RadioShack Bankruptcy Trustee Wants Customer Mailing Lists Removed From Auction

RadioShack Bankruptcy Trustee Wants Customer Mailing Lists Removed From Auction

Bankrupt RadioShack doesn’t have a lot of assets left that anyone might want, but one very marketable asset is its mailing lists. Specifically, 65 million names and addresses and 13 million e-mail addresses. In March, RadioShack said that it wouldn’t be selling that information…yet. Now that it’s time to sell off the former company’s intellectual property, all of that contact inforamtion is potentially for sale again. [More]

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Google Apologizes For Android Figure Urinating On Apple Logo In Google Maps

Unlike The Dude,* it would appear that every time an Android figure is pictured micturating upon an Apple logo, someone does have to be held responsible. In this case, it’s Google, which is apologizing after an image of an Android bot peeing on an Apple logo popped up in Google Maps. [More]

Police Seek Woman Who Stuffed $1,140 In Electronics Inside Her Skirt

Police Seek Woman Who Stuffed $1,140 In Electronics Inside Her Skirt

A dress with a flowing full skirt is a great fashion choice for a hot day, so the woman who walked into a RadioShack in Florida dressed that way back in February didn’t really stand out. No one really noticed the full skirt of her floral dress…not even when she and her shopping companion began cramming electronics under the skirt, into some kind of criminal crinoline with pockets. [More]

That Was Fast: Charter Reportedly Already Reaching Out To TWC About Possible Merger

That Was Fast: Charter Reportedly Already Reaching Out To TWC About Possible Merger

Today’s headlines are all about Comcast failing to buy Time Warner Cable, but there weren’t just two players in the game. Another company is losing out: Charter would have been the lucky recipient of all the mega-merger’s spun-off customers, giving them greater consolidation over markets mainly in the midwest. But with the failure of the mega-merger, TWC is now minus one new owner, and Charter is minus all those new paying customers. So if a new deal i already in the works, well, color us unsurprised. [More]

Eyewear Maker Luxottica Says The New Version Of Google Glass Is On Its Way

Eyewear Maker Luxottica Says The New Version Of Google Glass Is On Its Way

For those who didn’t get a chance/didn’t want to jump on the Google Glass bandwagon the first time it rolled around, with its oft-maligned design that allows people to record everything they’re seeing (including people who might not want to be filmed), you’ll soon have the opportunity to get/make fun of/criticize a new version soon. [More]

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How A 90-Minute Presentation Turned Into A 2-Year Timeshare Nightmare

Most Consumerist readers consider themselves savvy and resistant to marketing messages and sales pitches. Even then, be cautious when accepting free stuff or cash in exchange for sitting through a time-share presentation. One couple received such an offer while shopping in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They say that they were offered $450 to attend a 90-minute presentation, and after 8 hours of sales pitches signed up for a timeshare that they didn’t want. [More]

Showtime May Soon Announce Standalone Streaming Service

Showtime May Soon Announce Standalone Streaming Service

Back in Nov. 2014, CBS CEO Les Moonves said that his company’s Showtime network would “fairly definitively” launch some sort of standalone streaming service in 2015. Since then, there hasn’t really been much news about it. But since HBO has launched HBO Now without the world coming to an end, it looks like it might be time for CBS to unveil that service. [More]

What Will Comcast Do With The $45B It Couldn’t Spend Buying Time Warner Cable?

What Will Comcast Do With The $45B It Couldn’t Spend Buying Time Warner Cable?

Comcast’s dream of achieving full coast-to-coast cable dominance this year came to an official end this morning when they had to admit the Time Warner Cable merger was just not going to happen. But Comcast is a huge business, with impatient shareholders. They need to continue proving growth, which means buying other businesses to make theirs bigger. TWC might not be on the table anymore, but something, somewhere has to be. [More]

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Health Officials Issue Warning Over Uptick In Hospitalizations Linked To Synthetic Marijuana

One of the biggest dangers involved with using so-called designer drugs? One tweak to one chemical and something that’s illegal and potentially unsafe could slip past regulators and into the hands of consumers. Such is the case for a form of synthetic marijuana known as “spice,” that’s been linked to an uptick in illnesses and hospitalizations that has health officials and experts around the country worried. [More]

DeVry is shuttering 14 campuses in 11 states, and moving those students online.

