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Appeals Court Sides With FTC In POM Wonderful False Advertising Case

The Federal Trade Commission hasn’t let the bee out of its bonnet over health claims made by POM Wonderful that it says amount to deceptive advertising, having kept on the company’s case since 2010. Now, eight months after POM made its case before a federal appeals court that it’s not being misleading about the things its juice can do, the court is siding with the FTC. [More]

Alibaba Vows To Step Up Efforts To Prevent Online Sales Of Counterfeit Goods

Alibaba Vows To Step Up Efforts To Prevent Online Sales Of Counterfeit Goods

It’s been a whirlwind week for the relationship between e-commerce giant Alibaba and the Chinese government. After one agency released a report criticizing the company for allowing fake goods to be sold online through its vendors, and another government group promised to crack down on such practices in general, Alibaba is now pledging to shape up its business practices. [More]

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Addicted To Tanning? Study Says It Might Be In Your Genes

While there are those of us who shun the sun and it’s potential to tan skin into a hue other than scariest white, some people find themselves craving the sun’s rays or seeking to get their Vitamin D fix in tanning beds. Those addicts seeking a fix every day could be driven by genetics, a new study says. [More]

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McDonald’s Will Allow Some Customers To Pay With Selfies, Hugs & High Fives Next Week

In its latest effort porving that McDonald’s is going to cling to this Lovin’ thing and never, ever let it go, the fast-food chain has a new Super Bowl ad promising to reward touchy-feely customers with free food, in exchange for selfies, hugs, high fives and anything else the company deems to be in line with Lovin’. [More]

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ESPN Selling U.S. Fans Live-Streaming Access To Cricket World Cup For $99.99

While cricket doesn’t enjoy the immense popularity it inspires in other countries, fans of the sport who’ve been going without their fixes here in the United States will have a way to watch the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup: In a first for ESPN, the network is selling live-streaming access to the cup’s 49 matches in February and March for $99.99. [More]

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Delta Air Lines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Pilot Gets Locked Out Of Cockpit

In what can only be akin to walking out the front door and realizing you locked your keys and the baby inside, the pilot of a Delta Air Lines flight found himself in a spot of trouble after the cockpit door locked behind him, forcing the first officer to make an emergency landing. [More]

Intuit CEO Brad Smith is sorry.

Intuit Caves To Pressure: Offers Free TurboTax Upgrades, Will Undo Changes To Software For Next Year

Ask, and ye shall receive. Or rather, create a fuss big enough to let a company know people aren’t okay with changes made to a popular product, and force that company to back down and do the right thing. After TurboTax customers heartily voiced their disapproval over Intuit tweaking its software and charging more for features that used to be included in certain versions of the software, Intuit has reversed course, saying it’ll undo the hell it wrought. [More]

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Police: Telemarketer’s Phone Call Saved Woman 900 Miles Away From Violent Attack

Usually a telemarketer’s call is greeted with annoyance, disdain or even outright anger. But in one recent case, that unsolicited phone call has been credited with saving a woman’s life, from 900 miles away. [More]

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China’s Ministry Of Commerce Pledges To Crack Down On Counterfeit Items Sold Online

After another Chinese government agency scolded e-commerce giant Alibaba and its eBayesque subsidiary Taobao over its mismanagement of its business and for selling or allowing bogus goods to be sold to the public, the country’s Ministry of Commerce has pledged to crack the whip on the online industry and try harder to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods. [More]

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3 Things We Learned From A Guide To Ordering Craft Beer

While craft beer has been enjoying increasing popularity in the last few years, not everyone is confident enough to stride into that new beer hall down the street and roll a beer order right off their tongue like a beer sommelier fresh from beer sommelier school. Even if you’re not steeped in hops lore, there are a few things you can learn about ordering something you won’t hate, and not feeling like a total n00b when you do. [More]

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People Wait In Line For Hours To Feast Upon Sliders Upon Opening Of Las Vegas’ First White Castle

You think you love White Castle sliders, but do you love them enough to wait in line for hours to get your hands on one (or 12, as the case may be)? Stalwart fans in Las Vegas celebrated the opening of the city’s first White Castle by standing outside in line for reportedly up to four hours to get inside. [More]

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Kate Spade Saturday Stores And All Jack Spade Men’s Locations Shutting Down

Following the downfall of Piperlime, discerning shoppers with an eye for a bargain will no doubt be screaming “WHYYYYYYYY?!?” to the heavens* upon hearing the news that bosses at Kate Spade Co. are shutting down the company’s line of Kate Spade Saturday stores, as well as all Jack Spade men’s locations. [More]

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Survey Confirms What Your Nose Already Knows: Bringing Smelly Food On Airplanes Is Annoying

There it is, that rumble, low and deep in your stomach that tells you you’re not gonna make it through this flight with just a paltry bag of peanuts to stay the beast of hunger. But unless you’re Sir Patrick Stewart, bringing a smelly tuna sub or other fragrant food onboard is going to tick off your fellow passengers. A new survey confirms just that, showing how widespread our abhorrence of stinky plane food really is. [More]

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Nickelodeon Announces Plans For Stand-Alone Subscription Service

If you’ve ever tried to withhold a tablet full of cartoons from the grasping clutches of a five-year-old intent on mainlining Dora the Explorer, then you know that children’s TV content is a pretty big deal. Often it’s the only thing that can prevent a total, shrieking, screaming, flailing and hysterical meltdown. Viacom will be trying to cash in on that need for kid fodder with a new stand-alone subscription service for Nickelodeon. [More]

California Officials Declare Electronic Cigarettes A Public Health Risk

California Officials Declare Electronic Cigarettes A Public Health Risk

California has taken a stance in the debate over electronic cigarettes, and it is coming down squarely on the side that says e-cigarettes are potentially harmful. In a new report released this week by the California Department of Public Health, officials declare e-cigarettes as a threat to public health. [More]

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IKEA Adding Vegan Meatlessballs To Store Restaurant Menus

Lovers of foodballs that are not made of meat, rejoice: After shutting out vegetarians from the IKEA meatball club, the Swedish furniture giant says it’ll be introducing vegan meatless meatballs, or just vegan balls, if you will (and I will) this spring. [More]

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Denver Airport Won’t Cater To Pot Tourists, Bans All Marijuana-Themed Souevenirs

So let’s say you decided to take a trip and see what all the fuss is about with this marijuana tourism stuff in Colorado (let’s hope you were more successful than Maureen Dowd). But after all that cooking eating, giggling and agreeing with Neil deGrasse Tyson about everything, you forget to grab your marijuana-themed souvenirs and you’re already at the airport to head home. You’re out of luck. [More]

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USDA Introduces New Maple Syrup Grading System To Clear Up Consumer Confusion

If you think people don’t take maple syrup seriously, clearly you have never been to Vermont. While that state already switched up its grading system for the sweet stuff, the rest of the country is set to change as well with new categories introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week. [More]