DJHeini

Amazon Steps Up Effort To Rid Site Of Counterfeit Products

Amazon has previously said it would escalate its war on counterfeit merchandise this year, but now the online retail giant is providing more details on how it plans to accomplish that feat.  [More]

JeepersMedia

Some Costco Shoppers Can Now Get Groceries Delivered

To some Costco customers, part of the experience of being a member of the warehouse club is going to the store, filling your huge cart up with everything from slabs of steak to blue jeans (and maybe nibbling on some free samples). But surely some shoppers just want the Costco products without having to actually go to Costco. [More]

Phillip Pessar

Bebe Reportedly Closing Stores, Going Online Only

Women’s apparel chain bebe is reportedly the latest retailer leaving the mall behind. But instead of completely closing shop like The Limited and WetSeal, the company plans to take its business online only.  [More]

DoorFrame

Here Are The Changes Made To The Obamacare Replacement Plan Since Last Week

As you’ve probably noticed, there is is a lot going on down in D.C. right now. Amid all the confirmation hearings, investigative hearings, and press events about hearings, the House of Representatives is preparing to vote on the recently unveiled replacement to the Affordable Care Act. However, the bill they consider later this week will be slightly different from what was first released. [More]

These RadioShack Items Were Actually Cheaper Before They Went On ‘Clearance’ Sale

These RadioShack Items Were Actually Cheaper Before They Went On ‘Clearance’ Sale

We recently heard from RadioShack staffers that the retailer raised “original” or list prices on hundreds of items shortly before the Shack’s March 8 bankruptcy filing, presumably to give the appearance that the subsequent “clearance” sale offered deeper discounts than if the base price hadn’t changed. However, we can now see that some of the items on RadioShack’s website are now selling for more than they were only weeks before the store went bankrupt. [More]

Jeepers Media

Several Microsoft Services — Including Xbox Live, Outlook — Suffering Outages

Consumers looking to use Microsoft’s Xbox Live, Outlook, and other services are likely having a difficult time this afternoon, as the company is currently suffering an outage. [More]

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Some EpiPen Injectors Recalled, But Not In The U.S.

Four batches of EpiPen auto-injectors have been recalled by the manufacturer over concerns that the devices may fail to work when needed. However, Mylan — the company behind the emergency allergy treatment — tells Consumerist that the potentially defective injectors were not distributed in the U.S. [More]

(Adam Fagen)

Hackers Say They Will Wipe iPhones Unless Apple Pays Ransom

Hundreds of millions of iPhone owners may be up a creek next month, at least according to a hacker group that claims to have unprecedented access to the devices and is threatening to remotely wipe them clean if Apple doesn’t pay up. [More]

Yuengling Tries To Tempt Harry Potter Fans With Butterbeer-Flavored Ice Cream

Yuengling Tries To Tempt Harry Potter Fans With Butterbeer-Flavored Ice Cream

Who wants to take a trip to Universal Studios to drink Harry Potter’s favorite beverage when they could eat it anywhere? That’s now an option: Yuengling’s Ice Cream has launched a Butterbeer flavor.  [More]

Judge Says Google Must Do More To Disclose That It Intercepts, Scans Emails From Non-Gmail Users

Judge Says Google Must Do More To Disclose That It Intercepts, Scans Emails From Non-Gmail Users

Google recently tried to settle a class-action lawsuit with non-Gmail users who sued because their emails to Gmail users were being intercepted and scanned for the purposes of providing targeted advertising to the recipient. However, that settlement has been rejected by the judge in the case, who says it doesn’t go far enough in requiring proper disclosures from Google about this invasive practice. [More]

Pranksters Ride Through Walmart Aisles On Horseback

Pranksters Ride Through Walmart Aisles On Horseback

The brilliant, absurd Walmart.horse might be gone, but its spirit lives on in the form of some Texas men who decided it was  good day for a horse ride through their local Walmart. [More]

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DHS Bans Laptops, Other Electronic Devices From Airplane Cabins For Flights From 10 Airports

If you’re doing any travel to or from the Middle East, northern Africa, or Turkey in the coming months, you may not be able to work or watch videos on your laptop or tablet. A new Department of Homeland Security rule bans all electronic devices “larger than a smartphone” from the cabins of all flights coming to the U.S. from ten international airports. [More]

Target Revamps Stores For Customers Looking For Convenience And To Stay Awhile

Target Revamps Stores For Customers Looking For Convenience And To Stay Awhile

Every year, retailers test concepts in their stores in order to meet consumers’ changing shopping habits: from using scan n’ go, no check out lines, or toying with the idea of no shopping carts. Target’s latest version of this revamp will focus on catering to customers who are in a rush and those who want to just get away for a bit.  [More]

Mike Mozart

Florida’s Definition Of Skim Milk As “Imitation Milk Product” Ruled Unconstitutional

The long-running legal battle over Florida’s definition of “skim milk” may have finally come to an end today, with a federal appeals court ruling that it’s unconstitutional for the state to require that unfortified skim milk be labeled “imitation milk product.” [More]

Mike Mozart

Why Isn’t It Easier To File Your Tax Return For Free? Thank TurboTax, H&R Block

For most people, the IRS now has all the information it needs to estimate how much you owe in taxes, or how much of a refund you are due. So why is the burden on you to tell the federal government this same information? It may have something to do with the millions of dollars that H&R Block, Intuit (maker of TurboTax), and others have spent lobbying to maintain their exclusive arrangement with the IRS. [More]

Akira Ohgaki

Report Claims Amazon’s List Prices Mislead Shoppers About Discounts

One aspect of shopping on Amazon is that the online retail giant appears to offer significant discounts on many of the items it sells. However, a new report alleges that these markdowns not as generous as they appear, and that many of them are effectively nonexistent.  [More]

Costco, Titleist Go To War Over Golf Balls

Costco, Titleist Go To War Over Golf Balls

It’s no secret that golfers like Costco’s new, relatively affordable golf balls, but the folks at Titleist — whose balls sell for several times what Costco charges — have informally accused the warehouse retailer of both patent infringement and false advertising. [More]