Walmart Plus drops $35 free shipping minimum to better compete with Amazon Prime

Walmart is removing the $35 free shipping minimum on its annual subscription service, Walmart Plus, the company announced on Wednesday. The new policy will take effect on Friday, December 4th, and it means all Walmart Plus members will receive free next-day and two-day shipping on items ordered from Walmart’s website, regardless of the size of their order.





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The change is a clear attempt to better compete with Amazon Prime, the subscription service on which Walmart Plus is based. One of the biggest benefits of Prime since its introduction more than 15 years ago has been free (and often two-day and now one-day) shipping on all eligible orders.

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Amazon and Walmart are competing to offer the most convenient delivery service

That made Walmart’s $35 order minimum for its Prime competitor a significant setback for the big-box retailer when it launched its

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Battlefield 3 Is Free For Amazon Prime Members, Plus 37 Other PC Games

This December, Amazon Prime subscribers can download EA’s Battlefield 3 at no additional cost, joining a library of 38 free PC games. Players can also redeem free, exclusive content for Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs: Legion as well as its upcoming new release Immortals: Fenyx Rising.

Battlefield 3 has been added to Prime’s library of free games, though the freebie is only redeemable on Origin. Redeem the free download by December 31 to keep the game in your library forever. Other new free games include historical sim Turmoil, strategy title Sigma Theory: Global Cold War, and minimalist action arcade game HyperDot.

Ubisoft players are in for a treat this December–Watch Dogs: Legion players with Prime will be able to redeem the Nerdcore and Futurist outfits for free, while those looking to get their hands on the Breath Of The Wild-esque Immortals: Fenyx Rising will also get access to the Frozen Pack, which

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Amazon to stream NFL game on Dec. 26 exclusively on Prime Video; playoff game also confirmed

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Amazon’s streaming schedule is getting busier in the later weeks of the NFL season as the tech giant and the league announced Monday that a week 16 matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals will stream exclusively on Prime Video and Twitch on Dec. 26.

Amazon, which renewed its multi-year deal to stream “Thursday Night Football” games in April, is also streaming the FOX and NFL Network “Christmas Special” on Dec. 25 between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. It’s the first time Prime Video has carried live NFL action on back to back days.

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The tech giant also confirmed that it will stream the CBS NFL Wild Card playoff game on Jan. 10. It’s the first postseason NFL game to be simulcast on Prime Video.

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The Latest: Croatia’s Prime Minister Tests Positive | Washington News

ZAGREB, Croatia — Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Government spokesman Marko Milic says Plenkovic is feeling fine and will continue to perform his duties from his home.

The announcement came after Plenkovic’s wife tested positive for the virus on weekend. Plenkovic’s initial test came out negative but was repeated on Monday.

Croatia has faced weeks of soaring infections with the new coronavirus. On Monday, Croatia reported a record death toll of 74 fatalities in the past 24 hours and 1,830 new infections.

The government on Monday also tightened travel restrictions requesting a negative test for most people seeking to enter the country.

— Moderna asking US, European regulators to OK its virus shots

— Fauci: US may see ‘surge upon surge’ of virus in coming weeks after Thanksgiving travel

— U.K. stocks up on vaccines, hopes to start virus shots within days

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Cyber Monday gaming mouse and keyboard deals: the best prices on PC gaming’s prime inputs

With Black Friday behind us, we now look ahead into more deals heading into Cyber Monday and the following week. A lot of online retailers take advantage of this week by basically discounting anything that isn’t nailed down to clear stock. This means there will an obscene amount of mediocre Cyber Monday mouse and keyboard deals. Thankfully, you’ve got us sifting through the dirt to find you nuggets of gold to make sure you don’t spend your holiday bonus on garbage. 

Corsair’s excellent K95 is $70 off right now on Amazon, which we would recommend to anyone looking for a softer sounding mechanical keyboard. Though if you want a keyboard that’s a little more elegant, the Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate seems like something Tolstoy would use. He seems like he would have been a PC gamer. 

