Because a child is not a hazelnut chocolate spread, a judge in France has rejected a couple’s attempt to legally name their baby “Nutella,” saying it’s not only a trademarked name, but also would be “contrary to the child’s interest to be wearing a name like that” as it “can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts.” [La Voix Du Nord via Time.com]


Family Dollar Burglary Suspect Makes Things Easy By Falling Through Store’s Ceiling, Landing In Front of Cops

There’s getting caught redhanded, and then there’s dumping yourself into police custody all by yourself. A man suspected of trying to burgle a Family Dollar made his capture pretty darn easy on cops yesterday morning, after falling through the ceiling right in front of a police officer responding to the scene. [More]

Verizon Nearing End Of Plans To Build FiOS Network

Verizon Nearing End Of Plans To Build FiOS Network

Are you like a lot of people in this country — You want to change your broadband provider but you can’t because the only high-speed option in your town is your cable company? Maybe you’ve been holding out hope that Verizon will bring FiOS to your town so that you’ll at least have something that resembles a choice. We’ve got bad news for you, the company says it’s getting to the end of its current plans to build out the FiOS network. [More]

Mr. Coffee Introduces The Stupidest Smart Coffeemaker On The Market

Mr. Coffee Introduces The Stupidest Smart Coffeemaker On The Market

I get annoyed when an electronic gadget has functions that you can only access through the remote control, so I am not a candidate to buy the Mr. Coffee Smart Optimal Brew. It’s a very nice new network-connected drip coffee machine that you can program remotely from your smartphone. The problem: you can only program it from your smartphone. [More]

Eggs destined for McDonald's.

Why Is The Egg In A McMuffin Round (And Is It Even A Real Egg?)

In its latest installment of, “Don’t be freaked out by our food” videos, McDonald’s is taking on the question of whether or not it uses real eggs. Because if you’ve ever wondered or heard that the egg in a McMuffin is round because it was sliced off some kind of mechanically formed roll of egg-like stuff, you’re not alone. [More]

The Reality Of The KFC Double Down Hot Dog Is Depressing

The Reality Of The KFC Double Down Hot Dog Is Depressing

Nearly five years ago, KFC tried to rejuvenate interest in its menu by going the extreme-food route with the Double Down, a bacon and cheese sandwich with two pieces of fried chicken for the bun. Now the fast foodery is trying to push a hot dog version of the Double Down on its customers in the Philippines, and the results leave a lot to be desired. [More]

Politicians’ Letters In Support Of Comcast Merger Were Actually Written By Comcast

Politicians’ Letters In Support Of Comcast Merger Were Actually Written By Comcast

In the eleven months since Comcast announced that it would acquire Time Warner Cable, numerous local and national politicians have written to the FCC in support of the merger, claiming it will create jobs (in spite of the fact that thousands of employees will inevitably be made redundant), spark investment (even though Comcast could just invest the $40 billion instead of using it to buy TWC), and provide broadband access for the poor (a program that’s been criticized as window dressing), without hurting competition (because there isn’t any to begin with). Many of the letters hit the same points… almost as if they were ghostwritten and the politicians just signed their names to them. [More]

Don’t Bet On The Delivery Guy Owning Snow Shoes: NYC Mayor’s Blizzard Ban On Vehicles Includes Bikes


As parents elsewhere in the country continue to inquire whether their grown offspring living in New York City are fully prepared for the impending snowmageddon, Mayor Bill de Blasio is putting a potentially huge crimp in hungry citizens’ plans for weathering the storm by banning all non-emergency vehicles on the streets after 11 p.m. tonight. That includes delivery vehicles and yes, even bikes. [More]

(JY O'Reilly)

Gap Is Shutting Down Piperlime, Which You’ve Maybe Heard Of

Gap is shutting down its Piperlime brand. “Piper what?” you may be saying. Exactly. The brand started as an online-only shoe store, then expanded to mostly selling items from designer brands that aren’t Gap Inc. brands. The brand was more upscale than Banana Republic, and that simply didn’t catch on with consumers. [More]


GM Compensation Fund Approves 50th Death Claim, Submission Deadline Saturday

Just five days before the submission deadline for consumers affected by General Motors’ massive ignition switch defect, administrators for the compensation fund say they have officially linked 50 deaths to the faulty devices. [More]

(Christopher Tarr)

Uber Caps Surge Pricing During Juno Snowmageddon (Because It Sort Of Has To)

As those of us in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast prepare to slaughter a tauntaun and seek shelter from the snow in the warmth of its belly, the folks at Uber say they will put a maximum on surge pricing so as to avoid the backlash it has experienced in the past during emergencies, and because it promised it wouldn’t do this anymore. [More]

Empire Today Opening First Retail Stores After Decades Of Getting Jingle Stuck In Everyone’s Heads

Empire Today Opening First Retail Stores After Decades Of Getting Jingle Stuck In Everyone’s Heads

Empire Today has been around as a shop-from-home flooring installation business for 55 years, spending 40 of those years getting its phone number jingle stuck in everyone’s heads. But until now, there were no physical stores for shoppers to visit and pick out flooring. After all that time priming potential customers with “588-2300, Empiiiire!” the company says it’s finally ready to open its first bricks-and-mortar stores. [More]

This gentleman is so excited about his wifi-based phone that he can't even look at it.

Cablevision Launching Unlimited, Wifi-Only Mobile Plan In New York

Regional cable operator Cablevision is jumping into the mobile fray in a big way this week, and they’re doing it an untraditional way. The new service is 100% based on a network of wifi hotspots: Cell phones without the cell. [More]


Post To Hog Even More Cereal With $1.15B Purchase Of Rival MOM Brands

Piece by piece, cereal maker Post Holdings Co. has increased its portfolio to take on breakfast food behemoths Kellogg and General Mills. The mission to expand its bagged and hot cereal categories continued Monday with Post’s purchase of small, privately held rival MOM Brands Co. for $1.15 billion. [More]


Mom Sues Target Claiming Humiliating “Walk Of Shame” Upon Firing Led To Son’s Suicide

A California Target is facing a lawsuit from the family of a former employee who says he took his own life after being forced to participate in a humiliating “walk of shame” through the store in handcuffs. [More]

Scammers Manipulate Lowe’s Receipt-Checking Policy To Steal $80,000 In Tools

Scammers Manipulate Lowe’s Receipt-Checking Policy To Steal $80,000 In Tools

Many consumers don’t like it when stores check their receipts on the way out of the building, claiming it treats all shoppers like shoplifting suspects. But a trio of scammers had no problem showing their receipt at Lowe’s, running a multi-state shoplifting/return scheme for several months. [More]

Good News: iTunes Isn’t Ditching Free Music After All

Good News: iTunes Isn’t Ditching Free Music After All

A few weeks ago, iTunes users in different countries noticed that the free downloadable single of the week, a staple in the iTunes music store since it began, was missing from the front page of the store. Where did it go? It turns out that while the free single feature is gone, Apple has made it easier to find a whole page of free downloads. [More]

(Alex Goodey)

Deal With Hershey’s Puts An End To Import Of Cadbury Chocolates

It will soon be more difficult for consumers who prefer the taste of British-made chocolate to get their sweet-tooth fix. A new deal between Hershey’s and Let’s Buy British Imports essentially puts a stop to the import of many iconic British chocolate brands from overseas. [More]