(Todd Kravos)

AT&T Agrees To Pay $23.8M, Invest $28M To Settle Claims Of Dumping Hazardous Materials In California

AT&T agreed to pay $23.8 million to settle charges brought by the California Attorney General’s office that it unlawfully dumped old electronic devices and other hazardous materials in the state. [More]

(Geoff Fox)

Can Retailers Make Us Stop Returning So Much Stuff?

After the holiday shopping frenzy is over, frenzy season isn’t yet complete: in malls and in post offices alike, shoppers then go into an item-returning and gift-card-spending frenzy. Unfortunately, this costs retailers a lot of money. Instead of accepting the cost of returns as a recurring annual thing, can they find a way to reduce them? [More]

(cousinmacho)

Swedish Hotel Offering Free 7-Night Stays For People With More Than 2,000 Facebook Friends

We already know the value companies place on attracting new fans on social media, which is part of the reason using sites like Facebook and Instagram is free: Advertisers want your attention and they want the attention of your friends. So in order to harness the power of social media, one Swedish hotel is offering up a tasty bit of bait in the form of free stays for the big hitters on Facebook and Instagram. [More]

(James LeVeque)

HBO Hints You Might Be Paying Cable Company For Standalone HBO Go

It’s been more than a month since HBO confirmed its long-awaited plans to launch an online-only version of the premium TV network that wouldn’t require a cable subscription. While there are still no real details about exactly what customers are getting or how much they want to pay, it does look like you’ll be ordering the service through the same cable company you’re trying to get away from. [More]

Kohler Releases An Odor-Eating Toilet Seat To Make Going Number Two More Pleasant

Kohler Releases An Odor-Eating Toilet Seat To Make Going Number Two More Pleasant

Going to the bathroom is a natural part of life, but for some reason human waste has been in the news a little too much in the last week. First we learned that a company in England was is using human feces to power a bus, and now Kohler has released an odor-eating toilet seat aimed at ridding restrooms across the country of the smell produced when we go number two. [More]

(bluwmongoose)

Budweiser To Waste Money Trying To Convince 20-Somethings To Drink Bud

By its own admission, nearly half of American beer-drinkers between the ages of 21 and 27 not only don’t drink Budweiser, but have never even tried the self-crowned King of Beers. That’s why we will all have to endure months of young and edgy ads attempting to target this demographic (before the company goes inevitably back to its default flags/horses/baseball marketing). [More]

(WFMZ.com)

City Is No Charlie Brown, Kicks Ugly Christmas Tree To The Curb

The opportunity to play the sad Christmas tree music from Charlie Brown in the context of an actual sad, ugly Christmas tree story doesn’t come around too often, but today is that day: The town of Reading, PA is ditching a tree deemed too pathetic and unseemly for the public eye in favor of a newer, more pleasing to the eye specimen. [More]

Papa John Introduces A Cheesesteak Pizza For Some Reason

Papa John Introduces A Cheesesteak Pizza For Some Reason

If you were looking forward to trying the Fritos Pie Pizza at Papa John’s, and we’re not sure why you would have, bad news: the specialty pizza theoretically ended its promotional period yesterday. However, there’s a replacement exotic pizza on the menu: a Philly Cheesesteak pizza. [More]

FCC Expects To Be Sued Over Net Neutrality No Matter What It Does

FCC Expects To Be Sued Over Net Neutrality No Matter What It Does

In 2010, the FCC enacted net neutrality rules aimed to prevent Internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or speeding up access to websites based on how much they pay — and the agency was sued by Verizon for overstepping its authority. Now that the FCC is reconsidering those rules to either make them weaker or possibly reclassify ISPs so that the agency can enforce neutrality. But no matter how it moves forward, the agency expects to be sued. [More]

(Adam Fagen)

United Airlines Expands In-Flight Entertainment To Android Devices

Travelers who use Android devices hoping to catch a movie on their next United Airlines flight finally have the same opportunity already afforded to their Apple counterparts. [More]

(repenter116)

Redbox Hikes Prices For Movie And Video Game Rentals

The cost of a night in with a rental DVD is about to get a little more expensive for those of us out there who still rent physical movies and video games: Redbox is increasing the price of DVD rentals by 25%, as its parent company Outerwall Inc. tries to boost its revenue stream. [More]

(francosmucio)

Naked Man Falls Through Airport Bathroom’s Ceiling, Allegedly Attacks Elderly Man

Whenever someone is naked in public, there are so many questions: When did the clothes come off? Is there a stash nearby? And why would someone decide to crawl around in the ceiling of an airport bathroom in his birthday suit? State police in Boston have arrested a man who fell through the ceiling of a women’s bathroom at Logan Airport, and then allegedly assaulted an elderly man outside the restroom. [More]

(me and the sysop)

Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. Recalls 1,200 Pounds Of Ground Beef Over E.Coli Contamination

Sure, it’s Thanksgiving week and we’re all preparing to devour our fair share of turkey. But some consumers prefer a main dish that’s a little more beefy. If you’re part of that camp, you might want to check the label after a Minnesota firm recalled ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli. [More]

(Patrick Carlson)

Why You Should Rethink Buying Gift Cards This Year

Giving people gift cards has many advantages: you can take a loved one out to dinner from hundreds or thousands of miles away, or you can buy someone new clothes or shoes without guessing at their size. However, gift cards and prepaid debit cards aren’t always the one-size-fits-all gift option that they seem to be, since they can have some serious drawbacks. [More]

Amazon Signs 17-Year Lease On Manhattan Building That Is Totally Not A Store

Amazon Signs 17-Year Lease On Manhattan Building That Is Totally Not A Store

More than a month ago, there were reports that Amazon planned to rent space in Manhattan across the street from the Empire State Building to expand its own empire into brick-and-mortar retail. While Amazon has signed a lease on space in that building that includes ground-floor retail, the company says that it is not going to use that space. Nope. [More]

There’s A Bus In England That Runs On Human Feces – And Food Waste

There’s A Bus In England That Runs On Human Feces – And Food Waste

If you’re looking to take part in an adventure not unlike one you’d see on The Magic School Bus, then you might think about hitching a ride on the bus fueled by bio-methane gas, which is produced using materials most of us can’t get rid of soon enough — fecal matter and food waste. [More]

Kitten Escapes New Mexico Home On Halloween, Shows Up 2,300 Miles Away In Maine

(Portland Press Herald)

There is nothing more suited for a Friday afternoon than a heartwarming tale involving a lost kitten finding her way home against all odds, so I will go ahead and accept your thanks in advance. The starring cat of today’s story escaped her home in New Mexico during Halloween trick-or-treating, only to reappear in Maine a few weeks later. [More]

FCC Proposes Some Consumer Protections As They Inch Closer To Killing Off Copper Landlines

FCC Proposes Some Consumer Protections As They Inch Closer To Killing Off Copper Landlines

Phones are wireless, consumers are cutting back, and copper is expensive: all are reasons why the big phone companies want permission from the FCC to walk away from old-fashioned landline networks and to keep moving toward an internet-based future. The FCC tentatively agrees, and voted 3-2 today to take another baby step in the process that will end up making the nation’s century-old copper landline network obsolete. [More]