eBay No Longer Allows 2 Non-PayPal Payment Processors After Divorce From eBay

eBay No Longer Allows 2 Non-PayPal Payment Processors After Divorce From eBay

eBay and PayPal have now completed their divorce, and one of the terms that they agreed to is that eBay still has to process a large number of its payments using PayPal. That could be the reason why eBay is eliminating competitors ProPay and Skrill from the payment options for shoppers and for sellers. [More]

Burger King Joins Nabisco Brand Party, Tries Chips Ahoy Milkshake

Burger King Joins Nabisco Brand Party, Tries Chips Ahoy Milkshake

Fast-food and coffee chains want to serve up drinks and desserts that are flavored like chocolate chip cookies, but these aren’t just any old chocolate chip cookies. No, chains including Dunkin’ Donuts, Dairy Queen, and now Burger King are selling Chips Ahoy-branded items in their restaurants, a confusing bit of cross-branding. [More]

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Amazon Lets Third-Party Merchants Limit Where They’ll Ship Prime Items For Free

Amazon’s Prime program includes third-party merchants, whose shops let the online Everything Store expand its inventory without building more warehouse space. While the company is experimenting with making these merchants part of the Prime program for items that already have free shipping, However, some of these merchants get to limit how far they will ship an item for free. [More]

American Airlines Will Honor Super Low “Mistake Fares” That Discounted Flights Up To 90% (UPDATE)

American Airlines Will Honor Super Low “Mistake Fares” That Discounted Flights Up To 90% (UPDATE)

UPDATE: After hearing from some Consumerist readers that American Airlines was canceling those tickets bought on the cheap due to a website error, the airline confirmed that while it it’s still going to honor some “mistake fares,” other folks won’t be so lucky. [More]

Court Rules NSA Phone Data Collection That Is Now Changing Anyway Is Still Legal

Court Rules NSA Phone Data Collection That Is Now Changing Anyway Is Still Legal

After several years of back-and-forth rulings, an appeals court in Washington, D.C. has ruled today that the NSA’s controversial bulk phone data collection program can indeed continue… at least until November, when it gets shut down anyway because Congress changed the law in June. [More]

Wayback Burgers, Denny’s Vie For The Affection Of Burger King After McDonald’s Turned A Cold Shoulder

Wayback Burgers, Denny’s Vie For The Affection Of Burger King After McDonald’s Turned A Cold Shoulder

After an offer to “settle the beef” in the name of raising awareness for Peace Day was unceremoniously shot down by McDonald’s with a rather passive-aggressive note, Burger King has received a proposal – or two – of its own to consider. [More]

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Time Warner CEO Isn’t Worried About Cable TV’s Fate: “Netflix Is Good, But Not That Good”

While cable companies’ investors might be shaking in their boots whenever the word “Netflix” pops up, the streaming video service isn’t the giant slayer it’s been made out to be — at least according to Time Warner Inc. Jeff Bewkes, who says his HBO is better than Netflix. [More]

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Fake Boss Wire Transfer Scammers Have Now Stolen $1.2 Billion From Companies

All year, we’ve been sharing information about a scam hitting companies all over the world, where very clever and resourceful scammers impersonate bosses and extract money on false pretenses. The best protection against this kind of fraud is education, and while law enforcement are doing their best to let people know about the scam, the number of victims is only increasing, and law enforcement estimates that the scammers have drained $1.2 billion worldwide from businesses’ bank accounts. [More]

Bank Of America Reportedly Settles Overtime Lawsuit For $36 Million

Bank Of America Reportedly Settles Overtime Lawsuit For $36 Million

When working a few extra hours, you have a reasonable expectation to be compensated for that time. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, which was the case for nearly 400 employees of Bank of America who sued the company alleging it failed to pay them overtime. Now, the company has agreed to settle the case, providing $36 million to the wronged employees. [More]

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Hermès Says It’s Talking With Jane Birkin About Crocodile Leather Used In Namesake HandBags

If you’ve got a product named after you, should you be able to control how that item is made? Actress Jane Birkin is certainly trying to have her say, telling the company to take her name off the luxury handbag named after her because they’re made from crocodiles who are inhumanely slaughtered. [More]

Woman Says Walmart Tech Totaled Her Car, Company’s Effort To Make It Right Falls Short

Woman Says Walmart Tech Totaled Her Car, Company’s Effort To Make It Right Falls Short

A Texas woman who took her car to her local Walmart’s service center for a routine oil change says a technician totaled the vehicle and now the company isn’t offering her a fair settlement, leaving her stranded and her business suffering. [More]

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Class Action Suit Alleges Nestle Benefits From Fishing Vessel Slavery To Make Fancy Feast

Last week, we shared the news that a Costco customer had filed a class action lawsuit against the warehouse retailer, claiming that they sell shrimp benefiting from slave labor. Now cat owners have filed a similar lawsuit against Nestle, parent company of Fancy Feast cat food, claiming that the company uses mistreated and enslaved workers to catch fish destined for cat food cans. [More]

10 Things We Learned About The Structured Settlement Purchase Industry

10 Things We Learned About The Structured Settlement Purchase Industry

Report after report finds that payday lenders, auto title loan firms and pension advance operations unfairly target vulnerable consumers with high fees and questionable terms, but a new investigative piece from The Washington Post shows that are some lesser-known, but very lucrative players offering quick cash to vulnerable consumers: structured settlement purchasing companies. [More]

The companies that are taking funds from the Connect America Fund to extend rural broadband coverage.

Ten ISPs Sign On With FCC Fund, Will Expand Rural Broadband To Over 7M Customers In 45 States

While those of us who live in or near the country’s medium and large cities see slow but eventual improvements in broadband service and sometimes even some competition, the same is not true for millions of Americans who live in the more rural parts of the country. Running wires outside of the ‘burbs costs more money than it brings in, so carriers aren’t keen to do it without a boost. And that’s where the FCC’s Connect America fund comes in. [More]

Ashley Madison CEO Steps Down In Wake Of Hacking Scandal

Ashley Madison CEO Steps Down In Wake Of Hacking Scandal

Less than two weeks after hackers published two big data dumps full of material stolen from Ashley Madison, a dating website for cheaters, its parent company Avid Life Media announced that effective today, CEO Noel Biderman will be stepping down from his position and is no longer with the company. [More]

California Senate Approves Bill To Regulate E-Cigarettes Like Traditional Tobacco Products

California Senate Approves Bill To Regulate E-Cigarettes Like Traditional Tobacco Products

Eight months after the California Department of Health declared that e-cigarettes were a threat to public health, the state’s lawmakers are taking steps to ensure the devices are regulated much like their traditional counterparts. [More]

Google Chrome Will Block Flash Ads, Auto-Playing Videos Starting Sept. 1

Google Chrome Will Block Flash Ads, Auto-Playing Videos Starting Sept. 1

If you hate the blast of noise and music that hits your ears every time an auto-playing video unexpectedly goes off on a web page you’ve just opened, rejoice: Google Chrome will be blocking all Adobe Flash content deemed not central to a web page starting Sept. 1. [More]

Chicago Target Could Be Company’s First To Serve Alcohol To Shoppers

Chicago Target Could Be Company’s First To Serve Alcohol To Shoppers

Who needs to tote around a cup of coffee or soft drink while browsing the aisles of their local big box retailer when they could have a glass of wine in hand instead? While shopping and drinking can certainly be a dangerous combination for some people (not myself, of course), that could be the next step for Target. [More]