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Shoppers Using More Paper Coupons Than Paper Because It’s Simpler: No, Really

While retailers are making their own coupons and even manufacturers’ coupons available through mobile apps, customers still prefer to clip and carry around paper coupons.

Pokémon Go Shouldn’t Be Used To Sell Fast Food To Kids, Say Advocates

Last week, Niantic, the company behind the wildly popular Pokémon Go app, unveiled its first sponsored partnership with McDonald’s in Japan, turning the country’s fast food restaurants into PokéStops where players can purchase items for their characters.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Could Be In Line For Huge Payday After Verizon Deal

As you may have heard, Verizon reached a deal over the weekend to purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion. What this means for the ‘90s internet relic, or those who serve at its helm is still unclear, but at least one of those people — CEO Marissa Mayer — stands to make a pretty penny if she indeed leaves the company when the deal is all said and done.  The Washington Post reports that after four years running Yahoo, Mayer could walk away with as much as $219 million if she isn’t asked to stay with the company after the deal is officially finalized in a few months.

McDonald’s Expanding Gilroy Garlic Fries To 240 Restaurants Around San Francisco


You may remember the Gilroy Garlic Fries, a concoction that began at one restaurant to celebrate one garlic festival, and sold out so qucikly that the fast foodery must have realized that it was on to something.

Olympic Athletes Complain Of Blocked Toilets, Exposed Wiring In Rio Dorms

Two years ago, athletes and reporters arriving in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games were greeted with less-than-finished room accommodations that led at least one bobsled team to have a very rough weekend.

Private Equity Firm Buys $1.6 Billion In Redbox DVDs And Coinstar Change


Outerwall, the company behind the seemingly ubiquitous Redbox and Coinstar kiosks, hasn’t been doing so well lately.

AT&T CEO Says He Will Head Up Anti-Robocall “Strike Force”

In response to FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s call for all major phone companies to finally put free robocall-blocking tools in the hands of their customers, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson — who recently incorrectly blamed the FCC for his company’s failure to address this issue — says he is going to lead an industry “Strike Force” to combat robocalls.

You Can Take Jeremy Bentham’s Mummified Head Through Airport Security, But Please Don’t

The TSA runs a customer service line on Twitter, at @AskTSA. Most of the questions and complaints it handles are of exactly the sort you’d expect: can I bring an empty water bottle through security?

New Rules Aim To Regulate Online College Programs

Colleges offering distance education, such as online courses, must receive authorization from each state where it has students in order to received federal financial aid, according to recently released rules that aim to better regulate the online education industry and ensure students understand what protections they have when attending a college in another state.  The Department of Education unveiled the proposed rules [PDF],  clarifying what schools must do to received federal student aid funds, and ensure institutions are legally authorized and monitored by states.

Starbucks Employees Can Now Match Green Hair To Their Green Aprons


Nearly two years after Starbucks allowed employees to get a bit more graphic behind the counter — showing some visible tattoos for the first time — the coffee giant is once again revamping its dress code, this time allowing baristas to wear more color — even if that happens to be in their hair.  Starbucks on Monday announced more changes to its dress code, providing employees with the opportunity for personal expression by wearing shirts that aren’t black or white, as well as certain hats.

To Investors, Dunkin’ Donuts Is Stuck Between A McRock And A Starbucks Place

For those of us of a certain age, especially those of us that age who grew up in and around Boston, the Dunkin’ Donuts brand identity might seem indelible.

Nordstrom Now Facing Same Sales Slump, Challenges As Other Mall Retailers

Over the past year, a number of onetime mall behemoths — Macy’s, Sears, and other retailers — have suffered slipping sales that have lead to store closures.

Kmart Employees Report Sudden Merchandise Purges, General Sense Of Doom

Kmart isn’t closing all of its stores. Nope. That’s the company’s official policy, and what they tell anyone who asks.

Target, United Healthcare Tap Millennials To “Mentor” Veteran Workers

It’s not uncommon when starting a new job to be assigned a mentor to help you learn the ropes. But when it comes to reaching and selling to the highly-coveted millennial market, the roles are being reversed.

Twitter To Live-Stream Some MLB, NHL Games

Want to take your favorite Major League Baseball or National Hockey League team with you wherever you go?

More Medical Facilities Moving Into Malls Thanks To Cheap Rent, Demographic Changes

Baby boomers are getting older and need more medical care, millennials’ kids need vaccinations and checkups, and malls have relatively cheap rent and plentiful parking, and need more steady tenants.

Cable Lobbying Group’s Set-Top Box Plan: App That Doesn’t Do The Things You Want

It’s been nearly six months since the FCC first proposed doing something about the cable set-top box market.

AMC Theaters Makes “Best & Final” Offer Of $1.2B For Carmike

Four months after AMC Theaters offered $1.1 billion to buy fellow theater chain Carmike Cinemas, the two companies have finally come together on a sweetened deal to appease shareholders.  In the end, it appears AMC will dole out $1.2 billion for Carmike, creating the largest U.S.

Reports: Verizon Will Spend $4.8 Billion To Acquire Yahoo

Yahoo — home to all those email addresses you use for subscriptions you’d rather not have anyone else know about, and the Flickr account you probably haven’t updated since 2010 — will soon be under the same umbrella as former web 1.0 rival AOL, with multiple reports claiming that Verizon has agreed to acquire the ancient online operation for $4.8 billion.

Sir Patrick Stewart Has Strong Feelings About Hardware Stores, Or Is Drunk

Do you have an aspiration in life? Do you confess it to the world when you just might be drunk? Noted actor, treasure of the Anglophone world, and eater of tuna salad sandwiches on planes Patrick Stewart would like the world to know that he loves hardware stores, and he would really love to have one in his backyard.


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