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By next year, Kroger will no longer supply plastic shopping bags at checkout in its 63 QFC stores, and by 2025 in all 2,800 Kroger-owned stores, in response to the customer backlash against plastic products and its contribution to landfills, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Kroger is the largest U.S. grocer, so the impact of the change could outsize other companies ditching plastics — including Starbucks Corp., Hyatt Hotels Corp., and Walt Disney Co., all of which are eliminating the use of plastic straws. Whole Foods and IKEA announced they were ditching plastic bags in 2008.

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The CIA's new license to cyberattack

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In 2018 President Trump granted the Central Intelligence Agency expansive legal authorities to carry out covert actions in cyberspace, providing the agency with powers it has sought since the George W. Bush administration, former U.S. officials directly familiar with the matter told Yahoo News.

Why it matters: The CIA has conducted disruptive covert cyber operations against Iran and Russia since the signing of this presidential finding, said former officials.

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Tech hits the brakes on office reopenings

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Tech was the first industry to send its workers home when COVID-19 first hit the U.S., and it has been among the most cautious in bringing workers back. Even still, many companies are realizing that their reopening plans from as recently as a few weeks ago are now too optimistic.

Why it matters: Crafting reopening plans gave tech firms a chance to bolster their leadership and model the beginnings of a path back to normalcy for other office workers. Their decision to pause those plans is the latest sign that normalcy is likely to remain elusive in the U.S.

The existential threat to small business

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The coronavirus pandemic has changed the game for U.S. businesses, pushing forward years-long shifts in workplaces, technology and buying habits and forcing small businesses to fight just to survive.

Why it matters: These changes are providing an almost insurmountable advantage to big companies, which are positioned to come out of the recession stronger and with greater market share than ever.