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Everyone Get Back To Work: Google Calendar Is Back, Or Will Be Soon

As a reminder of how much everyone has come to depend on a free (or work-supplied, if your workplace uses Google accounts) online service, today civilization may yet still collapse due to a morning outage of Google Calendar. There were no widespread reports of people wandering streets or office hallways with no idea of where they were supposed to be, but that may be because the outage only lasted a few hours. [More]

Lawsuit Accuses Hormel Of Using Meaningless ‘Natural’ Label On Deli Meat

Lawsuit Accuses Hormel Of Using Meaningless ‘Natural’ Label On Deli Meat

When you see a label that says “natural” on your meat, you might make some assumptions about what’s in it. Doesn’t that label mean meat that doesn’t have preservatives or artificial colors, that comes from animals raised without growth-promoting hormones or antibiotics? Well, no, it doesn’t necessarily mean that, and a recent lawsuit from the Animal Legal Defense Fund calls Hormel out on its labeling. [More]

Coca-Cola Will Pull Some Products From Shelves In Vermont Instead Of Adding GMO Labels

Coca-Cola Will Pull Some Products From Shelves In Vermont Instead Of Adding GMO Labels

The date when food items that contain ingredients from genetically engineered plants or animals must be labeled to be sold in Vermont is almost here, and lawmakers haven’t managed to strike down the law yet, so food companies will have to print or add the information to items shipped to Vermont. Or they could do what Coca-Cola plans, and not ship the items for a while. [More]

Giuliana Massaro

Window Blind Trade Group Agrees To Set Standards, Keep Kids From Cords

You might not think of window blinds as something dangerous, but they pose a risk to children, who can entangle themselves in the cords and be strangled. An average of one child every month has strangled to death on the cord to a window covering for the last few decades. Why hasn’t the window covering industry invented something better and safer than a long piece of string to raise and lower our blinds? An industry group announced today that they will figure one out. [More]

Mike Mozart

Sam’s Club Forgot To Tell Some Employees About Their Clever Costco Promotion

Last Monday was an important day in retail history, and we’re not being sarcastic: it was the day that Costco switched its credit card acceptance policy from only accepting American Express to only accepting Visa. The transition didn’t go smoothly for some members, and national competitor Sam’s Club decided to take advantage of the confusion and try to win over some of those members. Unfortunately, some employees didn’t know about this. [More]

There Were 3 Other IKEA Dresser Toddler Deaths Dating Back To 1989

There Were 3 Other IKEA Dresser Toddler Deaths Dating Back To 1989

While dressers and chests in IKEA’s Malm family have drawn attention this week for being recalled after the deaths of three children were linked to them, those aren’t the only deaths that dressers from IKEA alone have caused: other models of dresser are linked to an additional three deaths of children age three or under, and the first one was in 1989. [More]

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Chipotle Adding Spicy Chorizo To The Menu So Customers Forget About All That Other Stuff

In the more than 20 years that it’s been in business, Chipotle hasn’t changed its menu very much. That’s why it’s notable that the burrito eatery is slowly rolling out a new protein, just over two years after introducing braised tofu that they had to bribe everyone to try. Only a few select markets get to try the new chorizo for now, though. [More]

Perhaps You Would Like To Try A 30-Day Trial Of Walmart’s 2-Day Shipping Service

Perhaps You Would Like To Try A 30-Day Trial Of Walmart’s 2-Day Shipping Service

Walmart’s ShippingPass service has always been intended as a competitor for Amazon’s Prime membership, and now the program has formally launched to the public. After recently cutting down its shipping window to two days to match its competitor, Walmart is celebrating the public opening by matching Amazon in another way: by offering a 30-day free trial, perhaps hoping that shoppers will come to depend on the service and never want to leave. [More]

