The Starry Station wireless receiver has a 3.8" touch screen and is intended to be more than just an antenna for your home.

Aereo Founder Now Wants To Offer Wireless Gigabit Broadband Service

While Aereo — the startup that offered online access to freely available over-the-air broadcast TV networks — may have been gutted by a 2014 Supreme Court ruling, its founder and CEO Chet Kanojia soldiers on. His latest project: Wireless high-speed broadband for your home. [More]

Aviation Authority: No, You Can’t Put Your Supernatural Dolls In Airplane Seats

Aviation Authority: No, You Can’t Put Your Supernatural Dolls In Airplane Seats

Earlier this week, a Thai airline made international news by allowing passengers to pay child ticket rates for trendy “child angel” dolls and telling its staff to treat these supposedly supernatural dolls like real passengers. But the country’s aviation authority is not pleased. [More]

FCC Expected To Require More Choices For Cable Set-Top Boxes

FCC Expected To Require More Choices For Cable Set-Top Boxes

UPDATE: FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has released some details on how he believes the set-top box market can be more consumer-friendly. [More]

Washington Law Would Let Counties Sell Broadband Service When Comcast Won’t

Washington Law Would Let Counties Sell Broadband Service When Comcast Won’t

Last year, we told you about Seth, who had recently relocated to Washington only to find out he might have to sell his new house because Comcast had lied to him about being able to provide the Internet connection he needs for his home office. And even though the county runs a high-speed fiber network not far from his property, current state law restricts consumers from buying access to that service. Recently proposed state legislation hopes to right that wrong and give counties the ability to serve residents when Comcast and others refuse to. [More]

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Government Will Try To Figure Out How Many Americans Are Now Part Of The “On-Demand” Workforce

How many Americans are making money from “on-demand” jobs — like being an Uber driver, selling stuff on Etsy, or renting out a room on Airbnb — that either didn’t exist until a few years ago or have exploded in popularity thanks to technological innovations? No one really knows, with various reports putting it at anywhere from 5% of the workforce to more than a third. So, for the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Department of Labor will try to get a more accurate headcount on so-called “contingent” workers. [More]

Uber Uses Sensors In Drivers’ Phones To Track If They Are Speeding

Uber Uses Sensors In Drivers’ Phones To Track If They Are Speeding

If you complain to Uber about your driver taking you on a wildly circuitous route to your destination — thus resulting in a higher bill — you know the company can check that because you can see your car’s every turn being tracked in real time on the app. But Uber can also use the driver’s smartphone to see if they are driving recklessly. [More]

Walmart, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestlé Offer 176 Truckloads Of Clean Water To Flint Schoolkids

Walmart, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestlé Offer 176 Truckloads Of Clean Water To Flint Schoolkids

You’ve no doubt heard about the concerns over lead-tainted water in the Michigan city of Flint. While the city and state have declared it a public-health emergency, some big businesses are stepping up with the promise of delivering millions of bottles of clean water to Flint schoolchildren through the rest of 2016. [More]

3 Reasons Why ‘House Hunters’ Will Likely Outlast The Apocalypse

3 Reasons Why ‘House Hunters’ Will Likely Outlast The Apocalypse

Centuries from now, when the only beings roaming the scorched earth are heavily irradiated ghouls and super mutants, all great literature, music, and art will be lost but somewhere a gaggle of radroaches will be gathered around a TV watching reruns of HGTV’s House Hunters. [More]

Airline Lets Passengers Buy Child Tickets, Snacks For “Supernatural” Dolls

Airline Lets Passengers Buy Child Tickets, Snacks For “Supernatural” Dolls

Do you feel compelled to travel with a supposedly supernatural-powered doll that not only gets its own seat, but a meal it can’t possibly eat? Then one airline is ready to cater to your very specific needs. [More]

The property during a better, less eroded time. Since last spring, much of the area marked in red has eroded and neither the HOA nor the developer have taken responsibility. Check out DallasNews.com for an after shot to see how things stand now.

