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  • Coinstar and announced the two companies will team to provide a convenient new way for consumers to use cash to make online purchases. The Coinstar and Amazon agreement makes it possible for customers to exchange coins and also bills at Coinstar Centers – with no transaction fee – for a gift certificate redeemable at

    According to the companies, “a receipt is printed with a redemption code that can be immediately used to make purchases at The redemption code is entered during’s checkout procedure and the gift certificate amount is applied at the time of purchase, or the customer may also conveniently add any remaining amount to their Amazon account for later use.

  • The couple from Nevada that engineered the planting of a human finger in a bowl of Wendy’s chili – in the hope of extorting money from the company – has pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to file a false claim and attempted grand theft.

    While the couple faces roughly a dozen years in jail each, Wendy’s says that it lost in the neighborhood of $2.5 million in sales because of all the publicity surrounding the severed finger.

  • Virgin Group, the company founded by renegade entrepreneur Richard Branson, has signed a deal with Brown-Foreman to create Virgin Vines, a line of wines in screw-top bottles marketed as a hip choice to twentysomething consumers.

    One ad reads: "Full-bodied shiraz desires hookup. No commitments, baggage or corkscrews."

    Branson tells USA Today, “We've got an engaging, edgy, vibrant, fun product. It may or may not work, but we're going to give it our best shot.”

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