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Yahoo to feature Sky News video content

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Yahoo Inc. has joined up with Sky News in a new partnership through which it will be showing videos to Yahoo users in the UK and many more across the globe. The company is already using text-based stories from Sky News, but the content deal is bound to deepen with this latest partnership.

Sky has adopted Yahoo as the email provider for its customers, which happened just after BT announced that it was closing its BT Yahoo! portal later in the summer of this year. It also announced the transition of the retail giants email service from Yahoo to Critical path.

The new portal has been formed as bt.com/btlife for the BT Retail customers, which is expected to give more information regarding the email transition and is about to be a new portal which is more integrated into the BT TV experience, along with providing a single login for email and customer account information.

BT.com has also been developed in order to make things easier for the customers. They will now have to login to just one single site for all their needs. For some time now, Yahoo email system has been criticised for being a source of spam for consumers, as Yahoo has always been a good target for various hackers.

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Tipping in US replaced with set wages and increased prices

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A decision has been taken by a restaurant in Manhattan to eliminate tipping from the fine dining experience. Instead of the tipping, the restaurant will be paying its waiters a set salary and will also increase the prices of menu items by 15 percent, which will in turn compensate for employee wages. This recent move is similar to that of the European dining system, in which the patrons do not tip.

Instead, they are accustomed to pay an extra 18 to 20 on dinner bills in order to compensate for the wait staff salaries. At Sushi Yasuda, there is no tip line on the bill, but there is a line of text to inform its customer,s which reads, “Sushi Yasuda’s service staff are fully compensated by their salary.”

In New York City, the starting salary for most waiters is $2.25 per hour and an assumption is made that waiters will make an additional wage through tips. At Sushi Yasuda, the pay model replaces voluntary tipping with a set of 15 percent service charge on all bought items.

Scott Rosenberg, the owner of the restaurant, said that this will help them to simplify the dining experience.

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Spirit Airlines to sell wine in cans

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American low-cost airline Spirit Airlines has announced that their customers will be charged $7 for wine that is served in a can. The airline is already well-known for charging their fliers for almost everything. The airline is counting on the fact that its customers will surely pay for the canned wine.

Spirit Airlines had announced on June 6, 2013 that it will begin selling the canned wine for $7 or $12 for two cans. Customers will be given the option to choose between Friends Just Wine brand’s white or strawberry moscato. On the other hand, the airline will continue to sell Sutter Home’s traditional mini bottles of wine.

Media reports have said that the Spirit’s can of wine is bigger, with 250 milliliters, to the bottle’s 187, but is less potent. Canned wine has 6% alcohol by volume compared to 13% for Sutter Home. The airline prefers the cans as they are easier to stack and store on the aircrafts which have limited storage space. The cans also weigh less and the airlines are getting obsessed with making their planes lighter to save on fuel.

However, passengers are not so positive about the change, as one enthusiast says that his wine consumption stops at a plastic bottle.

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Domino’s testing pizza delivery drones in the UK

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With the rising popularity of pizza delivery, a British company says that it is currently testing the feasibility of delivering pizzas by drone. T + Biscuits, the creative agency says that Domino’s hired them to try out the prototypes.

Tom Hatton, founder of T + Biscuits said, “We’re looking at making flying pizzas a possibility”. Domino’s has about 10,000 shops in 70 countries. It was reported on June 3, 2013 that during testing in Guildford, close to London, a small custom-built octacopter made a 4-mile, ten-minute long flight in order to deliver two large pepperoni pizzas.

The reports also observed that there was a proposal for a TacoCopter delivery app, which was just a concept at first, but Hatton states that the pizza delivery drones project is actually very real and serious. People involved in the project are thinking about the practicality of it, given the safety regulation and logistics.

On June 3, 2013 the representative of Domino’s UK shared that they had a lot of fun putting together the video. The representative went on to say that Domino’s is an innovative company which is constantly looking at ways to deliver pizzas as quickly as possible. He added that it would be great to think that one day pizzas could fly.

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Dunkin’ Donuts to launch Glazed Donut breakfast

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Food manufacturing giant Dunkin’ Donuts is all set to introduce a new delicacy on its breakfast menu. The donuts maker will be introducing its sugary and salty Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich on June 7, 2013. Photo of the breakfast item will hit the menu in the US on June 7, 2013, but has already grabbed more than 1,000 comments and more than 11,000 likes on the social networking site Facebook.

The company claims that the new item performed well with customers in testing stages and features pepper-fried eggs and cherrywood-smoked bacon which is stashed between two halves of glazed donuts. The company calls the sandwich a ‘smorgasbord’, while Twitter and Facebook users prefer to perceive it as the ultimate hangover breakfast or the new ‘heroine’ or ‘heaven’.

The latest product by Dunkin’ Donuts has 360 calories and 720 milligrams of sodium, which means that it has less calories than McDonalds’s Big Mac and is also a bit less salty than KFC’s Honey BBQ sandwich. Moreover, for those who prefer something lighter in calories, Dunkin’ Donuts also offers the DDSMART menu, featuring low-calorie options like 280-calorie Egg White Veggie Flatbread. The launch of the breakfast sandwich coincides with the National Donut Day, during which the donut giant will offer customers a free donut with any beverage purchase.