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Coca-Cola Plant In Northern Ireland Closed After Human Waste Found In Some Cans

When people talk about the ingredients in Coca-Cola that are cause for concern, they’re usually talking about things like high fructose corn syrup and caffeine — not human waste.  [More]

Walmart’s Jet.Com Charged Me Sales Tax On Tax-Exempt Items. What Can I Do?

Walmart’s Jet.Com Charged Me Sales Tax On Tax-Exempt Items. What Can I Do?

We understand that sales taxes can be a nightmare for a retailer trying to sell to everyone everywhere at once. What’s taxed in one state is tax-exempt in another, and then a third state only taxes that product above a certain dollar value. Most major online retailers have figured out this mess, but what do you do when a website charges you tax on an item that you know is exempt?

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Elon Musk Forming Company Dedicated To Merging Humans With Machines

Elon Musk Forming Company Dedicated To Merging Humans With Machines

Remember when Elon Musk said humankind would have to somehow merge with machines if we want to stay relevant in the face of the inevitable war between us and our robot overlords? He wasn’t kidding, and he’s formed a new company dedicated to figuring out how to do just that. [More]

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18 Injured After Mall Escalator Reverses Direction, Speeds Up

Escalator chain reactions can happen when one person stumbles and falls, or when people use a non-working escalator as a staircase and it suddenly starts moving again. In Hong Kong over the weekend, a 150-foot mall escalator abruptly reversed direction and flung screaming shoppers to the ground, injuring 18 of them. [More]

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DOT Apologizes For Billing Dead Teen $3K For Highway Guardrail

State officials in Tennessee have apologized to the family of a dead teenager after sending a bill in her name for $3,000 in damages her car caused to the guardrail that some — including her family — blame for the young woman’s death. [More]

Tony Webster

Lyft Adding Option To Let Passengers Round Up Their Fares For Charity Donations

For decades, retailers have had charity donation jars at checkout points, giving customers the option to quickly support a helpful organization with the change from their purchase. Now Lyft is looking to apply that same model to ridesharing, by letting passengers round up their fares with the extra money going to non-profit groups. [More]

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RadioShack Warns State It May Lay Off All Headquarters Employees

As twice-bankrupt electronics retailer RadioShack cuts back on its remaining network of stores across the country, the company has notified the state of Texas that it may close its corporate headquarters in Fort Worth at the end of May, or at minimum lay off some of the people who work there as its store network shrinks even more. [More]

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House Expected To Vote On Rolling Back Internet Privacy Rules Tomorrow

If you like having any control over what your internet service provider does with the personal data it has on you, we’ve got some bad news: The House of Representatives is expected to vote tomorrow to reverse the FCC rules that limit what the Comcasts, AT&Ts, Verizons, and Charters of the world can do with the data they have on you. [More]

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Samsung To Sell, Rent Refurbished Recalled Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones — But Not In The U.S.

Samsung has millions of recalled Note 7 smartphones sitting around gathering dust (and hopefully not exploding), and now the company says it may sell refurbished versions of the device (which, again, hopefully won’t explode), but that it won’t be selling these recycled products in the U.S. [More]

Facebook Messenger Adds Option To Share Your Location Live With Friends

Facebook Messenger Adds Option To Share Your Location Live With Friends

For anyone who’s ever planned to meet up with friends in a crowded area, you know it can be frustrating to nail down exactly where you are, texting things like: “I’m on the corner by the bodega.” “Which corner/bodega?” “The one with the ATM sign.” “You’re dead to me.” Facebook thinks it can solve this problem by allowing Messenger users to share their location live. [More]

Amazon Delays Opening Of Checkout-Less-Convenience Store

Amazon Delays Opening Of Checkout-Less-Convenience Store

If you were hoping to stop by one of Amazon’s new new checkoutless, cashier-free convenience stores soon, you’ll have to put that plan on hold: A new report says the company isn’t quite ready to open Amazon Go to the public due to technical difficulties. [More]

AMC Reportedly Working On Streaming Service Connected To Cable Packages

AMC Reportedly Working On Streaming Service Connected To Cable Packages

If you’re a fan of that one show where the undead aren’t the biggest threat to the living, or the one where the Cinnabon guy used to be a shady-ish lawyer, but you want a little more from the shows, you’re just the person AMC is looking for: The cable network is preparing to launch an online video streaming service featuring content related to its popular shows. [More]

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José Olé Frozen Taquitos Recalled Due To Possible Rubber And Plastic Pieces

When mass-producing packaged foods, one of the goals is to prevent pieces of the processing equipment out of the food. A plant that makes José Olé products came up short of that aspiration, resulting in a recall of 17.5 tons of taquitos that could contain pieces of plastic and rubber. [More]

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United Airlines Slammed For Denying Boarding To Passengers Wearing Leggings

While it’s not uncommon for an airline to require a certain dress code for passengers, United Airlines has found itself in the social media crosshairs for refusing to allow young girls to board a flight because they were wearing leggings. [More]

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Uber Halts Self-Driving Car Tests After Arizona Crash

Days after one of Uber’s self-driving test vehicles was involved in a crash in Arizona, the ride-hailing company says it will halt its autonomous experiment, at least for now. [More]

Feds Shut Down “Risk-Free” Online Marketing Scheme Peddling Golf, Kitchen Products

Feds Shut Down “Risk-Free” Online Marketing Scheme Peddling Golf, Kitchen Products

As we’ve mentioned before, many companies try to lure consumers into purchasing products — be it skincare treatments or weight-loss supplements — by plastering offers for “free” or “risk-free” trails on advertisements. But as federal regulators reminded us once again, these deals often aren’t free, and don’t come without risk[More]

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Class Action Over The Meaning Of ‘Sale’ Means Harbor Freight Customers Get Refunds

Have you shopped at any of discount tool chain Harbor Freight’s 750 U.S. stores recently? A recent class action settlement over the chain’s understanding of how a “sale” works means that customers can get refunds that range from 10% to 30% of whatever they spent at the store, or a $10 gift card. [More]

Additional Hoverboards Recalled Over Fire, Explosion Risk

Additional Hoverboards Recalled Over Fire, Explosion Risk

Last year, federal safety regulators recalled 501,000 ”hoverboards” from eight manufacturers amid concerns that the not-actually-hovering devices’ lithium-ion battery packs posed a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has added another manufacturer and 500 scooters to the recall list.  [More]