(Federico Reiven)

The Navy Will Pay Microsoft For Windows XP Support Through 2016

More than a year ago, Microsoft phased out support for its immensely popular Windows XP operating system, but some users simply can’t let go. Like the United States Navy, which won’t be ready to upgrade its systems until 2016, and has to pay Microsoft $9 million a year to keep systems still running Windows XP going. [More]

McDonald’s Beefing Up Its Quarter Pounder Patty

McDonald’s Beefing Up Its Quarter Pounder Patty

Earlier this year, McDonald’s announced it would revamp its burger process by searing the beef and toasting the buns. Apparently, though, that’s not enough for the Golden Arches, so more changes are in store: adding meat to the quarter pounder. [More]

We’re Not Quite Sure How To Feel About The Fact That Yogurt Liqueur Exists

We’re Not Quite Sure How To Feel About The Fact That Yogurt Liqueur Exists

While there are surely some tasty dairy-based alcoholic beverages out there, there’s just something about drinking boozy yogurt that seems a bit… off-putting. But hey, different strokes for different folks. For those who like mixing food with their drinks, there’s a yogurt liqueur out there just for you. [More]

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Macy’s Customer Accused Of Biting Employee Over Price Dispute

When you have a question about the price tag on a department store item, you should raise your concerns with store employees. You should not yell at them or curse them out, and you should definitely not become violent. A Macy’s customer in California was arrested after she allegedly did all of those things, then bit a loss prevention officer on the leg during a price dispute. [More]

(Ken Fager)

Hamburger, Hot Dog Buns Recalled Because Terry Cloth Gloves Aren’t An Approved Ingredient

A week before people across the country sit down for barbecues and cookouts to celebrate the Fourth of July, one company is recalling a crucial element of any picnic: hamburger and hot dog buns. [More]

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Remember That Time In The Early ’90s When McDonald’s Tried To Do Pizza?

Cast your mind back to the mid to late 1980s and early 1990s… when you had a craving for that delicious Italian combination of carbs, sauce and cheese, you’d head straight to McDonald’s, right? No? Yeah, we’re with you on that one — who knew McDonald’s ever tried to grab a piece of the pizza pie? Tried, and ultimately, failed. [More]

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Former RadioShack’s Lawyers And Lenders Agree To Keep Talking About Settling

Since the beginning of RadioShack’s bankruptcy proceedings back in February, the lower-ranking or “junior” lenders in the company’s debt pile have claimed that the entire proceedings were full of shenanigans. As the proceedings wind down and lenders and lawyers sort out the final disposition of everything, everyone at least agrees on one thing: the bankruptcy will not convert from a Chapter 11 to a Chapter 7 to save money on lawyers. [More]

Artist Accuses Starbucks Of Copyright Infringement For Using Her Work

Artist Accuses Starbucks Of Copyright Infringement For Using Her Work

You may have noticed Starbucks’ new brightly colorful ads touting the deliciousness that is the frappuccino. While the new promotions are definitely easy on the eyes, a Brooklyn artist is calling foul, saying the company ripped off her work. [More]

(Jeff Kubina)

America’s Biggest Companies React To SCOTUS’ Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

While it might not seem like there’s a direct link to same sex marriage and our country’s biggest businesses, even before the Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that marriage is a constitutional right for any American, many major companies came out in support of same-sex marriage, saying those rights help them do business better. Today, some of those companies — and more — spoke out in celebration of the landmark ruling. [More]

Self-Driving Cars From Rival Companies Have A Close Call In California Traffic

Self-Driving Cars From Rival Companies Have A Close Call In California Traffic

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for Delphi who was also in the car at the time of the previously reported “near miss” between her company’s car and a Google prototype says things didn’t go down quite like the story made it seem. [More]

NHTSA Investigating 250,000 Ford Trucks For Power Brake Failure

NHTSA Investigating 250,000 Ford Trucks For Power Brake Failure

As we mentioned earlier today, brakes are one of the most essential components of a vehicle. When they don’t work as intended, it puts the safety of everyone on the road at risk. For that reason, federal regulators have opened a probe into 250,000 large Ford trucks. [More]

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Disney Puts The Kibosh On Selfie Sticks In All Of Its Theme Parks

You can rest easy the next time you go to Disney World, knowing that you won’t get whapped in the face by an errant selfie stick: Under a new policy, the phone extension sticks are banned from Disney World’s theme parks. Not just on rides, but nowhere within the borders of the Magic Kingdom. And by that I mean, nowhere in any of the parks. [More]

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Promises No “Utility Style Regulation” Of Broadband

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Promises No “Utility Style Regulation” Of Broadband

Two weeks ago, a federal appeals court denied the telecom and cable industry’s request to prevent the FCC’s new Open Internet Order (aka net neutrality) from going into effect, but the legal challenge to neutrality continues, with opponents claiming it will quell investment and result in stifling regulations. Today, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler spoke out publicly on these concerns. [More]

Amazon’s Treasure Truck Is Like An Ice Cream Truck For Paddleboards And Steaks

Amazon’s Treasure Truck Is Like An Ice Cream Truck For Paddleboards And Steaks

Do you enjoy Amazon’s “Gold Box” deals, but wish that there were less selection and that you didn’t have to wait for shipping? We have great news for you, then, as long as you live in or are visiting Amazon’s hometown of Seattle. The Treasure Truck is prowling the streets, and you can find out what’s on it by using the retailer’s mobile shopping app. [More]

You Can Add Wasps To The List Of Things That Can Divert Flights

You Can Add Wasps To The List Of Things That Can Divert Flights

Time and again we’ve reported on incidents in which an unruly passenger diverts a plane. But what about an unruly insect? Apparently it’s possible, as Allegiant Airlines says a recent flight had to make an unscheduled landing because of an unticketed wasp. [More]

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Customer Sues Whole Foods Over Alleged Overcharging In NYC

New York City officials accused Whole Foods of overcharging customers in the “the worst case of mislabeling” investigators have seen, a man filed a lawsuit against the upscale food purveyor. He’s seeking damages because he claims he bought several mispriced packages at the stores over the last three years. [More]

Subaru Recalls 72,000 Vehicles Because Automatic Braking Systems Are Supposed To Actually Help Drivers

Subaru Recalls 72,000 Vehicles Because Automatic Braking Systems Are Supposed To Actually Help Drivers

The ability to brake may be one of the most essential safety features of a vehicle. But part of that intricate system – specifically the automatic braking component – just isn’t working like it should for tens of thousands of newer Subaru vehicles. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

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Here are twelve of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]