Safety Advocates Applaud IKEA Recall, Hope Consumers Return Or Anchor Dressers

Safety Advocates Applaud IKEA Recall, Hope Consumers Return Or Anchor Dressers

Safety advocates were deeply disappointed earlier this year when the news came that another child was killed that the very popular Malm dresser from IKEA fell on top of him. It’s horrible every time that an ordinary household object kills someone, but this model of dresser was part of a voluntary repair program that IKEA wouldn’t call a recall. Now the dressers have been officially recalled, but that should have happened before another child died. [More]

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Postal Worker Caught On Security Camera Pepper-Spraying Family Dogs

Last week, something pretty normal happened at a house in Houston: the postal carrier brought the mail, and the dogs hanging out in the yard barked at him. What happened next, caught on a security camera, was unusual: the man sprayed all three dogs with what appears to be pepper spray, even though they were secured behind a heavy gate. [More]

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Kellogg’s Opening An All-Day Premium Cereal Cafe In Times Square

Do you like the idea of restaurants that serve nothing but cereal all day, but want to combine that with the prestige of the company that invented corn flakes? Cereal brand Kellogg’s hopes that lots of people do. They’re opening a cereal cafe in New York’s Times Square that seats 20 people and serves them dressed-up bowls of the company’s cereals, like Frosted Flakes with pistachios, lemon zest, and fresh thyme. [More]

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CDC Figured Out The General Mills Flour Recall Because Some People Leave Flour In Bags

When you buy a new bag of flour, what do you do? Do you dump the bag out into a bin or canister in your kitchen, or do you scoop it out of the bag it came in? Both methods work fine, but it was the members of Team Bag who helped the Food and Drug Administration solve the mystery of a recent nationwide E. coli outbreak. [More]

Curtis Cronn

Small Store Owners Say Proposed SNAP Regulations Would Send Customers To Supermarkets

SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is what has replaced what were once called food stamps with debit cards. Not all stores are authorized to accept food stamps, and proposed new regulations would change the requirements to accept them. While the foods that recipients can use their balance on wouldn’t change, the food that retailers are required to stock before they can accept SNAP would. [More]

Sam’s Club Takes Advantage Of Costco Credit Card Problems, Invites Members To Visit

Sam’s Club Takes Advantage Of Costco Credit Card Problems, Invites Members To Visit

Hey, are you a Costco member? Are you annoyed with their switch to only accepting Visa cards, and the problematic transition to the Costco Anywhere Visa? Competitor Sam’s Club has a solution for you: come check out their warehouse club, where all major credit cards are welcome. Even if that’s a pretty recent development. Sam’s is welcoming Costco card holders to enter the store and browse (but not to shop without buying their own membership) through July 4. [More]

IKEA Will Stop Selling Dressers Prone To Tipping Over, Recall 29M Units

IKEA Will Stop Selling Dressers Prone To Tipping Over, Recall 29M Units

IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are taking an unusual and perhaps unprecedented step, recalling tens of millions of top-heavy Malm dressers and chests. While IKEA offered repair kits and wall anchors to customers, the message clearly wasn’t getting out that they have been recalled in the United States. [More]

Sean T Evans

Frozen Vegetable Plant Behind Massive Listeria Recall Preparing To Reopen, Put Everyone Back To Work

As far as the public knows, public health authorities and the people in charge at the the CRF frozen vegetable processing plant in Pasco, WA don’t yet know what caused a multi-year Listeria outbreak. The company had to recall its entire output for almost the entire last two years, and shut down operations, leaving hundreds of people without work. [More]

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More Affluent Americans Moving Into Cities, Making Them More Expensive

Middle-class and wealthy Americans spent the latter half of the 20th century fleeing cities, but a recent report from the Federal Housing Finance Agency shows that people have been moving into the very centers of cities for the last 25 years, and house sale prices have gone up accordingly. [More]

Chipotle Will Begin Temporary Loyalty Program, Chiptopia, This Week

Chipotle Will Begin Temporary Loyalty Program, Chiptopia, This Week

Chipotle needs two things: they need customers to start coming in to buy food, and they need those customers to keep coming back. After mailing and texting out free burrito coupons and buy-one-get-one-free offers earlier this year, the company’s newest idea to turn things around is a limited-time loyalty program. [More]