Retailers Put Aside Differences, Band Together To Fight Future Massive Hacks

Retailers Put Aside Differences, Band Together To Fight Future Massive Hacks

You know that scene in superhero and/or spy movies (and especially in sequels) where the hero and his/her longtime nemesis must begrudgingly band together, if only for one kick-butt scene, to take down a larger foe that could hurt them both? That’s probably the most interesting way to think about today’s announcement from the National Retail Federation. [More]

Senate Report: Target Missed Multiple Warning Signs Leading Up To Data Breach

Senate Report: Target Missed Multiple Warning Signs Leading Up To Data Breach

A new Senate staff report from the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee released last night charges Target with missing multiple warning signs before hackers stole the personal information of up to 110 million customers late last year. [More]

Parker Farms And Store Brand Cheese Snacks, Salsa, And Peanut Butter Recalled For Possible Listeria

Parker Farms And Store Brand Cheese Snacks, Salsa, And Peanut Butter Recalled For Possible Listeria

Whenever we forget how massively inter-connected our food supply is, a huge national recall of prepared foods comes along and reminds us. This time, the reminder comes from Minnesota-based manufacturer Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC, which packages salsa, cold pack cheeses, peanut butter, and pepper spreads under its own name and also store brands. Some of their products were contaminated with the very nasty foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes.

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Walmart, Koch, McDonald’s All Move On To Round Two Of Worst Company Tournament

Walmart, Koch, McDonald’s All Move On To Round Two Of Worst Company Tournament

Two of today’s WCIA battles were dominated by household names, proving that being the biggest doesn’t mean you’re the best. Another showdown featured companies that aren’t necessarily on the tip of everyones’ tongues, but are no less hated than the big brand names. [More]

Have Fun Breaking Down This Year’s Worst Company In America Bracket

Have Fun Breaking Down This Year’s Worst Company In America Bracket


The above bracket will be updated at the end of each day of WCIA competition to reflect that day’s results.
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After going through all of your nominations, then having y’all rank the contenders and eliminate the chaff from the wheat, we’re proud to present the first round match-ups for this year’s Worst Company in America tournament! [More]

A promotional video for Cougar Town features flashing red plus-signs altering viewers to products available for purchase online.

Tonight’s Cougar Town Is One Massive Target Ad

Have you ever seen something on a television show, say a scarf or an end table, and just had to have it? Of course you have, we all have (Or at least I have). Target wants to tap into that urge by letting online viewers of TBS’s Cougar Town buy items seen in the show. Unfortunately, this may mean having to watch a show that is covered in flashing red plus-signs. [More]

Why Is Anyone Buying The 10-Pack Of Fruit Snacks At Target?

Why Is Anyone Buying The 10-Pack Of Fruit Snacks At Target?


Carly was shopping at Target and captured this example of the confusing math for which the retailer is known around here. Here, you can get two small boxes or one large box of the same snack food item for the same price. That’s where it stops making sense. [More]

Here Are Your Worst Company Contenders For 2014 — Help Us Seed The Brackets!

Here Are Your Worst Company Contenders For 2014 — Help Us Seed The Brackets!

After sorting through a mountain of nomination e-mails, we’ve whittled down the field of competitors for this year’s Worst Company In America tournament to 40 bad businesses. Here’s your chance to have your say on how these players will square off in the bracket, and which bubble teams will get left out in the cold. [More]

Target Ignored Malware Warnings, Could Have Prevented Data Breach

Target Ignored Malware Warnings, Could Have Prevented Data Breach

What if a major retailer made a large investment in anti-malware software to protect its information systems, finally put the new program in place, and then ignored the warnings that the new system gave? That’s what sources tell Bloomberg Businessweek is what happened in the weeks before Target’s massive payment information breach. Target could have stopped the breach, or even ended it before baddies could get hold of customer data. [More]

Card Canceled After Target Data Breach Hit With Fraudulent Charge Anyway

Card Canceled After Target Data Breach Hit With Fraudulent Charge Anyway

The massive holiday season Target data breach is the gift that just keeps on giving consumers more headaches. Replacing a compromised card may not be enough to prevent fraud, it turns out: criminals may still be able to charge purchases to your old account even if you thought it was closed. [More]

Consumer Reports Talks To Target, Cleans Up Detergent Label

Consumer Reports Talks To Target, Cleans Up Detergent Label

You might look at a bottle of laundry detergent and idly wonder whether the bottle really contains 96 loads’ worth of soap. Then you probably keep on using the soap and forget that you ever questioned the wisdom of the label. Fortunately, our clean and fresh colleagues over at Consumer Reports have a calculator and a mission to save us all from inaccurate dosing caps. [More]

Swatch Sues Target, Claims Retailer Copied Designs

Swatch Sues Target, Claims Retailer Copied Designs

Last week, Swatch filed a federal lawsuit accusing discount retailer Target of stealing its designs. Wait…Swatch is still a thing? Plastic watches are still a thing? Target sells plastic watches? This ’80s revival really has gone too far. [More]

Target Chief Information Officer Resigns, Totally Not Because Of Data Breach

Target Chief Information Officer Resigns, Totally Not Because Of Data Breach

As of today, Target’s chief information officer has resigned. Beth Jacob had been on the job since 2008, and is leaving before the company reorganizes its information security leadership and staff after the massive holiday season breach that hit a mind-boggling number of accounts and still has day-to-day consequences for customers. [More]

Target CEO Promises “Eye-Popping Irresistible Deals” After Profits Destroyed By Data Breach

Target CEO Promises “Eye-Popping Irresistible Deals” After Profits Destroyed By Data Breach

Earlier today, Target released the eagerly anticipated earnings info for the financial quarter ending Feb. 1. As expected, the massive data breach that saw some 110 million customers’ info stolen by hackers had a disastrous effect on the bottom line for the retailer. [More]

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After Target Breach, Banks Are Way Behind In Reissuing New Cards

The baddies behind the recent Target payment data breach are selling off card data at fire-sale prices and cranking out cards that can be used in the real world, some of the people whose card numbers were breached have a long wait to get their new cards issued. [More]

Target Clarifies Confusing Sign: Cleaning Products Are 50% Off, Not Free

Target Clarifies Confusing Sign: Cleaning Products Are 50% Off, Not Free

We are thankful to Target, because they have alleviated our existential angst. Okay, it’s their weird signage that caused the existential angst in the first place, but we’re still very happy that they cleared things up for us, for our readers, and for Target shoppers everywhere. [More]

Millions Of Credit Cards Stolen From Target Being Sold At Closeout Prices

Millions Of Credit Cards Stolen From Target Being Sold At Closeout Prices

Like scalpers who drop their asking prices as game time approaches, black market sellers of credit card numbers stolen during last December’s massive data breach at Target are now offering this ill-gotten information at rock-bottom prices. [More]

Consumers Turning To One-Stop-Shop Stores Rather Than Traditional Grocery Stores

Consumers Turning To One-Stop-Shop Stores Rather Than Traditional Grocery Stores

When I was growing up, my mom would do our family’s grocery shopping at several different stores. She’d purchase fresh produce at one, meat at another and non-perishable items like cleaning supplies at another. Today, she only goes to one store. She’s part of a growing trend of consumers frequenting big box stores rather than traditional grocers to mark off items on their grocery list. [More]