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Tom Raftery

Twitter Puts Timeline On Curbing Hateful Abuse; For Real This Time. No, Seriously

Ever since it gave birth to its first anonymous, hateful egg, Twitter has been promising to do something to repair its reputation as a verbal battle royale of vitriolic threats and malicious dog-piling. After a decade of half-steps (and steps back, in some cases), Twitter has now given an actual timeline for when it will implement what it hopes are policy changes that will result in a less menacing social media platform — but can Twitter actually stuff its nasty genie back in the bottle? [More]

Interim Best Buy CEO Admits Company Isn't The Greatest At Shilling Electronics Anymore

Interim Best Buy CEO Admits Company Isn't The Greatest At Shilling Electronics Anymore

Best Buy hasn’t been enjoying much success lately: Its CEO departed amidst allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female employee, prompting the exit of Chairman Richard Schulze for not handling that situation well. And oh yeah, it’s not selling as much stuff as it used to. Interim Chief Executive Mike Mikan isn’t parsing any words on that front.

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Did You Know Doctors Are Prescribing Non-FDA-Approved Drugs? They Didn't Either.

Did You Know Doctors Are Prescribing Non-FDA-Approved Drugs? They Didn't Either.

Awhile back the FDA cracked down on OTC cold medicines that were potentially harmful to children under 2. As part of that effort, the agency has now “ordered the removal from the market of more than 500 prescription drugs used to treat colds, coughs and allergies because the medications had never gone through a federal review of their safety and effectiveness,” says the NYT Prescriptions Blog.

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AT&T Says Fraud. Consumerist Says O RLY?

AT&T Says Fraud. Consumerist Says O RLY?

Update: New York customers are now able to order iPhones via AT&T’s Web site. It would appear that the company has once more modified its “promotions and distribution channels.” We’ve requested a statement from AT&T, and will update this post if and when we receive it.

AT&T online customer service reps have apparently changed their tune since we first reported yesterday that they were telling potential iPhone buyers that New York “is not ready for the iPhone.” The current line: “Due to increased fraudulent activity, the Apple iPhone may not be available to purchase online in certain ZIP codes.” There’s just one problem: It seems pretty unlikely.