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AT&T Confirms $85 Billion Acquisition Of Time Warner Inc.hbattchrismorranconsumerist

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:17:51 +0000

After two days of “people close to situation” leaking information about a possible merger between AT&T and Time Warner Inc., the two companies have confirmed the deal which is valued at around $85 billion. The merger combines the vast Time Warner media empire — which includes cable networks (HBO, TBS, TNT, CNN, HLN, among others), movies and home video (Warner …

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Report: Dick’s Won Auction For Golfsmith’s Intellectual Property, U.S. StoresGolf Balls on Greenconsumerlaura

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:59:03 +0000

According to “a person familiar with the matter,” Dick’s Sporting Goods picked up the U.S. business and intellectual property of bankrupt specialty retailer Golfsmith for $70 million, as expected. Serving as its caddies for this round were well-known names in the retail liquidation business, Hilco Global and Tiger Capital Group. The liquidators are involved because while the trio bid …

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Reports: Possible AT&T/Time Warner Merger Valued At $85 Billionhbattchrismorranconsumerist

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:39:19 +0000

This morning, the world woke to find out that AT&T and Time Warner were getting cozy and maybe thinking about moving in together. Now comes news that talks have heated up and that a nearly $90 billion deal could be in the offing. This is according to Bloomberg and Reuters, whose sources say the current offer being discussed is …

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Are You Entitled To A Refund After A Cable/Satellite Blackout? Probably Notdishjoeychrismorranconsumerist

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:04:50 +0000

It seems like every time a major pay-TV company has to renew its contract with a big cable/broadcast network, customers have to sit through ugly media campaigns from both sides threatening blackouts. Those shutdowns are usually averted at the last minute, but if they happen they can last weeks or even months. When that happens, are you due a refund? …

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The ATM Liability Shift Is Here, And Most Don’t Have Chip Readersatmmachineconsumerlaura

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:29:47 +0000

Hey, remember the ATM liability shift? You know, how MasterCard’s liability shift means that the operator of any ATMs not equipped with EMV (computer chip) card readers by October of this year would be liable for fraud, and not the credit card network. That deadline was today, and most ATMs in the wild aren’t yet equipped with chip readers.…

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Dear New Yorkers: Your Short-Term Airbnb Listing Could Lead To $7,500 Fine5133547103_635e2705ba_bashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:50:53 +0000

It’s already illegal for New York residents to list their unoccupied apartments on Airbnb for less than 30 days, but now it’s illegal and it could cost them: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed into law a measure that penalizes hosts up to $7,500 for such listings.  NBC New York reports that the restrictions build on previous laws in the …

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Science Says: Cheese Makes Wine Taste Betterwinecheesemarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:40:54 +0000

Your Friday night plans have just been validated by science: a new study finds that eating cheese with wine makes wine taste better. French scientists, from the Centre for Taste and Feeding Behavior in Dijon, published the results of their study in the Journal of Food Science, detailing how they paired two kinds of white and two kinds of …

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FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Talks Privacy, 5G & Set-Top Box Reformwheelercrconsumeristcom

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:23:12 +0000

When Tom Wheeler was appointed FCC Chair in 2013, some questioned whether a former frontman for both the cable and telecom industries could possibly keep consumers’ needs in mind when dealing with the companies he’d known intimately for decades. John Oliver even likened the naming of Wheeler as FCC Chair to “needing a babysitter and hiring a dingo.” Yet, not …

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Amtrak Now Prohibiting Passengers From Bringing Galaxy Note 7 Devices On TrainsA4_Note7_blue-coral_2P1marybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:48:03 +0000

First planes, now trains: the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is no longer welcome on Amtrak. The company announced the update on Twitter, saying the recalled devices are not permitted on Amtrak trains, as well as on Thruway buses, stations, and platforms, because of the risk that they’ll catch fire. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones are no longer permitted on …

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How Bad Test Results From Theranos Led To Bad Real-Life Consequences For Patientsblood vialsconsumerlaura

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:14:35 +0000

Something as simple and routine as a blood test can have life-changing consequences, and some patients whose test results from medical startup Theranos were later found to be inaccurate faced stress and worry, had to be re-tested, and made life-altering medical decisions based on wrong information. What did that look like in real life? It was the Wall Street Journal …

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