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FCC Delays Vote On Set-Top Box Proposalcableboxcatkcoxconsumer

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:22:49 +0000

After much hullaballoo and a number of eleventh-hour political plays, the FCC has scrapped its plan to vote today on a proposal that would upend the cable set-top box marketplace. The potential rule on which the FCC was scheduled to vote this morning proposed to require pay-TV companies to create free, full-function apps that consumers would be able to …

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Ban On Selfies In The Voting Booth Is Unconstitutionalvotingboxeschrismorranconsumerist

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:10:02 +0000

With a little more than a month to go before Election Day, we finally have some clarity on that age-old legal question: Am I allowed to take a selfie in the voting booth? Yesterday, a federal appeals court ruled that a New Hampshire law that bans photos in the voting booth violates voters’ First Amendment rights. The state law…

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Uber Thinks You Might Want To Look At A Bunch Of Ads During Your Rideuberimage_1-1marybethquirkconsumerist

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:34:54 +0000

There are definitely some things people would like more of during an Uber ride — more control over music, more free cookies, etc. — but more advertising and content from brands trying to promote themselves? That might not appeal to everyone. Uber announced a new partnership with a start-up called Yext that will deliver advertising and branded content to online …

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Fast-Casual Chain Cosi Declares Bankruptcy, Shutters 29 Locationscosi_nykcoxconsumer

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:32:01 +0000

If you happen to enjoy your lunch on a salty flatbread of an afternoon, or your breakfast on a square bagel of a morning, well, we’ve got some bad news for your morning: Cosi has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy and shut more than a third of its company-owned stores. The Boston-based chain filed for chapter 11 restructuring in bankruptcy court …

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New Rule Will Stop Many Nursing Homes From Stripping Residents Of Their Right To Suenursesstationchrismorranconsumerist

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:30:48 +0000

As we’ve written about previously, some nursing homes and other long-term care facilities use forced arbitration contracts to prevent their residents bringing a legal action against the home in a court of law. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a new rule that will prohibit long-term care facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid from forcing residents …

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HSN Apparently Not Happy With “Skincare Solutions” Doctor Accused Of Buying Drugsscreen-shot-2016-09-28-at-3-44-53-pmashleekielerconsumeristAn archived webpage (left) shows Dr. Sevinor's products, while the site shows it is unavailable today (right).

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:08:15 +0000

If you’re in the market for skincare products from the Home Shopping Network, you might be out of luck, as the company removed every trace of well-known host Dr. Sheldon Sevinor — and his products — from its website after the plastic surgeon’s arrest for allegedly buying cocaine.  Page Six reports that HSN wiped away Sevinor’s presence from its site …

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Report: Sears Holdings, Claire’s, Rue 21 At Risk Of Bankruptcy And Liquidationclosedconsumerlaura

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:05:31 +0000

Think of your favorite troubled or defunct retailer: does it or did it have a reason to exist? That’s the deceptively simple question raised in a new report from financial ratings firm Fitch Ratings, which predicts that the combination of e-commerce, disinterest in malls, and a lack of strong brand identity for some troubled retailers could spell doom in the …

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Ford Recalls 74K Focus Hatchbacks Over Latch Issuesfordfusionashleekielerconsumerist

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:36:16 +0000

For the past two years Ford has dealt with a number of issues related to not being able to keep the doors of its vehicles shut, from an investigation by federal regulators to the recall of millions of cars. Today, those issues continue, albeit in a different manner, as the carmaker recalled 74,000 hatchbacks with hatches that can open …

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Strippers Say Law Barring Under-21 Dancers Violates First, Fourteenth Amendmentsburlesquedancerchrismorranconsumerist

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:30:54 +0000

A group of exotic dancers in Louisiana say a new state law barring women under the age of 21 from stripping is a violation of their constitutional rights. The recently enacted Act No. 395 declares that “entertainers whose breasts or buttocks are exposed to view shall perform only upon a stage at least eighteen inches above the immediate floor level …

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Uber Acquires Trucking Company, Wants To Sell Freight Servicestractor trailer trucksconsumerlaura

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:23:43 +0000

Consumers know Uber as a replacement for short-range taxis, but the company has other transportation goals. The company recently acquired Otto, a startup that’s developing self-driving trucks. While autonomous vehicles zooming freight across the country are its long-term goal, Uber plans get into the long-haul trucking business long before self-driving trucks are the norm. Otto is pretty small: it currently …

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