One Laptop Per Child Extends Give One Get One Program Through December 31


Since November 12th, OLPC has been offering a limited-time Give One Get One program in the United States and Canada. During Give One Get One, you can donate the revolutionary XO laptop to a child in a developing nation, and also receive one for the child in your life in recognition of your contribution. Thanks to a growing interest in the program, we are extending Give One Get One until the end of the year. Through this extension, and the increasing public interest in OLPC, we hope to give many more children the opportunity to grow, explore, learn and express themselves.


Black Friday Sales is the most comprehensive Black Friday site I’ve come across. It has dozens of ads for brick-and-mortar and online stores that are gearing up for Black Friday and is updated frequently.

I can’t handle the crowds that gather for these events, so I’ll be doing most of my shopping online. is one online merchant whose Black Friday deals I’ll be checking out;, which is currently running a 25% off sitewide sale, is another. With any luck, I’ll be finished my holiday shopping by the weekend.


Toys “R” Us Taking Steps to Guarantee Toy Safety

The following is from an email I received from Toys “R” Us this morning, outlining the steps they’re taking to ease customers’ minds about toy safety.

I’m glad to see they’re taking some personal/corporate responsibility for what they carry on their shelves and hope other companies follow suit.

(Note the part where it says that Toys “R” Us will take back recalled toys whether they were purchased at Toys “R” Us or not – with or without receipts.)

As we prepare to kick off the holiday shopping season, we know that the important issue of toy safety is on the minds of many parents.

I wanted to take a moment today to reiterate to you our uncompromising commitment to the safety of the children and families we serve and to share with you some of the steps Toys”R”Us has taken in recent months to enhance our already high safety standards:

* While we have always mandated that our manufacturers extensively test products for a variety of hazards, earlier this year, Toys”R”Us engaged Bureau Veritas, a respected world leader in independent testing, to re-test products right off our store shelves. We have alerted our manufacturers that we will report any safety violations we may find to the proper authorities. In addition, we have advised our manufacturers that they must now increase the frequency of testing for each shipment of toys sent to Toys”R”Us stores. Our message is clear: there is simply no place for unsafe toys on our store shelves. Failure to meet our safety requirements has consequences – up to and including termination of our business relationship.
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Starbucks Coming to Middletown

Starbucks logoIt’s official: On Monday, December 17, a full-service Starbucks is opening in the Middletown Safeway. If you’ve ever wanted to work as a Starbucks barista, here’s your chance!

Starbucks will be open the same hours as Safeway: 5am to 9pm, 7 days a week.

I like Starbucks, so I welcome their presence in Middletown. I might feel otherwise had The Main Cup not diversified to the point that coffee is no longer their primary focus. As things stand now, however, both businesses should thrive.


Wendys Song Download Giveaway / Fila News

Wendys Combo Up To Download Giveaway

Wendy’s is giving away up to 100 million songs to customers who buy its combo meals.

People who buy a medium- or large-sized combo meal at Wendy’s through December will receive a unique code redeemable for a free downloadable song on Real Network’s Rhapsody site. Codes are printed on the bottom of cups.

Enter codes here.

Kohl’s to Carry Fila

Kohl’s Corp. has signed a multi-year licensing deal with Fila, naming the department store chain as the exclusive U.S. retailer to carry the Fila Sport collection. The line, which includes apparel for women, men and children, accessories, and footwear, will be available in stores and online in the fall of 2008.


U.S. Recalls 4 Million Aqua Dots Toys Due to Chemical

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some 4 million Chinese-made Aqua Dots toys were recalled in the United States because they may contain a chemical which, if swallowed, can lead to a coma or seizures, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday.

The Aqua Dots toy, which made Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s list of top 12 Christmas toys, have been sold at major U.S. retail stores since April.

“The problem is a chemical on the beads,” CPSC spokeswoman Julie Vallese said. “If ingested, it turns into a toxic substance. Children who swallow the beads can become unconscious, have respiratory depression, or seizures.”

U.S. recalls 4 million Aqua Dots toys due to chemical | U.S. | Reuters.

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