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Moving Walkways Were Around Long Before Airports Started Using Them To Move People

While moving walkways have become ubiquitous at airports around the country — along with the rage that comes from getting stuck behind the person who chooses to stand still and block everyone else from walking on them — conveyor belts that shuttled people around were invented long before air travel became the norm. [More]

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AT&T Again Complaining It’s Unfair If Web Companies Can Sell Your Data But They Can’t

We are sure you will be shocked, shocked to hear that a major telecom company that currently makes some money from having customers pay to keep private data private wants to be able to continue doing so whenever possible. And yet, here we are. [More]

Spotify Is Reportedly Looking Into Buying SoundCloud

Spotify Is Reportedly Looking Into Buying SoundCloud

It looks like Spotify could be preparing to shore up its streaming music service amid competition in the digital field: according to a new report, Spotify is in advanced talks to buy SoundCloud. [More]

Mike Mozart

Wells Fargo Employee: I Tried Talking Friends & Family Into Opening Accounts To Meet Sales Quotas

Yet another former Wells Fargo employee has come forward to talk about the high-pressure atmosphere created by the bank, where she says there were only two types of employees: those who sold customers on products they didn’t want, and those that were shown the door. [More]

Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments On Validity Of “Scandalous, Disparaging” Trademarks

Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments On Validity Of “Scandalous, Disparaging” Trademarks

Federal law prohibits the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office from registering trademarks deemed “immoral, deceptive, or scandalous,” or that “disparage… persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols.” This has resulted in disputes like the cancellation of the Washington Redskins trademark. This morning, the nation’s highest court agreed to hear arguments in a case seeking to throw that rule out. [More]

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Ticked-Off NFL Player Pays $3,900 Car Shop Bill Entirely In Coins

Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert was apparently so displeased with the service he received from a car shop that he paid the business almost $4,000 using nothing but change. [More]

Adam Fagen

Philip Morris Wants Smokers To Heat Up Tobacco, Not Burn It

Tobacco giant Philip Morris is working on the future of smoking, and it’s not cigarettes or vaping. The company is investing heavily in a product with the baffling name IQOS, a device that lets users heat up and inhale mini stacks of tobacco, without actually setting them on fire. Will “reduced harm” products like this catch on with the public all over the world? [More]

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Report: 34M People Have Already Started Holiday Shopping

While some of us haven’t yet gotten all the beach sand out of shoes or pulled out the fall blankets, there are 34 million people out there who are already in the holiday spirit and have started shopping. [More]

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FCC Delays Vote On Set-Top Box Proposal

After much hullaballoo and a number of eleventh-hour political plays, the FCC has scrapped its plan to vote today on a proposal that would upend the cable set-top box marketplace. [More]

Scott Lynch

Ban On Selfies In The Voting Booth Is Unconstitutional

With a little more than a month to go before Election Day, we finally have some clarity on that age-old legal question: Am I allowed to take a selfie in the voting booth? [More]

Uber

Uber Thinks You Might Want To Look At A Bunch Of Ads During Your Ride

There are definitely some things people would like more of during an Uber ride — more control over music, more free cookies, etc. — but more advertising and content from brands trying to promote themselves? That might not appeal to everyone. [More]

James Callan

Fast-Casual Chain Cosi Declares Bankruptcy, Shutters 29 Locations

If you happen to enjoy your lunch on a salty flatbread of an afternoon, or your breakfast on a square bagel of a morning, well, we’ve got some bad news for your morning: Cosi has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy and shut more than a third of its company-owned stores. [More]

New Rule Will Stop Many Nursing Homes From Stripping Residents Of Their Right To Sue

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As we’ve written about previously, some nursing homes and other long-term care facilities use forced arbitration contracts to prevent their residents bringing a legal action against the home in a court of law. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule that will prohibit long-term care facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid from forcing residents into arbitration. [More]

HSN Apparently Not Happy With “Skincare Solutions” Doctor Accused Of Buying Drugs

HSN Apparently Not Happy With “Skincare Solutions” Doctor Accused Of Buying Drugs

If you’re in the market for skincare products from the Home Shopping Network, you might be out of luck, as the company removed every trace of well-known host Dr. Sheldon Sevinor — and his products — from its website after the plastic surgeon’s arrest for allegedly buying cocaine.  [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

Report: Sears Holdings, Claire’s, Rue 21 At Risk Of Bankruptcy And Liquidation

Think of your favorite troubled or defunct retailer: does it or did it have a reason to exist? That’s the deceptively simple question raised in a new report from financial ratings firm Fitch Ratings, which predicts that the combination of e-commerce, disinterest in malls, and a lack of strong brand identity for some troubled retailers could spell doom in the next year or so. [More]

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Ford Recalls 74K Focus Hatchbacks Over Latch Issues

For the past two years Ford has dealt with a number of issues related to not being able to keep the doors of its vehicles shut, from an investigation by federal regulators to the recall of millions of cars. Today, those issues continue, albeit in a different manner, as the carmaker recalled 74,000 hatchbacks with hatches that can open while the car is moving.  [More]

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Strippers Say Law Barring Under-21 Dancers Violates First, Fourteenth Amendments

A group of exotic dancers in Louisiana say a new state law barring women under the age of 21 from stripping is a violation of their constitutional rights. [More]

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Uber Acquires Trucking Company, Wants To Sell Freight Services

Consumers know Uber as a replacement for short-range taxis, but the company has other transportation goals. The company recently acquired Otto, a startup that’s developing self-driving trucks. While autonomous vehicles zooming freight across the country are its long-term goal, Uber plans get into the long-haul trucking business long before self-driving trucks are the norm. [More]