Americans Less Annoyed With Facebook Than Last Year, Still Dislike LinkedIn

Americans Less Annoyed With Facebook Than Last Year, Still Dislike LinkedIn

Ordinary consumers aren’t really the customers of social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest: we’re their products, there to have our personal data and preferences sold to advertisers. Still, people will flee a site if they don’t like it, making it important for social media platforms to keep users on the site longer in order to please their real customers. That’s why the American Customer Satisfaction Index has tracked our happiness with these sites since 2010. [More]

AT&T: $100M Fine For Throttling Unlimited Data Users Is “Unlawful,” “Coercive,” “Indefensible”

AT&T: $100M Fine For Throttling Unlimited Data Users Is “Unlawful,” “Coercive,” “Indefensible”

In June, the FCC proposed a potentially $100 million fine against AT&T for allegedly failing to disclose to its “unlimited” data plan subscribers the extent to which their data access could be throttled if they used too much of it in any given month. The company recently responded to the allegations, and let’s just say that AT&T isn’t exactly thrilled. [More]

Filmmakers Claim To Have Conclusive Proof Against “Happy Birthday” Copyright Claim

Filmmakers Claim To Have Conclusive Proof Against “Happy Birthday” Copyright Claim

“Happy Birthday” (aka “Happy Birthday To You”) may be sung millions of times a day at birthday bashes around the world, but putting it in a movie or recording a version of the brief ditty will set you back some money for royalties to Warner Music Group, which has long claimed to hold the copyright for the song. But a recently filed court document claims that there is conclusive proof that the song belongs in the public domain. [More]

These are just a handful of the products showcased on Amazon's new LaunchPad platform.

Amazon Debuts Launchpad, A Store Showcasing Crowdfunded Products

From books to mini-tanks, Amazon might be a one-stop-online-shop for just about anything consumers could desire, and with the unveiling of its new platform, Launchpad, the e-tailer is now gunning to be the one-stop-marketing-and-distribution center for startups. [More]

New signs at Virginia Costco stores remind shoppers that their bulk purchases of cigarettes will be scrutinized.

Costco Joins In Virginia Crackdown On Bulk Cigarette Buyers

Following reports of Costco shoppers loading up entire trucks full of large boxes of cigarettes, presumably with the purpose of reselling them on the black market in other states, the wholesale club is now posting signs indicating that these customers will face much more scrutiny going forward. [More]

Another Armored Truck Opens On Highway, Causes Cash Blizzard

Another Armored Truck Opens On Highway, Causes Cash Blizzard

It might seem like a miracle if you’re driving down the highway and find yourself in a blizzard of cash. Tempting as it might be, it is not legal for you to scoop up money and keep it for yourself, and you’ll get in trouble if authorities are able to track you down. After this happened just last week in Maryland, it has happened again in South Carolina. [More]

Verizon’s Go90 Mobile Streaming TV Service To Launch With Tiny Beta Test

Verizon’s Go90 Mobile Streaming TV Service To Launch With Tiny Beta Test

It’s been almost a year since Verizon first announced it would launch a streaming TV service and the company is just now getting around to naming it — Go90 — and providing details on its eventual launch.
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Usage: Consumer Reports September 2015
Story: Robocalls
Brand: CPR
Model: CallBlocker Protect
CU: N/A
Photographer: Rebekah Nemethy

Consumers Put Robocall-Blocking Devices To The Test

While we wait for phone companies to get around to offering services that help consumers block unwanted prerecorded robocalls, there are already several options available for people to use now, but not all of them may be up to the task. [More]

eBay Shutters Same-Day Delivery Service eBay Now

eBay Shutters Same-Day Delivery Service eBay Now

Three years after eBay launched its rapid delivery venture, eBay Now, the company is nixing the service as other e-commerce companies and retailers like Amazon, Uber and Whole Foods continue to dip their toes in the fast-delivery market. [More]

New York Unveils Billion Dollar Overhaul Of LaGuardia Airport

New York Unveils Billion Dollar Overhaul Of LaGuardia Airport

It’s out with the old and in with the new at New York’s LaGuardia Airport… well, in four years, that is. [More]

Get Your Halloween Costumes And Plastic Pumpkins While They’re Still On Shelves

Get Your Halloween Costumes And Plastic Pumpkins While They’re Still On Shelves

Time keeps moving whether we like it or not, and it’s almost the end of July. The patriotic party decorations and inflatable pool rafts have all sold, the school supplies that took their place in stores’ “seasonal” sections are starting to move, and they need something to fill that empty space on the shelf. That’s why we have Halloween in July. [More]

WA State Attorney General Orders Non-Delivering Kickstarter Campaign To Pay Up

WA State Attorney General Orders Non-Delivering Kickstarter Campaign To Pay Up

Last year, the Washington state attorney general tried something that no government had ever tried before: it sued the people behind a Kickstarter campaign that never shipped the merchandise that it promised. Justice moves slowly, but that case has finally been settled, with the company that failed to send Asylum horror-themed playing cards, being ordered to pay a total of $54,851 in restitution, civil penalties, and the attorney general’s costs and fees. [More]

In 1998, Kmart Invited Customers To Come To Kmart And Shop Online

In 1998, Kmart Invited Customers To Come To Kmart And Shop Online

Back in 1998, home broadband connections were rare, Amazon was only four years old, and shopping online was kind of a novel and weird concept to most Americans. Kmart was out to change that, encouraging their customers to purchase an amazing array of merchandise from the comfort of their own… local Kmart. [More]

(Renee Rendler-Kaplan)

Unsanitary Growing Conditions Lead To Partial Import Ban On Mexican Cilantro

Bad news for cilantro lovers: U.S. officials have implemented a partial ban on imports of the herb after health officials linked hundreds of illnesses to cilantro growing in feces- and toilet paper-covered fields in Mexico. [More]

Yet Another Uber Passenger With Service Dog Allegedly Left At The Curb

Yet Another Uber Passenger With Service Dog Allegedly Left At The Curb

Divit is a guide dog, who has been trained to keep his owner safe and independent and to have impeccable manners in public. Yet Divit’s owner says that they were left at the curb on their way to a vet appointment, simply because the driver assigned to their ride didn’t want to have a dog in the car. Even a service dog, which in theory is allowed to go anywhere that its owner or trainer does. [More]

(Photo: Consumerist)

Wendy’s Finally Begins Testing Antibiotic-Free Chicken

More than a year after Chick fil-A began its transition away from drugged-up chickens, and months after McDonald’s announced its plans to eventually go the antibiotic-free route, Wendy’s — the one major burger chain with ads that tout its better, more natural ingredients — is finally dipping its toes into the no-antibiotics pool. [More]

Owners Of Nike+FuelBands Eligible For $15 Check Or $25 Gift Card Under Class-Action Settlement

Owners Of Nike+FuelBands Eligible For $15 Check Or $25 Gift Card Under Class-Action Settlement

Owners of Nike+Fuelband fitness trackers are eligible for a partial refund after Nike and Apple agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the companies misled consumers about the accuracy of the wearable device. [More]

(Mike Matney)

From Apple To Walmart, Over A Dozen Of The Biggest Businesses In The U.S. Sign On To White House Climate Pledge

A huge number of the world’s nations are coming together in Paris this December to negotiate an agreement to stem emissions and forestall further climate change. Ahead of this winter’s United Nations talks, however, some well-known names here at home are pledging their own contributions to the cause. [More]