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What We’re Reading: June 2 – June 8

iPhone 5 leaks, preservation & automation

Apple seems to be having more problems this go-round keeping its next generation iPhone prototype under wraps. The latest leak shows the elongated back cover.

Twitter has unveiled its new bird logo with a long list of trademark no-nos. The interwebs aren’t sitting still for this…

The Wrigley Building (next door to NAR’s Chicago headquarters) has been granted landmark status by the City of Chicago. NAR’s building doesn’t have landmark status yet, but it is an LEED Gold Certified Building and was even featured in the opening of The Bob Newhart Show in the 1970s.

It’s not fiction: The automated future is here. Touch screens have moved beyond the ATM to lots of other areas formerly occupied by actual people. Here are a few of the more interesting and surprising ways that screens are replacing old-fashioned human customer service.

And speaking of automation, when the lines at Starbucks are too long or you need your fix at 3 am, there’s a solution: Seattle’s Best’s parent company, Starbucks and vending machine company Coinstar (the same company that operates the Redbox DVD vending machines) are partnering to present Seattle’s Best’s Rubis Kiosks, which will grind and brew coffee drinks to order around the clock.

Dave

Senior Information Specialist

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