Consumer Reports' Excellence Award: Tell Us Which Small
Non-Profit Should Be Awarded $25,000!

Consumer Reports' Excellence Award: Tell Us Which Small Non-Profit Should Be Awarded $25,000!

Five small non-profits are competing for $25,000 as part of the first Consumer Reports Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award, and we need your help choosing the winner. [More]

Antitrust Committee Chairman: AT&T, T-Mobile Merger "Contrary To Antitrust Law" "Should Be Blocked"

Antitrust Committee Chairman: AT&T, T-Mobile Merger "Contrary To Antitrust Law" "Should Be Blocked"

Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, called on the FCC and the Department of Justice to block the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, saying the deal would “likely cause substantial harm to competition and consumers, would be contrary to antitrust law and not in the public interest, and therefore should be blocked by your agencies.” [More]

Harm Yourself With These 5 Dangerous But Useful Cleaning Products

Harm Yourself With These 5 Dangerous But Useful Cleaning Products

Chlorine gas was used for chemical warfare during World War I. You can make it easily in your own home by accidentally combining chlorine and ammonia in a misguided effort to boost cleaning power. Aren’t you clever? [More]

TechCrunch Provides Complaint Letter Template For Their Own Redesign

TechCrunch Provides Complaint Letter Template For Their Own Redesign

AOL-owned technology blog TechCrunch is extremely interested in your opinion of its new redesign, so they’ve created a helpful complaint letter template full of swearing and finger-pointing so that you, the user, can compose your thoughts more efficiently. [More]

Elizabeth Warren: Mortgage Forms Should Be Comprehensible To Normal Human Beings

Elizabeth Warren: Mortgage Forms Should Be Comprehensible To Normal Human Beings

At yesterday’s White House Personal Finance Online Summit, Elizabeth Warren, Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, went into details about the still-nascent agency’s “Know Before You Owe” project and how the CFPB is working to simplify the documents that consumers are shown when shopping for a mortgage. [More]

Consumer Reports Tests The Ninja Blender, Shake Weight, And Mr. T Flavor Wave

Consumer Reports Tests The Ninja Blender, Shake Weight, And Mr. T Flavor Wave

Our nerdy cousins over at Consumer Reports had their technicians put some “as seen on TV” products to the test as part of yesterday’s edition of the ABC News magazine “20/20.” Among the tested products were two designed to get you in shape (Belly Burner and Shake Weight) and three aimed at making cooking easier (FlavorWave Oven Turbo, Magic Bullet Express, and Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004). So how did they do? [More]

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz On Oreck's "Flu Reducing" Vacuum And Other Bad Ads

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz On Oreck's "Flu Reducing" Vacuum And Other Bad Ads

The FTC is in charge of keeping an eye on spurious claims from TV product ads — so ABC News sat down with FTC Chairman and friend-of-the-blog Jon Leibowtiz to discuss what manufacturers are, and are not, allowed to claim in their ads, as well as the hurdles the FTC faces in enforcing truth-in-advertising rules. Case in point, Oreck recently settled with the FTC over a vacuum that claimed to prevent the flu. [More]

Yep, Microsoft Bought Skype For $8.5 Billion

Yep, Microsoft Bought Skype For $8.5 Billion

The rumor was true, Microsoft has purchased Skype for $8.5 billion in cash. The Wall Street Journal says the deal will allow the company to integrate Skype into everything from its Bing search engine to Windows smartphones and its Xbox 360 video game system. [More]

8 Simple, Everyday Ways To Get A Brain Bleed

8 Simple, Everyday Ways To Get A Brain Bleed

Want to experience a rupturing brain aneurysm, leading to a stroke? Well, according to a new study, there are 8 easy, everyday ways to bring a bleed to your brain, and they’re all tried to a sharp increase in blood pressure. [More]

How To Use A Smartphone Overseas Without Ruining Your Entire Life

How To Use A Smartphone Overseas Without Ruining Your Entire Life

Using a smartphone over seas can be annoying at best, and at worst, well… this. The Wall Street Journal has some tips to keep you relatively stress free while you’re jet-setting. [More]

Airlines Now Actually Have To Return Bag Fees If They Lose Your Bag

Airlines Now Actually Have To Return Bag Fees If They Lose Your Bag

It’s sort of sad that the Department of Transportation actually had to force airlines to refund bag fees if they lose your baggage — but whatever, let’s not dwell. [More]

Netflix Wants To Charge Extra For Multiple Video Streams, Swim In Piles Of Cash

Netflix Wants To Charge Extra For Multiple Video Streams, Swim In Piles Of Cash

Netflix was sitting around looking at its money when it realized that it didn’t quite have enough to do the whole Scrooge McDuck swimming maneuver, so the video giant has come up with an idea: “family plans” that allow you to stream more than one program at once. [More]

Best Buy's Genius Plan For The Future Is To Become RadioShack

Best Buy's Genius Plan For The Future Is To Become RadioShack

Back-to-back crappy financial quarters at the Big Blue Amazon.com Showroom (Best Buy) has the company looking to scale back their retail presence and, according to the Motley Fool, “begin opening more stand-alone small-box locations, targeting hundreds of new Best Buy Mobile stores selling the latest smartphone gadgetry within the next five years.” Wait… small stores… emphasis on wireless… why does that sound so familiar? [More]

Is Aldi Just Trader Joe's Without The Marketing Budget?

Is Aldi Just Trader Joe's Without The Marketing Budget?

The New York Times has an interesting look at Aldi, the German-owned discount chain that’s anything but a superstore — it features a small selection of private label products aimed at the consumer who doesn’t really care what supposedly “choosy Moms choose.” [More]

Google Settles With FTC Over "Buzz," Agrees To 20 Years Of Privacy Audits

Google Settles With FTC Over "Buzz," Agrees To 20 Years Of Privacy Audits

The FTC announced today that Google has settled with the commission over the “Buzz” privacy debacle — agreeing to 20 years of privacy audits. The commission said in a statement that this is the first time an FTC settlement order has required a company to implement a comprehensive program to protect the privacy of consumers’ information. [More]

Starbucks CEO Laughs At The Notion That His Coffee Costs $5

Starbucks CEO Laughs At The Notion That His Coffee Costs $5

Katie Couric recently interviewed Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on CBS Sunday Morning and asked him if he thought the company had a “tin ear” to what people were going through with the recession. Perhaps, she suggested, they couldn’t afford to pay “$5 on their coffee every day.” Schultz’s response was to laugh. You see, Starbucks coffee only costs $1.50. [More]

Food Dyes May Exacerbate Hyperactive Behavior In Some Kids

Food Dyes May Exacerbate Hyperactive Behavior In Some Kids

It has long been suspected that kids with ADHD might be having some sort of reaction to common synthetic food dyes — but now the FDA is going to formally consider any links between the dyes and hyperactivity in children, including over 30 different studies on the topic. [More]

Gap Wants You To Haggle Over Some Khaki Pants

Gap Wants You To Haggle Over Some Khaki Pants

In what we can only assume is a desperate attempt to make shopping for the world’s most boring item fun, the Gap is running a one-day-only promotion where you, the internet-savvy shopper, can haggle over khaki pants while potentially not even wearing any. [More]