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Starbucks Prepaid CardLast week New York Governor Paterson signed a bill banning texting while driving. If a cop catches you typing out a message on your keypad or doing other “dangerous” activities like using an iPod, it will cost you $150. I guess we can call this victory for the latest round of New York Times fear-mongering. —(via Gothamist)

Just when you thought culinary achievement had reached its zenith when KFC rolled out the Double Down Sandwich, the American food scientists have developed a new mind-blowing product: caffeinated beef jerky. Perky Jerky, as it is called, will pack an impressive 150 milligrams of caffeine into every 2 oz bag. Why sip your espresso when you can chew on jerky? –(via Consumerist)

It is not quite as consumer friendly as a free refills policy should be, but the folks at Starbucks have finally entered the civilized world of the bottomless coffee cup. They are now offering free refills on brewed or iced coffee along with two free hours of internet access. The catch is that you need to pay for your coffee with a registered Starbucks card to qualify. At least it’s a start!

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