(Adam Fagen)

Starwood Hotels Reports Payment Systems At 54 Locations Infected With Malware

Just days after Starwood Hotels and Resorts made headlines for combining with Marriott to make the world’s largest hotelier, the company is back in the news for a decidedly less exciting issue: it’s the latest victim of a hack attack.  [More]

Home Depot Continued To Sell 28 Products After Safety Recalls

Home Depot Continued To Sell 28 Products After Safety Recalls

When a product is recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it becomes illegal for a retailer to continue to sell that item. But Home Depot apparently wasn’t following that rule for the past three years, selling 28 different products after they were recalled.  [More]

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Marriott To Buy Starwood Hotels For $12.2B

Less than a month after Hyatt Hotels was reported to be in talks to buy rival Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, it was a different lodging industry giant that popped the $12.2 billion question.  [More]

Hyatt In Talks To Buy Rival Starwood Hotels Brand

Hyatt In Talks To Buy Rival Starwood Hotels Brand

A merger craze seems to be taking hold this month: first there was the mega beer merger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, then news this morning that pharmacy giants Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid were headed down the aisle. Now, it looks as if the need to grow by expanding one’s portfolio has trickled into the lodging industry.  [More]

N.Y. Bill Seeks To Outlaw Smoking In Hotel Rooms

N.Y. Bill Seeks To Outlaw Smoking In Hotel Rooms

Although it’s illegal to smoke in most indoor spaces in New York — office buildings, bars, restaurants, retail establishments, etc. — those looking to light up a cigarette can still do so in hotel and motel rooms that are specified as smoking rooms. That could change soon, if a new bill in the state legislature succeeds. [More]

(Adam Fagen)

Could A JetBlue Hotel Be Part Of Your Future Travel Plans?

Forget about the Marriott, Hilton or any other number of hotel chains scattered around U.S. airports, the next big name in lodging could be an airline. JetBlue Airways is reportedly in advanced negations to turn a landmark terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport into a hotel. [More]

15 Product Trademarks That Have Become Victims Of Genericization

(Brandon King; kellogg; joseph a)

Sometimes, we hurt the ones we love. Which is why even if we didn’t mean to be so harsh, many products we use every day have become the victims of trademark genericization, meaning they’ve morphed from a single product identified under a name to an entire product category. And when courts get involved it becomes “genericide,” which sounds even more murderous. Can’t you just imagine Law & Order: Genericized Trademarks? [dun dun] [More]

(The.Comedian)

Southwest’s International Flights Start Taking Off Today To Caribbean Destinations

Until now, Southwest Airlines has had its wings spread exclusively over American soil. But starting today, the carrier will start flying outside of the country, adding flights to the Caribbean first and other international destinations later this summer and into the fall. [More]

McDonald’s Franchise Operator To Pay 500K In Wage Theft Settlement With New York

McDonald’s Franchise Operator To Pay 500K In Wage Theft Settlement With New York

In an agreement with the New York state Attorney General’s office, the owner of several McDonald’s locations in Manhattan will pay $500,000 to settle allegations that his company shortchanged 1,600 current and former employees at the fast food chain. [More]

(afagen)

Today In Major Credit Card Breaches: Hotels, Hotel Restaurants

Major credit card hacks: they’re not just for big box retailers or upscale department stores anymore. The newest place your credit card info is being stolen from? Hotels. [More]

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LaGuardia Delays Easing After Southwest Flight’s Landing Incident Closed A Runway Monday

Flight delays at LaGuardia Airport in New York City are finally easing up this morning, after a Southwest Airlines flight had an issue with its nose landing gear collapsing on the runway last night. At least 10 people suffered minor injuries and the airport had to close down temporarily while officials dealt with the incident, snarling traffic for hours. [More]

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Westinghouse Digital Writes To Consumerist, Replaces Reader’s TV That Broke After 3 Weeks

Remember reader Mark, whose almost brand-spanking-new Westinghouse Digital TV failed only three weeks after he bought it? After we published his story, we heard from even more owners of failed Westinghouse Digital televisions. They were all very sad and frustrated. Now, Mark is no longer sad or frustrated, because he has a new replacement TV and contact information for some people at Westinghouse Digital who will actually answer the phone. [More]

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Westinghouse Digital Offers Two Little TVs Instead Of Replacing My Big One

Joe has followed our posts about Westinghouse Digital TVs with interest. When his 46″ set broke after only eight months, he used consumer ninja methods to get a refund, and went nuclear on the company. He wanted to warn other consumers not to do business with the company. [More]

(4site Implementation)

How To Get Your Westinghouse Digital TV Repaired Or Replaced: Buy It At Costco

Great news and terrible news for reader Mark, who can’t get Westinghouse Digital to repair his TV that broke after only three months. Heck, they won’t even pick up the phone. The great news is that another reader wrote in to tell us how he successfully got his Westinghouse TV first repaired, then replaced. The terrible news is that he accomplished this by buying the TV at Costco. [More]

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My TV Breaks After 3 Weeks, Westinghouse Digital Really Doesn’t Care

Mark’s wife is a Target employee and got them a pretty sweet discount on a Westinghouse Digital TV. That doesn’t mean that they got any special treatment when the TV broke down, though. He got the same, evidently crappy, treatment as everyone else whose relatively new TV has failed within the first month. [More]

When Tropical Storm Threatens Tropical Paradise, Hotel Won't Let Me Cancel

When Tropical Storm Threatens Tropical Paradise, Hotel Won't Let Me Cancel

William’s dilemma with Priceline and Westin is what we’re guessing will be the first of very many travel problems caused by what is now Tropical Storm Isaac. William used to live in New Orleans, and knows better than to be anywhere near the projected path of a hurricane if he doesn’t have to. He had plans to travel to a vacation spot in Florida right in Isaac’s predicted path this weekend, and was probably supposed to be in the air right now. He was able to cancel his normally non-refundable AirTran flight, but the hotel, a Westin, won’t budge. He paid through Priceline, which has a no-refunds policy. That’s common knowledge. The problem is that Westin wouldn’t cancel his reservation anyway until an actual evacuation order is issued for the area. [More]

Best Buy Sells Me Exciting New Geek Squad Anti-Warranty

Best Buy Sells Me Exciting New Geek Squad Anti-Warranty

What is an extended warranty? We were under the impression that it is a plan that extends the original manufacturer’s warranty, paying for repairs in the case that a consumer product is defective in some way that is not the owner’s fault. That’s what Pam thought, too, and she purchased one for the new Westinghouse TV that she bought from Best Buy. When the set broke down–six months into a four-year Geek Squad service plan, naturally–she tried to get both Best Buy and Westinghouse to repair the set, but no one carries the part she needs, and Westinghouse isn’t picking up the phone. Literally. [More]

Which Are The Best & Worst U.S. Hotel Chains?

Which Are The Best & Worst U.S. Hotel Chains?

School is almost done and the weather is getting warmer (or at least it’s supposed to be), which can only mean… well, it can actually mean an awful lot of things. But today we’re going to discuss which hotel chains people will look forward to staying in — and which ones they will be dreading — this summer. [More]