Is Best Buy's return policy about to be trimmed in half?

Best Buy Changing Its Return Policy From 30 Days To 15 Days

UPDATE: Documents provided to Consumerist by Best Buy insiders confirms this policy change. Click for details. [More]

Report: Next Xbox Coming In 2013, Will Be 6 Times More Powerful Than 360

Report: Next Xbox Coming In 2013, Will Be 6 Times More Powerful Than 360

Microsoft is reportedly prepping its follow-up to the Xbox 360, with plans to start mass-producing the console’s components by the end of the year and release it in October or November of 2013. [More]

Al Gore Says New iPhones Coming In October

Al Gore Says New iPhones Coming In October

Just in case you’re looking for a more reliable source for information about the release date of Apple’s next iPhone, former vice president Al Gore has weighed in. “Not to mention the new iPhones coming out next month. That was a plug,” Gore said yesterday. He should know. In addition to having invented the Internet, he’s a member of Apple’s board. [More]

Anti-Report Report: Apple Is Working On A Cheaper iPhone, Not A Smaller One

Anti-Report Report: Apple Is Working On A Cheaper iPhone, Not A Smaller One

Apple’s gang of anonymous sources are telling the New York Times and Bloomberg different stories about the company’s plans for a budget iPhone. [More]

Verizon iPhone Rumor Roundup

Verizon iPhone Rumor Roundup

Signs point to Verizon announcing tomorrow that it’s getting the iPhone. But that’s not all that’s in store. Here’s a quickie roundup of the latest Verizon iPhone rumors to get you up-to-date: [More]

The Current State Of The Verizon iPhone Rumor

The Current State Of The Verizon iPhone Rumor

We generally try to ignore this sort of thing, but quite a few media outlets have jumped on the Verizon iPhone bandwagon. [More]

Apple Makes Newsday Take Down Awesome iPad App Ad?

Apple Makes Newsday Take Down Awesome iPad App Ad?

Last week Newsday put out a hilarious new ad to promote its new iPad app, and now Apple has made them take down the most widely distributed version, according to an insider tip posted by by Network World. Maybe it was because the ad shows a guy who has replaced his newspaper with the iPad trying to swat a fly with the device and ends up smashing his iPad into shards. The tipster said Apple told Newsday had to get rid of the ad, or they would eject their app from the App store. Touchy, touchy. In case you missed it, here is the ad again (reuploaded by another user): [More]

Warren To Snag CFPA Directorship?

Warren To Snag CFPA Directorship?

Elizabeth Warren is a lock for CFPA director, a White House aide tells Slate. [More]

Madoff Bragged That He Gave Away $9B To Friends Before Being Arrested

Madoff Bragged That He Gave Away $9B To Friends Before Being Arrested

The NY Post says that a fellow inmate of Bernie Madoff told them that the ponzi-schemer bragged about giving away $9 billion to three people before he was caught. [More]

Xbox To Slim Down, Get Motion Controller With Odd Name

Xbox To Slim Down, Get Motion Controller With Odd Name

Microsoft’s PR machine has sprung a couple of leaks on the eve of the E3 video game mega-conference in Los Angeles: A USA Today report that seems to have since been taken down identified the motion and voice controller previously known as Project Natal as the Kinect. Microsoft later confirmed the moniker. Also, a quickly pulled Italian ad identified a slimmed-down Xbox 360 with a 250gb hard drive. [More]

iPhone 3GS Now $97 At Walmart … 4G Coming Soon?

iPhone 3GS Now $97 At Walmart … 4G Coming Soon?

Walmart has dropped the price of the iPhone 3GS to $97, which is $2 less than Apple charges for the older 3G model. The move has fueled speculation that Apple plans to announce the next-generation iPhone at its developers conference next month. They may as well. It’s not like anybody’s going to be surprised to see it.

Sony Likely Planning Pay Online Service, PSP Follow-Up

Sony Likely Planning Pay Online Service, PSP Follow-Up

Gaming blog VG247 sleuthed a couple of tidbits of Sony’s plans to grab some more money from loyal customers. According to the site’s sources, the company wants to institute a $50 a year premium online service, possibly giving subscribers a downloadable game a month if they pay a monthly fee. Thankfully Sony won’t go the Xbox Live route and gouge players to play online. [More]

Apple: 10 Million CDMA iPhones On Order – For Verizon, Perchance?

This minute’s latest rumor is that the can you hear me now guy could be put to work testing iPhones soon. DigiTimes reports that Apple has placed an order with Taiwan-based Pegatron for CDMA iPhone that could reach up to 10 million units. CDMA devices don’t work on AT&T’s GSM network. Verizon’s network is CDMA. [More]

Is Google Planning To Add Store Views To Google Maps?

Is Google Planning To Add Store Views To Google Maps?

A store in New York City called Oh Nuts, which apparently sells nuts and nut-based goods, told the blog Search Engine Land that someone from Google showed up and took a series of photos of the interior as part of an upcoming “Google Store Views” service. Google has officially said no comment, so I guess now it’s a waiting game to see if this shows up as an offshoot of Google’s street view offering, or if Oh Nuts reports in the next few days that they’ve had their entire inventory stolen by nut fiends who knew the layout suspiciously well. [More]

Yelp Not Selling To Google

Yelp is no longer being bought by Google, at least for now. [TechCrunch] [PREVIOUSLY] [More]

Google Might Buy Yelp

Google Might Buy Yelp

UPDATE: Yelp Walks Away From Google Deal [More]

Update On Possible Comcast/Ticketmaster/Live Nation Abomination (With Poll)

Update On Possible Comcast/Ticketmaster/Live Nation Abomination (With Poll)

After yesterday’s news that Comcast was considering getting in on the already-under-antitrust-scrutiny merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the original article has been updated to be slightly less bad.

Google To Launch Music Search Service Next Week

Google To Launch Music Search Service Next Week

You’ve probably seen Google Finance, where each company has its own page made up of content scraped from all over the web. Google is about to launch a similar service for musicians, says the Hollywood Reporter: “The music pages will package images of musicians and bands, album artwork, links to news, lyrics and song previews, along with a way to buy songs.”