Adobe Creative Cloud Login Outage Takes Users’ Productivity With It

Adobe Creative Cloud Login Outage Takes Users’ Productivity With It

When Adobe announced that future releases of its Creative Suite software would only be released using a subscription-based model, it was completely unsurprising that 61.2% of Consumerist readers told us in a poll that they’ll switch to Creative Cloud when Adobe pulls CS6 out of their cold, dead hard drives. This week, Creative Cloud’s login outage validated our readers’ point of view. Users were unable to switch computers, log in, start new subscriptions, or add services. Some weren’t able to use their programs at all. [More]

Shutterfly Sends Apology For E-Mail Celebrating Imaginary Babies

Shutterfly Sends Apology For E-Mail Celebrating Imaginary Babies

Apparently unable to send out more than one e-mail per day, printing company Shutterfly sent out an apology this morning for yesterday’s mailing. That marketing blast congratulated what appears to be their entire mailing list on their new babies. This confused many people who have older kids or no children at all, but was deeply upsetting to recipients currently dealing with infertility or mourning a miscarriage. [More]

Drug Makers Raising Prices On Prescription Medicines Because They Can

Drug Makers Raising Prices On Prescription Medicines Because They Can

Imatinib, a cancer drug sold under the name Gleevec by Novartis, is a life-saving and life-prolonging medication. The question for many patients, however, is: how much are they willing to pay to prolong their lives, and how much profit a company can make from one medication before it becomes immoral. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

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Here are seven of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

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Shoes Are Not Magic: Vibram Agrees To $3.75 Million Class Action Settlement

Even runners, people who spend lots of time pushing themselves physically through all sorts of weather, are susceptible to the idea that one special product can provide near-magical advantages. Vibram USA has settled a class-action lawsuit alleging that they marketed their weird-looking Five Fingers shoes as providing physical benefits for which they have no evidence. [More]

AOL Still Has 2.4 Million Paying Subscribers

AOL Still Has 2.4 Million Paying Subscribers

For most of our readers, AOL is is a distant memory: you probably still have an Instant Messenger account around somewhere, and your favorite aunt uses it for e-mail. Oh, and you think that they might own some sites you visit sometimes, like Joystiq and TechCrunch. However, even as it works hard at becoming a content company, AOL still earns a lot of money from selling Internet service to people, including dialup. [More]

POM Wonderful Sends John Oliver Case Of Dog Juice To Shove Up His Arse

POM Wonderful Sends John Oliver Case Of Dog Juice To Shove Up His Arse

Last week, “Daily Show” alumnus John Oliver launched his new weekly comedy news show on HBO. Normally, this wouldn’t be something that we would care about, but the premiere show included a segment on dubious food advertising, starring POM Wonderful. The company responded to the segment with a lovely gift for the show’s staff. [More]

FCC Catches Vigilante Highway Cell Phone Jammer, Wants To Fine Him $48K

FCC Catches Vigilante Highway Cell Phone Jammer, Wants To Fine Him $48K

Admit it: there’s been at least one moment in your life when you secretly wished for a cell phone jammer in your pocket. Maybe you were in line at the grocery store, or watching a movie, or someone who wouldn’t stop texting almost merged into you on the highway. However, you should not actually do this. Why? Let the case of this Florida man serve as a cautionary tale. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

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Here are eight of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

(Dan Akers)

Would You Rent A $50,000 Watch?

Do you have lots of disposable income, a love of fine timepieces, and a tendency to get bored with the things that you buy within a few months, no matter how pricey they are? Maybe watch-rental startup Eleven James is for you. It’s a company that lends out fine wristwatches like they’re Netflix DVDs. [More]

(Alana Grimstead)

Dump Expedition Uncovers “E.T.” Atari Cartridges After 3 Hours

Every society needs its legends and cautionary tales, and the Atari graveyard in New Mexico was one for Americans of the video game generation. Did the company really dump millions of unsold games in the desert in 1983 and never speak of it again? As part of an upcoming documentary on Atari, a crew excavated the rumored dump site in Almogordo, NM. Within three hours, they freed the first cartridges from the pit. [More]

Coffee “Price Drop” At Meijer Means You Pay 10 Cents More

Coffee “Price Drop” At Meijer Means You Pay 10 Cents More

“Walmart and Target aren’t the only ones with weird ‘value’ pricing,” a reader pointed out to us in an e-mail over the weekend. Indeed, wherever there are price tags, sales, and workers who are not encouraged to use common sense, you will find fuzzy math. [More]

GoDaddy Discontinues Something, Forgets To Tell Customers What

GoDaddy Discontinues Something, Forgets To Tell Customers What

It’s nice when a company gives customers advance notice before they stop offering a popular product or service. GoDaddy sent out an e-mail yesterday notifying their customers about the end of a product. Which product? Well, that’s a good question. [More]

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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are eight of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

(Alan Rappa)

California Pizza Kitchen Manager Starts Chain Of Kindness That Extends To Corporate

When a family with four kids stopped off to eat at California Pizza Kitchen, disaster was looming. Their 13-year-old son, who has autism, was upset and on the verge of a meltdown in the middle of a crowded restaurant on Valentine’s Day. As the mother dreaded what would happen next, the manager came to her rescue, treating the family as if nothing were out of the ordinary. [More]

Big Food Companies Stuffing Everything With Pea Protein

Big Food Companies Stuffing Everything With Pea Protein

Do you like peas? Soon, you might be gobbling them daily without even realizing it. Manufacturers are adding powdered pea protein to a surprising variety of foods. Crackers? Pasta? Chicken nuggets? They’ve all been made with powdered pulses: legumes like peas, lentils, and chickpeas. You might start seeing pulse powders in even more baked goods in coming years. [More]

Do Not Punch Children And Trash The Store When You Can’t Cash In Your Change Jar

Do Not Punch Children And Trash The Store When You Can’t Cash In Your Change Jar

We’ve all been there: you’re out of cash for some reason, and have to raid your change jar for spending money. While it can be difficult to find a place to trade that money in fee-free, we do not recommend the method that a woman in Florida used. [More]

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Pour Out A Bottle Of Ketchup For 40,000 Pounds Of Fries Destroyed In Fire

These fries are a little overcooked. In a Walmart parking lot in Maine on Tuesday evening, a tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of frozen Burger King French fries caught fire. destroying the cargo, the truck, and the dreams of the fast food-loving people of New Jersey. [More]