Here are the best keyboard and mice deals we’ve found so far:

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Facts about the controversial prime minister in ‘The Crown’

More than 30 years since she was last in power, Margaret Thatcher remains a divisive figure in Britain. Some see the prime minister as having saved the country from economic decline, while others believe she destroyed the livelihoods of millions of workers. But none can deny that Thatcher became a legend in her own lifetime. 



Margaret Thatcher talking on a cell phone: October 1985: British prime minister Margaret Thatcher looking pensive at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool.


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October 1985: British prime minister Margaret Thatcher looking pensive at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool.

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Early years

Born Margaret Roberts on Oct. 13, 1925, Thatcher had a humble but comfortable upbringing, living with her family in an apartment above her parents’ grocery store in Grantham, Lincolnshire. In addition to being a grocer, Thatcher’s father, Alfred Roberts, was also a preacher and a local politician, having held a seat on the local town council for several years and serving

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Amazon Pharmacy is going to be the first big test of public trust in Prime and will expose the company to more scrutiny



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  • This week Amazon launched its new Amazon Pharmacy service, selling prescription and generic medications.
  • Prime members will get a bunch of perks, including huge discounts of up to 80%.
  • By selling healthcare, Amazon Prime is getting into a market where consumers are keenly aware of how sensitive their data is, which means it will have to walk a fine line to maintain public trust.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amazon launched its new service Amazon Pharmacy on Tuesday, which means the company will be selling both prescription and generic medication to its US customers via its website.

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The move was not unexpected; industry watchers have been expecting Amazon to move into delivering medications since 2018, when it acquired drug-delivery startup PillPack. The company has also been pushing into healthcare more generally since then.

Amazon Pharmacy is

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Prime Therapeutics welcomes three leaders to transform the PBM’s technology, data analytics solutions | News

EAGAN, Minn., Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime), a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) serving more than 30 million members nationally, recently welcomed three new leaders to transform its information technology and data management and analytics areas.

  • Urvi Randhar joined Prime as senior vice president, chief information and technology officer; she is accountable for the strategic direction and operational performance of Prime’s IT systems and infrastructure, including operations, architecture, security, application development and support.
  • Sam Mohanty joined Prime in the newly created role of vice president and chief data officer; he is tasked with defining Prime’s enterprise-wide information management and technology architecture strategy to build a world class data and analytics eco system, supported by effective governance, control and data optimization.
  • Sarah Taylor joined Prime, also in a newly created role, as vice president and chief analytics officer; she will establish a strategy for bringing industry leading
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Prime Therapeutics welcomes three leaders to transform the PBM’s technology, data analytics solutions

EAGAN, Minn., Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Prime Therapeutics LLC (Prime), a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) serving more than 30 million members nationally, recently welcomed three new leaders to transform its information technology and data management and analytics areas.

  • Urvi Randhar joined Prime as senior vice president, chief information and technology officer; she is accountable for the strategic direction and operational performance of Prime’s IT systems and infrastructure, including operations, architecture, security, application development and support.
  • Sam Mohanty joined Prime in the newly created role of vice president and chief data officer; he is tasked with defining Prime’s enterprise-wide information management and technology architecture strategy to build a world class data and analytics eco system, supported by effective governance, control and data optimization.
  • Sarah Taylor joined Prime, also in a newly created role, as vice president and chief analytics officer; she will establish a strategy for bringing industry leading
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Amazon Pharmacy: Online drugstore and Prime Rx discounts extend tech giant’s reach into healthcare

The new online Amazon Pharmacy reflects the company’s larger ambitions in healthcare. (Amazon Photo)

Amazon will offer prescription medications for home delivery through a new online drugstore, promising Prime members free two-day delivery and discounts of as much as 80% on medications purchased without insurance.

The new services represent Amazon’s big move into the online pharmacy business, following the tech giant’s $753 million acquisition of prescription-by-mail company PillPack in 2018.

Amazon will be competing for a bigger share of the estimated $300 billion U.S. pharmacy market against a host of online drugstores and pharmacy delivery services from big rivals such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Target, as well as smaller startups and traditional drugstores.

Amazon Pharmacy, as the digital drugstore is known, will be available on Amazon.com and the Amazon App. Doctors and other healthcare providers will be able to send prescriptions to Amazon, at the request of a patient,

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