Judge Scolds FTC For Maybe Telling Amazon Exec What To Say In Staples-Office Depot Hearing

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Is Amazon a valid competitor to Staples and Office Depot for the business of corporate office supply customers? In a hearing in the federal lawsuit that the Federal Trade Commission has filed against the two retailers, the government argues that it isn’t yet, and the two stores argue that it is, or soon will be. Yesterday, an attorney for Staples accused the FTC of telling an Amazon executive what to say in his testimony about his company’s plans for office supply domination, earning criticism from the judge. [More]

Twitter user @uscgmitch sent us these images of his Quesalupa back in Feb. 2015.

Taco Bell Taking Pre-Orders For “Surprise” Super Bowl Item That’s Probably A Quesalupa

With less than a week left before the Super Bowl, Taco Bell is once again teasing fast food lovers about its forthcoming “mysterious” new menu item — which will most likely be the year-old “Quesalupa,” or as Conan O’Brein eloquently nicknamed it, the “case of lupus” — offering customers the option to pre-order the meal online before its big debut on Sunday.  [More]

Taco Bell Teases New Menu Item By Not Providing Any Details On It

Taco Bell Teases New Menu Item By Not Providing Any Details On It

What’s the best way to get people trying to guess your secret? By telling them you’ve got a secret and leaving the rest to their imagination. That seems to be the tactic for Taco Bell’s latest plan to drum up hype for a new menu item.
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Google Mocks Opacity Of National Security Requests While Feds Try To Hide Court Action From Public

In a transparency report from last year, Google thumbed its nose at the federal laws that limit what can be said about national security requests.

For quite some time, Google and other Internet biggies have argued that they should be able to reveal relatively detailed data to the public about user-information requests from federal law enforcement agencies, and specifically those that fall under that black umbrella of national security. In its latest transparency report, Google uses a visual to show its distaste for this opacity. Meanwhile, the federal government is attempting to argue its case for the lack of transparency behind doors closed so tight that even the others involved in the request won’t be privy to what’s said. [More]

Dell Redacts Prices And Dates From Sales Chat Transcripts, Rendering Them Pointless

Dell Redacts Prices And Dates From Sales Chat Transcripts, Rendering Them Pointless

Usually, it’s our job here at The Consumerist to do the redacting, removing employee and location names in order to prevent Internet mob harassment, among other reasons. But now Dell has gone ahead and pre-redacted chat transcripts when customers try to save them, erasing the evidence of price quotes and sale dates that they’ve discussed with potential customers. That’s what happened to Julie when she tried to discuss a financing offer over chat.

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