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Of road rage, pink slime and credit chips
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Swiping credit cards may start phasing out as companies go to cards embedded with chips. - photo by Stock photo

Summer travel season is underway with a spike in the number of drivers trying to share the same roads. What are the biggest triggers for road rage?
Also, pink slime was reviled just a couple of years ago but now it is making a comeback. And changes may be in store for credit cards.
Biggest road rage trigger
A new survey from Expedia finds that texting while driving will send other drivers into road rage more than any other factor.
Sixty-nine percent of drivers told the travel website that's their No. 1 trigger. Tailgating ranked second with 60 percent.
Other big factors include left-lane hogs who refuse to budge from that lane, swervers — especially those who don't use their turn signals — slowpokes traveling well below the speed limit, and those drifters who can't seem to settle on one lane.
Magnetic chips for credit cards
Visa and MasterCard are renewing their push for microchips in credit cards. They say the decades-old magnetic stripes are just too easy to copy, making them too much of a lure for crooks.
The move to use an embedded chip in credit cards had been delayed for years by costs and disagreements between retailers and banks. But in the wake of several high-profile security breaches, many of those disputes are quickly being resolved.
Pink slime returns
The finely textured beef at the center of school lunch controversies in 2012 is making a resurgence among retail, food service and food processing customers.
Both Cargill and Beef Products Inc. tell the Wall Street Journal they have seen significant rebounds in orders of the beef filler product. That differs greatly from two years ago when both companies were closing factories and laying off people.
The comeback is credited to beef prices, which have shot up 27 percent since 2012 and now hover at $3.80 a pound.

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