Americans are cutting back on both regular pop and diet pop. So Dr Pepper is testing something in between, with natural sweeteners. Dr Pepper Snapple Group said Wednesday that it plans to test versions of its Dr Pepper, 7Up and Canada Dry brands this year that have about 60 calories a can with only naturally derived sweeteners. That’s less than half the 150 calories in a can of regular Dr Pepper, but more than the zero calories in the diet version. The drinks would use sweetened sugar and stevia, rather than the artificial sweeteners used in traditional diet pops or the high-fructose corn syrup used in most regular pop.
Toyota is recalling 1.9 million hybrid Prius cars globally for a software glitch that could cause the vehicle to stall, the company said Wednesday. Toyota Motor Corp. said no accidents or injuries have been reported related to the problem. The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.
A freeze on Bitcoin withdrawals imposed by three major exchanges won’t cause any long-term harm to the digital currency’s credibility, entrepreneurs attending a Bitcoin conference said Wednesday. Bitcoin’s value, which topped $1,100 in November, dropped below $630 Wednesday after the news overnight that the BTC-E and Bitstamp exchanges had stopped customers from converting their funds back into traditional currencies. They cited an apparent technical problem that allows fraudsters to flood exchanges with fake withdrawal requests — a problem first reported by the Mt. Gox exchange when it announced a freeze on withdrawals last week.