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New Polaroid technology turns digital images into artwork

BY Rebecca Haughey

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Polaroid today announced the launch of the Polaroid Fotobar online store — PolaroidFotoBar.com — which offers an easy process to turn digital pictures into museum-quality art.

"With an estimated 1.5 billion photos taken each day, everyone captures the perfect moment that should be displayed on the office or living room wall," said Cheryl Zatz, VP marketing at Fotobar. "With Polaroid Fotobar, those special memories can be made into something exceptional."

The patent-pending feature Fotomail allows users to upload images captured on their smartphones and cameras onto the site. The photos are then able to be customized online; users can adjust such photo-effects as contrast, red-eye correction, brightness and filters. Fotomail works with photos posted on Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Picasa.

Customers can then choose from a variety of high-quality art formats and mountings, including framed, matted, canvas, metal, award and poster products. All items are made in the United States and can be shipped for free within the continental United States. Customer support is also available.

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Tide introduces detergent for sports apparel

BY Rebecca Haughey

TORONTO – Tide has introduced Tide plus Febreze Freshness Sport, a new detergent designed to remove tough stains and odors from sports apparel.

"In a recent survey commissioned by Tide, two-thirds of Canadians surveyed said sweat stains and smell were the most difficult challenges they faces when cleaning their active wear — even over hard-to-remove stains like grass," said Gord Meyer, marketing director for P&G Canada.

Tide plus Febreze Freshness Sport leaves active wear smelling fresh, eliminating the need to purchase specialty products or launder active wear separately. Additionally, the detergent uses technology that releases freshness as athletes move.

Tide’s survey also revealed that 40% of Canadian adults are active three or more times per week. To celebrate these everyday athletes, Tide Sport and KidSport Canada are partnering to encourage Canadians to stay active by donating 4,000 bottles of Tide plus Febreze Freshness Sport to families across the country.

Tide plus Febreze Freshness Sport will be available nationwide in Canada for the suggested retail price of $8.99 for 30 loads and $15.99 for 60 loads, respectively.

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Reports: Cerberus reportedly seeking financing for Supervalu deal

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Cerberus Capital Management, which owns Albertsons LLC, may be looking to reunite the stores as it has reportedly emerged as a possible suitor to acquire all or part of Supervalu, according to published reports. 

Cerberus is reportedly seeking $4 billion to $5 billion in debt financing from banks and is looking at investing equity of $800 million to $900 million, a person familiar with the matter reportedly said, although the source cautioned that the figures could change, according to reports.

Supervalu has been pursuing a sale since this summer.

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