Daniel Oines

Lawsuit Claims Ford Trucks With Alleged Door Latch Defect Are Not “Ford Tough”

For the better part of three years Ford has endured federal investigations and rather large recalls related to its ongoing saga of doors that just won’t stay shut. While those issues centered on the carmaker’s smaller models, a recently filed lawsuit claims the company’s trucks also contain a door latch defect that contradicts the company’s “Ford Tough” mantra. [More]

Recall: 21,220 Pounds Of Supreme Pizza Sold At Walmart For Potential Listeria

Recall: 21,220 Pounds Of Supreme Pizza Sold At Walmart For Potential Listeria

Did you recently pick up an extra large supreme frozen pizza at Walmart, and stash it in your freezer? Did you pick one up in the last few weeks for your family pizza night? If so, you’ll want to check your freezer or monitor your family members for illness: Those pizzas may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. [More]

Windows Vista Still Exists, But Will No Longer Have Microsoft Support April 11

Windows Vista Still Exists, But Will No Longer Have Microsoft Support April 11

Are you out there, Windows Vista users? If so, prepare yourself for the end: Microsoft will be pulling support for the operating system on April 11, sending it to wherever poorly received software goes when it dies. [More]

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Chinese Show Accuses Nike Of False Advertising

A so-called Chinese “name-and-shame” consumer protection show called out Nike this week, accusing the company of making false claims about its basketball shoes. [More]

Netflix May Edit Its Content Specifically For Mobile Users

Netflix May Edit Its Content Specifically For Mobile Users

In order to stand out in the crowded field of on-demand streaming services, media companies know the more places they can get eyeballs on their content, the more successful they’ll be. And because viewers are often on the go, Netflix says it’s considering making separate cuts of its original programming optimized for watching on mobile devices. [More]

DirecTV Admits Errors In Regional Sports Fees; Will Issue Credits To Affected Customers

DirecTV Admits Errors In Regional Sports Fees; Will Issue Credits To Affected Customers

We recently pointed out that DirecTV is assessing its “Regional Sports Fee” — the surcharge for carrying local sports channels in a particular area — unevenly, meaning you could be paying as much as $87/year more than your friend around the corner for the exact same TV package. At the time, DirecTV could not offer a reasonable explanation for this disparity, but the company is now apologizing and saying it will credit the bills of affected customers. [More]

Kevin Gagel

States Will Go To Court To Stop EPA Rollback Of Fuel-Efficiency Standards

President Trump has made it known that his administration intends to oblige the auto industry’s request to roll-back longterm standards for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency in most new vehicles. However, some states say they will go to court to fight carmakers’ attempts to undo these guidelines. [More]

Alan Levine

Reminder: You Can Still Cut Your 2016 Taxes By Making IRA Contributions

Looking for a way to cut your tax bill or boost your refund before you file? Don’t forget that contributions that you make to your retirement accounts between Jan. 1 and April 16 of this year can count toward either your 2016 or 2017 tax return. [More]

Passenger’s Headphones Explode During Flight

Passenger’s Headphones Explode During Flight

Many travelers enjoy getting a little shut-eye on their trip. While most are awoken by the sound of fellow passengers or small bout of turbulence, a woman traveling from China to Australia woke to the sound of an explosion: her headphones. [More]

Beloved Indie Clothing Retailer ModCloth To Become Part Of…Walmart?

Beloved Indie Clothing Retailer ModCloth To Become Part Of…Walmart?

Many startups dream of being acquired by a deep-pocketed benefactor, but sometimes the brand reputations of the startup and of the new parent company don’t quite match up. For example, what does the quirky online retailer ModCloth have in common with Walmart? According to news reports, what they have in common is that Walmart subsidiary Jet has purchased ModCloth. [More]

Amazon Prime Expanding Beer, Wine Delivery Service

Amazon Prime Expanding Beer, Wine Delivery Service

Hate putting on real pants to go buy beer or wine? Some Ohio residents will have another option now that Amazon is expanding its Prime Now beer and wine delivery to customers in certain cities. [More]

Great Beyond

12 Indicted In Massive Organized Retail Theft Ring That Spanned 28 States, 20 Years

When someone mentions the takedown of an organized crime ring, the first thing to come to mind is probably something along the lines of The Sopranos. But in New York today, the Attorney General’s office announced the indictment of 12 organized crime members accused of stealing over $12 million in high-end electronics and ink cartridges from national retailers in 28 states. [More]

ABC 10

McDonald’s Worker Jumps Through Drive-Thru Window To Help Unconscious Cop

We’ve heard stories of things that are not food unexpectedly going through a fast food restaurant’s drive-thru window — alligators and sacks full of money, for example — but in Florida this week, it was a human being jumping through the opening in an attempt to help an unconscious off-duty police officer. [More]

Company Says It Can Grow Real Chicken Meat In A Lab. Would You Eat It?

Company Says It Can Grow Real Chicken Meat In A Lab. Would You Eat It?

If chicken is on the menu for tonight’s dinner, you probably know it came from an actual chicken. But in the future, that piece of meat might have been grown in a lab. [More]

Monsanto May Have Ghostwritten Parts Of Reports Concluding That Roundup Is Safe

Mike Mozart

Glyphosate, the main chemical in the weed-killer Roundup, is one of the most popular herbicides on the planet, but newly unsealed court documents suggest that Roundup’s manufacturer, Monsanto, may have written at least some of an academic research paper used to demonstrate glyphosate’s safety. [More]

Grocery Shrink Ray Strikes Cascade Complete Pods, Febreze Air Effects

Grocery Shrink Ray Strikes Cascade Complete Pods, Febreze Air Effects

When companies slightly reduce the size of a product instead of raising the price, that’s called the Grocery Shrink Ray. It’s often deployed at the same time as a packaging redesign to make the shrinkage harder to notice. Two brands from Procter & Gamble, Febreze and Cascade, have done this with their products recently, and our observant readers noticed. [More]

Yahoo

DOJ: Russian Intelligence Officers Hired Hackers To Attack Yahoo’s Network

Back in September, Yahoo confirmed a massive data breach that affected at least 500 million users that dated back to 2014. At the time, the company said it suspected a “state-sponsored” actor did it. The U.S. Justice Department has now brought charges against two Russian intelligence agents, as well as two accused co-conspirators, in connection to the hack attack. [More]

Consumer Reports

3 Carbon Monoxide Alarms Named ‘Don’t Buy: Safety Risk’ By Consumer Reports

In Consumer Reports’ most recent tests of carbon monoxide alarms, three similar-looking off-brand alarms failed critical performance tests and have been rated Don’t Buy: Safety Risk. [More]