Banks Can Stop Wasting Stamps; Can Post Privacy Disclosures Online Instead

Banks Can Stop Wasting Stamps; Can Post Privacy Disclosures Online Instead

Customers of some banks may be receiving one less communication by mail following the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s finalization of a rule to promote more effective privacy disclosures. Translation: some banks can post their privacy notices online rather than slapping a stamp on them. [More]

Justice Dept. Digging Deep “In The Weeds” Of Broadband Issues In Comcast/TWC Merger

Justice Dept. Digging Deep “In The Weeds” Of Broadband Issues In Comcast/TWC Merger

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have been making the case for their merger nearly all year. The two companies talk up their TV programming sides a lot, but most watchers know that the merger — and the future — are really all about broadband, and that market is what Comcast is poised to control on a national scale. That potential dominance has worried not only businesses and consumer advocates, but also has apparently attracted the attention of the Justice Department as well. [More]

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Senator Asks Comcast To Stick With Net Neutrality Beyond Its Legal Obligation

While its counterparts (we can’t call them competition, since that doesn’t exist) at other cable and Internet service providers have been drooling over proposed “net neutrality” rules that would allow ISPs to charge content companies for “fast lane” access to end-users, Comcast has consistently maintained that it is the only ISP to hold to the since-gutted 2010 version of neutrality (without mentioning that it’s legally obliged to follow those rules for a few more years). Now the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is asking Comcast to stick to those rules even after it no longer has to. [More]

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Spotify Launches Family Plan That Allows Users To Share A Discounted Subscription

As competition heats up in the world of streaming music, Spotify is following the lead of other streaming services like Netflix with a new family plan. The option allows up to five family members to subscribe together for a monthly discounted rate. [More]

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The Future Will Be Online TV, But That Might Come With Online Blackouts

It’s been a heck of a week for anyone who’s been waiting for all their TV to go online. HBO, CBS, and Univision have all announced online streaming subscription packages this week, which is big news for consumers. But the future, while different, may not be rosy. You can’t watch streaming video without internet access, after all. So what happens to your show when your TV network and your ISP get mad at each other? [More]

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McDonald’s Franchisees Pinning Hopes On Monopoly & McRib

Sales at McDonald’s have been slipping in recent years, and the company has done everything from making major changes in leadership to revamping the Dollar Menu to offering chicken wings that largely sat uncooked in franchisees’ freezers. Facing forecasts of another down quarter, franchisees are hoping that a couple of old favorites will help point sales in the positive direction. [More]

Comcast Sued By Customer Who Says Cable Company Had Him Fired From Job

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Last week, we brought you the story of former Comcast customer Conal O’Rourke, who lost his job at renowned accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers after someone from Comcast called his employer with details of Mr. O’Rourke’s numerous — and valid — complaints about his cable service. Comcast has subsequently apologized for the myriad billing and service problems but maintains it did not intend to have O’Rourke fired, but that has not satisfied Conal, who has filed a lawsuit against the nation’s largest cable company, alleging violations of, among other claims, a federal law prohibiting cable companies from sharing personal information without customers’ consent. [More]

FCC Filing: “At Least One” ISP Violating Net Neutrality By Blocking Encrypted Traffic

FCC Filing: “At Least One” ISP Violating Net Neutrality By Blocking Encrypted Traffic

Broadband and mobile companies are happy to claim that we don’t need new rules to protect net neutrality, because even without rules in place, they’ve never blocked traffic in any harmful way and don’t particularly want to in the future either. However, one internet business says they have proof it happens — and the way the ISPs are doing it can have a huge effect not only on the quality of internet traffic, but on the safety of it, too. [More]

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FedEx Delivery Mistake Leads To Huge Drug Bust

If my neighbor accidentally gets my FedEx or UPS package, the worst that could happen is they find out about my pedestrian reading tastes or that I might order too many video games. Then again, no one is shipping me parcels full of illegal drugs. [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]

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]

HBO Launching Stand-Alone Online Service In 2015

HBO Launching Stand-Alone Online Service In 2015


HBO will be launching a stand-alone service in 2015, Time Warner executives announced in an investor presentation today. [More]

Finnish Brewer Set To Sell Recreation Of 172-Year-Old Beer Found In Shipwreck

Finnish Brewery Stallhagen plans to sell a reproduced 1842 beer.

Typically you wouldn’t dream of consuming the things found in a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean. But if you’re a historical buff or a beer connoisseur, a 172-year-old beer found off the coast of Finland – or more accurately its reproduction – might whet your appetite. [More]

Don Henley Is Not Amused By Clothing Company’s Shirt Puns

Don Henley Is Not Amused By Clothing Company’s Shirt Puns

Exhibit A: Don Henley of the Eagles, a band with a song called “Take It Easy.” Exhibit B: A Henley style T-shirt, on sale with the phrase, “Don a Henley and Take it easy.” This attempt at punnery — pretty successful, if you ask me — is not amusing to Don Henley, who is suing a clothing company for using his name to shill shirts without his permission. [More]

Aereo To FCC: No, Really, We’re A Cable Company Now. Treat Us Like One, Pretty Please?

Aereo To FCC: No, Really, We’re A Cable Company Now. Treat Us Like One, Pretty Please?


Streaming broadcast TV service Aereo was unceremoniously shut down by the Supreme Court last spring, but although they suspended all operations it wasn’t entirely the end of their business. Either Aereo or the law would have to change in order to get them beaming TV around again. Since the relevant law is immovable in the current political climate, that leaves change on Aereo’s end. But the last two attempts Aereo’s made haven’t ended well for them. Is the third time the charm? [More]

Two sisters claim they found a worm in their iced tea.

Women Claim Their McDonald’s Iced Tea Came With A Free Worm

Typically when you order a drink at the local fast food drive-thru, the only surprise you get is maybe the wrong type of soda in your cup. A Virginia family says they received a much more slimy shocker: A small worm. [More]

No, Virgin Atlantic Is Not Going To Give You A Free Plane Ticket

No, Virgin Atlantic Is Not Going To Give You A Free Plane Ticket

When you’re about to follow a company on your social media site of choice or share an image or status in the hopes of receiving free stuff, stop. Apply critical thinking. Is it likely that an airline will give free flight passes to twenty thousand of its Instagram followers? Twenty, maybe, but not twenty thousand. [More]

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Cable Lobbyists Pretending To Be Cool Digital Hipsters To Convince Youth That Net Neutrality Is Bad

The fight for net neutrality has players from all corners amped up and joining in. Millions of individuals, as well as consumer advocacy groups, internet businesses, internet business groups, cable and telecom businesses, and their trade groups, have all been pressing the FCC toward one decision or another. But now there are some new groups wading in to the morass. They look like millennial, digital-savvy, pro-internet hispters — but their message is straight out of Comcast and AT&T’s playbook. So what’s going on? [More]