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Archived Since:March 6, 2008

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Kingpin Of IRS Scam That Made $225K/Day Arrested In India

Police in India say they’ve arrested the suspected kingpin behind a scammy call center operation that raked in $225,000 per day by pretending they were agents for the Internal Revenue Service. Last fall, authorities arrested hundreds of call center employees in the Mumbai suburb of Thane for their alleged involvement in these scam calls, but the 24-year-old head of the …

To Compete With Your Living Room, AMC Will Offer Full Meals At 400 Theaters

Theaters know that you can stay home and watch movies on your huge 4K TV from the comfort of your couch while eating whatever you want. To entice moviegoers to pay top-dollar to get this same experience, just surrounded by a few hundred other people, AMC is revamping hundreds of theaters to serve full-fledged meals. AMC announced Tuesday that in …

Police Using GPS ‘Darts’ To Track Suspects, Prevent Dangerous High-Speed Chases

It sounds like something straight out of a movie: A suspect’s vehicle blows past a police car, tires screeching as it speeds away. But instead of hitting the gas and starting a high-speed chase that could endanger everyone involved — including innocent bystanders — police in one Colorado city can now fire GPS tracking “darts” at fleeing vehicles. The Arvada …

LeEco And Vizio Call Off Acquisition, Blame “Regulatory Headwinds”

Last year, the Chinese electronics company LeEco announced plans to acquire the popular television brand Vizio for around $2 billion. Today, the two companies said they’re calling the merger off, blaming “regulatory headwinds.??? What...Show More Summary

FCC Scraps Plan To Even Think About Lifting In-Flight Phone Ban

While you can now use WiFi to check your email, play games, go online, or watch a movie on a plane, you generally still can’t use it to make a phone call. The FCC is making sure this no-phone refuge remains, by ditching its long-in-the-works plan to lift its ban on in-flight cellphone calls. Way back in 2013, the FCC …

More Details Revealed About Comcast’s Planned Streaming Service

Bit by bit we’re beginning to build an idea of what Comcast’s “it-will-launch-someday” streaming service will look like when that day comes. And no surprise here, the over-the-top option — rumored to be called Xfinity Instant...Show More Summary

Starbucks Testing Lunch In Chicago This Week

Starbucks may have missed out on gobbling up Panera, but that doesn’t mean the company is ditching lunch. Instead, the coffee chain will begin tests of a specific lunch menu in Chicago this week.  USA Today reports that starting Tuesday 100 Starbucks locations in Chicago will start testing a lunch menu for patrons looking for more sustenance than a …

Feds Go After Stock-Picking Writers That Were Secretly Paid To Hype Up Investments

The internet is not lacking in prognosticators telling you which stocks you should or shouldn’t buy. If any of these folks are being compensated — even indirectly — to promote an investment, then they are breaking the law. Today,...Show More Summary

Internet Redefines “Re-Accommodate” For United Airlines

Amid the uproar over videos that show a United Airlines passenger being forcibly pulled from his seat and dragged off a flight that was overbooked, the carrier’s CEO Oscar Munoz issued a statement apologizing for ” having to re-accommodate” customers on the flight. The internet has, of course, redefined that word for the airline many times over. Minutes after Munoz’s …

Major Whole Foods’ Shareholder Wants Company To Consider Selling Itself

What is the point of Whole Foods when you can buy gluten-free pie crust, organic sweet corn, and quinoa in most regular grocery stores? Whole Foods doesn’t seem to know, and neither do the people who used to shop there, which is why a major shareholder of the supermarket chain wants Whole Foods to clean itself up and see whether …

Starbucks Will Start Offering Stevia Product Along With Other Sweeteners

Starbucks customers will now have another option to add a little something sweet to their beverages, as the chain announced today it’s adding a calorie-free stevia product to its lineup of sweeteners for the first time. Starting today, Whole Earth Sweetener Company’s Nature Sweet packets will be served at nearly all Starbucks locations in the U.S. and Canada, the company …

Americans Don’t Want Priuses Because They Forgot That Gas Prices Can Change

Last year, we noted that low gas prices seem to be giving American car-buyers memory loss, as consumer preferences steered over to SUVs and trucks rather than the hybrid and compact cars that were popular a few years ago when gas prices topped $4 per gallon. Now it’s causing actual problems for Toyota, maker of what were the most popular …

Paramedic Claims His Samsung Galaxy S6 Exploded While Charging

While the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is making headlines after reports of explosions and fires, owners of some earlier generation Galaxy devices say they’ve had similar experiences — like the Massachusetts paramedic who claims that his S6 Active exploded while it was plugged in.  On Saturday, the Winthrop, MA, ambulance service where the paramedic works posted a warning …

Revised FCC Set-Top Box Proposal Inches Closer To Reality

Early this year, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler put forth a proposal: how about doing away with those set-top boxes you’re required to rent, for lots of money, in order to watch pay-TV? After all, it’s 2016, surely we can do better? Naturally, the suggestion became an instant political football. But after seven months of working it out, the rumor mill …

Is Cauliflower Now The Trendiest Vegetable In The Produce Aisle?

When you think of the most popular vegetables in the produce aisle these days, maybe kale comes to mind, or swiss chard, or whatever the hipsters next door are currently obsessed with. But there’s a new contender for cool vegetable these days, and Green Giant is hoping it’s trendy enough to help turn around flagging sales. Green Giant is hoping …

Lawyer: Employers Should Take Away Workers’ Right To Sue; Arbitrators “Know Where Their Bread & Butter Comes From”

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is currently working on rules to stop banks, credit card issuers, and others from forcing customers to sign away their right to a jury trial. Opponents claim that this change will only benefit trial lawyers, but some candid advice from one lawyer shows exactly why these protections are needed — and who really …

Google’s New “Shop The Look” Lets You Buy Clothes, Furniture From Image Search Results

A number of fashion and celebrity gossip sites have long tinkered with “get the look” features that try to turn paparazzi pics into e-commerce gold, and now Google has introduced a “Shop the Look” program for mobile that aims to put a price tag on the clothes and furnishings you see in your search results. Google announced the new endeavor …

Now That ITT Tech Is Closed, What Options Do Students Have?

Nearly 40,000 students have been left in educational limbo following the sudden closure of all 130 ITT Tech campuses. What options are available to these stranded students who have invested their time and money in a shuttered school? In response to the ITT closures, the Department of Education released a new rundown of options for now-former ITT students, along with …

Golden Corral Taking Over At Least 8 Former Old Country, HomeTown, And Ryan’s Buffets

Fans of all-you-can-eat classic American food may have a tentative reason to rejoice: Golden Corral will be taking over empty restaurants that were closed, sometimes abruptly, by the company that operates buffet brands Old Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Fire Mountain, and Ryan’s. Show More Summary

City’s Health Board Says Man Can Keep Decorative Portable Toilets On His Property

Your neighbors might not like it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plunk a few brightly-colored, non-working portable toilets on your property, at least in one Massachusetts town. Williamsburg, MA’s health board decided in favor...Show More Summary

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