Many Consumers Are Unclear What "Online Tracking" Even Means

Many Consumers Are Unclear What "Online Tracking" Even Means

A study released this week (just in time for the FTC’s online advertising workshop) shows that a huge percentage of Americans don’t grasp just how intensively their online habits are tracked, analyzed, and used to serve ads back to them. Almost 55% of respondents “falsely assumed that a company’s privacy polices prohibited it from sharing their addresses and purchases with affiliated companies,” and almost 40% “falsely believed that a company’s privacy policy prohibits it from using information to analyze an individuals’ activities online.”

4 Online Budgeting Services Reviewed

4 Online Budgeting Services Reviewed

SmartMoney reviews four of the most popular, or at least best-publicized, online budgeting and finance-tracking services: Clear Checkbook, Mint, Wesabe, and Yodlee Money Center. They’ve created a simple chart comparing features, to help you decide which best meets your needs—for instance, whether you want text message alerts, or the ability to manually enter transactions, and so on. The most robust offering of the four is Clear Checkbook, although it’s missing a couple of nice features that the otherwise paltry Mint offers (specifically, text message alerts and merchant-based spending breakdowns).

FedEX Loses Vincent Ferrari’s Package

FedEX Loses Vincent Ferrari’s Package

Vincent ordered two scanners from CDW. One arrived, the other didn’t.

UPS Takes 3 Weeks To Deliver 70lb Smoker, Broken

UPS Takes 3 Weeks To Deliver 70lb Smoker, Broken

David ordered a 70 lb smoker from Amazon. For some reason, it shipped back and forth between Washington and Nevada 3 times, over 3 weeks, a total of 4500 miles. When it finally, arrived, it was in pieces.

US Airways Flight 723: UNKNOWN

US Airways Flight 723: UNKNOWN

UPS Takes a Year to Deliver Package

UPS Takes a Year to Deliver Package

Matt got a funny package the other day through UPS. Inside was a hydraulic gear puller set which he had no recollection of ordering. Checking its tracking history, he had in fact hadn’t:

Sprint Launches Cellphone Tracking Service

Sprint Launches Cellphone Tracking Service

Stalkers and overzealous parents, rejoice! Sprint has a new service “Family Locator Service” that allows you to track on an online map where a registered cellphone travels.

Track Nearly Any Package on Google Maps

Track Nearly Any Package on Google Maps

Track your packages on Google Maps using this phat, free tracking tool, which handles UPS, FedEx, USPS, and Airborne/DHL.

Shophacks: Track Down a CEO (‘And Torture Him’ Optional)

When you’re down and out and all alone, who can you turn to for satisfaction? When it’s cold and dark we look to the man that showed us that we weren’t too old to learn to love again: The CEO.