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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]

The.Comedian

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]

Millions Of Bottles Of Craft Paint Sold At Hobby Lobby, Walmart Recalled For Bacteria Contamination

Millions Of Bottles Of Craft Paint Sold At Hobby Lobby, Walmart Recalled For Bacteria Contamination

When you think of all the items that can recalled for being tainted by bacteria, “craft paint” is probably pretty low on that list. But if you’ve got some tempera paint sitting around the house or schoolroom for craft time, you’ll want to check to make sure it’s not included in a new, massive recall.
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Mike Mozart

Kohl’s Joins Store-Specific Payment App Party

If you thought that it was confusing to carry around a stack of store charge cards, how about installing a stack of store-specific payment apps on your phone? Now joining Walmart, Cumberland Farms, and other QR code-happy retailers is Kohl’s Pay, a new module inside the store app that many customers already have installed. [More]

Chris Goldberg

That Sounds Offal! How Much Do You Know About Your Organ & “Variety” Meats?

Offal — the edible organs and other trimmings from a livestock animal — gets a bad rap, mostly because of the initial ick-factor associated with the idea of chowing down on a brain, testicle, ear, or tail. The “offal” name certainly hasn’t helped. Yet for folks around the world, these “variety meats” are everyday fare. [More]

Yahoo

Yahoo Calls Report Claiming It Snooped On Emails For U.S. Government “Misleading”

After a report this week claimed Yahoo built a tool specially designed to help U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies eavesdrop on its email users’ conversations, the tech company has issued another, lengthier response, without flat out denying anything. [More]

Tom Raftery

Twitter Study Unsurprisingly Finds Using Twitter Is Good For Business

Weeks after Twitter rolled out a suite of new customer service tools for businesses using the social network to connect with clients, the company has come out with a not-at-all-shocking report that interacting with customers on Twitter is good for business. Flabbergasted? Probably not.  [More]

Amazon Dash Shopping Wand Now Lets Users Order Any Prime Item They Want

Amazon Dash Shopping Wand Now Lets Users Order Any Prime Item They Want

While Amazon has been busy expanding its selection of Dash buttons, which allow shoppers to reorder a designated product with one click, it’s also updating its two-year-old Dash shopping wand: users can now use it to order anything they want, instead of just groceries from AmazonFresh. [More]

Google Maps

How A Small Nebraska Town Figures Into The Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops Deal

Some companies have distinct ties to their geographical roots, whether it’s Walmart and Bentonville, L.L.Bean and Maine, Hershey and, well.. Hershey, or Cabela’s and the small Nebraska city of Sidney. But now that the outdoor goods retailer has been snapped up by Bass Pro Shops for $5.5 billion, what will happen to this town of around 7,000 people?
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Why Would A Hospital Charge You For Holding Your Newborn Baby?

Though there are many kinds of surprises you might find on your bill after a trip to the hospital, some seem too strange to be true. For example, a new father in Utah who was amused to find a charge for the moment his wife held their newborn baby against her chest. What in the world? [More]

Samsung

Replacement, Supposedly Non-Flammable Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Catches Fire On Plane

We’ve heard from dozens and dozens of readers who have had trouble exchanging their defective Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones since the recall became official. Consumers who do get their hands on new phones, though, are supposed to be able to trust that those units are safe — or at least, as safe as any other new phone — and are not going to catch fire while in use. [More]

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Why Is It So Hard To See What’s Inside The “Black Box” Determining What Prices You Get Online?

You’re a savvy shopper, a well-educated consumer. You know to shop around to look for the best price on something before you fork over your cash. And after doing all your homework, you find out from Facebook that a friend on the other side of the country got the same item from the same website for less than you just paid. Why? How? Because an algorithm decided how much each of you should pay, and there’s nothing you can do about it. [More]