DeVry Closing 14 Campuses, Moving Students Online

Amid lawsuits, scandals, shutdowns — not to mention the many former students who say they racked up huge student loan bills without getting an adequate education — enrollment at for-profit colleges in the U.S. continues to shrink. And students at 14 DeVry campuses in 11 cities will soon have to take their education online with the educator moving those schools online in an effort to save money. [More]

Court Dismisses Yelp Shareholder Lawsuit Over Bogus Reviews, Inflated Stock Prices

Court Dismisses Yelp Shareholder Lawsuit Over Bogus Reviews, Inflated Stock Prices

Last summer, some Yelp shareholders filed a class-action lawsuit against the online review site, alleging that Yelp misled them about the quality of user-generated reviews and the process Yelp uses to screen for bogus write-ups. This week, a federal court judge sided with Yelp and dismissed the complaint, saying that a reasonable investor would not believe that every review posted to an open and free online community would be genuine. [More]

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Police: Thief Spent 15 Minutes Dragging Cooler Full Of Stolen Ice Cream Past Napping Gas Station Clerk

There’s being asleep on the job, and then there’s napping so hard that you apparently don’t notice someone hauling an ice cream cooler past your nose in a 15-minute effort. Police in Florida say a thief managed to drag a cooler filled with Good Humor products out of a gas station store while the clerk snoozed, taking a moment to flip the bird at the security camera. [More]

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Starbucks Sales Are Up Because People Are Willing To Spend More On Pricy Menu Items

In the bid to part customers with their hard-earned cash, Starbucks is raking in the cash these days partly because people are willing to spend money on new, pricier menu items. As it turns out, hiking the price of a croissant is something we’re willing to deal with. [More]

Comcast CEO Tries To Cheer Up Employees Following Implosion Of Time Warner Cable Merger

You have to respect a man who had the foresight to allow his dad to build him a multibillion-dollar cable and Internet empire.

While the majority of American consumers were opposed to the merger of the nation’s two largest cable/Internet providers, there is a large group of people for whom today’s news may be a big downer: Comcast employees. [More]

Diet Pepsi Switches From Aspartame To Sucralose

Diet Pepsi Switches From Aspartame To Sucralose

As consumers slowly lose interest in diet beverages and in sodas overall, PepsiCo is out to follow changes in consumers’ sweetener tastes. One change is that people just aren’t into aspartame as much as they used to be, due to a combination of flavor and health concerns. As the quest for a palatable non-calorie sweetener continues, Pepsi is replacing aspartame wtih sucralose in their diet beverages. [More]

Anatomy Of A Comcastrophe: A Look Back At How Comcast Failed To Buy Time Warner Cable For $45B

Anatomy Of A Comcastrophe: A Look Back At How Comcast Failed To Buy Time Warner Cable For $45B

We were skeptical from the start, but obviously someone at Comcast believed that the company would eventually be allowed to acquire Time Warner Cable for the massive sum of $45 billion. Yet this morning the nation’s largest pay-TV and Internet provider walked away from the mega-merger that would have given it unprecedented market share in both of these industries and control over cable and broadband service for the two largest cities in the U.S. So how did we get here? [More]

Mattel Discontinuing SeaWorld Trainer Barbie And All SeaWorld-Branded Merchandise

Mattel Discontinuing SeaWorld Trainer Barbie And All SeaWorld-Branded Merchandise

Barbie won’t be training whales at SeaWorld anymore, as reportedly Mattel confirmed that it’s ceasing production of all SeaWorld-branded merchandise, which includes its SeaWorld Trainer Barbies. [More]

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Failure To Be Undeniably Hot No Longer An Impediment To Getting A Job At Abercrombie & Fitch

In a further attempt to shed its image as a place where rippling six-packs and bronzed bodies go to commune with the hot powers that be, Abercrombie & Fitch is doing away with its policy on having only super hot sales associates in its stores, opening up its doors to anyone with a dream of selling khaki cargo shorts and pre-ripped jeans. [More]