FCC Chair Almost Ready To Share His New Take On Net Neutrality

FCC Chair Almost Ready To Share His New Take On Net Neutrality

Earlier this year, a federal appeals court eviscerated the FCC’s Open Internet (aka net neutrality) rule following a legal challenge by Verizon, effectively allowing ISPs to give priority access to their own content (or content from sites and services that pay for the privilege) while also blocking or throttling access to competing services and content. Net neutrality has been recuperating from that back-breaking defeat in a virtual underground prison, but is now preparing to scale the wall and return to the real world. [More]

Could Consumers’ Frustration With  Mortgage Closings Be Solved By eClosing System?

Could Consumers’ Frustration With Mortgage Closings Be Solved By eClosing System?

After months of searching for a home, going through the process of applying for a mortgage, providing support for every speck of dust in your piggy bank (often multiple times), you finally get to closing day, where you’re often rushed through hundreds of papers of documents you’ve never seen before, hoping that you’re not inadvertently signing away your firstborn. Isn’t there something that can be done to make the closing process less daunting and more transparent? [More]

There’s A Potentially Itchy Black Market For The Recalled Fitbit Force

There’s A Potentially Itchy Black Market For The Recalled Fitbit Force

After Consumerist played a large role in getting the Fitbit Force recalled, I set up a Google alert to let me know when news about the product hits the Interweb. Since the official recall almost six weeks ago, I sort of expected to see a decrease in mentions of the product. I didn’t expect to see sales listings from a small, disingenuous Fitbit Force black market. [More]

The Cost Of Attending Weddings Is Going Up So I’m Going To Need A Slice Of The Best Cake Ever

The Cost Of Attending Weddings Is Going Up So I’m Going To Need A Slice Of The Best Cake Ever

Listen, I don’t need a news alert to tell me that the cost of attending weddings these days is pretty freaking high, but it’s good to know that I haven’t just been hallucinating the money dribbling out of my wallet. A new report says the cost of just going to a wedding — along with various and sundry related activities — is up 10% in the last year and 75% in the last two. I can feel the money slipping away, I tell you. [More]

New Website Seeks To Put Job-Seeking Veterans And Employers Together

New Website Seeks To Put Job-Seeking Veterans And Employers Together

In an effort to ease the transition from military service to the private sector — and help former servicemembers find jobs that match their skills — the Dept. of Veterans Affairs has launched a new service on its website that it hopes will allow employers to connect directly with veterans looking for work. [More]

Man To Pay $489K After Triggering A Massive Search Effort For Fictional Stranded Boaters

Man To Pay $489K After Triggering A Massive Search Effort For Fictional Stranded Boaters

It’s one thing to call 9-1-1 over a messed up fast food order or perhaps accidentally when you didn’t realize you hit “emergency call” until hello, the police are on the phone and you’re very embarrassed. But it’s an entirely other, more expensive, boneheaded thing to pretend there are people in need of lifesaving help when the reality is, you’re just Peter crying wolf. [More]

Bagatelle's $470 sundae and $530 ring.

Please Stop Adding Inedible Things To Novelty Menu Items Just To Make Them Super Expensive

We get it — your sandwich/burger/dessert isn’t exciting enough, so what do you do, as a restaurant owner who wants to create a buzz? You add precious metals that you otherwise wouldn’t eat to a grilled cheese or a piece of jewelry to a sundae, crank the price up, call it a Super Expensive Food Item and get everyone talking about it. But listen, if I can’t eat it and/or it doesn’t taste good on its own, don’t include it with my food. [More]

Sprint: We’ll Totally Unlock Any Phone You Buy After February 11, 2015

Sprint: We’ll Totally Unlock Any Phone You Buy After February 11, 2015

In a perfect world, once a customer has completed a mobile phone contract or paid the full unsubsidized cost of their device, they should be able to take that device to any carrier of their choice. While carriers will adopt voluntary standards next year, that’s next year. Sprint wants consumers to know that you won’t be able to unlock any devices you get from them for use on any domestic networks until the standards go into effect on February 11, 2015. [More]

Let’s Play “Guess Why This Person Broke Into Restaurant While Wearing A Box On Their Head”

