46 Connecticut Towns Sign On To Plan For Massive Municipal Broadband Project

Connecticut might be a small state, but they’re poised to make a large leap into the 21st century internet. Local officials have announced they’re joining together on a plan to create at least 46 local municipal gigabit fiber networks in the state — an enormous jump from their current number of zero. [More]


Do You Have Cold Symptoms? Don’t Reach For Vitamin C

Our colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports, armed with actual facts, are out to debunk everything that I do when I think I might be coming down with a cold. First, they explained why taking zinc supplements isn’t a good idea, and now they’ve pointed out that taking Vitamin C supplements isn’t all that helpful either. If they debunk lengthy naps next, my cold-coping strategies are all eliminated. [More]


Charitable Giving: Get The Most Of Your Donations And Time This Holiday Season

With just a few days left before Christmas and a little more than a week left before the end of the year, consumers may be feeling the itch to complete acts of charitable giving. While this time of the year tends to bring out the best in people’s generous side, there are a few things that we should all keep in mind while racing to meet the deadline for lowering your tax burden by donating to charity. [More]

Assassin’s Creed Season Pass Owners Who Take Free Game Offer Give Up Right To Sue Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed Season Pass Owners Who Take Free Game Offer Give Up Right To Sue Ubisoft

Right before Thanksgiving, Ubisoft acknowledged that it botched the launch of the much-anticipated game Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and that people who bought the title early would be offered make-goods of free content. Now that the first of those freebies has gone live, users are realizing it comes with a catch — give up your right to sue. [More]

(David Transier)

Verizon Customer Gets Police Involved After Phone Disappears Into FedEx Vortex

So Verizon sends you a new phone worth hundreds of dollars. FedEx claims it was delivered and that you signed for it, though that’s impossible because you were miles away from home when the delivery allegedly occurred. Neither company will do anything about the issue and both blame you. What’s a decent human being to do? [More]

UPS Will Conquer Its Biggest Shipping Day With Temps And Automation

UPS Will Conquer Its Biggest Shipping Day With Temps And Automation

While the second-to-last Monday before Christmas is usually the busiest shipping day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx, for UPS the biggest day is today, the last Monday before the holiday. The company has invested a lot of money and technology in making sure that there isn’t a repeat of last year’s massive delay caused by bad weather and a flurry of last-minute shopping. [More]

(Michael Kalus)

American Apparel Confirms Ousted Founder Dov Charney Trying To Return Via Takeover

Just a week after American Apparel officially bid adieu to its founder Dov Charney after a six-month suspension, the company confirmed it has been approached with a takeover offer that would reinstate the disgraced official.  [More]

Fox News Blacked Out On Dish Network In Latest Contract Fight

Fox News Blacked Out On Dish Network In Latest Contract Fight

It’s a rough year to be a Dish subscriber: networks just keep falling out of the lineup as the satellite TV company ends up in contract disputes with channel after channel. The latest argument has Fox News and Fox Business blacked out on Dish, and the fight looks like it’s just getting started. [More]

(Johanna Beyenbach)

5 Signs That You Shouldn’t Be Using Credit Cards

Just like almost every child wants a puppy and thinks they can handle the responsibility, many adults are seduced by the promise of a line of credit and convince themselves they won’t screw it up and end up buried beneath a mountain of debt. Before you take the plunge and get a credit card, a bit of honest introspection could prevent you from trapping yourself in a plastic jail cell. [More]

(Ralph Krawczyk Jr)

Fiat Chrysler Expands Takata Airbag Recall To 3.3M Across The United States

After months of pushing back, Fiat Chrysler is finally following the lead of other major automakers. Bowing to pressure from federal regulators, the company is massively expanding their recall of vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags that have been linked to at least five deaths so far.


More Horrible People Caught On Camera Stealing Packages From Porch

More Horrible People Caught On Camera Stealing Packages From Porch

This is why I never have any packages left at my door without a signature. Yet another person’s holiday has been spoiled by sticky-fingered thieves swiping packages left on someone’s porch, and once again the crime is captured on security camera footage. [More]

(Robert Martin)

Staples Confirms 1.16 Million Cards Breached In 115 Stores

Back in October, big-box office-supply retailer Staples announced that it was investigating a possible customer payment data breach. The results of that investigation are in: yes, the payment systems of some Staples stores were breached. [More]

The North Korean government has been openly critical of the upcoming Sony-distributed comedy The Interview, in which James Franco and Seth Rogen are tasked with assassinating Kim Jong-Un.

Sony Says ‘The Interview’ Will Be Distributed Somehow — George RR Martin Says “Let Me Show It”

The fallout continues from Sony’s decision to pull The Interview following threats from hackers with alleged ties to North Korea. Over the weekend, a lawyer for the entertainment giant said the movie will eventually be distributed but no one is saying just how this could happen. [More]

(Karen Chappell)

Charity Application Problems Leave Tots Without Their Toys

Here’s an important lesson on following up with paperwork: nonprofit organizations near Pittsburgh (and possibly in other regions as well) learned that when they celebrate Christmas with disadvantaged children this year, there will be no toys supplied by Toys for Tots for Santa to hand out. Why? Toys for Tots and the local organizations point their fingers at each other. [More]

(Morton Fox)

UPS Drives Forklift Into Valuable Sculpture, Shrugs

Current ad campaigns for UPS brag about the carrier’s abilities at logistics: getting a thing from one place to another is their specialty. Unless you’re one family in Michigan who used UPS Freight to ship a valuable sculpture across the country, which the carrier drove a forklift into. The company wouldn’t pay out an insurance claim on the artwork because the customer failed to fill in the statue’s declared value on the bill of lading that went with the shipment. [More]

*kevin dean)

Skip Stores And Middlemen: Shop Directly From Chinese Wholesalers

Instead of buying inexpensive, mass-produced junk from China at your local big-box store, why not save time, avoid human interaction, and go right to the source? You can eliminate layers of middlemen by ordering from a wholesaler in China. It’s easy and affordable to do so online for everything from phone cases to wedding gowns, but should you? [More]

(Adam Fagen)

Starbucks Ditches Square, Will Cease Accepting Wallet Mobile Payments In Coming Months

The two-year long partnership between Starbucks and mobile payment system Square is coming to an end, as the coffee company had decided to ditch the mobile payment company’s upcoming new system in favor of its own mobile ordering solution. [More]

(Nicholas Eckhart)

Tesla Launching Battery Swap Pilot Program For Some Model S Owners Next Week

While many electric car owners love being gas-free, the time-consuming process of recharging a vehicle can be a bit of a setback. So to cut down on that lengthy process, Tesla says it’ll be starting a pilot program next week that will allow some drivers to swap out their battery packs in just a few minutes. [More]