Budweiser's 'Buddy Cup' connects beer drinkers with Facebook friends

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by Gigi Stone / Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Get ready for a shock if you're thinking about firing up the grill. The Bloomberg Grill Index -- which includes things like lean ground beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, potato chips and ice cream -- is at a record high -- largely because of a jump in beef prices.

Meantime if you shop at Walmart, don't bank on getting that price match. Workers and shoppers say "ad match" guarantees are not applied consistently from store to store. Walmart says it's not a national problem.  Meantime Toys R Us is reviewing its strategy after a consumer complaint.

If you have a Chase bank account, it may be a rough weekend. Customers are getting e-mails warning that their debit cards may have lower approval limits than usual, balances won't update, and some online, mobile, phone and ATM transactions will be blocked as the bank upgrades its system.

The Federal Reserve kicks off a two-day meeting on the economy and interest rates. It is expected to keep interest rates near record lows. A stronger than expected report is pending home sales, helping give stocks a boost Monday.

And are you hoping to make more friends? How about toasting with Budweiser's new Buddy Cup?  The website "The Drum" says Budweiser's new Buddy Cups contain a built-in chip which makes you instant Facebook friends with people you toast with. This is in Brazil right now -- where Aheuser Bsch  Ibev just announced weaker-than-expected beer sales.

 

 

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