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CBO: Revised Obamacare Replacement Would Cost More, Still Leave 52 Million Without Insurance By 2026hospitalroomchrismorranconsumerist

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:45:16 +0000

When the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office first looked at the GOP legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, it predicted that changes would cut more than $300 billion from the federal deficit over the next decade, but at the cost of 52 million Americans going without health care coverage. Republicans have continued to tinker with the bill and …

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Starbucks Customer Gets Mad At Barista, Returns With Apology Note & $50starbucksgrabashleekielerconsumerist

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:51:33 +0000

Most stories we write about unhappy customers returning to the scene of their displeasure end badly — sometimes burn-down-the-building, drive-your-car-into-the-restaurant badly. So we’re relieved to bring you a tale of an angry Starbucks customer who came back to the coffee shop to apologize and compensate the barista she felt she’d wronged. ABC News reports that a California woman returned …

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Here’s How CEO Eddie Lampert Could Survive A Sears Bankruptcy Just Fineformer_sears_plywoodconsumerlaura

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:59:22 +0000

Edward S. Lampert is the manifesto-writing chairman, CEO, and biggest shareholder of Sears Holdings. Lampert’s hedge fund keeps lending the flailing retailer money, but if the parent company of Sears and Kmart doesn’t manage to escape its death spiral, Lampert won’t lose everything. “Financially he’s moved a lot of levers that have kept this company going longer …

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Instagram Now Protects Precious Eyes By Blurring Out “Sensitive” Contentfeatinstagrammarybethquirkconsumerist

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:38:59 +0000

Instagram bans nudity, but there are plenty of photos of the image-sharing platform that are literally a fingernail or well-placed bowl of fruit away from violating that rule. To address pictures that ride that fine line, Instagram is rolling out a new feature that blurs out some photos and videos. Instagram says the change means users are less likely to …

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Mobile Health App Makers Settle Allegations Of Misleading Marketing Claimsappsashleekielerconsumerist

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:27:03 +0000

A trio of smartphone health apps that claim to do things like measure your heart rate or the vitals of your unborn child have agreed to settle allegations brought by the state of New York that these products made promises they couldn’t keep. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that his office had reached settlements with three mobile …

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FCC Plan To Let Phone Companies Block More Annoying Robocalls Moves ForwardFCCmeetingroomkcoxconsumer

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:24:04 +0000

Many of the FCC’s most visible consumer protection moves — net neutrality, privacy — prove contentious within the Commission. But today, in a rare show of unanimity, all three sitting commissioners agreed with consumers about one big fact: Robocalls really, really suck, and the FCC is in a position to do something about it. The Commission voted today to consider …

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Experian Fined $3M, Accused Of Misleading Consumers About Usefulness Of Credit ScoresEXPERIAN_FINAL LOGOashleekielerconsumerist

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:48:35 +0000

Two months after federal regulators fined two of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies — Equifax and TransUnion — $23 million for misleading consumers about the cost and usefulness of credit monitoring services, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced a $3 million settlement with Experian over allegations that the credit agency misled consumers about the usefulness of the credit …

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Wells Fargo Customers Won’t Need A Card To Get Cash At ATMs AnymorewellsfargoATMmarybethquirkconsumerist

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:50:20 +0000

Can’t be bothered to carry a debit card, but need some cash on the go? Not a problem for Wells Fargo customers with smartphones, as the bank is rolling out its cardless technology at all of its roughly 13,000 cash machines. The new digital upgrades will roll out starting Monday, after the company says a test of the system in …

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Senate Votes To Roll Back Privacy Protections For Internet Userscapitolbuildingchrismorranconsumerist

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:07:39 +0000

The FCC’s efforts to put restrictions on what internet service providers can do with the information they have about their users is all but dead, following a party-line 50-48 vote in the Senate this afternoon to roll back this regulation. When the FCC reclassified broadband internet as a vital piece of telecommunications infrastructure in 2015, it means that the agency …

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Order Beer At Home Just By Yelling At An Alexa DeviceMillerCoors_MillerLiteOnDemand17consumerlaura

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:06:32 +0000

All of this connected home technology is great, but when will it do something useful and bring me a beer without me having to leave the couch? While it hasn’t quite reached the couch yet, you can restock your fridge with beer by speaking to an Alexa-enabled device. The suite of services are built around Miller Lite. This comes courtesy …

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