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Walmart faces Lawsuit saying it stole technology to keep produce fresh

CALIFORNIA: Walmart Inc was sued on Wednesday by a Silicon Valley company that accused the largest US retailer of stealing its technology to prolong the shelf life of produce and reduce spoilage. In its $2 billion complaints, Zest Labs and its parent said Walmart’s “Eden” technology to preserve fruit and vegetable freshness “looks, sounds, and functions” like its own Zest Fresh technology. Zest said it had worked with Walmart for years on Zest Fresh before the retailer lost interest last November.…

NATO to keep around 12,000 troops in Afghanistan next year – US official

WASHINGTON: A NATO-led training mission in Afghanistan next year is likely to total about 12,000 soldiers, including about 8,000 Americans, while some 1,800 Americans will conduct counter-terrorism missions, a senior U.S. military official said on Wednesday. The United States would also be keen to see participation in the counter-terrorism effort by nations with well-trained special forces, such as Britain or Australia, the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. The 12,000 figure for the NATO training mission…