Facebook Adds New Safety Check Feature To Let Loved Ones Know You’re Okay After A Disaster

Facebook Adds New Safety Check Feature To Let Loved Ones Know You’re Okay After A Disaster

I’ll never forget the one time I’ve felt an earthquake in New York City. Not because it was anything scary — it was only a brief, jarring moment in an elevator — but because it seemed like every person I knew outside of the area was reaching out whether through text, phone call, email or social media to make sure I was okay (I was totally fine, but it was nice anyway). Facebook has a new feature called Safety Check that it says will make that whole process a lot easier. [More]

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FDA Going After Companies Offering Unapproved Ebola Medications

While the country is watching the news of every new Ebola case very closely, the federal government doesn’t want the worrying to get so out of hand that people start looking for medications to prevent or treat Ebola. Since there are currently none approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the government is already cracking down on a handful of companies promising to provide relief from Ebola. [More]

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CBS Joins HBO, Launches Online-Only Subscription Service

On the heels of yesterday’s surprise announcement that HBO is creating an online-only, cable-free, streaming-access package in 2015, broadcast network CBS has announced that it, too, is joining the cord-cutting party. [More]

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Walmart CEO Promises To Eventually Raise Wages For Lowest-Paid Workers

As proponents of higher pay for Walmart workers prepare for a day of protests against the retailer, its CEO is making the vague pledge that the company will eventually no longer have employees making only the national minimum wage. [More]

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Apple Stores To Stop Selling Fitbit Trackers, New Product Photos Leaked

If you’re one of the people who loved the Fitbit Force, but returned the fitness-tracking wristband when you suffered from contact dermatitis or when the product was recalled in the United States, good news. Photos have leaked of a product display for the Force’s rumored replacements, and they look very similar. However, we have bad news if you planned to buy that wristband at your local Apple Store. [More]

According to the complaint, Bayer does not have sufficient science to back up many of its health claims on its One A Day Multivitamins.

Bayer Sued Over Allegedly Misleading Marketing Of One-A-Day Vitamins

The marketing for Bayer’s One A Day brand of multivitamins makes some very specific claims about what these products can do to improve a user’s health. But a new lawsuit brought against the over-the-counter drug giant argues that Bayer’s statements aren’t always backed up by the science necessary to make those claims. [More]

Whole Foods Introduces Produce Ranking System Based On Suppliers’ Farming Tactics

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How do the fruits and vegetables you buy stack up against other produce? Are those flowers really the best you can get? Whole Foods is trying to answer some of those questions for customers with its new “responsibly grown” labeling system that ranks produce and plants at its stores, based on how suppliers farm those products. [More]

NBC Bay Area news reports that the morning rush-hour got off to a messy start when a tanker carrying portable toilet cleaner was involved with a collision, spilling the liquid on the roadway.

Portable Toilet Waste Tanker Drops Its Load Of Cleaning Fluid On California Highway After Collision

Things you might expect to see on your morning commute: cars, traffic jams, fender benders and 100 gallons of portable toilet cleaning fluid. That last one wasn’t a test, it actually happened Wednesday morning near San Jose. [More]

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Glorious Restaurant Serves Only Macaroni And Cheese

I once thought that I was alone in my dream of a restaurant that served nothing but grilled cheese sandwiches, but I was wrong. The Melt opened in 2011 and continues to thrive and expand. Surely, though, there aren’t enough cheese-obsessed Americans to also support a restaurant specializing in macaroni and cheese, right? I’m probably alone in that dream. [More]

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Amazon UK Finds Use For Newspaper Distributors: Delivering Packages

Who visits every neighborhood on a daily basis? There’s the postal service, of course, but another group of drivers or distributors on foot come by early in the morning, making their deliveries while most people sleep. Most cities still have a daily newspaper, so why not take advantage of that to bring online orders to residential neighborhoods? That’s what Amazon wants to do in the United Kingdom. [More]

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Florida Man Accused Of Humping A Stuffed Animal At Walmart, Putting It Back On The Shelf

In a move that will cause me to forever give the toy aisle the side-eye, a Florida man is accused of getting it on with a stuffed animal at Walmart and then putting it back on the shelf after he’d had his way with it. [More]

Taco Bell is testing Sriracha-flavored menu items in Kansas City.

Taco Bell Testing Sriracha-Flavored Menu Items

If you’re searching for a meal that mixes Mexican and Asian flavors, heading to the Midwest probably doesn’t make much sense. But that’s where Taco Bell is reportedly testing new menu items that use much-loved hot sauce: Sriracha. [More]

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Every Episode Of ‘Friends’ Will Be Available On Netflix In January 2015

As if you didn’t already spend enough time binge watching TV online, Netflix has announced that every episode of Friends will be available starting January 1, 2015. Because apparently countless rounds in syndication just isn’t enough. [More]

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Man Claims McDonald’s In Canada Served Him Mouse-Flavored Coffee

A man in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada ordered a cup of coffee at McDonald’s during his commute to work, finishing the cup at the office. That was when he found the surprise at the bottom of his cup. It was not the good kind of surprise: he told the CBC that he found a dead mouse and some mouse droppings at the bottom of his coffee. [More]

Mountain Dew Doesn’t Make DWI Go Away After Cops Turn Down Soda Bribe

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When you’re in a tight spot, it’s natural to take a quick look around and assess the tools at your disposal. While MacGyver could change his fate with a piece of gum and a 1993 issue of TV Guide, one DIY wannabe thought he’d be able to disappear a DWI charge with Mountain Dew. [More]

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Tired Of Saving Those American Express Rewards Points For A Trip? Spend Them At McDonald’s Instead

No one wants to wait months to accumulate enough American Express rewards points to purchase a blender when you can get instant gratification at McDonald’s. That’s right, the fast-food chain now accepts your hard-earned AmEx points in exchange for Big Mac, Quarter Pounders and other fare. [More]

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9 Things You Need To Know From Frontline Investigation Of Antibiotics & Animals

Last night, PBS’ Frontline aired a report on the huge amount of antibiotics that farmers pump into animal feed and the effects that this practice has on the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs that kill thousands of Americans and make millions more sick every year. [More]

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Taxi App Hailo Hits The Road, Leaves U.S. Due To Expense Of Competing

Apparently taxi-hailing app Hailo was beyond even The Rent Is Too Damn High Guy’s help: After four years as a smartphone app for taxi divers, Hailo says it’s taking its act out of North America because it’s too expensive to compete with services like Uber and Lyft. [More]