Allegiant Under Increased Scrutiny From Regulators After Latest Flight Disturbance

Allegiant Under Increased Scrutiny From Regulators After Latest Flight Disturbance

After a string of in-flight disturbances and accusations from a pilot’s union of poor safety standards, the Federal Aviation Administration has stepped up its scrutiny of budget carrier Allegiant Airlines. [More]

Comcast Exec: Netflix Thrives Because Cable Is Too Expensive, Is Company’s “Ultimate Frenemy”

Comcast Exec: Netflix Thrives Because Cable Is Too Expensive, Is Company’s “Ultimate Frenemy”

This is a weird time to be a cable company. On the one hand, everyone’s watching more content than ever before. And on the other hand, they’re watching cable less than ever before. That’s bad for cable companies, except that cable companies are also broadband companies. The push and pull is a reality almost all of us live in, but it’s something that the cable folks don’t really talk about much. Until they do. [More]

American Express Creates Its Own Version Of PayPal: Amex Express Checkout

American Express Creates Its Own Version Of PayPal: Amex Express Checkout

It might be hard for one to argue that there’s a lack of options when it comes to digital wallets and mobile payment systems. The list that includes among others Apple Pay, PayPal, Google Pay, and Square is getting longer as American Express announced today that it would make a foray into the increasingly crowded sector with Amex Express Checkout. [More]

Verizon Tells Another Customer To Switch To Fiber Or Lose Landline Service

Verizon Tells Another Customer To Switch To Fiber Or Lose Landline Service

Even though his landline service was working fine, a man in Virginia was recently told by Verizon that he had two weeks to switch to the company’s fiberoptic service or lose his account altogether. [More]

Lawsuit Claims Amazon Local Stole Provider Lists, Other Info From Rival Angie’s List

Lawsuit Claims Amazon Local Stole Provider Lists, Other Info From Rival Angie’s List

Though some might say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, achieving that verisimilitude by stealing information from a competitor is not going to go over well. That’s what Angie’s List is alleging in a new lawsuit against upstart Amazon Local, a subsidiary of the ecommerce giant, claiming that the new rival on the scene boosted provider lists and other proprietary information from Angie’s website. [More]

Ford plans to launch its new Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing service in six U.S. cities and London.

Ford Launches Peer-To-Peer Car-Sharing Program

Between Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, ZipCar and Car2Go there’s no shortage of ride-sharing and car-sharing services out there to meet your specific needs. But having options is great, too, and with that in mind Ford announced the launch of its own car-sharing program that lets owners of its vehicle rent out their rides. [More]

How Do Video Game Publishers Continue To Get Away With Mistreating Their Customers?

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It’s E3 time: the annual video game conference — still, barely nominally, a trade show — is taking place this week in Los Angeles, drawing developers, publishers, and media from around the world to gawk at titles large and small. From Facebook games to Fallout, everything is on display… including the long history of the contentious, adversarial relationship between the companies that make the games and the consumers who play them. [More]

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Nobody Really Knows What To Do About Regulating The Sharing Economy

The car in front of you has four wheels and goes “beep.” For a certain fee, its driver will pick you up from where you are now and will shortly thereafter drop you off at the place you want to go. Twenty years ago, that car was an ordinary taxicab that you called on a landline. Now, it’s an Uber you summoned with an app on your smartphone. What’s the difference? In the world of regulation, everything. [More]

Comcast Launches New Support Forums For Customers To Help Each Other

Comcast Launches New Support Forums For Customers To Help Each Other

Comcast is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in improving its public image (and hopefully its customer service), and part of that revamp is taking place in the newly relaunched Comcast support forums, where customers can get help from the people best poised to answer their questions: other Comcast customers. [More]

CFPB Fines Mortgage Company $20M For Pushing Customers Into Spending More Than They Had To

CFPB Fines Mortgage Company $20M For Pushing Customers Into Spending More Than They Had To

While a report earlier this year suggested that consumers don’t spend nearly enough time shopping for the right mortgage, that doesn’t mean lenders are off the hook for purposefully steering potential homeowners into costlier mortgages. Because doing so will land a company in hot water with federal regulators. Just ask RPM Mortgage and its top executive, who must now pay $20 million for their allegedly deceptive practices. [More]

Olive Garden’s Board Of Directors Waited Tables To Experience Life As An Employee

Olive Garden’s Board Of Directors Waited Tables To Experience Life As An Employee

Not even a year ago, the activist hedge-fund investors at Starboard Value were making headlines with their 300-page report criticizing Olive Garden management for being wasteful with the free breadsticks, overly generous with the salad dressing, and not selling enough booze. Since then, Starboard has ousted board members at Olive Garden parent company Darden Restaurants and replaced them with their own nominees who have ushered in menu changes like turning those breadsticks into sandwiches. In an attempt to ground the new board members’ decisions in the real world, they all got to spend an evening on the foodservice front line. [More]

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The Former Face Of Men’s Wearhouse Re-Emerges With On-Demand Tailoring Business

He might not be able to guarantee you’ll like the way you look, but George Zimmer, the former face of Men’s Wearhouse, is back and pitching on behalf of his own clothing company, an on-demand tailoring business called zTailors that he thinks is “a hell of an idea.” [More]

Verizon Knows More About What You Watch On FiOS Than You Do

Verizon Knows More About What You Watch On FiOS Than You Do

Verizon isn’t a cable company. Its FiOS product doesn’t spring from decades of guaranteed local monopolies, which means most FiOS customers can, if they get annoyed enough, jump ship to a competitor. But you leaving is bad news for Verizon. They want to keep their subscribers. And they have an enormous mountain of highly personalized data on hand to try to do it with. [More]

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Executives For The World’s Largest Diploma Mill Arrested

Less than two weeks after an investigative report detailed how a Pakistan-based IT company allegedly raked in millions of dollars a month by selling bogus diplomas, degrees and certifications through a series of fake websites and forceful sales calls, authorities in the country say they’ve arrested the chief executive of Axact. [More]

Hot Topic Buying Parent Company Of Online Retailer ThinkGeek For $122M

Hot Topic Buying Parent Company Of Online Retailer ThinkGeek For $122M

Mall staple Hot Topic is taking another chain under its umbrella for a $122 million price tag, announcing that it’s acquiring Geeknet, Inc., parent company of online retailers ThinkGeek and ThinkGeek Solutions, for $122 million. Commemorative T-shirts with cheeky sayings for everyone! [More]

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Family-Owned Frisch’s Big Boy Restaurants Sold To Private Equity Fund

Marking the first time since Frisch’s Big Boy started its first drive-thru in 1939 that the chain won’t be under family ownership, the Cincinnati-based restaurant company says it’s being sold to a private egquity fund for about $175 million. [More]

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Starbucks & Spotify Team Up In Streaming Music Deal

Just two months after Starbucks stopped selling CDs in its stores, the coffee chain says it’s going to be filling customers’ ears with music another way, announcing a streaming partnership with Spotify that will let customers have a say in what’s being played. [More]

That Was Then, This Is Now: How 72 Brands From ‘Mad Men’ Have Changed Since Don Draper Was In Charge

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Because nothing gold can stay, AMC’s popular Mad Men has reached the final episode of its final, seventh season. Over the course of the show, we’ve seen pitches for a multitude of companies, brands, sports, groups and even cities. While some of those brands were created for the show, the large majority were very real — and some continue to exist today. In the spirit of nostalgia, we thought now might be the right time to check in on those products and companies pitched by Sterling Cooper (and its various rebirths), to see which have been lost to the mists of time, and which still remain. [More]