Get ready to pay for power in public places

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The Verge (via Jim Romensko) reports Sony is developing power outlet technology that determines a user’s identity or permissions, and could be used to make people pay for the power they use in public places. Travelers could soon be paying for both WiFi and to keep their laptop charged, notes Engadget, but “perhaps being able to charge for a charge will convince New York City Starbucks to give us our outlets back.”

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