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Facebook tests video ads in users’ news feeds

Updated: 2013-12-18T03:07:30Z

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Facebook tests video ads

Facebook said it is testing video advertisements that show up in its users’ news feeds, creating another potential source of advertising revenue for the social network. The advertisements automatically start playing without sound when they appear. Users can click on a video to view it with sound or scroll past if they are not interested.

Product recalls

• Google and Hewlett-Packard are recalling Chromebook 11 laptop chargers because of fire and burn hazards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Google had nine reports of chargers overheating and melting, with one incident leading to a small burn to a consumer and another leading to minor property damage, the agency said. The recall affects approximately 145,000 units that were sold for about $280 in October and November. Owners should contact Google for a free replacement charger.

• Menards is recalling 1,800 already lit artificial Christmas trees because the lights may overheat, start a fire or cause an electric shock. The artificial trees were sold for about $300 exclusively at Menards stores between September and November. The recall is for the Twinkling Pine artificial tree sold under the Enchanted Forest brand.

Shop around

the clock

Toys R Us said its stores will be open for 87 consecutive hours to accommodate last-minute shoppers. Doors will open at 6 a.m. Saturday and remain open until 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

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