Wal-mart scraps RFID smart shelf

In a win for privacy advocates and a loss for technologists and the RFID industry, Wal-Mart has decided to abort their trial of the controversial technology for inventory control, reports CNet.

The company claims that they never finished installing the shelf and never received any RFID products from their partner, Gillette.

Of course, Wal-Mart claims that they are postponing the trial due to a re- prioritization, not because of privacy concerns. An article in the Boston Globe doesn't quite see it that way.