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Facebook Discovers, Confesses Another Ad Metrics Problemfacebookcorplikesignconsumerlauraestimated-reach-copy

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:13:03 +0000

Facebook makes money from monetizing your political arguments with your former roommate’s great-aunt, and advertisers want statistics that show what they’re getting for their ad dollars. That’s why it’s of note that Facebook recently told advertisers that it’s been overestimating how many people a given ad is going to reach. When creating an ad campaign on Facebook, whether it’s one …

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Former Pharma Execs Accused Of Boosting Fentanyl Sales By Bribing Doctors With Sham Speaking Engagementssubsyschrismorranconsumerist

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:45:17 +0000

Fentanyl is an incredibly potent opioid painkiller; it acts quickly and powerfully, but doesn’t last as long as others, meaning its medical application is limited. So if you’re a drug company trying to boost sales of your new fentanyl spray, how do you sell more of a product that very few people have a real need for? You could bribe …

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We Have Sugar To Thank For The American Tobacco Industrytobaccoconsumerlaura

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:08:52 +0000

If you’ve ever tried to give up eating sugar, you know that the sweet stuff has a strong hold on our brains. What you may not realize, though, is that sugar’s addictive and delicious power also is part of another common addiction that we’ve perfected and exported: tobacco. Bloomberg News shared this lost bit of history, which is recounted …

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Don’t Fall For The ‘Missed Delivery Notice’ Email Scam This Holiday Seasoncatcomputerstaremarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:41:26 +0000

If you’re like everyone else you know, you’ve probably been doing — or plan to do — a bit of online holiday shopping this year. Missing a delivery could put a serious kink in your day, but don’t let that fear draw you into a scammer’s net. The “missed delivery notice” or “delivery failure notification” scam is one that the …

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‘Santa B’ Strikes Again: Layaway Angel Pays For $50K Worth Of Gifts At PA Walmartwalmartmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:26:58 +0000

It’s that time of year again, when we’re happy to hear about shoppers performing good deeds and random acts of kindness. Some of those warm-hearted folks we know better than others, including Pennsylvania’s “Santa B” layaway angel, who has now covered the cost of Walmart shoppers’ layaway items for the third year in a row. A total of …

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Regulators Speeding Up Takata Recall, Update List Of Affected Vehiclesairbagashleekielerconsumerist

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:24:01 +0000

When federal regulators took over the messy Takata airbag recall in May 2015, they provided a timeline in which carmakers were to have shrapnel-shooting safety devices replaced. With more than 42 million vehicles having potentially dangerous airbags in their dashboards and steering wheels, the campaign was bound to take some time. But it’s not progressing enough, according to the …

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Publix And Stonewall Kitchen Recall Pancake And Waffle Mixes Over Potential Salmonellapancakeshelloconsumerlauraucm532392ucm532394ucm532398ucm532423ucm532425ucm532424

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:42:25 +0000

Pancakes and waffles with a fruit flavor are fun and delicious, but what isn’t fun and delicious is when your breakfast comes with a side of Salmonella. Salmonella. Two companies — supermarket chain Publix, and Stonewall Kitchen — have discovered that the milk in their mixes tested positive for the pathogen, and are recalling the products recalling their products as …

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Why Can’t You Play ‘Super Mario Run’ Offline?supermariorunmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:18:40 +0000

You may be excited to buy Super Mario Run to play on your iPhone or iPad come next week, but when you do, you’ll have to make sure you’ve got an internet connection first. Nintendo’s newest game launches on Dec. 15 and will cost $10. And at least for now, there’s no option for playing the game offline. That means …

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UPS Driver Helps Save Woman Held Captive After Spotting Note On A PackageUPSmarybethquirkconsumerist

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:59:55 +0000

A woman who was allegedly being abused and kept captive in her home by her husband was rescued this week when an observant UPS driver noticed the plea for help she’d scrawled on a package waiting to be picked up. Police in Franklin County, MO, said in court documents that the woman was prevented from leaving the couple’s home or …

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Should You Be Able To Serve Divorce Papers Through Facebook?marrymechrismorranconsumerist

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:57:57 +0000

If you so choose, you can use the internet to avoid virtually all person-to-person contact; sign contracts electronically, transfer funds from account to account, transact business, order dinner and a movie, but can you use Facebook to sidestep the awkward — and sometimes difficult — process of serving divorce papers on your estranged spouse? Not always, says one judge. The …

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