VTech’s Latest User Agreement Lets Company Skirt Liability For Future Hacks

VTech’s Latest User Agreement Lets Company Skirt Liability For Future Hacks

Last year, a data breach of VTech’s Learning Lodge app store exposed personal information for millions of parents and children. While the company claims to have improved its security to prevent future hacks, it also looks like VTech has given itself a way out of liability for anything bad that might happen. [More]

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5 Tips For Tackling Winter Driving Safely

Waking up to freshly fallen snow can be a peaceful, idyllic scene, but realizing just moments later that you have to drive in all that white fluffy stuff to get to work can take the serenity out of the moment. [More]

Police: Burger King Worker Tried To Arrange Robbery At Her Own Store

Police: Burger King Worker Tried To Arrange Robbery At Her Own Store

From time to time a would-be robber gets the idea that the best way to get away with a bunch of cash is to steal from a place they know inside and out, like their current or former employer. A Pennsylvania Burger King employee apparently took that idea and made it her own by cooking up a plan to get someone else to rob the restaurant where she worked.  [More]

Honda Officially Recalls 2016 Civics Over Engine Failures, Continues Halt To New Sales

Honda Officially Recalls 2016 Civics Over Engine Failures, Continues Halt To New Sales

A week after directing dealers to stop selling the newest model Civic sedans after detecting a problem in the vehicles that could lead to engine failure, Honda has announced an official recall of the affected cars.  [More]

New Student Aid Enforcement Unit Created To Address Alleged Fraud At For-Profit Colleges

New Student Aid Enforcement Unit Created To Address Alleged Fraud At For-Profit Colleges

With thousands of former Corinthian Colleges students waiting to find out if their federal student loan debts will be discharged because the now-defunct for-profit college allegedly deceived them with false promises related to their future careers, the Department of Education announced the creation of a special enforcement unit with the goal of being able to respond quickly to allegations that colleges are violating the law. [More]

Consumer Group Sues DOT For Failure To Create Searchable Database Of Safety Defects

Consumer Group Sues DOT For Failure To Create Searchable Database Of Safety Defects

More than three years ago, Congress instructed the Department of Transportation to create a publicly accessible, and easily searchable, website featuring communications between regulators, automakers, dealers, and consumers about safety defects. One safety group says this hasn’t happened, and is suing DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx in an effort to make this database a reality. [More]

More Than 100 Crashes Caused By Confusing Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge Gear Shifters

More Than 100 Crashes Caused By Confusing Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge Gear Shifters

For most vehicles, shifting into “Park” seems to be a simple task. But for thousands of people who own Fiat Chrysler cars, that’s not the case. Federal regulators expanded their investigation into these vehicles after receiving more complaints about crashes and injuries   because drivers say they have inadvertently left their vehicles in gear with the engine running because the electronic gear shifter is confusing. [More]

Chipotle’s Closed Today, But You Can Get A ‘Raincheck’ Free Burrito… Or A Deal From Competitors

Chipotle’s Closed Today, But You Can Get A ‘Raincheck’ Free Burrito… Or A Deal From Competitors

Burrito lovers have had weeks to prepare for the hours-long closure of Chipotle restaurants today, and in that time several competing fast Mexican chains have promoted special offers for the lunchtime crowd. But it looks like Chipotle may also have a deal for its temporarily abandoned customers: a raincheck for a free burrito.  [More]

Target Launches Gender-Neutral Home Decor For Kids

Target Launches Gender-Neutral Home Decor For Kids

Target’s gender-neutral approach to children’s toys is seeping into other aspects of the retailer’s business. Over the weekend the big box store unveiled a new brand of kids’ home decor that comes without boy or girl designations.  [More]

Volkswagen May Buy Back, Replace Emissions-Cheating Diesels In U.S.

Volkswagen May Buy Back, Replace Emissions-Cheating Diesels In U.S.

While owners of Volkswagen’s emission-cheating vehicles in the U.S. continue to wait for news on how the company plans to fix their cars, one lawyer working for the automaker says he’s preparing a generous compensation package for affected consumers.  [More]

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British Airways’ Female Flight Attendants Can Now Wear Pants

A long-running fight between British Airways and cabin crew staff has come to an end today with the decision that recently hired female flight attendants are no longer forced to wear skirts on the job.
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Report: Apple To Accept Newer iPhone Trade-Ins With Cracked Screens, Other Dings

Report: Apple To Accept Newer iPhone Trade-Ins With Cracked Screens, Other Dings

For years the owners of iPhones with broken screens or damaged buttons looking to trade in their older device for a new one through Apple’s Reuse and Recycle trade-in program have been out of luck, unless they shelled out the cash to repair the smartphone first. That’s reportedly set to change with an upcoming revamp of the program.  [More]

HSBC Must Pay $470M For Alleged Abusive Loan Practices

HSBC Must Pay $470M For Alleged Abusive Loan Practices

Thousands of homeowners who lost their homes or had their loans modified will receive a portion of a $470 million federal-state settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to settle allegations the bank engaged in origination, servicing, and foreclosure abuses.  [More]

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There Are Suddenly A Lot Of Closed Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s & HomeTown Buffet Restaurants

Sometimes you just don’t know what you want for dinner. For that reason, we have buffets. But there will be a fewer options for some diners, as Ovation Brands, the operator of restaurants like Hometown Buffet, Ryan’s, Fire Mountain, and Old Country Buffet, announced the closure of 74 underperforming locations.  [More]

Wendy’s Ditching “Now That’s Better” Motto For Something “Deliciously Different”

Wendy’s Ditching “Now That’s Better” Motto For Something “Deliciously Different”

While McDonald’s and Burger King have dominated the fast food slogan wars over the years with memorable phrases like “You deserve a break today,” and “Have it your way,” Wendy’s hasn’t really had a hit since the “Where’s the beef?” mania of the 1980s. But that hasn’t stopped the company from trying, as it ditches “Now that’s better” for the new “Deliciously different.”
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For-Profit Beauty School Chain Shuts Down Just Days After Losing Federal Funding

For-Profit Beauty School Chain Shuts Down Just Days After Losing Federal Funding

Just days after losing access to federal student financial aid because it allegedly falsified records and overcharged students, the for-profit Marinello Schools of Beauty has  shuttered all of its campuses. [More]

Rite Aid Shareholders Vote To Approve $9.4B Merger With Walgreens

Rite Aid Shareholders Vote To Approve $9.4B Merger With Walgreens

Walgreens’ path to bring Ride Aid under its wing passed one hurdle on Thursday, as shareholders for the latter chain of drug stores approved a $9.4 billion merger plan.  [More]

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Hasbro, Mattel Reportedly Talking About Making One Big Toy Company To End All Others

Imagine a world where G.I. Joe marries Barbie (or Ken) and then they both drive off in their Hot Wheels car to their My Little Pony ranch — and all these products come from the same company. It’s a possibility, with Mattel and Hasbro reportedly chatting about merging the contents of their respective toy chests.
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