Court Rules That Pay TV’s Nasty Habit Of Bundling Channels Is Legal
Pay TV companies make bundles by bundling channels together in subscription packages, forcing customers to pay inflated fees for packages that are stuffed with channels they don’t care about. The U.S. Court of Appeals could have done subscribers a solid by forcing cable and satellite companies to change their modus operandi, but it ruled that there’s nothing illegal about the exploitative practice, upholding a judgment in a lower court.
Deadline reports the suit, which went after companies including NBCUniversal, Viacom, Time Warner, Comcast and DirecTV, fell short because the complaint failed to show that pay TV companies violate antitrust laws…
NHTSA Investigates Engine Fire Reports In Pair Of Vehicles
Having a car that looks hot is one thing, but one that feels hot because its engine is on fire is another. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration is looking into reports that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2010 Jeep Wrangler are suffering engine fires. The investigations could possibly lead to recalls, but there’s no action on that front as of yet. Both Chevy and Jeep say there have been no reports of injuries or deaths due to possible defects.
According to the AP, two Cruze owners reported car-totalling fires…
If You’re Having A Baby, Expect Sticker Shock
Those little bundles of joy parents spawn don’t come cheap. Babies begin shaking you down for money months before they even pop out, and many don’t quit even after they’ve graduated college.
The actual amount your baby will cost you depends on a number of factors, such as your health insurance, which can make the cost of delivery range from nothing to tens of thousands of dollars, and your living arrangements and work hours, which will determine the amount of daycare you need…
Philadelphians With DirecTV Now Have No Way Of Watching Phillies Baseball On TV
For years, Philadelphia Phillies fans with DirecTV have found themselves unable to watch most of the team’s games because the satellite provider and Comcast refuse to come to a resolution over the channel that carries those contests. Now another annoying slap-fight between DirecTV and a broadcaster has left its Philadelphia-area subscribers completely in the dark for this upcoming baseball season.
Over the weekend, DirecTV and the Tribune Company could not come to terms over their contract before it expired on April 1…
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NYC Launches a Better Map App for Tourists
New York City is launching a better map for its 50 million annual tourists — or at least one that makes it easier to patronize city businesses.
A new iPhone map app from the city’s official tourism center portrays businesses not as little red pins, but with their logos. It incorporates social media updates, OpenTable booking capabilities and daily deals directly into the map.
The app is a co-branded version of a map app called CityMaps that launched earlier this month. By hooking into a bundle of APIs, it’s able to expand beyond capabilities of a typical online map…
2-Year-Old Dancing Sensation Is a YouTube Star [VIDEO]
William Stokkebroe is only 2 years old, but is probably a better dancer than you’ll ever be.
At least we can all agree that the kid has chutzpah. And that he’s a YouTube star. This video featuring Stokkebroe cutting a rug to Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” is closing in on 9 million views on YouTube in a little more than two weeks, making it quite an effective ad for William’s parents’ dance studio, Studie43 in Denmark.
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How One Website Connects Those in Need With Government Assistance
The World at Work is powered by GE. This new series highlights the people, projects and startups that are driving innovation and making the world a better place.
Name: Aunt Bertha
Big Idea: Aunt Bertha collects information on federal, state, county, city, neighborhood and charity programs and puts it all in one place.
Why It’s Working: Using information the team learns about various programs, Aunt Bertha matches people with public services available locally or federally, based on their specific needs…
3 Awful Things About Looking For A New Job
When you’re seeking new employment, nothing comes easy. You’re facing a sea of hungry applicants, gunning for the attention of distracted managers and facing failure on a daily basis. The process can be so frustrating that it may hardly seem worth it, but can land you a dream job if you keep your eyes open, your spirits up and manage to land a break.
So Over Debt identifies some of the most irritating qualities of job hunting. Here are a few, as well as ways to overcome them:
* Mind-numbing application forms…
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Catch of the Day Will be Launching a New Wine Site this Month (April)
Australian online retail giant Catch of the Day has plans to launch a new online wine sales site this month as the company continues expanding into a variety of niche markets. The wine site launch comes on the heels of the company’s very successful launch and growth in the group buying grocery arena.
Breaking into online wine sales is going to be no small task. A number of big name and established players have made an imprint into online wine sales. They include but are not inclusive of Woolworths’ Dan Murphy’s, and Cracka Wines…
Burger King Reveals Its Big Makeover Efforts With New Menu
Burger King is trying to change its image — no more dudes cramming fries and Whoppers in their mouths. It’s time to cater for moms, families and older people snacking and drinking smoothies. The company is going to shell out lots of cash over the next year to complete this magical makeover, with changes to the stores, marketing campaign and of course, the menu.
Don’t worry, the Whopper is staying, says USA Today, although soon it’ll come in a cardboard box again and with thicker cheese…
Ashton Kutcher to Play Steve Jobs in Biopic [REPORT]
Ashton Kutcher will play Steve Jobs in the indie biographical movie about Apple’s charismatic CEO, Variety reports.
Matt Whiteley will write the script, and Joshua Michael Stern of Swing Vote fame will direct the movie, titled simply: Jobs.
The production is slated to start in May, when Ashton Kutcher is on leave from his main project, hit TV series Two and a Half Men, Variety claims.
Though the story broke on April 1, Variety’s Jeff Sneider said repeatedly on Twitter that the story is not an April Fools joke…
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Nokia Takes on Apple in ‘Hidden Camera’ Ad Campaign [VIDEOS]
Nokia is coming out swinging in an attempted comeback into the U.S. market.
The mobile device manufacturer, which is introducing its Windows Phone-fueled Lumia 900 later this week, has launched a putative “hidden camera” campaign featuring what purports to be behind-the-scenes conversations at Apple and Google.
In the video above, “Fragile,” an exec at an unnamed company points out that the phone in question is fragile. Though the phone is unrecognizable because it’s pixellated, the date, “2007-07-09,” would seem to indicate that it’s Apple’s iPhone, since that was close to that phone’s original launch date…
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10 Upcycled Gadgets for Your Home and Office
This cute creation upcycles an old Nintendo 64 controller into a handy desk mate. Plus, the old D-pad has been converted into a USB extension.
Price: $15.99Click here to view this gallery.Today’s tech culture is obsessed with mashups. So, why not have a little mashup fun with your gadgets, too?
Check out these 10 gadgets which have been repurposed as modern home and office accessories. Need a table lamp made out of cassettes? How about an iPhone charger made out of an old camera?
SEE ALSO: 10 Classic Gadgets Upcycled Into Fashion Accessories
What two (or three) gadgets would you combine to make the perfect accessory? Let us know in the comments!
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