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Locksmith sues Google, claiming spam local listings illegal
A Northern Virginia locksmith has sued Google, Yellowbook and Ziplocal under multiple state and federal laws, including the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, "to remove fraudulent locksmith listings from their search results." The complaint alleges that Google and the other defendants permitted illegal locksmith listings in search results causing $8.4 million in lost earnings/profits to the plaintiff, which was at one point an advertiser in each of the defendant services.
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The 'weirdest lock on earth' has key like tiny mechanical snake
Lockpicker John Coulter, whose efforts have been stymied by its peculiar design, describes the key design as follows: instead of being a straight, flat piece of metal, the key is a flexible chain similar to a watch strap, housed in a hard slip-casing that allows it to be inserted into the snaking design of the lock itself. Coulter's been sleuthing it's origins with the help of commenters at his YouTube channel. Dan Neuenswander found a patent, awarded in 1992 to Yun-Tung Hsu, who appears to be a prolific inventor in the field.
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  The Lock. Loaded.
With Schlage’s new Touchscreen Deadbolt, we’ve created a door lock that combines all of our best security features into one lock- redefining what it means to be secure. Our innovative touchscreen feature, gives you the convenience of going keyless and no-longer having keys to lose, hid, carry or forget.

Bolt offers new Jeep JK Hood Lock
BOLT introduces an innovative new hood lock developed to protect valuable engine components of popular Jeep JK models. STRATTEC Security Corporation created the BOLT Jeep JK Hood Lock in response to Jeep owner feedback. To prevent theft and tampering while offering one-key locking convenience, the BOLT Jeep JK Hood Lock features advanced technology which permanently programs the lock to the owner's vehicle ignition key and eliminates the need for extra keys.
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The bicycle lock you thought worked, doesn't work
Minnesota Public Radio
As fun and efficient as cycling is, it has a significant problem: Bikes are easy to steal. Recently on Twitter, for example, a cycling pal documented the theft of his bike in the Twin Cities and noted that the cable locks don't work. "Use only a 'U-lock'," he advised. There's a problem with that. U-locks don't work, either, City Lab's John Metcalfe writes. His bike was ripped off in San Francisco.
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A new entrant in the tech war for your door
In the home of the future, you can skip the keys. Just tap your phone, and presto, your door swings open. A new company with a high-powered designer is the latest one hoping to take that vision to the masses. That company, August, introduced its version of the so-called smart-lock to the public recently. The lock is the brainchild of CEO Jason Johnson and renowned designer Yves Béhar, who also designed the Jawbone fitness tracker and led the design for the One Laptop Per Child project.
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After Revolv and smart things, what's next for smart home acquisitions?
Recently, Nest/Google livened up a fairly quiet week on the smart home front when they snapped up smart home hub maker Revolv. The news wasn't all that surprising since Revolv's hub had been rumored to be moving slow at retail and Google has shown they're not shy about snapping up talent when creating new product lines. The acquisition had all the hallmarks of an acqui-hire, such as immediate termination of the device's sales and both companies being mum on the purchase price.
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School shooting prompts security camera updates in Iowa schools
After another school shooting, Sioux City, Iowa, schools are planning to update their security. The Sioux City School board approved a measure to strengthen safety throughout the district. Siouxland news reporter Joe Bisaccia has more on the changes we can expect to school cameras.
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Building the best security camera
According to author Megan Wollerton: We've reviewed quite a few stand-alone security cameras as well as security systems with camera accessories. Although some have impressed us favorably with their image quality and range of features, none of them has been good enough to merit an Editors' Choice award. What is the ideal security camera? Since we haven't found it in stores, I decided to perform a little virtual surgery on a bunch of different models to create the "perfect" Wi-Fi camera.
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7 productivity hacks for a workplace that deliver
Entrepreneur via Fox Business
According to author Barbara Bates: My field of integrated communications is a service business that by definition must be productive. People's deadlines must be met with deliverables executed on a critical path, with many layers of dependencies: Clients depend on teams to launch products, time financial news and outmaneuver competitors. Companies like mine must produce before others can deliver and produce well, staying creative, insightful, accurate and proactive, even under pressure.
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Leadership matters: Never too many leaders
The Huffington Post
No one is immune to the need for leadership. There are already too many followers in our world, and the oft-quoted idea that only 1 percent of the population leads the many is actually true. This is not an effective, humane or sustainable paradigm for humankind. The truth can be confusing, but in our world and in your personal life, even in the smallest of small families, the more leaders there are, the better everything gets. Because true leaders lead themselves.
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Should you follow The Container Store's lead on employee pay?
By Danielle Wegert
Retail workers have received significant media attention lately with protesters demanding higher wages, the federal government discussing an increased minimum wage and the changes in benefits for full- and part-time employees. Minimum-wage employees state they cannot live off their income. Retailers state they cannot afford to pay employees more. However, there are several retailers who are proving that paying higher wages leads to increased sales and a lower turnover rate — thus increasing a company's profit margin.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Locksmith accusing Google of racketeering in 'map-jacking' case (KOMO-TV)
The ABCs of employee retention (By Mel Kleiman)
House keys go digital (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
The August Smart Lock works like magic ... when it works (WIRED)
Police: Security camera catches burglar hiding in New Jersey home (The Star-Ledger)

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