(Ashi Fachler)

San Diego Woman Must Pay $15K Fine Over Airbnb Rentals

Cities across the country have been cracking down on Airbnb and homeowners who rent through the service but may be playing fast and loose with the rules: from enacting city laws and creating offices to enforce said regulations, to ordering the company to pay millions of dollars in hotel taxes and levying fines against those who provide accommodations through the site. The latest such case comes out of San Diego where a woman was recently ordered to pay $15,000 for renting rooms in her home in violation of city laws. [More]

NCLC: More Can Be Done To Protect Consumers From Hurtful Medical Debt On Credit Reports

NCLC: More Can Be Done To Protect Consumers From Hurtful Medical Debt On Credit Reports

Upcoming changes to the way FICO calculates credit scores will improve the way americans access credit, but advocates from the National Consumer Law Center – and legislators – are aiming to create an overhaul of the entire credit reporting system; starting with medical debt. [More]

Earplugs: You're Probably Inserting Them Wrong

Earplugs: You're Probably Inserting Them Wrong

Do you engage in any really loud summer activities, like chainsawing, monster truck rallies, or vacuuming a library? If you do, Consumer Reports Health wants you to know that not only should you be wearing earplugs, you’re probably inserting them wrong.

AT&T Says It Will Begin Prorating Termination Fees

AT&T Says It Will Begin Prorating Termination Fees

Maybe the T-Mobile lawsuit has scared AT&T a bit, because they’ve announced that they’re changing their early termination policy: they will now prorate termination fees instead of charging a flat fee. They’re also removing the policy that required existing customers to extend a current agreement or sign up for a new one when changing their level of service. No word on when these changes will go into effect, but there’s nothing on their website yet.

Kids Don’t Realize Phones Have Vibrate Feature

Kids Don’t Realize Phones Have Vibrate Feature

A British paper is claiming that some no good punks have figured out a way to make their mobile phones inaudible to adults.