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Following the announcement that Amazon would open a retail store in New York before the holidays, Amazon confirmed that it will also open pop-up stores in San Francisco and Sacramento as well.

California's energy efficiency regulators are are setting their sights on a new batch of products.

After decades of requiring that appliances, furnaces, air conditioners and big-screen televisions use ever less power, officials are now looking at more devices: video game consoles, set-top cable boxes, computers, various types of lighting and pool and spa pumps and motors.

"The simple fact is energy efficiency saves consumers money," said Andrew McAllister, a member of the California Energy Commission. "Since 1978, energy efficiency standards have saved California ratepayers $74 billion in electricity costs."

The proposed energy regulations for HDTVs in California that have much of the CE industry up in arms were the subject of a hearing this week in the state capital of Sacramento

MetroPCS this week began carrying the BlackBerry Curve 8330, the carrier's first-ever smartphone. The phone is offered for $449, plus a $50 personal rate plan which covers unlimited unlimited talk, text, web browsing, MMS and email.

With the analog signal shutoff just over three months away, Best Buy and the National Association of Broadcasters this week announced a joint effort to host educational workshops on the transition in 25 different markets.

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