Dev.Arka

Reminder: If Your Password Is “123456,” Change It

While one might think that there cannot possibly still be anyone out there who would use incredibly easy-to-guess passwords like, for example, “123456,” one would be wrong: according to a new study, that’s still the most popular password in the world. Sigh. [More]

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Parents Report Finding “Sophie The Giraffe” Toys Filled With Mold

Except for certain cheeses, you wouldn’t sit around and gnaw on something full of mold, and you wouldn’t want your child to do so, either. That’s why parents were horrified to see photos online of familiar Sophie the Giraffe toys full of mold. Mold! [More]

Report: American Apparel Starting Layoffs At Southern California Factories

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Now that American Apparel has been sold off to Canadian-based apparel maker Gildan Activewear, not only could all 110 stores reportedly be closing, but the retailer’s new owner has also decided not to buy some of its manufacturing operations after all, insiders say, prompting the start of layoffs for thousands of workers in Southern California. [More]

Samuel M. Livingston

South Korean Prosecutors Seek Arrest Of Samsung Vice Chair Linked To Bribery Scandal

A week after a South Korean special prosecutor investigating a bribery scandal called on Samsung’s vice chairman for questioning, officials are calling for the tech company executive’s arrest. [More]

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Big Apple Circus Assets Going Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

If you’re the kind of person who’s always dreamed of putting on your very own performance under the Big Top, your fantasy could become real: after filing for bankruptcy last year, Big Apple Circus is putting its assets on the auction block. [More]

Julia Frost

Products From Hy-Vee, Albertsons, & Tom Thumb Recalled For Potentially Contaminated Milk Powder

The Great Powdered Milk Recall of 2016 has become even greater, expanding to include even more candy-coated items. It turns out that Hy-Vee and Albertsons also get their store-brand confections from Palmer Candy Company, which are part of a massive powdered milk recall. [More]

Don’t Forget Your Keys: Tesla Owner Stranded When “Start By Phone” Doesn’t Work

Don’t Forget Your Keys: Tesla Owner Stranded When “Start By Phone” Doesn’t Work

Buying a Tesla means you’re buying a whole lot of technology, including the ability to unlock, start, and drive your vehicle through the company’s app. While that’s convenient, one owner recently found that you still shouldn’t leave home without your keys.  [More]

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A Watch Made With Swiss Cheese Exists

There are many forms of protest out there, from songs to marches to sit-ins. But crafting a timepiece out of cheese? That’s one we’ve never heard of — until today: a Swiss watchmaker has created a watch made out of Swiss cheese as protest to show how easily the “Swiss-Made” label can be earned. [More]

Barnes & Noble Pulls Latest Nook Over Faulty Charger

Barnes & Noble Pulls Latest Nook Over Faulty Charger

Less than two months after Barnes & Noble launched its latest Nook tablet, the company has pulled the devices from physical and online stores after reports that the tablet’s charging adapter contains a flaw.  [More]

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Ringling Bros. Circus To Close Forever In May

You don’t have to stay home, but you can’t run away to the circus anymore: after 146 years, Ringling Bros. Circus says it’ll be taking down the Big Top forever this May. [More]

Audrey Brevet

LensCrafters And Ray-Ban Parent Company To Merge With Lens Maker, Form Eyewear Voltron

Luxxotica and Essilor may not be household names, but you may very well have one of their products on your face right now. If you’ve visited LensCrafters or Pearle Vision for your eyeglasses or contacts, or Sunglass Hut for sunglasses, you’ve done business with the Italian eyewear conglomerate Luxxotica, and if you bought Varilux or Transitions lenses during that visit, you’ve done business with the French lens company Essilor. [More]

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Samsung Investigation Finds Battery Was Likely Main Cause Of Galaxy Note 7 Debacle

Five months after Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle began, the tech company is preparing to put the whole exploding phone thing in the past, starting with an inquiry into why the devices unexpectedly caught fire or began to smoke.  [More]

Airbus CEO: Flying Car Prototype Will Be In The Air By The End Of The Year

Airbus CEO: Flying Car Prototype Will Be In The Air By The End Of The Year

Ever since TV viewers first met George Jetson (his boy Elroy; daughter Judy; Jane, his wife) we’ve been fantasizing about zooming around in our very own personal flying cars. While many companies have made strides in that general direction, we have yet to see a true Jetsonian vehicle. Now, Airbus’ CEO thinks he can bring us even closer to our dreams: he expects the company to complete a self-piloted flying car prototype by the end of the year. [More]

Alec Tabak

Moody’s Hit With $864M Penalty For Role In Mortgage Meltdown

While much of the anger surrounding the mortgage meltdown was focused on shady mortgage lenders and investment banks, a less-discussed but nonetheless culpable party were the credit-rating agencies that rubber-stamped mortgage-backed securities that were sometimes worth about as much as a used lottery ticket. [More]

John Abella

Feds Shut Down Two Massive Illegal Robocall Operations

Fighting robocalls might seem as pointless as chasing a greased pig, but occasionally you’re able to get your slick mitts on a slippery swine and hold on, if only for a moment. Today, the Federal Trade Commission managed to nab a pair of particularly large robocalling pigs, who have allegedly been violating the Do Not Call Registry for at least five years. [More]

Mike Mozart

Walmart Shuffles Staff To Take Online Sales Seriously… For Real This Time

Despite being the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart still lags behind Amazon and others when it comes to online shopping. The company has spent billions of dollars in just the last year, buying Jet.com and ShoeBuy, so maybe it’s time for Walmart to finally get serious about sorting out e-commerce. [More]

Angry Customer Drives SUV Into T-Mobile Store, Keeps Destroying Stuff

Angry Customer Drives SUV Into T-Mobile Store, Keeps Destroying Stuff

While drive-thru customer service would be a delightful innovation in the mobile phone business, it is not yet available at T-Mobile stores. Even if it did exist, “drive-thru” doesn’t mean you actually drive through the store; a lesson that one angry T-Mo customer in Florida apparently forgot when trying to express her rage. [More]

SpongeBob Wins Legal Victory Against Planned “Krusty Krab” Restaurant

SpongeBob Wins Legal Victory Against Planned “Krusty Krab” Restaurant

Creators of popular movies, TV shows, books, and video games are sometimes savvy enough to register unique characters and fictional places with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, but a federal court ruling in a case involving SpongeBob Squarepants shows that a fictional business need not be trademarked in order to benefit from trademark protection. [More]