Mike Mozart

Customers: CVS Takeover Erased Everything Good About Target Pharmacies

One of the reasons that Target gave for its poor performance during a recent earnings call was that stores may have lost some foot traffic because of “some disruptions” when the discount store sold its pharmacy business to CVS. We wondered what that meant, and asked if readers had experienced those “disruptions.” They had, but the bigger problem is something that Target’s executives may not have realized: people filled prescriptions there because they liked things that Target did differently. [More]

McDonald’s Officially Recalls 29 Million Happy Meal Fitness Trackers Over Concerns About Rashes, Burns

McDonald’s Officially Recalls 29 Million Happy Meal Fitness Trackers Over Concerns About Rashes, Burns

Nearly a week after pulling them from Happy Meal packages — and subsequently erasing all trace of their existence from stores — McDonald’s has issued a formal recall of all 29 million Step-It fitness trackers over reports of skin irritation and burns. [More]

Citigroup And AT&T End Legal Feud Over Concept Of Thankfulness

Citigroup And AT&T End Legal Feud Over Concept Of Thankfulness

Wanting to thank and reward customers isn’t a new concept, but Citi and AT&T have spent the last few months in a legal feud over the idea of thankfulness. They’ve decided to end the legal feud, though, after a federal judge ruled that AT&T didn’t have to stop using the term for its rewards program while the two sides battled in court. [More]

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Booze Industry Pushes Back Against Policy Changes For Moderate Drinking

It’s long been believed that the occasional drink doesn’t do any real harm to most folks’ health, and may in fact provide some benefits. However, as health officials increasingly question the validity of that belief, the industry that stands to lose the most is fighting back with its own research and lobbying dollars.  [More]

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North Korea’s Parents Now Have A Streaming Video Service To Distract Their Kids With

Although North Korea is often regarded as one of the least connected countries in the world, those who do have access to the state-run version of the internet will have a few more things to watch — and a few more things to distract their kids with. [More]

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Ad Self-Regulation Body Refers Sprint’s ‘50% Off’ Campaign To FCC

It’s really hard to get complex ideas across during a 30-second television commercial. However, the National Adverting Division, which investigates ad claims for the industry’s self-regulation body, says that Sprint still isn’t really getting across the subtleties of its promotions for new customers switching from other carriers, and has referred the ads to the Federal Communications Commission. [More]

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Kobe Bryant Launching $100M Venture-Capital Fund With Investor Pal

Newly retired NBA player Kobe Bryant is moving from scoring baskets to scoring deals with his new career title: venture capitalist. [More]

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Wells Fargo Must Pay $4M Over Allegedly Illegal Student Loan Servicing

For the last 10 months, it’s been one of the banking industry’s worst-kept secrets that Wells Fargo’s student loan servicing business was being investigated by federal regulators. Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau confirmed these rumors and ordered Wells to pay more than $4 million in refunds and penalties over allegedly illegal loan servicing practices that increased costs and unfairly penalized certain borrowers. [More]

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[Update] Sony’s Fall Plans: Two New PS4 Versions, Price Hike For PlayStation Plus

Ah, September: time for the kids to head back to school, the air to get a little crisper, and the tech companies to get all their stuff launched so folks can plan to get it before the many-months-long Holiday cycle hits in earnest. And reports say that Sony’s planning not just one but two new PlayStation models for store shelves this year as days shorten.

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Here’s How McDonald’s Is Removing All Traces Of Irritating Happy Meal Fitness Trackers

Here’s How McDonald’s Is Removing All Traces Of Irritating Happy Meal Fitness Trackers

In the space of just a few weeks, McDonald’s began stuffing kid-friendly fitness trackers in its Happy Meal boxes in Canada and the U.S. and then abruptly stopped offering the devices after receiving reports of skin irritation. Now, it appears the fast food giant wants to put the whole ordeal behind it, by scrubbing every trace the trackers existed from its stores, websites, and general environment. [More]

FDA Confirms Multi-State Recall Of Scallops Linked To Hepatitis A Outbreak In Hawaii

FDA Confirms Multi-State Recall Of Scallops Linked To Hepatitis A Outbreak In Hawaii

Problem scallops linked to a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii that’s prompted the shutdown of several sushi restaurants might not be limited just to that state, as federal officials have confirmed they’re recalling the products in two other states as well. [More]

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Food Scientists Working On Edible Alternative To Plastic Wrap

In the future, instead of throwing away plastic packaging and film covering our food, we might just eat it. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are working on a few alternatives to plastic wrap, including an edible film that’s also biodegradable. [More]

Costco Citi Card Users Receive Cancellation Notices, Are Very Confused

Costco Citi Card Users Receive Cancellation Notices, Are Very Confused

Costco, Citibank, Visa, and all of the companies’ customers had plenty of notice that the warehouse club’s store-branded credit card would be switching from American Express to a Citi Visa card. The transition didn’t go very smoothly for some members, but everyone assumed that the transition-related problems would be over by now. Nope. Some customers received cancellation notices at the end of last week, and are now very confused. [More]

Samsung Shutting Down “Milk” Streaming Music Service

Samsung Shutting Down “Milk” Streaming Music Service

Just two years after launching its own streaming music service, Samsung will shutter Milk Music next month.  [More]

Roger Schultz

Massachusetts Will Tax Uber & Lyft, Give Some Of The Money To Taxis

Uber or Lyft will soon be supporting their biggest rivals in the Old Bay State, thanks to a newly signed law regulating the ride-hailing industry. In all, Massachusetts will tack on a $.20/ride fee for these newer companies, with the revenue being divided up between the state, cities, and the taxi industry. [More]

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[UPDATE] Speedo, Ralph Lauren Ending Sponsorships Of Ryan Lochte After Scandal In Rio

UPDATE: Ralph Lauren has joined Speedo USA in announcing that it will no longer sponsor Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte. [More]

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Samsung Reportedly Preparing To Sell Refurbished Phones Starting Next Year

If you’re not willing to pay full price on a brand new phone but still want a premium device, you may have another option soon: a new report says Samsung has plans to launch a program offering refurbished versions of its phones as early as next year. [More]

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Facebook Opens Up A Little About The Very Many (Many Many) Ways It Targets You

Facebook is, primarily, an advertising business. It doesn’t just want you to grudgingly put up with its ads, and it certainly doesn’t want you to block them. No, it wants you to love its ads, to embrace its ads, and to beg to be targeted to selectively.

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