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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Karen Chappell

Here are five of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

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Airbnb Sues New York Over New Short-Term Rentals Law, State Won’t Enforce It Yet

The latest govermnent to impose rules on short-term rental site Airnbnb is New York: while the law is statewide, it’s mostly intended to clamp down on whole-apartment rentals that critics say are affecting the supply and prices of housing in New York City. The governor signed the law on Friday, and Airbnb immediately sued. Now the state won’t enforce the law until the lawsuit has been resolved. [More]

Keoni Cabral

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are five of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

ChristinaEatsBrains

More Than 150 People Were Sick From Bacteria In Refried Beans At Mighty Taco

Bacteria in refried beans sold at a regional taco chain has been blamed for gastrointestinal illness in around 150 customers, and now state officials have confirmed the pathogen to blame and the food that it was in. It’s Bacillus cereus, bacteria that builds up in food that has sat out for too long at room temperature. It causes diarrhea or vomiting, and has a short incubation period: you can start barfing within half an hour. [More]

We Live In A World Where There’s A Wait List For A $3,000 Set Of Colored Pencils

We Live In A World Where There’s A Wait List For A $3,000 Set Of Colored Pencils

Coloring: it’s not just for kids anymore. Adult coloring books have become trendy in the last year or so as an easy way for grownups to unwind and pretend they’re five again and don’t have to deal with things like jobs and bills. And what could be more enticing to a kid with a coloring book than a deluxe set of colored pencils? [More]

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Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are six of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

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We Throw $62 Million Worth Of Coins In The Trash Every Year

The ash that’s left after incinerating garbage is not pleasant to look at or smell, but it’s still very valuable. How? The massive furnace leaves behind metal, including coins. It turns out that we throw away a lot of coins, as well as the occasional diamond ring Chuck E. Cheese’s token. [More]

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Cemetery’s New Owners Ban Mourners From Visiting Graves

Allowing mourners to visit the graves of their dearly departed might seem like the sole function of a cemetery, but that is exactly what the new owners of a graveyard in Pennsylvania don’t want happening on their property. [More]

Who Am I Supposed To Call When My Credit Card Info Is Stolen?

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You just found out your credit or debit card info has been used by someone else to make a fraudulent purchase. There are so many different people you can call, each involved in some aspect of this theft. There’s your bank that issued the card, the credit card network the issuer uses for that card, the retailer or website that processed the payment, the police, the FBI… Do you need to call all of these or just one or two? What if you think your incident might be a sign of a larger breach? [More]

Nestle Recalls Drumstick Ice Cream Cones Due To Risk Of Listeria

Nestle Recalls Drumstick Ice Cream Cones Due To Risk Of Listeria

It’s the end of the traditional ice cream season, but people still enjoy cones year-round, like Nestle’s Drumstick pre-made sundae cones. They’ve been recalled for a potentially serious problem: the company found Listeria bacteria in the facility where the cones are made, and has recalled some boxes of cones that may have been contaminated. [More]

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Volkswagen And Audi Recall 334,000 Vehicles That May Have Fuel Leaks

Hundreds of thousands of Audi and Volkswagen vehicles have a fuel leak problem that could lead to fires, and the company has recalled them, notifying customers that they can expect repairs, um, eventually. While the company announced both fuel leak recalls at the same time, they apparently have different causes. [More]

Oculus Developing A Lower-End, Standalone Virtual Reality Device

Oculus Developing A Lower-End, Standalone Virtual Reality Device

If you’re one of those people who was perhaps interested in buying the Oculus Rift, only you don’t own a computer powerful enough to handle it, the Facebook-owned company says it’s got a new virtual reality product in the works that won’t require a Windows PC or even a mobile phone to use it. [More]

Byron Chin

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Here are six of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last two weeks, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

CEO Of Backpage.com Charged With Allegedly Pimping A Minor, Conspiracy To Commit Pimping

CEO Of Backpage.com Charged With Allegedly Pimping A Minor, Conspiracy To Commit Pimping

Popular listings site Backpage.com has long been a topic of debate for its decision to continue advertising escorts even as other sites like Craigslist tried to back away from these lucrative listings. But now comes news from California that the state has actually arrested the website’s CEO and charged him, along with two of Backpage’s controlling shareholders, with illegally promoting prostitution. [More]

Chris Blakeley

Final FCC Privacy Rule Won’t Ban Pay-For-Privacy, Will Require Some Opt-Ins

The FCC certainly is keeping busy this fall. After six months of mulling it over, commission chairman Tom Wheeler announced today that the final version of a privacy rule that would limit what your broadband carrier can do with your personal data is in fact real and on the agenda for the FCC’s October meeting later this month. [More]

Federal Safety Regulators Investigating Report Of Replacement Samsung Note 7 Catching Fire

Federal Safety Regulators Investigating Report Of Replacement Samsung Note 7 Catching Fire

Earlier today, a Southwest Airlines flight from Louisville to Baltimore had to be evacuated after smoke and fire began to spew out of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7, one that was replaced and should not have had an overheating battery. Now, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has confirmed that it is looking into this incident. [More]

Google Needs To Step Up Support To Sell Its Own Smartphones

Google Needs To Step Up Support To Sell Its Own Smartphones

Google’s customer support has come a long way since it first began selling Nexus mobile phones and Google Voice number ports to customers. However, the success of its new suite of devices depends on how well it’s able to provide customer and technical support for those devices. [More]