Petition Calls On FCC To Rethink Ruling Giving All Govt. Contractors Green Light To Make Robocalls

Dan Coulter

Earlier this month, the FCC released a controversial ruling, concluding that the law allowed the federal government — and all contractors working for the government — to place prerecorded/auto-dialed robocalls to consumers, so long as the calls are made for official government business. Today, a number of consumer advocates have officially petitioned the FCC to rethink its position and close this loophole. [More]

Amazon Testing “PrimeAir” Drone Delivery In UK

Amazon Testing “PrimeAir” Drone Delivery In UK

While Amazon hasn’t received the okay to begin using drones to make deliveries in the U.S., that isn’t stopping the e-commerce giant from trying the method in the UK. [More]

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Under Armour Will Be Available In Kohl’s Stores, Take Over Former FAO Schwarz Store

The news out of athletic apparel company Under Armour’s latest report to investors isn’t great, but it has also taught its leaders something very important: not to depend too much on any one retailer, even if that retailer is a nationwide sporting goods chain. The company shared two important and related pieces of news today: they’re creating a line of athletic wear for department store Kohl’s, and taking over what used to be the FAO Schwarz store on New York’s Fifth Avenue. [More]

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Woman Out $250 After Falling Victim To Comcast, Amazon Fake Promotion Scheme

Consider yourself warned: Scammers are taking advantage of the recent news that Amazon is selling access to Comcast services, faking calls from the cable company to steal money from unwitting victims.
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Pay-TV Subscriptions Continue To Drop As Cord-Cutters Do Their Thing

It’s been clear for a few years now that our model of what “TV” actually means is changing. The rise of Netflix, joined later by Hulu and Amazon, made on-demand internet-based viewing a household standard. Then PlayStation Vue, Dish Sling, and other internet-based services and networks started coming online through 2015 and 2016, while cable bills kept climbing. And all that adds up to cord-cutting speeding up and running away with the industry. [More]

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Walmart Shoplifter Uses Scooter To Fight Off Employee, Make Getaway

Those electric scooters at Walmart aren’t just for shopping. They can also apparently be used to shoplift, shake off store employees, and make a clean, if slow, getaway.
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Starbucks CEO To Step Back, Concentrate On High-End Coffee Roasteries

Starbucks CEO To Step Back, Concentrate On High-End Coffee Roasteries

A few years ago, Starbucks started a mini-chain of higher-end shops within their regular chain with fancier, “small-batch” coffees in an effort to compete with a new generation of coffee shops. This week, the company’s founder and CEO, Howard Schultz, announced that he’ll be stepping back from day-to-day management of the main business to think about the company’s overall strategy and concentrate on the high-end Reserve business. [More]

General Mills Flour Recall Expands, Linked To Four More Illnesses

General Mills Flour Recall Expands, Linked To Four More Illnesses

Nearly two months after General Mills first recalled flour linked to an E. coli outbreak, leading to hundreds of products being pulled from shelves in stores and homes, the company once again expanded the recall after four additional illnesses were linked to the outbreak.  [More]

Don’t Expect To Keep Your Job At Texas Roadhouse After Tweeting You’d “Kill As Many Mexicans As I Could”

Don’t Expect To Keep Your Job At Texas Roadhouse After Tweeting You’d “Kill As Many Mexicans As I Could”

Just because you can go on Twitter and type whatever words come into your head, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. And that First Amendment right to express yourself doesn’t protect you from your employer firing you over the embarrassing and hateful things you say in public. [More]

NFL Network, RedZone Joining PlayStation Vue Lineup

NFL Network, RedZone Joining PlayStation Vue Lineup

Conventional wisdom still says that sports are the key to cable: people will stream their comedies and dramas, but will pay for their sports coverage, because Americans sure love their sports. So it is unsurprising, then, that over-the-top cable-alternative streaming services are lining up to add more sports channels to their programming, including PlayStation Vue. [More]

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JetBlue Buys $3.6B In New Planes; Are Flights To Europe Next?

Four months after JetBlue failed to win over Virgin America and gobble up routes in California, the carrier is considering ferrying passengers across the Atlantic instead.  [More]

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Man Tries The ‘Seinfeld’ Michigan Bottle Deposit Scam In Real Life, Fails

Fans of classic ’90s TV and wacky schemes may remember an episode of the show Seinfeld where a character hauls soda bottles from New York to Michigan to redeem them for the deposits. There, the redemption rate is 10 cents per item, while it’s only five in New York. By collecting bottles and cans in New York and redeeming them in Michigan, they could cash in. Now a man from Michigan is accused of trying that scheme in real life. [More]

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Shoppers Using More Paper Coupons Than Digital Because It’s Simpler: No, Really

While retailers are making their own coupons and even manufacturers’ coupons available through mobile apps, customers still prefer to clip and carry around paper coupons. We also use much more dead-tree coupons than digital ones, even as the standard coupon distribution channels try to come up with ways to make digital coupons easy and convenient. [More]

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Pokémon Go Shouldn’t Be Used To Sell Fast Food To Kids, Say Advocates

Last week, Niantic, the company behind the wildly popular Pokémon Go app, unveiled its first sponsored partnership with McDonald’s in Japan, turning the country’s fast food restaurants into PokéStops where players can purchase items for their characters. While there currently aren’t any sponsored stops stateside, one group is trying to get ahead of the Poké-ball, urging the game maker not to deliver personalized ads to kids based on PokéStops and gyms at retail locations.  [More]

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Could Be In Line For Huge Payday After Verizon Deal

As you may have heard, Verizon reached a deal over the weekend to purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion. What this means for the ‘90s internet relic, or those who serve at its helm is still unclear, but at least one of those people — CEO Marissa Mayer — stands to make a pretty penny if she indeed leaves the company when the deal is all said and done.  [More]

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McDonald’s Expanding Gilroy Garlic Fries To 240 Restaurants Around San Francisco

You may remember the Gilroy Garlic Fries, a concoction that began at one restaurant to celebrate one garlic festival, and sold out so qucikly that the fast foodery must have realized that it was on to something. The fries sold out, then returned to the four test locations. Now they’re back, and this time they’re available throughout the entire region. [More]

Olympic Athletes Complain Of Blocked Toilets, Exposed Wiring In Rio Dorms

Olympic Athletes Complain Of Blocked Toilets, Exposed Wiring In Rio Dorms

Two years ago, athletes and reporters arriving in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games were greeted with less-than-finished room accommodations that led at least one bobsled team to have a very rough weekend. Fast forward to 2016, as Olympic athletes descend on Rio and it seems like history may be repeating itself — leaky faucets, exposed wiring, and all.  [More]

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Private Equity Firm Buys $1.6 Billion In Redbox DVDs And Coinstar Change

Outerwall, the company behind the seemingly ubiquitous Redbox and Coinstar kiosks, hasn’t been doing so well lately. When both DVDs and cash are losing popularity, what should a company with a business model that depends on people using both do? The company’s new owner, Apollo Global Management, will help it to figure that out without the pressure of worrying about the stock price. [More]