(Alan Rappa)

California Pizza Kitchen Manager Starts Chain Of Kindness That Extends To Corporate

When a family with four kids stopped off to eat at California Pizza Kitchen, disaster was looming. Their 13-year-old son, who has autism, was upset and on the verge of a meltdown in the middle of a crowded restaurant on Valentine’s Day. As the mother dreaded what would happen next, the manager came to her rescue, treating the family as if nothing were out of the ordinary. [More]

Don’t Believe Comcast… Mobile Broadband Is Not Competion For Cable Internet

(Alan Rappa)

Merger-mad Comcast and Time Warner Cable would have you believe that they are in direct competition with mobile broadband. And Verizon has successfully misled the state of New Jersey into thinking that accessing the web on your phone is the same as having a high-speed data connection to your home. Both of these conceits may someday be accurate, but the reality of the here-and-now is quite different. [More]

GM Confirms It’s Being Probed On Multiple Fronts Over Ignition Recall

GM Confirms It’s Being Probed On Multiple Fronts Over Ignition Recall

While there have been numerous reports of agencies poking their noses into General Motors’ long-delayed ignition-related recall tied to at least 13 deaths, today the car maker game some indication of just how many investigations it faces. [More]

Group Of Alleged Dine-And-Dashers Use Police Officer’s Car As Getaway Vehicle

Group Of Alleged Dine-And-Dashers Use Police Officer’s Car As Getaway Vehicle

Dining and dashing is never a good idea. It’s an even worse idea when you’ve borrowed your relative’s car, and that relative happens to be a police officer. [More]

Big Food Companies Stuffing Everything With Pea Protein

Big Food Companies Stuffing Everything With Pea Protein

Do you like peas? Soon, you might be gobbling them daily without even realizing it. Manufacturers are adding powdered pea protein to a surprising variety of foods. Crackers? Pasta? Chicken nuggets? They’ve all been made with powdered pulses: legumes like peas, lentils, and chickpeas. You might start seeing pulse powders in even more baked goods in coming years. [More]

Amazon Testing A Delivery Service Of Its Own

Amazon Testing A Delivery Service Of Its Own

How many times have you gotten a shipping alert from Amazon and groaned when because the delivery service selected by Amazon has a history of late deliveries, or of mishandling packages, or of packages that vanish into the ether? Now Amazon is reportedly testing a system in San Francisco that takes the middle man out of the equation. [More]

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Lost Andy Warhol Computer Art Found 30 Years Later, Languishing On Floppy Disks

What’s the point of art if it’s just sitting in a wasteland of obsolescence, spending 30 years languishing on dusty floppy disks? Luckily for fans of Andy Warhol, a set of images, doodles and photos made by the artist on a Commodore Amiga computer 30 years ago will is now seeing the light of day in a technological era. [More]

Fitbit Sends Out Recall Notification That Resembles A Phishing Notice

Fitbit Sends Out Recall Notification That Resembles A Phishing Notice

When the Fitbit Force was recalled back in March, it looked like it should have been the easiest recall in history. Once a customer removes the Bluetooth-enabled fitness-tracking wristbands from the packaging and syncs the device to a computer or smartphone, the company has the customer’s contact information and can easily drop them an e-mail. Six weeks later, that’s what the company has done…but many customers didn’t get the notice, as we learned yesterday. Why? [More]

Amazon Prime Members Can Now Shop For Groceries With Addition Of Pantry Service

Amazon Prime Members Can Now Shop For Groceries With Addition Of Pantry Service

A month after announcing its first-ever price hike to its Amazon Prime subscription service, the online retailer is finally launching Prime Pantry, a new bulk grocery shopping addition to Prime that Amazon hopes will justify that additional cost for some customers. [More]

FCC Chairman Insults Consumers’ Intelligence With Attempt To Defend Flimsy Net Neutrality

(Bill Bradford)

Today, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is walking around to the offices of his fellow commissioners and passing out freshly mimeographed copies of his proposal for new net neutrality rules. He’s also typed up, presumably on a trusty Imperial A, a defense of his baffling decision to disregard the whole “neutrality” aspect of net neutrality by allowing deep-pocket content companies to pay for “fast lane” access. [More]

Vermont Becomes First State To Pass A Bill Requiring GMO Food Labels

Vermont Becomes First State To Pass A Bill Requiring GMO Food Labels

Yesterday, Vermont’s House passed a bill that will make the state the first in the country to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. All it needs now is the governor’s signature, and he’s expected to slap his John Hancock on it soon. [More]

Man’s Lawsuit Claims Infected Rodent From Petco Gave Him Rat-Bite Fever

Man’s Lawsuit Claims Infected Rodent From Petco Gave Him Rat-Bite Fever

Following a lawsuit earlier this year accusing Petco of selling an infected rat that led to a boy’s death, a Maine man is now suing the chain claiming he got rat-bite fever from a rat he bought at the store. [More]

New Jersey Thinks 4G And Wired Broadband Are The Same, Lets Verizon Off The Hook

New Jersey Thinks 4G And Wired Broadband Are The Same, Lets Verizon Off The Hook

Someone at Verizon is wearing a party hat and celebrating this week, as the telecom titan convinced the state of New Jersey to let it wriggle out of a decades-old obligation to provide broadband throughout the entire Garden State, because apparently 4G wireless broadband is the same as a to-the-home wired connection, and broadband competition is completely unnecessary. [More]

800,000 Baby Video Monitors Recalled Because Batteries Aren’t Suppose To Burn You

800,000 Baby Video Monitors Recalled Because Batteries Aren’t Suppose To Burn You

Keeping an eye on your baby while they sleep or play quietly in their room should be a painless task. But for some owners of a recently recalled video monitor the everyday task has left them injured, and in some cases with property damage. [More]

Elementary School Decides To Stop Giving Kids A Dose Of Mountain Dew Before A Big Test

Elementary School Decides To Stop Giving Kids A Dose Of Mountain Dew Before A Big Test

If I learned anything from spying on my brothers playing Dungeons & Dragons in the basement with their friends, it’s that Mountain Dew is often the preferred fuel of choice for staying awake and making sharp decisions. That being said, a Florida elementary school was getting a heck of a lot of criticism for giving kids a dose of the stuff before taking high-pressure tests. [More]

Your College Education Might Be A Better Investment For Goldman Sachs Than It Is For You

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Americans have always viewed a college education as an investment in a student’s future, but there’s another sort of investment going on behind-the-scenes, and it’s nearly risk free. With access to a revolving door of prospective students and a continuous supply of federal aid, some colleges are turning hopes and dreams into big returns for Goldman Sachs and other investors. [More]

Do Not Punch Children And Trash The Store When You Can’t Cash In Your Change Jar

Do Not Punch Children And Trash The Store When You Can’t Cash In Your Change Jar

We’ve all been there: you’re out of cash for some reason, and have to raid your change jar for spending money. While it can be difficult to find a place to trade that money in fee-free, we do not recommend the method that a woman in Florida used. [More]

Proposed Regulations On E-Cigarettes Include Health Warning Label, Age Restrictions

Proposed Regulations On E-Cigarettes Include Health Warning Label, Age Restrictions

It only took five years, but the Food and Drug Administration is ready to begin regulating electronic cigarettes. While the new rule covers a lot of ground with the never-before regulated devices, it doesn’t deal with some of critics’ more controversial concerns. [More]