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McDonald’s CEO Will Step Down March 1, Mayor McCheese Not Named Successor

McDonald’s announced that its CEO Don Thompson, who is not to be confused with Ron Johnson, will retire from the position as of March 1st. The current senior executive vice president and chief brand officer will take over, but what will it take for the brand to win over franchisees and younger Americans? [More]

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Senators Urge GM To Extend Deadline For Filing Ignition Switch Claims

With just three days left before General Motors’ self-imposed victim compensation claim deadline, two senators are encouraging the car manufacturer to extend the cut off beyond January 31. [More]

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Hershey Wants To Make Impulse Candy Purchases Part Of Self-Checkout

Technology is changing how we buy groceries: self-checkout, curbside pickup, and delivery are all models that aim to make shopping more convenient and efficient. Walmart is even experimenting with a store that does nothing but curbside pickup for online orders. Yet when customers aren’t waiting in a checkout line, they don’t pick up impulse items. If that seems like a good thing to you, well, you aren’t a candy company. [More]

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Hey Look, Someone’s Already Made Beer Out Of Sewage Water

Yesterday we told you about an Oregon water treatment company asking permission from the state to let them demonstrate the potability of their end-product by allowing brewers to use their cleaned-up, recycled water in the making of beer. But it looks like one homebrew enthusiast (and wastewater engineer) in Wisconsin is already doing just that. [More]

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3 Reasons You Might Want To Dump Your Credit Card

While it’s not always a good idea to get rid of a bunch of credit cards all at once, some of that plastic in your wallet may not be offering you the best possible credit. [More]

Ad Watchdog Group To Comcast: Stop Saying Stuff That Isn’t True In Your Ads

Ad Watchdog Group To Comcast: Stop Saying Stuff That Isn’t True In Your Ads

Comcast, like every other company on earth, likes to advertise about how great they are. They run commercials all over about how their internet is better, faster, stronger than the next guy’s. Except, a business group that checks in on badvertising says, Comcast isn’t really as great as Comcast claims it is, and needs to tone it down a bit. [More]

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IKEA Adding Vegan Meatlessballs To Store Restaurant Menus

Lovers of foodballs that are not made of meat, rejoice: After shutting out vegetarians from the IKEA meatball club, the Swedish furniture giant says it’ll be introducing vegan meatless meatballs, or just vegan balls, if you will (and I will) this spring. [More]

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Ford Issues Two Recalls Covering 221,000 Vehicles For Seatbelt, Door Latch Issues

Door latches and seatbelts are two elements of a car that you don’t exactly want to have fail in the event of an accident. That’s why Ford issued two safety recalls covering more than 221,000 vehicles today. [More]

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Amazon Adds Seller-Shipped Marketplace Items To Super Saver Shipping

People love free shipping, even if retailers don’t necessarily love it so much. For customers who don’t have Prime memberships, Amazon’s free shipping on orders of $35 or more is a popular policy. Yet if one item in a customer’s cart ships from a third-party seller, it doesn’t count toward that $35 total. Amazon has now changed this policy…but only for items that were already listed as having free shipping. [More]

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Denver Airport Won’t Cater To Pot Tourists, Bans All Marijuana-Themed Souevenirs

So let’s say you decided to take a trip and see what all the fuss is about with this marijuana tourism stuff in Colorado (let’s hope you were more successful than Maureen Dowd). But after all that cooking eating, giggling and agreeing with Neil deGrasse Tyson about everything, you forget to grab your marijuana-themed souvenirs and you’re already at the airport to head home. You’re out of luck. [More]

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Show That Ex Your True Feelings This Valentine’s; Adopt A Cockroach In Their Name

Valentine’s Day is generally a time when you share your love and admiration for your beloved by shelling out an absurd amount of money for flowers, chocolates and dinner. What the day usually fails to recognize is people’s disdain for their ex-significant others. Alas, the San Francisco Zoo feels your pain and is offering scorned partners the chance to feel better by adopting a gross, ugly, scary animal in the name of their exes. [More]

Comcast Changes Customer’s First Name To “A**hole,” Is Really Sorry

Someone at Comcast thought it would funny to change the customer's name, but the cable company says they will fire whomever is responsible for this. (Image via Elliott.org)

We know from years of talking to people on the frontlines of customer service and billing that they don’t always have the nicest things to say about customers; you probably wouldn’t either if your day consisted of being yelled at for issues beyond your control. But most people don’t let their distaste for customers boil over to the point where they actually rename a customer “A**hole Brown.” [More]

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USDA Introduces New Maple Syrup Grading System To Clear Up Consumer Confusion

If you think people don’t take maple syrup seriously, clearly you have never been to Vermont. While that state already switched up its grading system for the sweet stuff, the rest of the country is set to change as well with new categories introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week. [More]

This ad from 2012, cited in the FTC complaint, shows that TracFone did not even mention the possibility of data throttling in the fine print.

TracFone To Refund $40 Million To Customers For Deceptive “Unlimited” Data Claims

Beginning in 2009, TracFone began selling supposedly unlimited prepaid data plans for $45 under brands like Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile, and Telcel America, but without clearly disclosing that users who went beyond certain monthly usage thresholds would have their data speeds throttled or cut off entirely. But today, in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, TracFone has agreed to refund $40 million to affected customers. [More]

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Americans Will Spend $703 Million On Valentine’s Day Gifts For Pets

Do you like to celebrate holidays with your pet? The National Retail Federation asked Americans how much we plan to spend on Valentine’s Day gifts for our pets, it adds up to $703 million across the whole critter economy. [More]

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Sony Ditches Its Streaming Music Service, Teams With Spotify For Playstation Music

If at first you don’t succeed, try again using someone else’s system: Sony is pulling the plug on its current streaming music offering, Music Unlimited, and hitching its wagon to Spotify’s star with a new partnership for PlayStation. [More]

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Marching Band Delivers Petition To Citi Asking Banks To “Revoke License To Steal”

In a handful of recent decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the right of businesses to effectively break the law by putting a few carefully worded sentences into their contracts and user agreements. But just because you can add these clauses doesn’t mean you have to do so, which is why pro-consumer advocacy groups gathered more than 100,000 signatures on a petition that was delivered, with a little bit of music, to Citigroup HQ in Manhattan this morning. [More]