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Like they needed another reason to go to McDonalds, kids may be bothering their parents even more to hit the greasy fast-food chain if a recent patent application actually comes to fruition. The patent would involve both Disney and McDonalds and reveals plans to release a portable player that would feed kids bits and pieces of programming every time they came back to eat. Such an incentive could be included along with a Happy Meal, let's say. So you buy three Happy Meals and you get a full installment of a certain game, music album or movie. Forget the Star Wars action figure, this baby's going digital. All McDonalds needs is WiFi (coming soon...) and the actual hardware to make this scheme a reality. The patent suggests the product will have a memory card slot and will allow you to swap content with other devices, including your PC. Maybe they should also include coupons for a treadmill.

Happy Meals to go digital? [Arstechnica]

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