Can Dateline NBC Just Run Your YouTube Clip Without Permission?

Can Dateline NBC Just Run Your YouTube Clip Without Permission?

Dateline NBC (aka “The Murder Show”) recently aired an episode about a California farm manager who was killed by an explosive device that used a spring-loaded rat trap as part of its triggering system. Thus, the show featured numerous YouTube clips of rat traps doing all sorts of awesome and violent things (no actual killing of rodents, thankfully) — some of which turned up in the browsing history on one of the suspect’s home computers — but Dateline didn’t identify the creator of those videos. [More]

Feds File 9 Lawsuits Against Alleged Mortgage Relief Scammers That Took Millions From Consumers

Feds File 9 Lawsuits Against Alleged Mortgage Relief Scammers That Took Millions From Consumers

If the thought of losing one’s home wasn’t bad enough, finding out that you’ve been ripped off by the companies promising to help must be even worse. Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with the Federal Trade Commission and 15 states announced a string of lawsuits and other actions against such deceptive companies. [More]

FlightCar Loses All The Stuff In My Glove Box, Isn’t Answering The Phone

FlightCar Loses All The Stuff In My Glove Box, Isn’t Answering The Phone

What if there were an AirBNB for cars? FlightCar is a startup that aims to connect lonely cars in long-term airport parking with travelers in need of short-term wheels. This seems like a great idea….except, like many “sharing economy” businesses, it’s a great idea until something goes wrong. Just ask reader Evan. [More]

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Grocery Store Runs On Electricity Generated By Its Own Food Waste

It’s the ciiiiiiircle, the circle of life, but instead of a cartoon lion there’s a grocery store running on electricity generated by the same food waste that store creates. More recycling, fewer anthropomorphic talking animals, but it’s a circle… of science. [More]

Man Returns From 2-Day Vacation, Finds Family Living In His Home

Man Returns From 2-Day Vacation, Finds Family Living In His Home

In our post about the AirBNB “guest” who decided to make himself at home and squat in a desert condo after he had stayed for a month, we noted that at least the condo in question was a vacation home, not her regular home. No, that actually happened this week to a man in Miami. He returned to the house he was renting after a short vacation and found another family living there. [More]

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Verizon Sends $3,020 Phone Bill To Website That Doesn’t Use Verizon

It’s always frustrating when you receive a bill that, without even having to break down the numbers, you know right away is too high. It’s even more frustrating when you know the bill is too high because you are not a customer of the company that sent you the bill. [More]

There’s “I’m Unhappy With My Hair” Mad, And Then There’s “Throwing Salon Chairs” Mad

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It is a customer’s right to express dissatisfaction with a paid service, but that right doesn’t extend to throwing, chucking and otherwise tossing anything you can get your hands on in an angry fit. According to cops in New York City, that’s how one woman reacted to a hairdo gone wrong. [More]

Is Cash America Getting Out Of The Payday Loan Business? Not Exactly

Is Cash America Getting Out Of The Payday Loan Business? Not Exactly

Sometimes there’s no better feeling than the one you get when you return to your so-called roots. Maybe that’s what Cash America International is looking for now that the company is making plans to separate itself from payday lending and returning to its first moneymaker: pawnshops. [More]

This is not one of the recalled Camaros. It is th wrong year, and it's a cake. (Don Buciak II)

GM Recalls Another 718,000 Vehicles, Including Your Bitchin’ Camaro

Not to be outdone by Chrysler’s recent recall-a-thon, GM has announced six new safety recalls covering more than a dozen models, for a grand total of 717,949 vehicles. [More]

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6 Things We Learned About The Wiener Business From The Founder Of The Hot Dog University

It’s the middle of National Hot Dog Month and today just so happens to be National Hot Dog Day, so what better time than now to learn a little bit more about those wieners, and the business of selling them? Because yes, there is a Hot Dog University run by a master of hot dogs, who seems to have all the answers. [More]

Apple Downplays Reports Of Back Doors To iPhones; Security Expert Says Company Is Being Misleading

Apple Downplays Reports Of Back Doors To iPhones; Security Expert Says Company Is Being Misleading

Late last week, forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski announced at a conference that Apple iPhones have back doors, undocumented functions that could allow unauthorized users to wirelessly connect and swipe data from the devices. Apple has since responded with a statement intended to downplay the issue, but Zdziarski insists that the computer company is not being honest with consumers. [More]

Family Kicked Off Southwest Flight Because Of Dad’s Tweet

Family Kicked Off Southwest Flight Because Of Dad’s Tweet

It’s pretty great when your customer complaint over social media receives a swift, decisive response from the target company. What is not so great is when that response is to boot you and your elementary-school-age children off a plane before takeoff because you complained about a specific employee’s actions over Twitter. [More]

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Vandals Ruining Perfectly Good Pastries By Smearing Them All Over Cars In Oregon

As responsible consumers, we feel that the waste of delicious food in order to wreak havoc on others is a downright waste, if not a crime against cuisine. You have to respect the stuff we eat — there’s a reason your parents told you not to play with your food. Respect. Also, it’s gross. [More]

Chrysler Continues Recall Roll With Brand New Sedans, Trucks And SUVs

Chrysler Continues Recall Roll With Brand New Sedans, Trucks And SUVs

When purchasing a brand new vehicle, one probably doesn’t expect it to be recalled in the next two months. [More]

FAA Extends Ban On U.S. Airline Flights To Tel Aviv For Another 24 Hours

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Yesterday, the FAA temporary halted all U.S. airline flights to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel for 24 hours. The agency has now extended that ban for another day. [More]

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Face It: The Ability To Stream Any Episode Of ‘The Simpsons’ Means Your Productivity Is Shot

You might’ve already scheduled a vacation starting Aug. 21, when FXX will air all 522 episodes of The Simpsons during its 11-day marathon, but if you wait until October, all those episodes will be available online, on demand. [More]

Ohio Woman Sues Chase For Alleged Mortgage Law Violation

Ohio Woman Sues Chase For Alleged Mortgage Law Violation

When you don’t follow the rules, you’re likely to get into a bit of trouble. In this case, JPMorgan Chase found itself party to a lawsuit alleging the company violated a law aimed to protect homeowners. [More]

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FCC Reminds Internet Providers & Wireless Companies To Follow Transparency Rules… Or Else

Earlier this year, a federal appeals court gutted the part of the 2010 Open Internet Rules dealing with so-called net neutrality. What this decision didn’t affect are the rules requiring that providers of broadband Internet access services disclose accurate information about their service offerings to the public. And so today, the FCC is sending out a reminder to ISPs (both fixed and mobile) that they need to follow the transparency guidelines or face the possibility of penalties. [More]