Leaked Movie About Kicking Butt Vanishes From File-Sharing Sites After Butt-Kicking From Courts

Leaked Movie About Kicking Butt Vanishes From File-Sharing Sites After Butt-Kicking From Courts


For decades, we’ve all been sitting through FBI warnings before our movies. Those warnings tell us that sharing media is very wrong, piracy is bad, and we will all get into trouble for doing it. So the operators of file-sharing torrent sites know they might end up on risky legal ground. But what they might not expect is to have their websites removed from the internet for them before they even know they’re being sued. [More]

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The New Frontier In Fuel Savings: Cars Without Spare Tires

If you want to lose some weight, get rid of your spare tire. No not your abdominal fat: the emergency spare in the back of your car. Our car-buying colleagues down the highway at the Consumer Reports auto testing center note that many new vehicles lack spare tires. Why? To save weight and thus fuel, and because nobody knows how to change them anymore, anyway. [More]

How To Avoid Getting Duped When Buying Tickets Online

How To Avoid Getting Duped When Buying Tickets Online

Purchasing tickets to see your favorite musician in concert or to cheer on the hometown team should be a relatively pain-free, if not exciting, experience. But with the onset of new technology and less-than-truthful resellers, a shadow of deception can cloud consumers’ ticket buying decisions. [More]

Google’s Plan To Let Kids Have Accounts: Bad Idea Or Acknowledgement Of Reality?

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A few years back, Facebook’s sweatshirt-in-chief Mark Zuckerberg caught a lot of heat when he said he’d be willing to fight for the right to peddle his social network to kids under the age of 13. He eventually backed off on this idea, but now Google appears to be taking up the cause. [More]

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The Only Thing You Need To Know About Five Guys Testing Customizable Shakes Is That Bacon Is Involved

There are times when it’s good to keep a separation between your sweet and savory foods, probably, but once you bring bacon up, all walls can be torn down and it should be welcomed as part of any concoction. At least, that’s what was decided by the Famous Bacon Accords Of 1996. Which is why the most important part of Five Guys burger chains testing out customizable milkshakes is that bacon is an optional ingredient. [More]

Watch Out For Car Rental Companies’ Convenient Service To Pay Tolls

Watch Out For Car Rental Companies’ Convenient Service To Pay Tolls

A convenience fee is just that: a fee that you pay to avoid doing something inconvenient. For the convenience of not reading every page of his rental car agreement, reader Dov had to pay an extra $24.75 on his recent car rental. How does that work? He encountered PlatePass, a program where rental car companies charge customers extra for the privilege of breezing through toll gates. [More]

3 Things That Won’t (Or At Least Shouldn’t) Affect Your Mortgage Pre-Approval

3 Things That Won’t (Or At Least Shouldn’t) Affect Your Mortgage Pre-Approval

Anyone who has ever filled out a mortgage application with a bank or broker knows that there are a lot of questions you have to answer about your current assets, income, etc. There are a few things that seem like they might factor in — negatively or positively — to the approval process, but which can’t be used in determining whether or not you’re eligible for a loan. [More]

Until Banks Settle On Single Way To Disclose Fees, It’s Hard To Compare Checking Accounts

Until Banks Settle On Single Way To Disclose Fees, It’s Hard To Compare Checking Accounts

Most banking services come with a laundry list of small-print, hard-to-read disclosures detailing how much one might expect to pay for things like depositing a check, talking to a teller or checking an account’s balance. Knowing that information before signing on the dotted line for a new checking account is paramount if you don’t want to be saddled with some of the billions of dollars consumers spend on checking account fees each year. However, as a new report continues to show, actually finding that information online can often be an exercise in futility. [More]

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Woman Accused Of Faking Cancer To Get Donations Arrested On Her Way To Film TV Show

An Illinois woman who’s been accused of pretending both she and her son have cancer in order to scam people out of money was reportedly on her way to film an interview for the Dr. Phil show when cops caught up with her, warrant in hand. [More]

Barber Shaves Colonel Sanders’ Face Into Customer’s Hair, Gets More Free KFC Than He Could Ever Eat

Barber Shaves Colonel Sanders’ Face Into Customer’s Hair, Gets More Free KFC Than He Could Ever Eat

When an Illinois barber went along with a customer’s request to shave and paint a likeness of Colonel Sanders into his hair, he probably didn’t know that it would result in him receiving the lifetime “gift” of free KFC. [More]

McDonald’s Will Sell Bagged Coffee At Grocery Stores, Not Its Own Restaurants

McDonald’s Will Sell Bagged Coffee At Grocery Stores, Not Its Own Restaurants

As the old joke goes, if you burn yourself on McDonald’s coffee at home, at least you can’t sue McDonald’s. It’s not an old joke, but we did make it nonetheless back when Mickey D’s was just testing selling bags of coffee at grocery stores. And now the company is rolling that plan out nationwide soon, with one executive saying the company hopes to sell “lots” of coffee in 2015. [More]

Investigation Finds Kids’ Clothes With Banned Drawstrings In N.Y. Thrift Stores

Investigation Finds Kids’ Clothes With Banned Drawstrings In N.Y. Thrift Stores

For the last decade or so, children’s clothing with drawstrings have been illegal to sell in this country. Such items still often go on the market, as our monthly Recall Roundups show, and older hand-me-downs may still have the offending strings. A recent investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office found banned kids’ clothes in the majority of thrift stores that it checked in the state. [More]

How Far Does $100 Go In Your State? Here’s A Map That Shows You

How Far Does $100 Go In Your State? Here’s A Map That Shows You

When people ask me why I moved from NYC back to Philadelphia a few years ago, I usually just show them my mortgage statement — or the fact that I can even afford a mortgage at all — as evidence of the lower cost of living. Now I have a map that shows how much further my money goes here in Pennsylvania than it did in New York… and which also makes me think that maybe I should move to Mississippi. [More]

Uber Testing On-Demand Delivery Service “Corner Store” In D.C.

Uber Testing On-Demand Delivery Service “Corner Store” In D.C.

Uber has already dipped its toes into the world of delivery service. First with limited-time deliveries of sometimes-melted ice cream and cuddly kittens. Now the service aims to provide everyday items for consumers who just can’t make it to one of the many convenience stores littering the nation’s capital.  [More]

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101-Year Old Man Still Working At Same Lighting Company After 73 Years

Think you’ve been at your job a long time? Odds are you’re nowhere close to one 101-year-old New Jersey man, who’s been working at the same lighting company almost nonstop since he started as a shop clerk in 1941. [More]

The Sprint group pricing plans that will launch on Aug. 22.

Sprint Slashes Prices On Gigabytes, But New Plans Don’t Offer Real Value For Most Consumers

As expected following the recent change in leadership at Sprint, the nation’s third-largest wireless provider is slashing prices on group plans. But since Sprint admits that its network isn’t competitive with the other big players, the new plan only offers value to heavy data users with lots of patience. [More]

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Feds: Slaughterhouse Switched Out Unhealthy Cattle Heads During Inspectors’ Lunch Breaks

A federal grand jury has indicted the co-owners and two employees of the California slaughterhouse at the center of a massive beef recall earlier this year, and we’re now getting a better idea about how the plant allegedly got away with processing “diseased and unsound animals” that were “unfit for human food.” [More]

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Starbucks To Test Out Coffee Trucks On College Campuses This Fall

Because heaven forbid you need to walk more than 50 feet to find a cup of coffee, Starbucks wants to try to bring its brews just a little bit closer. The coffee colossus has announced it will be dabbling in the food truck business this fall when it rolls out mobile versions of its stores on a trio of college campuses. [More]