AT&T Throwing Its Hat In The Online Video Ring With New Venture

AT&T Throwing Its Hat In The Online Video Ring With New Venture

Times used to be, the only kids on the block offering online video services were Netflix and Hulu. But slowly, ever so slowly, the smell of money to be made has been luring competitors like Amazon and Youtube and now, AT&T. The telecommunications company announced a new $500 million deal to start its own online video venture. [More]

Eyes on the road while you're in the hot seat.

New Apple Patent Seeks To Prevent Drivers From Texting While Behind The Wheel

Apple’s already got a patent in the works for technology to keep distracted pedestrians from hurting themselves while texting and walking, and now the company’s got its eyes on the road. Because you should too, instead of texting and driving. [More]

GM Asks Bankruptcy Court To Block Ignition-Related Lawsuits

GM Asks Bankruptcy Court To Block Ignition-Related Lawsuits

A few weeks back, new General Motors CEO Mary Barra hedged on whether her company would hide behind the shield of its 2009 bankruptcy in order to block lawsuits tied to the ongoing ignition-related recalls, telling lawmakers only that “we have civic responsibilities as well as legal responsibilities.” In the weeks since, GM has made it very clear that it will do everything it can to use its own financial incompetence and ineptitude to put up a wall against these lawsuits. [More]

(jonasflanken)

Company Wants To Beam TV Ads To Mobile Devices So You’ll Be Forced To Pay Attention

Hey, you. Yeah, you, the one with the audacity to be playing Sugar Smashers or looking at the weather on your phone/tablet while the commercials are on. You need to be paying attention, and so ads on TV should be beamed directly to your phone and/or tablet to make sure you are. Well, that’s according to one company’s nightmarish vision of our TV-watching future, at least. [More]

Yep, AOL Admits E-Mail Accounts Were Compromised

Yep, AOL Admits E-Mail Accounts Were Compromised

If you’re getting weird junk mail from your friends, colleagues, and grandparents who use AOL for their e-mail, you’re not alone. In the last day, many AOL users have reported that messages were sent under their names that they never approved. Were their accounts hacked? Should you be concerned? The answer to both questions is “maybe.” [More]

Banks Still Balking At Opening Accounts For Legit Marijuana Businesses

Banks Still Balking At Opening Accounts For Legit Marijuana Businesses

While medical marijuana is legal in more than 20 states and Washington, D.C., and legalized for recreational use in two states, pot-based businesses that operate out in the open and pay taxes are still having difficulty finding banks that will take their money, in spite of recent federal guidance intended to help them out. [More]

Unilever Pledges To Cut 15% Of The Plastic From Every Bottle

Unilever Pledges To Cut 15% Of The Plastic From Every Bottle

In a move that is sure to be welcomed by environmental advocates and discerning consumers alike, Unilever says it will be cutting out 15% of the plastic in each bottle of its products to cut down on the landfill clutter currently building up around the world. [More]

In States With Amazon Sales Tax, People Spend Less On Amazon

In States With Amazon Sales Tax, People Spend Less On Amazon

Many people order things from Amazon because it’s incredibly convenient — no driving to the store; no waiting in line; no shoving into the back of your car… and in many states, no collection of sales tax. A new study tries to figure out the impact of removing that last incentive from the equation. [More]

Private Student Loan Borrowers Face Automatic Default Because Of Co-Signer Provisions

Private Student Loan Borrowers Face Automatic Default Because Of Co-Signer Provisions

College graduates with private student loans know the importance of staying current on their payments. But a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that even consumers who pay their loans on time are finding themselves placed in default when the co-signer of their loan dies or declares bankruptcy. [More]

Supreme Court Justices Grill Coca-Cola Over Scarcity Of Pomegranates In Pomegranate Juice

Supreme Court Justices Grill Coca-Cola Over Scarcity Of Pomegranates In Pomegranate Juice

As the top judicial body in the land, the United States Supreme Court has asked some pretty tough questions in its day. But yesterday the justices had a question for Coca-Cola that doesn’t seem like it should be so tricky: Shouldn’t a juice labeled as “pomegranate and blueberry” actually include a fair amount of, um, pomegranates? And blueberries? [More]

Restaurant Allows Customer To Bring In Big Gulp, Then Shames Her About It Online

Restaurant Allows Customer To Bring In Big Gulp, Then Shames Her About It Online

You might think it crass or crude to bring a 7-Eleven Big Gulp into a fine-dining establishment, but if a restaurant lets you have that huge cup o’ soda at your table, do they then have any standing to call you out publicly? [More]

Airbnb Pulls Thousands Of “Illegal” NYC Listings After State Attorney General’s Affidavit

Airbnb Pulls Thousands Of “Illegal” NYC Listings After State Attorney General’s Affidavit

In a battle that has been going on since last October, when New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a subpoena seeking data about thousands of renters, Airbnb has pulled thousands of NYC listings. This, after Schneiderman filed an affidavit yesterday in support of his subpoena. [More]

Palcohol, We Hardly Knew Ye: Feds Quickly Reverse Approval Of Powdered Alcohol

Palcohol, We Hardly Knew Ye: Feds Quickly Reverse Approval Of Powdered Alcohol

Yesterday it was like you couldn’t turn around on the Internet without running into the hubbub about Palcohol, a powdered alcohol meant to be mixed with water sort of like Kool-Aid, but boozy. The astonishing thing? The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau had apparently blessed the product with its approval. That approval proved fleeting, as the agency reversed itself last night. [More]

Aereo Supreme Court Case Could Change TV & Cloud-Based Tech Forever, Regardless Of Who Wins

(Ben Balter)

Many big court cases involve one side arguing to maintain the status quo while the other contends that the current situation needs revising. But tomorrow, the broadcast TV networks face off against startup streaming video service Aereo in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that could have far-reaching implications no matter which side is victorious. [More]

(So Cal Metro)

Spooked By Specter Of Competition, AT&T Considering Gigabit Fiber Expansion In 25 Cities

In a move that could theoretically bring something like the actual first glimmering hint of real broadband competition to a couple million more consumers nationwide, AT&T today announced major plans for expansion to their “GigaPower” Uverse service. The expansion could potentially bring the gigabit fiber broadband network to as many as 25 major metropolitan areas. [More]

Brewers Claim Proposed FDA Animal Feed Rules Would Raise Prices For Beer

Brewers Claim Proposed FDA Animal Feed Rules Would Raise Prices For Beer

One might not make the obvious connection between animal feed and beer brewing, but every year the nation’s brewers provide millions of tons of low- or no-cost animal feed to farmers in the form of spent grain left over from the brewing process. But a proposed rule update by the Food and Drug Administration may make it harder for brewers and farmers to continue this relationship. [More]

New Powdered Alcohol Is Like Kool-Aid For Adults Looking For A Quick Drink

New Powdered Alcohol Is Like Kool-Aid For Adults Looking For A Quick Drink

Kool-Aid might be the drink of choice for children, but a similarly powder base drink could be the next big thing for adults. That’s because it’s alcohol. Yes, you read that right, powdered alcohol. [More]

Banks Turning To Interactive ATMs To Reconnect Customers With Tellers

Banks Turning To Interactive ATMs To Reconnect Customers With Tellers

Depositing a check, transferring funds between bank accounts and withdrawing cash used to entail a drive to the bank and sometimes a long wait in line to see a teller. Today, with the advent of mobile banking consumers rarely have to come face-to-face with another human being. But the newest development in banking aims to reconnect consumers with the teller, kind of. [More]