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Uber Driver Accused Of Locking Passenger In Car, Demanding Sexuber_black_englishmarybethquirkconsumerist

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:03:03 +0000

A Chicago Uber driver has been charged with unlawful restraint after he was accused of locking a passenger in his car and demanding that she have sex with him. The incident happened on July 4 after the driver allegedly picked up a 19-year-old woman who’d booked a ride through the ride-sharing app, reports the Chicago Tribune. Somehow her request …

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SCOTUS May Decide If “To Google” Is A Generic Termgooglehqconsumerlaura

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:32:56 +0000

Earlier this year, a federal court decided that while “googling” is a popular phrase that means “to search for something online,” that doesn’t mean the company should lose its trademark protection. Now the people behind that case have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, hoping that the Supremes will agree that a verbed brand name is a …

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Walmart Imagines Floating Warehouses That Could Rain Down Delivery Droneswalmartdroneblimpmarybethquirkconsumerist

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:14:38 +0000

While Amazon has dreams of delivery drone beehives and parachuting packages, it’s not the only one looking upward: Walmart has plans for a floating warehouse capable of launching flying delivery vehicles so it can rain discount goods on you from the skies. Walmart filed a patent for a “gas-filled aerial transport and launch system” that sounds a bit like …

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Dutch Bros. Warns Customers Not To Use Eclipse Glasses Given Away At Stores, Offers Free Coffee Instead13015329_10153315466557030_7575416698457458393_nashleekielerconsumerist

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:11:30 +0000

If you picked up a pair of eclipse-viewing glasses while grabbing your morning cup of joe from a Dutch Bros. Coffee this weekend, you don’t want to actually wear them during today’s eclipse event: The coffee chain is recalling the glasses over concerns they might not be safe.  Just hours before the solar eclipse is set to take place, Dutch …

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Here’s Why Scientists Are Launching Bacteria-Laden Balloons During The Solar Eclipseeclipsemarybethquirkconsumerist

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:56:41 +0000

While people stand at the ready around the country today with special glasses and pinhole projectors to view the solar eclipse, a group of NASA scientists will be at work launching balloons in an effort to learn a bit more about life on another planet. NASA is collaborating with students to send high-altitude balloons into the sky around the country …

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Could The Jeep Brand Cross The Ocean For A New Home In China?jeepashleekielerconsumerist

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:47:05 +0000

Nearly 30 years after Chrysler bought the Jeep brand from American Motors Corporation, the seminal SUV brand could be switching hands and continents: Chinese carmaker Great Wall says it plans to acquire Jeep from Fiat Chrysler.  A rep for Great Wall confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that the company plans to pursue Jeep, but couldn’t confirm if the company …

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Here’s A Giant List Of Solar Eclipse Promotionseclipsefinalconsumerlaura

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:10:01 +0000

On Monday, Aug. 21, people from Oregon to South Carolina will get to experience a rare total solar eclipse, with folks outside this path still experiencing a partial eclipse. And because every notable event must be accompanied by a marketing bonanza, there is no shortage of companies offering everything from eclipse-themed appliance sales to one-day-only donuts. We’ve rounded up some …

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Bring Your Own Cup To 7-Eleven This Weekend, Fill It With Slurpee For $1.50Screen Shot 2017-08-18 at 2.34.48 PMmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:42:30 +0000

Grab your dog’s huge water bowl or your favorite drinking boot: It’s time for Bring Your Own Cup day at 7-Eleven. Today and tomorrow, anyone visiting a 7-Eleven between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. can fill a vessel of their own choosing with Slurpee and pay just $1.50. Same as last year, there are a few ground rules that keep …

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Facebook Cracking Down On Video Clickbait In The Newsfeedfacebookvideoclickbaitmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:05:58 +0000

If you’ve ever clicked on what looks like an interesting video promising “17 Ways You’re Eating Cheese Wrong,” only to find yourself on a spammy website that has nothing to do with cheese, you know how frustrating such clickbait can be. Facebook is now introducing new updates aimed at keeping those deceptive posts out of your news feed. There are …

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Atari Claims Nestlé Ripped Off Classic Video Game For Kit Kat Commercialbreakoutcomparisonmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:01:05 +0000

A 2016 ad for Nestlé’s Kit Kat bars includes a video game that looks an awful lot like Breakout, the classic Atari video game co-created by Apple’s Steve Wozniak. Problem is, Atari says Nestlé didn’t get permission to make this Kit Kat-themed Breakout clone. In a lawsuit [PDF] filed in San Francisco on Thursday, Atari claims that …

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