Family Caught In Battle Between HOA & Developers While Their Yard Falls Into Pond

So you come home one day to find that the slope at the back of your yard has begun to slough off into the pond behind your property. You call your homeowners association, which is supposed to handle such disasters, but they do nothing because the pond in question still technically belongs to the developers, who also do nothing. Meanwhile, that slope become more and more like a precipice while the two possible responsible parties do everything but take responsibility. [More]

It’s 50% Off Time At Most Of Those Walmarts That Are Shutting Down

It’s 50% Off Time At Most Of Those Walmarts That Are Shutting Down

Of the 150 or so Walmart and Walmart Express Stores fated for the chopping block, almost all of them are closing for good next Thursday (Jan. 28). After hearing from anecdotal accounts of big sales at some of these stores, Walmart HQ has confirmed to Consumerist that you can indeed get 50% off at these doomed locations. [More]

Cheese Company With Leaky Roof, “Uncleanable Surfaces” Pleads Guilty To Selling Listeria-Tainted Food

Cheese Company With Leaky Roof, “Uncleanable Surfaces” Pleads Guilty To Selling Listeria-Tainted Food

Perhaps you’d like to think that your shrink-wrapped ready-to-eat cheese was made in something resembling a science-fiction movie — stark white walls, spotless machines, a few doctor-like employees supervising the sterile process behind surgical masks. You certainly don’t imagine the conditions that got one Delaware cheese company shut down. [More]

Drug-Resistant Superbug Gene Found In At Least 19 Countries Since November

A map showing the countries in which the MCR-1 gene has been confirmed.

You’ve likely never been prescribed the antibiotic colistin, because it’s a drug of last resort that you turn to after only other antibiotics have failed. But there’s a gene that can make bacteria resistant to colistin, and a new report says it’s been found in at least 19 countries on four continents. [More]

Verizon FiOS May Be Shoving ESPN Back Into Its “Skinny” Bundles

Verizon FiOS May Be Shoving ESPN Back Into Its “Skinny” Bundles

Not even a year after Verizon FiOS began offering so-called “skinny” pay-TV bundles that don’t include the pricey ESPN in the required core package — and in the midst of a lawsuit filed by ESPN’s parent company Disney, alleging that Verizon is violating its contract by doing so — the telecom titan is now hinting that it’s the end times for this dream world where consumers weren’t forced to pay so much for a channel they care so little about. [More]

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YouTuber Being Sued By Dentist Explains Why It’s Important They Stay Anonymous

Yesterday we told you about Dr. Gordon Austin, a former dentist who is suing to unmask an anonymous YouTube user for posting a 2009 news report about allegations against Austin. We’ve since had the chance to communicate with the YouTuber via email to understand why they posted the clip in the first place and why, nearly seven years later, they are still fighting to keep it online. [More]

Supreme Court: You Can’t Shut Down A Consumer Class Action By Offering Settlement

Supreme Court: You Can’t Shut Down A Consumer Class Action By Offering Settlement

If you believe that a company has wronged you and other consumers in the same way, you can file a class-action lawsuit seeking to represent all the purported victims of the company’s misbehavior. But can that company preempt the entire lawsuit by offering you a full settlement in advance? Today, the U.S. Supreme Court (well, six of them) said no. [More]

MLB To Offer In-Market Streaming Starting In 2017 (But You’ll Still Need Cable)

MLB To Offer In-Market Streaming Starting In 2017 (But You’ll Still Need Cable)

The settlement of a years-old class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball means that fans will have more streaming options for watching their favorite teams. Unfortunately, it also means that if you live in the same market as your favorite team, you still need to pay for cable. [More]

Texas Attorney General Thinks DraftKings, FanDuel Are Illegal In Lone Star State

Texas Attorney General Thinks DraftKings, FanDuel Are Illegal In Lone Star State

Another state’s lead prosecutor has come to the conclusion that daily fantasy sports [DFS] sites like DraftKings and FanDuel are not legally protected games of skill, but are instead illegal games of chance. This time, it’s the attorney general for the state of Texas. [More]