(Steve)

AT&T Rollover Data A Good Idea In Theory, Useless For Some Real Users

Tom is an AT&T customer, and currently has a data plan that includes rollover data. Normally, he and the other person on his plan are very precise: he says that they normally use 2.8 GB of their shared 3 GB plan. Recently, their normal practices didn’t work, and they had to dip into the rollover data. That’s when they learned that rollover data is only useful if your data use fluctuates wildly from month to month. [More]

(Maurizio Pesce)

Sharp Will Stop Selling TVs In The Americas, Licenses Name To Hisense

Sharp was an early player in the flat panel screen market, but the Japanese company has decided to leave behind their TV business in the Americas, agreeing to license their name to a Chinese company, Hisense. Sharp sold its factory in Mexico to Hisense, which will presumably supply TVs to customers in North and South America alike. [More]

DOJ Sues Supplement Makers Over Mislabeling, Failure To Follow Good Manufacturing Processes

DOJ Sues Supplement Makers Over Mislabeling, Failure To Follow Good Manufacturing Processes

When people buy dietary supplements, they do so assuming that the product in the pill, powder, or liquid actually is what it claims to be, and that the amount you’re taking is correct. The U.S. Department of Justice has accused three supplement makers of being careless with what went into their products –– or, in bureaucrat-speak, “misbranding” and “not complying with the FDA’s current good manufacturing practices.” [More]

(Robert Martin)

Nowadays it’s a pretty safe bet that we’d associate the word coffee with Keurig or Starbucks, but not too long ago there was another name synonymous with a hot cup of joe: Mr. Coffee. Sadly, the man who helped revolutionize the way we get our morning cup of java passed away this weekend. Vincent Marotta, 91, co-founded Mr. Coffee along with a friend Samuel Glazer back in 1972, essentially making the percolator obsolete. The two owners sold the company for $182 million just 15 years after its creation. [via The Associated Press]

Delta Air Lines Bans Shipments Of Big Game Trophies

Delta Air Lines Bans Shipments Of Big Game Trophies

Following the recent news about and backlash against a Minnesota man who killed a beloved lion during a paid hunt in Africa, Delta Air Lines says the company is banning shipments of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide. [More]

(Renee Rendler-Kaplan)

CDC: 358 People In 26 States Confirmed To Have Cyclosporiasis From Cilantro

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration imposed a partial import ban on cilantro grown in Mexico after an outbreak of the parasitic gastrointestinal illness Cyclosporiasis was traced to specific fields and processing facilities in that country. So far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, government agencies have been able to confirm 358 cases of the illness, in 26 states. [More]

Amazon Echo Is Coming To Staples, But Not One Near You – Only Online

Amazon Echo Is Coming To Staples, But Not One Near You – Only Online

So who will be the first retailer to offer Amazon’s high-tech, sort-of assistant speaker? None other than the e-tailer’s office supply rival Staples. [More]

Citigroup Facing Federal Investigation Into Student Loan-Servicing Practices

Citigroup Facing Federal Investigation Into Student Loan-Servicing Practices

Just last month federal regulators announced that an ongoing probe into potentially unscrupulous student loan-servicing practices resulted in nearly $18.5 million in refunds and fines from Discover Bank. Now, regulators appear to have Citigroup in their crosshairs, as the financial company announced it was party to an investigation. [More]

Report: Apple Considering Being Your Phone Carrier (Sort Of)

Report: Apple Considering Being Your Phone Carrier (Sort Of)

There could come a time in the future where you not only buy your phone or mobile device from Apple, but you could pay the company to talk, text and get access to data as well. A new report says Apple is talking about launching what’s known as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service in the U.S. as well as Europe. [More]

Amazon Puts A New Limit On How & Who You Can Share Prime Benefits With

Amazon Puts A New Limit On How & Who You Can Share Prime Benefits With

Amazon appears to be reining in the number of people who share some of their Prime member benefits with others. In a rather stealth move over the weekend, the e-commerce giant reduced the number of people that could share a Prime member’s perks from four to just one other member of their household. [More]

City Sues Resident Who Used City Council Footage In YouTube Videos

City Sues Resident Who Used City Council Footage In YouTube Videos

Section 107 of the Copyright Act permits “fair use” of copyrighted materials “for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching…, scholarship, or research.” But the leaders of one California city don’t think this applies to critical videos made using footage from its city council meetings. [More]

(frankieleon)

Trade Dispute About Dental Devices Could End Up Changing The Future Of The Entire Internet

The entire future of the internet may now depend on some plastic retainers. Specifically, two competing versions of those clear plastic alignment systems adults sometimes get instead of braces. And if that sounds weird — which to be fair, it really is — well, welcome to the strange, utterly pervasive world of IP law in a digital century. [More]

Stop & Shop Thinks You Might Like To Chow Down On A Nice, Crunchy Scrubbing Loofah

Stop & Shop Thinks You Might Like To Chow Down On A Nice, Crunchy Scrubbing Loofah

Either there’s a bit of confusion going on at a Massachusetts Stop & Shop, or these fruits have been left out way too long, completing their transformation from edibles to hygienic tools. [More]

Sears Holdings Comparable-Store Sales Down More Than 10% In Last 3 Months

Sears Holdings Comparable-Store Sales Down More Than 10% In Last 3 Months

In all of our reporting on the recent woes of Sears Holdings, the real message is that we want Sears to stage a comeback and return to the retail greatness of decades past. Yet things don’t look very promising over at Sears HQ, and today the department store chain announced that its sales across comparable stores have fallen more than 10% in the last quarter. [More]

This Graph May Explain Why Cable Companies Aren’t Rushing To Get Into Standalone Streaming

This Graph May Explain Why Cable Companies Aren’t Rushing To Get Into Standalone Streaming

With pay-TV subscription numbers dropping as people turn to online sources for their entertainment and news, it might seem sensidble that the pay-TV giants would jump into the streaming video business. But with the exception of Dish-owned Sling TV, that hasn’t been the case. That might be because consumers appear to be quite fickle about their use of these standalone services. [More]

Macy’s, Bloomingdales Expand Same-Day Delivery Service To Nine Markets

Nearly a year after Macy’s and Bloomingdales began a pilot program offering same-day delivery of certain items for a $5 fee in eight markets around the country, the companies have expanded the service to nine other locations. Markets added to the program include Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, New York City/Western Long Island, Orange County, CA, and Philadelphia. However, availability for delivery – which is provided by Deliv – varies depending on what stores are located in the area. For example, Dallas and Las Vegas only offer delivery from Macy’s stores, not Bloomingdales. [via Macy’s]

This is what the scam email purporting to be from Microsoft looks like. Don't fall for it.

Scam Alert: Microsoft Is Not Upgrading Computers To Windows 10 Through Email

First and foremost: If you’re a Windows 7 or 8 user, Microsoft will not email you to upgrade to Windows 10. If you do get an email along those lines, it’s probably a scam and if you download what’s inside, bad guys could hold your computer’s files for ransom. [More]

(FastFords)

Regulators Investigating Harman Kardon After Remote Hack Of Jeep

Following a report last month that suggested certain Fiat Chrysler vehicles were susceptible to remote hacks, the auto maker issued a software patch and a subsequent recall. Now, federal regulators are taking over, opening an investigation not into the car manufacturer, but the company behind the radios that provide an entryway for would-be hackers. [More]