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  • An Iowa barber is giving free haircuts to kids who read aloud in his chair. Father of two Courtney Holme hopes his back-to-school initiative will encourage young students to pick up a book and strengthen their reading skills. The "Back to School Bash" event joined forces with other nonprofits and community groups and even gave away books with the free haircuts. "The kids would come in, and I would say, 'Go to the table and get a book you might like, and if you can't read it, I'll help you understand and we can read it together," said Holmes. — USA Today

  • Popular child car seat company Britax is recalling more than 200,000 seats. The company has issued the recall on several models, including Advocate, Boulevard, and Marathon ClickTight, because their "harness adjuster buttons may stick and cause the shoulder straps to loosen." Affected customers will be notified and issued with a lubricant that can be used on the "red harness adjuster button to fix the potential flaw." — Huffington Post

  • Google’s new Project Sunroof will make it easier to have solar panels on your roof. Sunroof will let homeowners know if their home receives enough light to justify investing in solar. Being referred to as a "treasure map" for future green energy projects, Sunroof will also let you know how much money you can save, and how long it will take to get that investment back after the initial outlay. The firm's new solar program is currently available in three locations—Boston, San Francisco, and Fresno—but, if successful, plans to roll out the service to the rest of the country and the world. — Engadget

  • Disney has unveiled plans for Star Wars–themed lands at its Florida and California locations. Fans have the opportunity to “take the controls” of the Millennium Falcon spaceship on a “customized secret mission and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.” And if that wasn't enough, a new Toy Story land is also in the works with 11 acres of family-filled fun, including a Slinky Dog roller coaster and a flying saucer ride featuring the Little Green Men. — Travel Weekly

  • Facebook is revamping its old Notes feature into a new blogging/publishing platform. Currently only available to a small group of people, "the new posts made through Facebook Notes are wider, include a big cover image, and are presented with large clean text and a clear headline." Facebook is hoping the latest update to Notes will encourage people to write longer blog posts, and provide a new way to share their thoughts via the site. — The Verge

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