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The Morning After: Monday, October 16th 2017

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Welcome to the middle of October. As the pumpkin spice lattes floweth over, we've taken a look at the ropey world of fast-food tech stunts -- and highlight the weekend news.


From the Pizza Parka to the Windows 7 Whopper.
A ridiculous history of fast-food PR tech stunts

Who doesn't love a good over-the-top marketing stunt? Recently we've seen a lot of those, including Pizza Hut's Pizza Parka, a coat made of the same insulating materials as its delivery pouches. Because why not? Here are some other terrible / great ones. (Delete as applicable.)


Three Texas closures suggest coal isn't coming back any time soon.
Coal power plant closures are ramping up despite White House plans

The Trump administration may hope it can reverse coal power's decline by ending the Clean Power Plan and other eco-friendly efforts, but the industry's moves suggest otherwise. Luminant has announced plans to close three major coal plants in Texas (in Freestone, Milam and Titus counties) between January and February 2018. The shutdowns will take a combined 4,200MW of power off the grid -- enough to run over four million homes, as Reuters notes. The news boosts the expected capacity of 2018 power plant closures to over 13,600MW, or a whopping 79 percent more than the known closures for this year.


The cofounders are stepping down from management to create new IPs.
11 years after creating 'League of Legends,' Riot is making a new game

The two founders of Riot Games announced that they're handing off the management of League of Legends to other administrators, so they can make a new game -- the publisher's second big video game release in 11 years of operation.

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