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Banks live video chat / Facebook phones ‘Home’

• Facebook looks to make a stronger mobile presence with the release of its new “Home” software for Android. The software, set to release on April 12, allows users to scroll through photos, messages and updates on their home screen. Users will also be able to chat over the top of other apps without having to close them out, according to CNBC.

• Kentucky Fried Chicken, owned by Yum Brands Inc., introduced a new style of the kids meal and menu called the Li’l Bucket. The new bucket will give kids the choice of a main chicken, a side and a drink, and it will come with a pouch of applesauce, according to the Wall Street Journal.

• Bank of America has been introducing a new ATM that incorporates live video chat with tellers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The new ATMs can also provide withdrawals in bills of all denominations and even coins, according to the Los Angeles Times.

• Chinese tourists took the top slot as the biggest-spending tourists in the world. The growing middle class in China often travels in large groups or tours and looks to purchase large amounts of high-fashion items while on their holidays, according to CNBC.

• Nationwide Insurance teamed up with the hit show “Mad Men” to become a major sponsor for the show’s sixth season that premiered on Sunday, April 7. The insurance company played a small vignette-style commercial during the first episode and will play their “Join the Nation” commercials for the following episodes, according to the New York Times.

• Protein has become the new buzzword for food companies to plaster on the packages of products that are naturally rich in protein or have protein added. Using trend words such as “protein,” “whole grain” or “fiber” make consumers feel like they have made a smart purchase, according to the Wall Street Journal.

• Professor Tang will be hosting J. David Richardson, an economics professor at Syracuse’s Maxwell School, for a seminar on U.S. export control for high-tech exports to BRIC nations on April 12. Lunch will be provided. Email Professor Tang to register.


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