(Mariordo/Wikipedia)

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Involved In Minor Accidents

Google, one of a handful of companies with permits to test self-driving vehicles in California, has 23 such cars roaming the streets there. But in just the few months since obtaining those permits, three of those Google vehicles have been involved in traffic accidents. [More]

(Jay Adan)

Company Behind M&M’s, Snickers Endorses “Added Sugars” Label For Foods

Of all the companies to advocate for alerting consumers to added sugars, the country’s most famous candy maker would be probably be among the least likely. But yesterday, Mars Inc. — the company behind M&M’s, Snickers, Milky Way, and Twix — gave its corporate stamp of approval to the idea of limiting the use of added sugars and labeling those products that contain extra sugar. [More]

Standalone Showtime Service Confirmed To Launch In Coming Months

Standalone Showtime Service Confirmed To Launch In Coming Months

While CBS Corp. didn’t provide any pricing details today on the long-hinted-at standalone Showtime streaming service (a la HBO Now), the company did confirm that it will indeed be giving consumers this new cable-free option at some point in the coming months. [More]

Yelp Reportedly Testing The Merger Market

Yelp Reportedly Testing The Merger Market

Yelp might still be the most recognizable name in crowdsourced online reviews, but it may be hitting a wall in terms of audience growth as it faces increasing competition; all the while, the company’s stock price remains less than half of what it used to be. All of this might explain why the company is reportedly looking to find a buyer for its multibillion-dollar business. [More]

Our forensic artist's recreation of the crime.

Scammer Dad Uses Daughter To Sell Nonexistent Girl Scout Cookies Door-To-Door

It’s a pretty common sight every year to see parents escorting their Girl Scout daughters around the neighborhood, ringing doorbells and trying to move as many Samoas and Tagalongs as possible. So the residents of one Pennsylvania town didn’t think twice when a man who grew up in the area came around with his youngster to sell Girl Scout cookies — that is, until those treats never materialized. [More]

IKEA Helps Out Senior Center After Robbers Steal All The Furniture

IKEA Helps Out Senior Center After Robbers Steal All The Furniture

In February, residents of a recently opened senior center in Cincinnati found that their home hadn’t just been burgled — the thieves had made off with every piece of furniture and artwork in the lobby. While neither the purloined furnishings nor the ambitious burglars have been found, the folks at IKEA have decided to help out with some free stuff. [More]

Comcast Says Customer Must Sign Non-Disclosure Agreement To Get $600 Refund

Comcast Says Customer Must Sign Non-Disclosure Agreement To Get $600 Refund

When your cable company has charged you hundreds of dollars for a cable box you returned five years ago, you’d hope that the response would be “Sorry about that. Here’s your money back,” not “We’ll give you your refund if you agree to not tell anyone about this.” [More]

Lumber Liquidators Stops Selling Laminate Wood Flooring From China Amid Formaldehyde Investigations

Lumber Liquidators Stops Selling Laminate Wood Flooring From China Amid Formaldehyde Investigations

Following news reports about, and federal investigations into, claims that some of its laminate wood flooring contains excessive levels of formaldehyde, Lumber Liquidators announced this morning that it has suspended the sale of laminate floors sourced from Chinese manufacturers. [More]

Exec Behind Nationwide’s “Dead Boy” Super Bowl Ad Steps Down

Exec Behind Nationwide’s “Dead Boy” Super Bowl Ad Steps Down

Not too many ads from the most recent Super Bowl will be remembered years from now, perhaps with the exception of the Nationwide insurance commercial that was instantly dubbed the “dead boy” ad by the Internet, because… well, the star of the spot is an adorable moppet who also happens to be dead. Now the Nationwide exec who signed off the infamous commercial has stepped down from his top-level job at the insurance giant. [More]

These Google search results may look normal at first glance, but if you look closely, you'll see that these ads are being "injected" into the page by a third party.

“Injected Ads” Are An Annoying Security Risk Affecting Millions Of Internet Users

Legitimate advertising is an annoyance that most of us tolerate and do our best to ignore. But there are more pernicious forms of advertising that aren’t just a nuisance but actually pose a potential security risk, like the “injected ads” that find your way into your web browser through software and extensions. [More]

Here Is Comcast’s 10-Point Action Plan For Winning Over Customers

The full Comcast Customer Experience Action Plan is at the bottom of this post.

For years, Comcast’s plan to win over customers was to do absolutely nothing because they — just like most cable companies — were the only choice. But with its pay-TV subscriber numbers dropping, the company is realizing that can indeed lose customers by treating them horribly. In an e-mail obtained by Consumerist, Comcast leadership has outlined its optimistic plan to win back all those customers who hate being residents of Kabletown. [More]

Woman’s Car Mistakenly Booted 4 Times Because Someone Else Has Identical Vanity Plate

Woman’s Car Mistakenly Booted 4 Times Because Someone Else Has Identical Vanity Plate

A driver in New York City has repeatedly gone out to her car and found she couldn’t drive it because once again her vehicle had been booted due to hundreds of dollars in unpaid parking fines. Problem is, this driver says she’s never been ticketed and that she’s being punished for the bad behavior of someone else who had the same vanity license plate number. [More]

Fake Waitress Steals Diner’s Credit Card, Goes On Spending Spree Next Door At Target

Fake Waitress Steals Diner’s Credit Card, Goes On Spending Spree Next Door At Target

How many times have you put your credit card out to pay for a restaurant meal and had an employee other than your server pick it up? It’s not uncommon, especially in busier eateries, so some diners wouldn’t think twice when it happens. At least until the card hasn’t been returned because the helpful “waitress” who took it is actually at the Target across the parking lot making purchases with it? [More]

Comcast Customers Will Get $20 When Tech Shows Up Late

Comcast Customers Will Get $20 When Tech Shows Up Late

While many opponents of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger were primarily concerned about putting too much control over the pay-TV and broadband markets in one company’s hands, some just really disliked Comcast for its history of abominable customer service. Now that this acquisition has failed, Comcast is promising to invest some of its money in turning that we-don’t-care image around. The company says it will be hiring thousands of new customer service staffers and customers whose Comcast techs don’t show up on time will receive $20 bill credits. [More]

Group Sponsored By Comcast Gives An Award To Comcast

Group Sponsored By Comcast Gives An Award To Comcast

Sometimes you have to pat yourself on the back after a job well done. But if you’re a company for whom accolades may be in short supply, it helps to sponsor (and have one of your executives be in charge of) a professional organization that is willing to give you an attaboy when you need one. [More]

Super Bowl Ticket Broker Files For Bankruptcy After Not Being Able To Provide Paid-For Tickets

Super Bowl Ticket Broker Files For Bankruptcy After Not Being Able To Provide Paid-For Tickets

A lot of people who purchased legitimate Super Bowl tickets months in advance through ticket brokers later found themselves watching the game on TV after those brokers claimed they were unable to get the tickets that were promised. One New York-based broker who is being sued by the state of Washington recently filed for bankruptcy protection as dozens of customers look to get refunds on their tickets and other related travel expenses. [More]

Apple Pay Unavailable At Home Depot As Retailer Upgrades Payment Terminals

Apple Pay Unavailable At Home Depot As Retailer Upgrades Payment Terminals

Though Home Depot was never officially a partner with Apple’s Apple Pay mobile payment platform, which allows users to pay using credit card information stored their phones, the home improvement chain’s NFC-enabled checkout terminals worked with Apple Pay — until recently, that is. The retailer has begun the process of upgrading its in-store payment system, meaning that Apple Pay and other mobile payment platforms are now unavailable. [More]