’s payment processing service, Google Play Billing, to process payments for in-app purchases of content consumed within the app. By requiring this, Google is able to extract an exorbitant processing fee as high as 30 percent for each transaction, which is more than 10 times as high as the fee charged by Google’s competitors.

Source: NC AG office


A high-profile trial pitting Epic — the maker of the widely played Fortnite video game — against Apple concluded in late May. A decision from the federal judge who presided over the month-long proceedings is expected later this summer. Epic’s lawsuit against Google is still awaiting trial.

Although its app commissions are similar to Apple’s, Google has tried to distinguish itself by allowing consumers to download apps from other places than its Play store. Apple, in contrast, doesn’t allow iPhone users to install apps from any other outlet than its store.

But the lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges Google’s claims that its Android software is an open operating system that allows consumers more choices is a sham.

The complaint contends Google has deployed various tactics and set up anticompetitive barriers to ensure it distributes more than 90% of the apps on Android devices — a market share that the attorneys general argue represents an illegal monopoly. What’s more, the lawsuit alleges Google has been abusing that power to reap billions of dollars in profit at the expense of consumers who wind up paying higher prices to subsidize the commissions, and the makers of apps who have less money and incentive to innovate.

“Google’s monopoly is a menace to the marketplace,” said Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is leading the lawsuit along with his peers in New York, Tennessee and North Carolina. “Google Play is not fair play. Google must be held accountable for harming small businesses and consumers.”

Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for a lawsuit, but it has adamantly defended the way it runs its Play store in its response to the Epic lawsuit and in other instances.

The Mountain View, California, company also is fighting the three other lawsuits that were filed against it last year, including a landmark case brought by the U.S. Justice Department. Those cases are focused on alleged abuses of Google’s dominant search engine and its digital ad network that generates more than $ 100 billion in annual revenue for its corporate parent, Alphabet Inc.

As the scrutiny on their app stores has intensified, both Apple and Google have been taking conciliatory steps. Most notably, both have lowered their commissions to 15% on the first $ 1 million in revenue collected by app makers — a reduction that covers most apps in their respective stores.

But those measures haven’t lessened the heat on any of the major tech companies, nor should they, said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, who chairs a subcommittee that oversees antitrust issues.

“This is exactly the type of aggressive antitrust enforcement that we need to rein in the power of big tech and address America’s monopoly problem,” she said in a statement.

But fighting Big Tech won’t be easy. Besides being able to spend heavily to lobby for their positions, the companies also contend they have the law on their side. Facebook, for instance, scored a major victory last week when a federal judge dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against the social media company by the Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of states on the grounds that they hadn’t submitted enough evidence to back their monopoly allegations.

Other states participating in the suit are: New York, Tennessee, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

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