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HBO’s Scientology Expose Shows the Cult Is Much Crazier and More Ruthless Than You Might Imagine

5 minutes agoNews / Independent News : AlterNet

Director Alex Gibney lifts the lid on an international racket steeped in mystery. In America, salvation is big business, and he who dies with the most souls wins. Plenty of lives are wrecked along the way, but no matter. When consumer capitalism meets religious yearning, the sky’s the limit of what can you can get away with. Show More Summary

Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications: first submission from the Consumer Forum for Communications

TERMS OF REFERENCE OF OFCOM’S STRATEGIC REVIEW OF DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS - SUBMISSION BY THE CONSUMER FORUM FOR COMMUNICATIONS   WHO WE ARE The Consumer Forum for Communications (CFC) is a grouping of some 80 organisations and individuals representing consumers and citizens with an interest in communications. Show More Summary

Georgia Legislature Passes Landmark Solar Bill

Solar power never faced an outright ban in Georgia, but for consumers, the upfront costs made solar power installations unaffordable. Residents have been prohibited from signing contracts such as power purchase agreements (PPAs), which allow solar installers to cover those costs in return for selling electricity back to a local utility. Show More Summary

Philips: Lighting unit stake disposed

Philips agreed to sell a majority stake in its Lumileds lighting components unit to a group of investors as chief executive Frans van Houten focuses the Dutch company on the consumer healthcare market. ||| Philips yesterday agreed to...Show More Summary

UK: Morale of consumers high

British consumer morale rose to its highest level in more than 12 years this month, continuing an upward trend which economic polling company GfK said could boost Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes of re-election in the May 7 election. Show More Summary

Food roundup

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

If the law was symbolic, consumers were apparently unswayed by its symbolism: L.A. zoning ban on new freestanding fast-food restaurants had no effect on obesity [The Guardian, NPR, Baylen Linnekin, earlier] More on draft new federalShow More Summary

Lessons In Designing Great Enterprise Software

4 hours agoTechnology : TechCrunch

As people are bringing new expectations of a quality user experience into the workplace, delivering a consumer grade experience is becoming critical for all business software, and is increasingly a fundamental way for software makers to compete in the market. Show More Summary

Mortal Kombat X Challenge Towers will rotate in DLC characters

With Mortal Kombat X set to release next month, NetherRealm won't waste much time before starting its DLC releases. Of course, consumers are rightfully wary of Season Pass deals and may wonder whether the investment will be worthwhile. Show More Summary

Two issues for Corinthian Students: Private and Federal Student Loans

Students protesting their student loan repayment options may have something, at least when it comes to private student loans. If they go into default, they have less recourse against them. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "The short answer is no, unless they have a court order. If your loan is [...]

Designing for Privacy

6 hours agoInternet / SEO : SEO Book

Information is a commodity. Corporations are passing around consumer behavioral profiles like brokers with stocks, and the vast majority of the American public is none the wiser of this market’s scope. Very few people actually checkShow More Summary

Cultivating timeflow: Can consumers shape how they experience time?

Why does time seem to crawl if you're waiting in line at the post office, but hours can fly by in minutes when you're doing something fun? A new study examines the factors that determine how consumers experience time.

Saving money: Do consumers spend less if they think about the future?

Why is it so hard for consumers to save money? According to a new study, consumers are often impatient and do not think about the long-term consequences of spending money.

How are ordinary consumers transforming the fashion business?

One of the most important shifts of the 21st century is the ability of consumers to participate in markets they love such as music and fashion. A new study reveals how ordinary consumers have changed the inner workings of the fashion business by sharing their passion for fashion on a wide variety of websites.

BRAD TORGERSON: “Given the fact SF/F can reasonably argue for a consumer base that numbers at least…

BRAD TORGERSON: “Given the fact SF/F can reasonably argue for a consumer base that numbers at least five hundred million people world-wide, it’s a little strange that ‘real fans’ want to keep ‘the most prestigious award’ in the field to themselves. Or, perhaps it’s not strange at all.”

How (and why) to host a real estate event

Whether it's a small-scale luncheon or a large-scale charity event, the name of the game with event marketing is engaging consumers and elevating your brand...

Abbott's copyright kowtow a step backwards

The Abbott government has introduced copyright laws into parliament that appear to have the sole purpose of stamping out the consumer rebellion against delayed access to content and rip-off prices.

British Banking Body Calls for Supervision of Tech Challengers

Technology companies offering banking services should be regulated in the same way as banks to ensure that consumers are properly protected, the British Bankers' Association (BBA) said on Tuesday. Companies such as Google and Apple have emerged as challengers to banks, offering payment services such as ApplePay and Google Wallet. Show More Summary

The Apple Watch Was Made for China

American consumers are mixed about the upcoming Apple Watch, but the biggest market may lie with China.

Car maintenance sucks — but Openbay’s new device helps drivers not get screwed over

8 hours agoTechnology : Pando Daily

Car maintenance, and the costs associated with auto care, is a pain point and often a total mystery for many car owners. It is also one of the last industries where the consumer has traditionally had no power over negotiations, especially once a car is in an auto repair shop. Show More Summary

In Advertising Technology Deal, Rubicon Buys Chango

The deal gives Rubicon access to Chango’s intent marketing technology, which delivers ads based on a consumer’s intent to buy a product or service.

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