Sprint Partnering With UK Tech Retailer To Open Up To 500 New Stores In The U.S.

Sprint Partnering With UK Tech Retailer To Open Up To 500 New Stores In The U.S.

There could be a few more Sprint stores in the neighborhood soon, as the wireless company announced plans to partner with one of the U.K.’s biggest technology retailers to open new locations stateside. [More]

Sysco Drops Bid To Buy U.S. Foods, Plan To Create Foodservice Supply Voltron

Sysco Drops Bid To Buy U.S. Foods, Plan To Create Foodservice Supply Voltron

After months of battling with federal regulators – including contentious meetings, a lawsuit and a federal injunction – food distributor Sysco has dropped its plan to merge with rival U.S. Foods. [More]

Amazon Tweaks Review System To Crack Down On Fakes, Highlight The Most Helpful Entries

Amazon Tweaks Review System To Crack Down On Fakes, Highlight The Most Helpful Entries

Amazon is taking its recent crackdown on fraudulent reviews a step further by implementing a system to ensure customers see the most authentic – and helpful – reviews of a product first. [More]

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Cigna Rejects Anthem’s $47B Merger Bid, Says It’s “Deeply Disappointed” By Suitor’s Recent Actions

After Anthem Inc. unveiled its roughly $47 billion bid to merge with fellow health insurer Cigna Corp. over the weekend, the object of its affections swiftly put the kibosh on that proposal. In a letter to Anthem’s board, Cigna said it was “deeply disappointed” with its suitors recent actions, and that the offer wasn’t in the best interest of shareholders. [More]

Hormel Goes To Its Culinary ‘Discovery Space,’ Returns With Bags Of Spam Jerky

Hormel Goes To Its Culinary ‘Discovery Space,’ Returns With Bags Of Spam Jerky

Our world is one where people go crazy over novel presentations of beloved snacks, but also one where people are seeking snacks full of protein. That’s why it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Hormel, best known as the maker of Spam, is expanding into new, snack-size iterations of their meat and peanut butter products. [More]

How Do Video Game Publishers Continue To Get Away With Mistreating Their Customers?

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It’s E3 time: the annual video game conference — still, barely nominally, a trade show — is taking place this week in Los Angeles, drawing developers, publishers, and media from around the world to gawk at titles large and small. From Facebook games to Fallout, everything is on display… including the long history of the contentious, adversarial relationship between the companies that make the games and the consumers who play them. [More]

Comcast Accused Of Deliberately Sabotaging Houston Sports Channel

Comcast Accused Of Deliberately Sabotaging Houston Sports Channel

Comcast Sportsnet Houston, which had exclusive access to Houston Rockets and Houston Astros games, was on the air less than a year when it was forced to declare bankruptcy in 2013. Not even a year later, the station — once valued at $700 million — was sold off to a joint venture of DirecTV and AT&T for a whopping $1,000. A new lawsuit accuses the cable company of deliberately submarining CSN Houston. [More]

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Nobody Really Knows What To Do About Regulating The Sharing Economy

The car in front of you has four wheels and goes “beep.” For a certain fee, its driver will pick you up from where you are now and will shortly thereafter drop you off at the place you want to go. Twenty years ago, that car was an ordinary taxicab that you called on a landline. Now, it’s an Uber you summoned with an app on your smartphone. What’s the difference? In the world of regulation, everything. [More]

How Recalls Work (And Don’t) And Why They’re All So Different

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Manufacturers — of all kinds — usually try hard to get it right on the first try. From banana muffins to bicycle helmets, it’s in a company’s best interests to make their products perfect. Not only is it better for their reputation and their business, but it’s less expensive, in the long run, and causes less trouble. Sometimes, though, something just goes wrong. [More]

Best Buy Can’t Stop People From Using My E-mail Address

Best Buy Can’t Stop People From Using My E-mail Address

More than 10 years ago, when Gmail was first born, Jeff signed up early enough that he was able to snag [nickname]@gmail.com as his address. As years passed, this seems like less of a coup: it seems that people who shop at Best Buy love using this address as a throwaway. [More]

AT&T Exec Says Wireless Companies Soon Won’t Be Footing Bill For Customers’ Devices

AT&T Exec Says Wireless Companies Soon Won’t Be Footing Bill For Customers’ Devices

During the first decade-plus of the 21st century cellphone boom, most of us paid only a fraction of the full retail price for our phones because the wireless companies were willing to pick up the rest in exchange for locking us into 2-year contracts. But with more service providers pushing subscribers into plans that have them paying full price for their devices, the days of getting a new $650 phone for only $200 are quickly fading into memory. [More]

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Nearly 70% Of Consumers Rely On Online Reviews Before Making A Purchase

Everyone has an opinion, and nowadays most people are willing to share it; for better or worse. So it shouldn’t be surprising then – what with the sheer number of outlets available in which consumers can express their feeling about products and services – that nearly seven-in-ten consumers actually base their purchases on the digital recommendations of strangers. [More]

GameStop, Not Hot Topic, To Acquire ThinkGeek For $140 Million

GameStop, Not Hot Topic, To Acquire ThinkGeek For $140 Million


Remember the long, long-ago of, er, just last week when we thought Hot Topic was planning to buy the parent company of online specialty retailer ThinkGeek? Well, now they’re not. A mysterious new suitor showed up just a few days later, and it appears they have the better bid. And so, Geeknet today announced that their brief fling with Hot Topic is over, and they will be joining up with GameStop instead. [More]

Olive Garden’s Board Of Directors Waited Tables To Experience Life As An Employee

Olive Garden’s Board Of Directors Waited Tables To Experience Life As An Employee

Not even a year ago, the activist hedge-fund investors at Starboard Value were making headlines with their 300-page report criticizing Olive Garden management for being wasteful with the free breadsticks, overly generous with the salad dressing, and not selling enough booze. Since then, Starboard has ousted board members at Olive Garden parent company Darden Restaurants and replaced them with their own nominees who have ushered in menu changes like turning those breadsticks into sandwiches. In an attempt to ground the new board members’ decisions in the real world, they all got to spend an evening on the foodservice front line. [More]

Survey Says: Everyone Still Hates Comcast’s, TWC’s Customer Service

Survey Says: Everyone Still Hates Comcast’s, TWC’s Customer Service

Comcast keeps promising that this is the year their legendarily bad customer service gets an overhaul, but consumers don’t seem to be buying it. A national survey asking consumers about cable and internet companies has, once again, dropped Comcast and Time Warner Cable right at the very bottom of the heap. [More]

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Nevada’s Attorney General Is Investigating Cash4Laptops/Cash4iPhones

Last year, we shared two readers’ crappy experiences with the brand that does business under the names Cash4iPhones and Cash4Laptops. One had his offer for three phones cut by more than $900, and another received an offer of $263 for his phone and a check for $41. Our readers aren’t alone, of course, and the attorney general in the state of Nevada, where the company is based, is investigating them. [More]

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Coca-Cola Says It Didn’t Pay For Placement In Mad Men Finale

If you haven’t watched the series finale of Mad Men, then you really shouldn’t be reading a story about the series finale of Mad Men. And if you continue reading this story about the series finale of Mad Men, don’t get angry at us for giving away what happens in the final moments of the series finale of Mad Men. [More]

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Of Course You Can Buy Marijuana-Infused Coffee Pods On The West Coast

Because everyone knows that the best part of waking up is staying in your soft pants all day and eating cereal while watching Warner Herzog documentaries, the chilled out folks on the West Coast are pairing your morning cup of joe with marijuana to start the day. [More]