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Aug. 8, 2014

Significant phone unlocking legislation was signed into law by President Barack Obama late last week, but Kyle Wiens, founder of tech repair resource iFixit, says "the unlocking fight is just beginning." While the unlocking law helps users and resellers unlock mobile phones, Wiens is putting his group's support behind new legislation that would allow unlockings of a wide array of electronics.

Dunn County, Wisconsin has decided to discontinue its free e-scrap recycling program and instead charge residents for televisions and computer monitors. The new fees will go into effect Aug. 30 and range from $15 for smaller sets to $50 for broken and bare CRTs. The change was made due to the rising costs of responsibly handling the materials.

A county in Illinois also recently moved to stop free collection of e-scrap.

Despite experiencing historically bad sales from its Redbox venture, Outerwall says the second quarter of 2014 reaped "solid results" thanks in part to the scaling of its ecoATM business. Outerwall, formerly Coinstar, has been at work integrating and growing the ecoATM business, which provides automated trade-in services for working and end-of-life electronics. Outerwall acquired the firm last summer.

 

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