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The Limited Opened A Stealth Chain Of Off-Price Stores

The popular thing for department and clothing stores to do in recent years has been to open their own off-price stores, and women’s clothing retailer The Limited wants to join that party. They’re using the familiar model from Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth, and J. Crew Factory Stores–some deep-discounted merchandise that didn’t sell in regular Limited stores, but mostly cheaper items designed specifically for price-conscious customers. [More]

U.S. Government Used Fake University To Catch Visa Brokers, Swept Up Students Too

U.S. Government Used Fake University To Catch Visa Brokers, Swept Up Students Too

To root out the education brokers who guide international students to fake colleges that are only visa mills, the Department of Homeland Security set up its own fake university. Yet should the institution’s students, most of whom came from China and India, have known that the school wasn’t legit when it had full government approval and accreditation? [More]

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Apple Music’s Confusing Deletion Of Songs Is One Reason You Should Back Up Your Files

Powering on your computer only to find that all of your downloaded music, including original content, is nowhere to be found is an understandably devastating situation. But it’s one that has apparently happened to several Apple Music users since the service launched last year.  [More]

Defunct Beauty School Settles Whistleblower Suit Accusing It Of Falsifying Records

Defunct Beauty School Settles Whistleblower Suit Accusing It Of Falsifying Records

Two months after abruptly closing its doors as a result of losing access to federal student financial aid, the for-profit Marinello Schools of Beauty has settled a whistleblower case that accused the school of engaging in various schemes to defraud the government of federal financial aid dollars.  [More]

FCC Trying To Minimize Annoyances From New Robocall Debt Collection Loophole

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Last fall, a rider to a must-pass federal budget bill kicked down the barricade that has prevented government debt collectors from annoying hundreds of millions of consumers with auto-dialed, pre-recorded robocalls. Lawmakers hate the bill, but they won’t consider any legislation to close the loophole. The White House’s own analysis of the loophole shows that it won’t really bring in any more money, and could actually be a revenue loser, but the administration isn’t doing anything to roll back the changes. Attorneys general hate it too, but they enforce laws instead of writing them. With an August deadline looming, the Federal Communications Commission has no choice but to move forward with making the loophole as palatable as possible. [More]

This Tobacco Store Doesn’t Want Your Sweaty Bra Or Sock Money

This Tobacco Store Doesn’t Want Your Sweaty Bra Or Sock Money

We get it: in the summer, you want to be free and unencumbered, without a purse on your shoulder or a heavy wallet in your pocket. However, a tobacco store in Kentucky has an important seasonal rule that they want their customers to keep in mind: they do not want your crumpled, sweaty dollar bills that you’ve just pulled from your sock or your bra. [More]

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A Plastic Bag Could Soon Cost You Five Cents In New York

If you forget your reusable bags at home it could soon cost you in New York City, as local lawmakers are poised to vote on a measure that would add a five cent fee to consumers’ bills if they opt for a plastic or paper bag at checkout.  [More]

Is The “Sharing Economy” Sharing Your Data With Law Enforcement?

Is The “Sharing Economy” Sharing Your Data With Law Enforcement?

Airbnb and VRBO are shaking up the hospitality industry by letting anyone with a spare room become an innkeeper. Uber and Lyft are disrupting the for-hire car market by letting you turn your car into a taxi. While these new platforms might be opening up the so-called “sharing” economy, some of them may also be a bit too willing to share user data with law enforcement. [More]

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Netflix Introduces Data Usage Controls For Mobile Users

A month after admitting that it was deliberately broadcasting lower-resolution video to AT&T and Verizon wireless users, Netflix has introduced a new tool that will let users around the world choose how much of their data plan they want to blow through binge-watching House of Cards.
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Burger King Testing Unholy Hybrid: Whopper Dog

Burger King’s new Grilled Dogs are on the permanent menu in both plain and chili dog form, but Burger King is testing something new: people in some markets have spotted a Whopper Dog on the menu. That’s a fast food mashup that sounds surprisingly edible. If you spot one in the wild or get a chance to try one out, let us know! [More]

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GM & Lyft Set To Test Self-Driving Taxis Within A Year

It hasn’t taken General Motors long to figure out how to spend its $500 million investment in Lyft. A month after the carmaker said it would use some of those funds to rent SUVs to prospective drivers, the partners unveiled plans to begin testing self-driving taxis on public roads in California.  [More]

Petsitter Now Suing Couple For Up To $1 Million For Negative Yelp Review

Petsitter Now Suing Couple For Up To $1 Million For Negative Yelp Review

A couple months back, we told you of the Texas couple that was being sued for a few thousand dollars by a petsitter over a negative Yelp review that allegedly violated a “non-disparagement” clause in the petsitter’s contract. That suit was quickly dropped, but a new complaint filed by the petsitting business has ramped up the allegations and the dollar amount, now seeking between $200,000 to $1 million in damages. [More]

New York Times Will Now Deliver Ingredients For Its Recipes To Your Doorstep

New York Times Will Now Deliver Ingredients For Its Recipes To Your Doorstep

If you’ve read a recipe in the newspaper and quietly wondered where you would find some of the ingredients, the New York Times has found a new way to solve that problem. They’ve partnered up with Chef’d, an ingredient-delivery service, to create a branded meal subscription that combines the convenience of having your dinner delivered with the cachet of the New York Times brand, yet the inconvenience of having to cook the food yourself. [More]

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“Space Invaders,” “Oregon Trail,” & “Legend Of Zelda” Inducted Into Video Game Hall Of Fame

There are some video games you don’t have to explain to anyone, even if they were born way after those games first delighted fans. Among those are this year’s inductees into the Video Game Hall of Fame that were chosen from 15 finalists and make up the second group of games to join the list. If you’ve ever traveled digitally to Oregon or went on quests with Link, you’ll know which games we’re talking about. [More]

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Missouri Lawmakers Sneak Municipal Broadband Restrictions Into Traffic Ticket Bill

The legislative process, in theory, brings us laws that have been robustly debated, discussed, compromised on, and perfected. But in reality, legislatures have this thing where lawmakers can often add completely unrelated amendments or riders to bills to accomplish, well, basically any pet goal they want. That’s what’s happened in Missouri this week, and now municipal broadband in the state is under fire from a law about… traffic tickets. [More]

FDA Bans Sale Of E-Cigarettes To Minors; Requires Health Warnings

FDA Bans Sale Of E-Cigarettes To Minors; Requires Health Warnings

After a prolonged, seven-year process of drafting regulations for e-cigarettes, the Food and Drug Administration has finalized rules that treat e-cigs, hookah tobacco, pipe tobacco, and premium cigars the same as traditional cigarettes and cigars. [More]

Report: Makers Of OxyContin Knew For Decades That Pain Pills Could Wear Off Early

Report: Makers Of OxyContin Knew For Decades That Pain Pills Could Wear Off Early

When OxyContin hit pharmacies 20 years ago, its primary selling point was that a single dose of the opioid pain medication lasted 12 hours, “providing smooth and sustained pain control all day and all night,” per the press release. But a new report claims Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin, have long known that the drug doesn’t always live up to this promise, resulting in an increased likelihood for abuse and addiction. [More]

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Apple’s App Store Is Having Some Serious Issues Finding Popular Apps Right Now

UPDATE: As of about noon on the east coast, the App Store seems to have sorted itself out. I was able to search for Tidal and actually get the music app, instead of an app to track the tide. [More]