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Pabst Blue Ribbon Remains American, Wasn’t Actually Purchased By Russian Brewing Company

Back in September it was widely reported that Pabst Blue Ribbon would become a little less American after its parent company was purchased by a Russian beverage company. Only that was never actually the case. The New York Times DealBook reports that despite a press release announcing the deal, Russian brewer Oasis never had any part in buying Pabst Brewing … [More]

Computer Engineer Barbie Needs Men To Write Code, Can’t Reboot Computer

It’s taken the media at large many months to catch on, but Amazon reviewers have been up in arms over a book from Mattel’s “I Can Be” Barbie series, I Can Be A Computer Engineer (Mattel created a Computer Engineer Barbie in 2010 as well) for months now. Why? Because Barbie doesn’t seem to actually do anything a computer engineer … [More]

Terrible People Create Fake Amazon Pages, Convince Walmart To Price-Match Them

It seemed like a great victory for consumers when Walmart announced that it would price-match select online retailers, including However, because we’re not evil, we didn’t foresee how some people would misuse the price-matching...Show More Summary

NYC Officials Decide It’s Finally Time To Shame People For Sitting With Their Legs Spread Apart On The Subway

The last time I checked, the average person is not six feet wide, and thus doesn’t need anywhere near that amount of room to sit on any given surface. And yet, there are those who have been ticking off their fellow riders since the dawn of time by having the audacity to spread their legs as far to the side … [More]

If You Didn’t Change The Default Password On Your Security Camera, Someone’s Probably Watching It Stream

Remote access has been a boon to many industries. Home security cameras, for example: not only can you keep an eye on your property in case anything bad happens, but you can do it in real-time, instead of reviewing footage after the fact. But cameras protecting the security of your home may in fact need a serious security helper of … [More]

Office Depot Will Open For 3 Hours On Thanksgiving Day

In another blow for that holiday that we used to call “Thanksgiving,” the newly merged Office Depot and OfficeMax will open for a few hours on Thanksgiving Day, delivering doorbusters to the masses from 6 PM to 9 PM, then closing again until 12:01 AM on Friday. By opening their doors at 6, the office store (which we cannot stop … [More]

Pizza Hut Is Selling A Giant Pizza-Sized Quesadilla In New Zealand

For a while now, Pizza Hut has reserved many of its wackier pizza creations for the chain’s international outposts. Earlier this week, we learned that some of those more interesting flavors have been brought stateside, and one of our colleagues even got to try them. We can’t imagine the Hut bringing their new product line in New Zealand stateside, … [More]

Why You Shouldn’t Get A Reverse Mortgage Just Because Fred Thompson Tells You To

Turn on the TV and you’re just about guaranteed to come face-to-face with a celebrity or public figure selling a product or service. While those spokespeople may carry an air of respect and trust with consumers, what happens when the product they so happily lent their voice to turns out to have devastating affects on the consumer? Not much really, … [More]

Wells Fargo to Sell $8.5B In Government-Backed Student Loans to Navient

Earlier this year, Wells Fargo announced plans to get out of the payday loan-like business of direct deposit advances. Now it looks like the banking giant is getting ready to shed another aspect of its business: government-guaranteed student loans. The Wall Street Journal reports that Wells Fargo struck a deal to sell $8.5 billion of loans to the loan management … [More]

Lost Truck Driver Lands Big Rig On Public Park’s Footbridge, Blames GPS

There’s using technology to help you figure out where you’re going, and then there’s leaning so heavily on your device that you fail to observe the wrongness of those directions even as you’re blindly following them. Where you’ll end up is anyone’s guess, as one truck driver proved by landing his semi in a public park where it definitely was … [More]

Starbucks Runs BOGO Holiday Drink Promo, Forgets To Specify ‘Holiday’ Drinks On Flyer

Reader Dave says that he’s a regular at his local Starbucks, and last week when he stopped by, the employees handed him a flyer. It promoted some special events this week surrounding the release of the chain’s holiday gift items and themed beverage items. Part of that is a buy one, get one free deal for holiday beverages every afternoon … [More]

Here Is The Most Misleading Video You’re Likely To See About Net Neutrality

While the President’s decision to come out in favor of net neutrality has helped to bring the topic to the forefront, it’s also had the unfortunate consequence of politicizing an issue that has absolutely nothing to do with party lines. Show More Summary

An Offer You Can’t Refuse: ‘The Godfather’ Mansion Is On Sale For $2.9M

Just try getting The Godfather theme out of your head now, guys, because it’s completely stuck in mine. Oh, sorry, did I just plant that seed in there? Well while you’re humming along anyway, consider buying a piece of Corleone family history: If you’ve got $2.89 million to spare and an itch to own in Staten Island, the house that … [More]

Amazon, Hachette Reach Multiyear Deal To End Months-Long Feud Over E-Book Pricing

The months-long standoff between Amazon and book publisher Hachette appears to have reached a ceasefire with the groups signing a multiyear contract. The New York Times reports that the companies resolved their differences, bringingShow More Summary

Sony’s Streaming TV Service Will Offer 75 Channels, Start Testing This Month, But For How Much?

Sony has finally provided some concrete details on its much anticipated streaming TV service, including a name, an expected launch window, and some info about its channel lineup, but the company still isn’t saying how much it’s going to charge. The company has confirmed that the service, called PlayStation Vue, will launch as an invite-only beta test later this month … [More]

Food Bank Gets Butterball Windfall After Truck Carrying 25K Pounds Of Frozen Turkeys Overturns

As my Great Uncle Aloysius always used to say, one wholesale distributor’s loss is a food bank’s gain: After a semi-truck carrying somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 pounds of frozen Butterball turkeys overturned on a California highway,...Show More Summary

SUV Drives Into Closing Sears Store, Injures No One

When a driver lost control of her Lexus SUV in the parking lot of a mall in Solon, Ohio yesterday afternoon, the story could have had a tragic ending. Instead, only the driver sustained minor injuries. While there was property damage to the shopping center, the car ended up inside a Sears Grand department store…one that is scheduled to close … [More]

Hasbro Looking To Buy DreamWorks Animation Because There Aren’t Enough Toy Movies

For decades, Hasbro products — Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Jem & the Holograms — have been the subject of TV shows and movies, but now the toy company is reportedly looking to go even bigger with the possible acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. According to the Wall Street Journal, it seems like an inevitability for both companies, as … [More]

The East Coast Will Not Be Outdone By The West; NYC Is Getting A Cat Cafe, Too

Put away the boxes and unpack your suitcase, East Coast folks — you no longer have to move to Oakland in order to live closer to a cat café. All coasts striving to be equal, New York City is stepping up for the eastern folk and will soon get its first cat/coffeehouse combo. Not a cathouse, to be clear.… [More]

Barbie Girl Scout, Cartoon Network App, Mini Mall Lead This Year’s List Of Worst Toys

Like it or not, holiday shopping season is upon us. That means it’s time for sales, decorations, crowds, stress, and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s annual list of the year’s worst toys. Once again, the CCFC has unveiled its list of nominees for its TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award — a play on the Toy … [More]

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