Verizon Gets Rid Of Contracts, Cheap Phones (For New Customers Only, Of Course)

Verizon Gets Rid Of Contracts, Cheap Phones (For New Customers Only, Of Course)

T-Mobile may have a fraction of the customer base of industry-leader Verizon Wireless, but the little magenta company’s decision to do away with contracts continues to influence its bigger competition. Today, Verizon announced that new customers will no longer have to sign up for contracts, which also means they will have to start paying full price for their phones. [More]

"Dangit... my knees are killing me but that kid behind me has all the legroom in the world. Unfair, I tell ya. Unfair."

Patent Would Have Airlines Sort Passengers By Height, Then Adjust Rows To Save Their Knees

Have you ever been squeezed into an airplane seat and then looked behind you to see you’re in front of a small child who has plenty of legroom? In a car, you’d be able to slide your seat back a few inches to give you some extra space, but without cramping the kid behind you. A new patent aims to put that same idea into practice on commercial aircraft. [More]

This is the message sent by the scammer trying to explain why the dog had not been delivered, even though $490 had been sent.

Don’t Fall For The Mail-Order Puppy Scam

Getting a dog from a breeder can run you thousands of dollars, so it might be tempting when someone offers to sell you a baby puppy for a fraction of that. But if that seller is just some random person who demands that you wire them a cash payment, you’re probably getting rooked. [More]

Small Business Owners Say DirecTV Installation Errors Result In Collections Lawsuits

Small Business Owners Say DirecTV Installation Errors Result In Collections Lawsuits

If a small business, like a bar or restaurant, lies to a cable company and orders residential service instead of the more costly commercial offerings, it would make sense that the pay-TV provider might sue to collect the money it should have received. But what if the reason for the gaffe wasn’t intentional deception but a mistake by an installer? [More]

Could Avian Flu Hurt McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Plans?

Could Avian Flu Hurt McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Plans?

McDonald’s has been testing an all-day breakfast menu in various pockets around the country, and it’s reportedly planning on going nationwide with the concept in the fall. But could the ongoing avian flu problem — and the high egg prices that have resulted from it — scuttle this long-awaited change? [More]

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Someone Transfers $917 To Man’s Bank Account, No One Will Tell Him Where It Came From

Here’s a change of pace: After seemingly countless stories of mysterious debits and charges on consumer’s accounts, here’s a story of a man who found that his checking account suddenly included $917 he knew didn’t belong to him. [More]

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Aspartame-Free Diet Pepsi Hitting Stores Next Week

Nearly four months after Pepsi announced that it was switching the sweetener in Diet Pepsi from aspartame to sucralose, the revised beverage is on its way to supermarket shelves. [More]

Senate Report Rips Airlines For Failing To Clearly Disclose Fees

Senate Report Rips Airlines For Failing To Clearly Disclose Fees

Barring a law outlawing them — or severely limiting them — fees for everything from checked bags, to food, to in-flight entertainment, to preferred seating, to early boarding (and possibly early deplaning) are hear to stay. But a new report from staffers on the Senate Commerce Committee claims that airlines may be going too far in trying to hide some of these add-on costs. [More]

Some Walmart Workers Not Thrilled About Pay Hikes (Because They Didn’t Get One)

Some Walmart Workers Not Thrilled About Pay Hikes (Because They Didn’t Get One)

Earlier this year, Walmart pledged to increase its starting wages, affecting about 40% of its workforce, but some employees who’ve been with the company for years and may not be affected by the pay hikes aren’t thrilled. [More]

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Sprint Employee Can’t Help But Promote Sprint During News Interview About Theater Attack

Yesterday, as we’ve all seen on the news by now, a man in Nashville injured several people at a movie theater. And one Sprint employee who was interviewed on national TV about the violent incident apparently couldn’t help but plug his employer and its current promotion. [More]

Delta Hit With Another $2.7M In Sanctions In Years-Old Baggage-Fee Collusion Case

Delta Hit With Another $2.7M In Sanctions In Years-Old Baggage-Fee Collusion Case

A still-pending class-action lawsuit that dates back to the dawn of the baggage-fee era alleges that Delta and AirTran colluded to implement their original fees for passengers’ first checked bags. But Delta has apparently not been terribly forthcoming with all the documentation sought by plaintiffs and has already been sanctioned millions of dollars by the court, including a $2.7 million slap on the wrist handed down earlier this week. [More]

Checkers Is Really Sorry About That Video Of Burger Bun Wiped On Kitchen Floor

Checkers Is Really Sorry About That Video Of Burger Bun Wiped On Kitchen Floor

After the Internet went nuts over a YouTube video showing a Checkers employee deliberately dropping a bun to the kitchen floor, then rubbing it around for a second before continuing to make a sandwich, the fast food chain has finally issued a statement, claiming the bun was never served and the employees involved are no longer working there. [More]

Hotel Industry Comes Out Against Merger Of Expedia & Orbitz

Hotel Industry Comes Out Against Merger Of Expedia & Orbitz

You might think of Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Travelocity, and Trivago as competitors in the online travel-booking business, but most people probably don’t know that all of these brands fall under the Expedia Inc. ownership umbrella. And so will Orbitz if the pending $1.6 billion merger of the two companies is approved. The leading hotel industry trade group says that this consolidation has gone too far. [More]

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Samsung Gives Up On Plan To Create One Remote To Rule All Content

A lot of us no longer just watch traditional TV on our television sets. If you’ve seen this episode of House Hunters, maybe you’ll fire up your Amazon Fire Box, or Apple TV, or Roku to see what’s streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, Hulu — all different services each with different interfaces and content listings. Samsung was hoping to introduce a remote control device that would put all of this info at your fingertips without having to switch around between apps, but that dream appears to have died. [More]

Google Fiber Officially Coming To San Antonio

Google Fiber Officially Coming To San Antonio

The worst kept secret in broadband has been confirmed today with Google’s announcement that the next city to get Google Fiber Internet/TV/phone service will be the Texas town of San Antonio. [More]

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Yankees, Rockies Fans Can Now Be Fingerprinted For Faster Entry Into Stadium

Last year, the San Francisco Giants became the first Major League Baseball team to integrate a TSA-like express security lane for pre-checked visitors (who also paid $179 for the privilege). Starting this week, Yankee Stadium will also get this sort of access, though it won’t cost anything for people who just want speedy access to a baseball game. [More]

Video Shows Checkers Employee Wiping Burger Bun On Kitchen Floor

Video Shows Checkers Employee Wiping Burger Bun On Kitchen Floor

UPDATE: The company has finally released a statement saying the employees involved have been fired and the bun was, according to Checkers, never served to a customer. [More]

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U.S. Companies Must Reveal How Much CEOs Earn Compared To Workers

Five years ago, the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation directed the Securities and Exchange Commission to come up with rules requiring American companies to calculate and report the ratio between a CEO’s pay and that of the company’s typical employee. After repeated delays and claims from big business that the math was too complicated, the SEC has finally voted to approve these rules. [More]