Let’s Play “Guess Why This Person Broke Into Restaurant While Wearing A Box On Their Head”

While it’s not exactly a case for Adrian Monk (or even Encyclopedia Brown), police in Bismarck, ND, do have a puzzler of a crime on their hands after someone broke into a restaurant after hours and appears to have done nothing but walked around the place with a cardboard box covering his/her head. [More]

Dish Network’s Internet TV Service Could Be Available This Summer

Dish Network’s Internet TV Service Could Be Available This Summer

While a number of companies have been contemplating the launch of an Internet-only pay-TV service, it looks like Dish may be the first U.S. provider to do so, as reports say the satellite company is looking to start offering this stand-alone service as soon as this coming summer. [More]

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Man Claims He Rang Up $135K Strip Club Bill Because He Was Drugged — 4 Different Nights

It’s one thing to have a wild and crazy night where you wake up and think, “Hmm, maybe some things happened last night that I don’t remember,” but to ring up over $100,000 at the same strip club and then claim you were drugged — four nights out of 10? That might be a tougher tale to tell convincingly. [More]

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Mailman Sentenced To Six Months In Prison For Failing To Deliver 44,900 Pieces Of Mail

You know that feeling you get when you see the day’s mail is just a collection of junk — circulars, promotional postcards and credit card offers? One mailman felt that same frustration, only it just made him want to not have to deliver all that stuff and just hide it in his dead mother’s home and a storage facility — about 44,900 pieces of it, all told. [More]

Awesome But Discontinued Appliances: Mrs. Tea

Awesome But Discontinued Appliances: Mrs. Tea

Do you remember Mrs. Tea? Launched in 1995, the Mrs. Tea machine was Mr. Coffee’s vaguely British counterpart, an automatic countertop brewing machine for loose-leaf tea. The device allowed for extra steeping time, and best of all, brewed into a classy-looking plain ceramic teapot. Mrs. Tea isn’t available to the tea snobs of today, though: she disappeared from the market sometime between 1998 and 1999. [More]

GM Shipping Kits To Finally Repair Ignition Defect Responsible For 13 Deaths

GM Shipping Kits To Finally Repair Ignition Defect Responsible For 13 Deaths

Amid probes from legislators, regulators, lawyers and criminal investigators into how General Motors managed to get away with allowing more than a million vehicles to hit the road with defective ignition switches tied to at least 13 deaths, the car maker has finally begun shipping out kits to its dealerships so they can start fixing the problem. [More]

Amazon Prime Scores HBO Programming (But Not Game Of Thrones)

Amazon Prime Scores HBO Programming (But Not Game Of Thrones)

For years, HBO has resisted making its library of original programming — shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, True Blood, Deadwood, etc. — available to online subscription services, choosing instead to limit that archive to either its own HBO Go service or to people willing to pay to rent or buy them individually. But today, Amazon announced that its Amazon Prime streaming video offerings will finally soon include unlimited streaming access to a variety of HBO programming (though not the one that’s the most sought-after right now). [More]

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McDonald’s CEO Not Worried About Breakfast Competition From “Sandwich” Or “Taco Shops”

You know what they say about if the breakfast kitchen is too hot you should get out, something like that? Well, McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson sounds like he’s not even breaking a sweat when it comes to any competition from Taco Bell or Subway breakfast offerings. [More]

This Basket Of Flowers Is Okay, But Not What I Ordered

This Basket Of Flowers Is Okay, But Not What I Ordered

Someone Cathy is close to is in the hospital with a shattered femur, which sounds extremely unpleasant. To cheer this person up, cathy sent some flowers through FTD. The flowers are pretty enough, but Cathy doesn’t think they’re what she ordered. [More]

Tax Refund Fraudsters May Have Targeted Physicians

Tax Refund Fraudsters May Have Targeted Physicians

Plenty of Americans don’t file their tax returns until the very last week: it’s just human nature. We shared scary warnings many times before this year’s April 15 deadline that fraudsters are filing Americans’ returns before they do, harvesting their refunds. Some even scarier news (if you’re a health care provider) broke today: some state medical societies report outbreaks of tax return scams among their members. [More]