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Here’s A Letter Verizon Wireless Sent To A User Of ‘Extraordinary Amounts’ Of Data

Verizon Wireless brought back nominally unlimited mobile data by letting users have access just fast enough to check e-mail and make text posts to Facebook once they’re run through their data allotment, but what the company really wants is to get customers who still have unlimited data off their network for good. They’re starting with friendly letters to heavy users. [More]

Amazon Adds Kickstarter Products To Launchpad Store

Amazon Adds Kickstarter Products To Launchpad Store

A year after wading into the world of startups by partnering with more than 25 crowd-funding platforms and venture capital firms to offer up-and-coming sellers a place to showcase their unique products, Amazon announced today that it has finally partnered with the most prominent name in the crowd-funding arena, Kickstarter, to bring more than 300 products to the masses.  [More]

Zagat Dumps 30-Point Ratings For Simplified Five-Star Designations

Zagat Dumps 30-Point Ratings For Simplified Five-Star Designations

It’s out with the old and in with the new for dining guide Zagat, as the company relaunched its brand this week with a new app and rating system.  [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

Meijer Recalls Fresh Salads, Sandwiches Over Possible Salmonella Contamination

If you recently stocked your fridge with fresh salads and sandwiches from Meijer in hopes of grabbing an easy lunch, you might want to find other plans — unless you want a side of Salmonella.  [More]

Yelp Explains Why It’s Flagging “Questionable Legal Threats” In Reviews

Yelp Explains Why It’s Flagging “Questionable Legal Threats” In Reviews

A couple months ago, while writing an update to the ongoing saga of the Texas couple being sued for writing a negative Yelp review about their petsitter, we noticed that Yelp had flagged the petsitter’s page with an alert that this particular review was being challenged in court. Now the company is going a step further, flagging reviews that have led to “Questionable Legal Threats.” [More]

Heath Alseike

Still No Sponsor To Replace Sports Authority On Mile High Stadium

Another deadline has come and gone, and yet no one has bid on the naming rights for the field where the Denver Broncos play. They previously belonged to the now-bankrupt retailer Sports Authority, and the company put the opportunity up for sale as part of its intellectual property auction. Auctioneer Hilco Streambank has extended the deadline twice now, but no bidder has made their interest public yet. [More]

Will

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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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]

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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]

thekirbster

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]

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Starbucks Employees Can Now Match Green Hair To Their Green Aprons

Nearly two years after Starbucks allowed employees to get a bit more graphic behind the counter — showing some visible tattoos for the first time — the coffee giant is once again revamping its dress code, this time allowing baristas to wear more color — even if that happens to be in their hair.  [More]

Wells & Grace

Pumpkin Spice Lindor Truffles Are Coming To Stores, And You Can’t Stop Them

Did you think that because it’s the peak of summer that you were safe from pumpkin spice mania? No, of course not: that’s when food companies announce their new pumpkin spice food-like objects, before they hit stores in August and September. Thanks to Consumerist’s diligent coverage of how pumpkin spice everything is taking over the American food supply, we now get press releases about new products. [More]

HerArt She Loves

FCC To Phone Companies: Offer Free Robocall Blockers To Customers

Even though the Federal Communications Commission has repeatedly said that wireless and landline phone providers are allowed to offer robocall-blocking services to their customers, some carriers have continued to incorrectly insist — and provide misinformation to consumers — that they simply don’t have the authority to deploy this technology. In an effort to make things clear once and for all, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has sent letters to these companies that there are no regulatory roadblocks stopping them from helping their customers stop annoying — often illegal — automated and prerecorded robocalls. [More]

Redbox Officially Wading Back Into Streaming Service With Tests Of “Redbox Digital”

Redbox Officially Wading Back Into Streaming Service With Tests Of “Redbox Digital”

Second times the charm? That appears to be the mantra for Redbox. Two years after it officially declared Redbox Instant dead, the DVD rental business is getting back into the streaming service arena by testing a previously rumored new version of the product.  [More]

7 “Health” Products From The Past That Would Never Make It Onto Shelves Today

7 “Health” Products From The Past That Would Never Make It Onto Shelves Today

If someone walked up to you today and suggested you drink radioactive water to reinvigorate your body, or offered you a cigarette to ease your asthma symptoms, you’d probably walk away quickly, in the hope that such craziness isn’t contagious. Yet not that long ago, these and other questionable “health” products were openly marketed to the public as great ideas. [More]

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds

Red and Jonny

Here are six of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness. [More]

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Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Controversial Copyright Law Provisions

For nearly two decades, provisions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act have made it illegal in many cases for people to circumvent copyright protections on things like CDs, DVDs, e-books, and MP3s, even when the intended use of this data may be protected by law. A new lawsuit filed today by the Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that these aspects of the DMCA don’t stand up to legal scrutiny. [More]