Target’s Plan To Combat Online Rivals: Open, Remodel More Actual Stores

Mike Mozart

While Walmart increasingly turns its focus online to bring in customers, Target is doing the opposite, doubling down on efforts to get customers inside its physical stores. To that end, the company will open dozens of new stores and remodel another 1,000 in coming years. [More]

Report: Former GE CEO Brought Along An Extra Empty Plane On Some Trips

Chuck Miller

Have you ever stashed a spare shirt in your bag in case you spilled something, or brought along a spare pair of shoes in case you got a blister? Former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt reportedly took similar precautions: According to company insiders, he brought an extra jet along with him on some business trips in case the first one broke down. [More]

Patent Trolls, Big Pharma Try To Use Native Tribes To Skirt Patent Review

Louis Abate

There are always patent lawsuits and challenges happening around the country. But the new trend in patent suits — from major, established drug companies to fly-by-night outfits alike — seems to be an attempt to get a leg up by using tribal sovereignty to avoid certain parts of the process. [More]

GM, States Reach $120M Settlement Over Claims It Kept Ignition Switch Defect Under Wraps

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Three years after General Motors recalled millions of cars that contained a ignition switch defect that was ultimately linked to more than 120 deaths, the carmaker is finally closing another chapter of the saga. The company will pay $120 million to resolve allegations that it failed to disclose the safety defect in a timely manner.  [More]

Google’s Alphabet Takes Aim At Uber With $1B Investment In Lyft

Tony Webster

A long time ago, in a ride-hailing era that now seems far away, Google and Uber were friends, with the internet giant plugging $258 million in Uber in 2013. Four years later, the two sides are embroiled in a legal battle over self-driving cars, and the tech company is pouring money into Uber’s biggest rival, Lyft, instead. [More]

Report: Chocolate Industry Paid For Research Showing That Chocolate Is Healthy

Adam Fagen

Chocolate isn’t just delicious (although it definitely is); according to some studies out there, it’s good for your health, too. But as you’ve probably guessed, the research supporting that idea isn’t exactly objective: It was commissioned by chocolate makers [More]

MasterCard Ending Signature Requirements

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For as long as we can remember, paying with a credit card required you to sign your name on the dotted line. While this system has changed over the years — mandating your John Hancock only for purchases over a certain amount — MasterCard is perhaps planning the biggest change of them all: The payment company will eliminate signature payments altogether.  [More]

Is Tootsie Roll Losing The Candy Aisle Battle Because It’s Stuck In The Past?

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You may not know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop lollipop, but anyone who’s ever gone trick-or-treating knows Tootsie Roll well. That could be a problem for the candy company, according to a new report that says the confectioner is relying too much on nostalgia at the cost of innovation. [More]

Cable Providers Hiking Cost Of Broadband In Face Of Cord-Cutting

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With more and more consumers cutting the cord and ditching their cable providers, these companies have to make up the lost revenue somehow. That apparently means increasing costs elsewhere, like your broadband. [More]

Passenger Sues Airline For Serving Him Sparkling Wine Instead Of Champagne

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Sure, you may have a preference when it comes to ordering fancy drinks on a flight, but would you be ticked off enough to sue over bubbly that is not actually Champagne? [More]

Most Eye Drops Are Too Big For The Human Eye, Wasting Money And Medicine

Jake Wild

When you’re using eye drops and feel like you’re spilling half of each dose down your face, it’s not because you’re clumsy. You are, in fact, spilling what can be pricey medicine down your cheeks or into your sinuses, because most eye drop bottles dispense at least twice as much as you need. [More]

Would You Buy Luxury Clothes From Walmart?

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On the surface, Walmart and luxury department store Lord & Taylor don’t have a lot in common outside of selling clothing. But that could soon be changing.  [More]

Toyota Recalls 310,000 Minivans Over Rollaway Risk

Mike Mozart

When you park your car, you expect for it to stay parked. Yet, that might not happen in nearly 310,000 Toyota minivans that may contain an extra greasy shift lever. [More]

Blue Apron Laying Off Hundreds Of Employees In “Realignment” Effort

Blue Apron Laying Off Hundreds Of Employees In “Realignment” Effort

As e-commerce giant Amazon and major grocery chains across the country crowd into the meal kit service arena, it seems Blue Apron may be feeling the heat: The meal kit company announced Wednesday that it’s laying off 6% of its workforce as part of a companywide “realignment” effort. [More]

Why Does Capital One Need My Income To Sign Into Website?

Why Does Capital One Need My Income To Sign Into Website?

By now you’re probably used to going to your bank’s website and being upsold on everything from car loans to mortgages to retirement accounts before you can move on to see how your money is doing. But have you ever gone to your bank’s site only to be told you must update your income with the bank before going any further? [More]

Why You Need A Medication Checkup

Why You Need A Medication Checkup

With half of Americans regularly taking prescription medication — four, on average, according to a nationally representative Consumer Reports survey of 1,947 adults — a medication “checkup” can reduce your risk of side effects and interactions, and stop you from taking unnecessary pills. [More]

Amazon Takes Over Most Of The Macy’s Building In Seattle

Selbe Lynn

What’s even more symbolic than Amazon building a warehouse on the site of what was once the world’s largest enclosed mall? In its hometown of Seattle, Amazon is gobbling up as much office space as it can, and now that includes the top six floors of the Macy’s building downtown. [More]

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Files For Bankruptcy

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The long list of restaurant chains filing for bankruptcy amid slower sales added another name today: Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  [More]