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Sponsored Data Is The New Free Shipping

It’s hard to persuade people to download, watch, or listen to your digital content. One thing that might help persuade them, at least if they’re AT&T customers, is to offer to sponsor their data. Will it work? More importantly, will customers stick with it once the subsidy goes away? [More]

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What Happens If You Eat Nothing But Pumpkin Spice Items For A Whole Week?

Earlier this week, I idly wondered whether it would be possible to put together a whole day’s diet out of only pumpkin spice foods. turns out that J. Bryan Lowder over at Slate was way ahead of me…and extended the concept by six days. Why? Well, his editors told him to. [More]

Slate's 10 Ways To Fix Airline Seating

Slate's 10 Ways To Fix Airline Seating

Yesterday we covered Slate’s look at what’s wrong with airline seating–it’s not just overweight people who feel cramped on flights these days. Slate asked its readers to come up with some practical solutions to the problem, and today they printed the top ten suggestions. [More]

Unethical, Annoying, And Ubiquitous Ads: Internet Miracle Cures For Everything

Unethical, Annoying, And Ubiquitous Ads: Internet Miracle Cures For Everything

Advertising rates have fallen in all media. This has helped along the implosion of the print media, led to near-saturation of infomercials on TV, and produced the ads for flatter stomachs, whiter teeth, and vanishing stretch marks nearly everywhere you click on the Internet. We know where infomercials come from, but who’s behind these banner ads? Who had the brilliant idea, in a recession, to promise ugly duckling-like transformations at the end of a free trial? Slate’s The Big Money decided to find out.

Study Shows People Take Out Loans At 400% Even When They Do Know Better

Study Shows People Take Out Loans At 400% Even When They Do Know Better

Why would you ever take out a loan at 400% interest? Because you’re absolutely desperate, or because you have no idea what 400% interest actually means. Well, many people do it every two weeks. It’s called a payday loan, and Slate has an article discussing the findings of a recent study on these “storefront loan sharks”.

Since When Is Dropping $1600 On A Purse An Investment?

Since When Is Dropping $1600 On A Purse An Investment?

How do you turn the purchase of a purse with a four-figure price tag into a sound financial decision in a recession? That’s the task luxury brand marketers and fashion magazines have right now, and their solution is to spin luxury purchases as an “investment.” But is it a good investment? Not really.

Would You Use A Government-Issued Credit Card?

Would You Use A Government-Issued Credit Card?

With President Obama and Congress threatening to tag-spank credit card issuers, Slate is left wondering why the government doesn’t just issue its own credit card. Before you scream “SOCIALISM!,” consider the government’s heavy involvement in the banking sector, not just through the recent bailouts, but through long-standing institutions like Fannie and Sallie Mae, and Freddie Mac. Credit-worthy borrowers in Germany, France, and India all have access to low-interest, no-fee credit cards issued by their central banks. Would you ever be interested in an Obama-backed credit card?

Is Suze Orman Nothing But A Lying Shill?

Is Suze Orman Nothing But A Lying Shill?

Slate’s James Scurlock has some harsh words for Suze Orman. He says she’s a liar who is more interested in shilling cruises and luxury car leases than anything else.

More Zombie Brands

More Zombie Brands

Attack Of The Zombie Brands!

Attack Of The Zombie Brands!

Comparing the Lunchables

Comparing the Lunchables

Head-On Gives Slate Hard-On

Head-On Gives Slate Hard-On

Slate discovered everyone’s favorite ad you ad apply directly to the forehead and uncovered the method, yes there is one, behind the madness! behind the madness! behind the madness!

HOW TO: Shop at Trader Joe’s

Slate has a primer on surviving Trader Joe’s madness. Just a few tips and tricks to keep in mind while you’re commodifying your dissent. [More]

Dominos Pizza Man Building Catholic Wonderland

Dominos Pizza Man Building Catholic Wonderland

Did you know the founder of Domino’s Pizza is building a Catholic utopia?