GRE Business Report: December 31st

Published 12/31 2013 10:42AM

Updated 12/31 2013 03:01PM

Starting early next year, about five million vending machines nationwide will be required to display calorie information. This update will not be cheap. The FDA estimates the cost to the industry will be $25.8 million initially and $24 million every year after that. The National Automatic Merchandising Association says complying with the new law will be expensive for small companies. But the FDA also estimates if just .02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories per week, it would save $24 million or more in annual health care costs. 

The Federal Aviation Administration says that six U.S. states will develop test sites for civilian drones as part of a long-term plan to put unmanned aircrafts into U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia and New York will all host research sites. The FAA does not currently allow the commercial use of drones but is working to develop operational guidelines by the end of 2015.

Netflix is doing some spring cleaning a little early. More than 80 movies and a handful of TV shows will no longer be available for streaming through the site as of Wednesday. That is according to post on Reddit. But a search on Netflix for many of the titles reveals that they will indeed expire Wednesday for Netflix's nearly 40 million streaming subscribers. The company's DVD customers may still order the discs in the mail. Netflix did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But a representative told C-NET the company routinely adds and deletes titles from its streaming service due to licensing contracts for exclusive content. 

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