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Why You Should Rethink Buying Gift Cards This Year


Yeah, about that Borders gift card… (Patrick Carlson)Giving people gift cards has many advantages: you can take a loved one out to dinner from hundreds or thousands of miles away, or you can buy someone new clothes or shoes without guessing at their size.

Amazon Signs 17-Year Lease On Manhattan Building That Is Totally Not A Store


Amazon’s new neighbor. (Joel Zimmer)More than a month ago, there were reports that Amazon planned to rent space in Manhattan across the street from the Empire State Building to expand its own empire into brick-and-mortar retail.

There’s A Bus In England That Runs On Human Feces – And Food Waste


If you’re looking to take part in an adventure not unlike one you’d see on The Magic School Bus, then you might think about hitching a ride on the bus fueled by bio-methane gas, which is produced using materials most of us can’t get rid of soon enough — fecal matter and food waste.

Kitten Escapes New Mexico Home On Halloween, Shows Up 2,300 Miles Away In Maine


(Portland Press Herald)There is nothing more suited for a Friday afternoon than a heartwarming tale involving a lost kitten finding her way home against all odds, so I will go ahead and accept your thanks in advance.

FCC Proposes Some Consumer Protections As They Inch Closer To Killing Off Copper Landlines


(.sanden.)Phones are wireless, consumers are cutting back, and copper is expensive: all are reasons why the big phone companies want permission from the FCC to walk away from old-fashioned landline networks and to keep moving toward an internet-based future.

Pizza Hut Thinks That Old Italian People Hating Its Pizza Is A Good Thing


Pizza Hut is trying some new crusts and toppings in an attempt to coax Americans back under its formerly red roofs.

New DoD Protections Aim To Keep Shady Businesses From Taking Advantage of Military Members


Members of the military — particularly younger members from lower-income backgrounds — are too often the target of shady, predatory businesses looking to take advantage of their youth and inexperience with finances.

Pear Industry Super Psyched That Rick Ross Is Sharing His Love Of The Fruit With The “Young And Hip”


(themikepark)While you might not have seen a Vine from last month wherein rapper Rick Ross praises the pear for its contribution to his recent weight loss, sending a shoutout to “all the pear,” there’s one group that pays close attention to all things pear, and it is pretty darn excited that such a cool guy is talking about the fruit.

Court Bars FCC From Diclosing How Much Comcast, DirecTV Pay Broadcasters


(Great Beyond)Last week’s last-minute legal battle between just about every major TV broadcaster and the FCC came to quietly disappointing conclusion this morning, with a federal appeals court refusing to allow the government to share confidential details about the mergers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and DirecTV and AT&T.

Texas Postal Worker Accused Of Delivering Meth On His Mail Route


(frankieleon)While it might be convenient to tweak one job to allow for working a second at the same time, delivering methamphetamine while out on the postal route is the kind of thing that gets you arrested.

Square CEO Says Company Will Accept All Forms Of Payment, Even Apple Pay


While Walmart and other major retailers are deliberately holding off on accepting Apple Pay because they are developing a competing mobile payment system, there are plenty of small businesses who want to offer Apple Pay but don’t want to invest too much in the equipment required to accept it.

Boston Market: Official Caterer Of People Stuck At Work On Thanksgiving


One company has definitely benefited from the trend of retailers opening before dinner time on Thanksgiving Day: Boston Market, the restaurant chain that serves fast casual poultry and traditional side dishes year-round.

93-Year-Old Woman Celebrates 75th Anniversary Working For The Same Company


(Associated Press video)She might be eight years younger than the 101-year-old man who’s worked for the same lighting company for 73 years, but at 93, an Alabama woman outstrips his number by two years, as today she celebrates 75 years working at a Birmingham jewelry store.

The Most Expensive Blue Diamond You’ll Ever See, But Never Touch Sold For $32.6M


This 9.75-carat blue diamond set two world records when it was auctions for $32.5 million dollars at Sotheby’s Thursday.

Expect To See More Ads Pretending To Be Editorial Content


This lovely story — which grossly overestimates my affection for kale — is currently sitting at the top of the Buzzfeed homepage.

McDonald’s Worker Accused Of Sticking Glass In Cop’s Big Mac In 2005 Wins $437K


(SarahSphar)It’s the end of a long story that started back in 2005, when a New York City police officer said he bit into shards of glass in his Big Mac after picking up food from the drive-thru a McDonald’s in the Bronx.

Dish Customers Get Cartoon Network, CNN Back After Month-Long Blackout


Just hours after averting (for now) a blackout of CBS-owned stations in 14 markets, Dish Network has made nice with another of its foes in the broadcasting world, ending the month-long blackout of Turner channels like CNN, HLN, and the Cartoon Network.

Why Big Companies Spend So Much Money On Washington: It Works Even Better Than You Think


(darrenleno)That money talks in Washington is conventional wisdom for a reason. Corporations, industries, and a handful of extraordinarily wealthy individuals spend big bucks on campaigns and on lobbying not for fun, but because they expect to get something back in return.

You Can Now Share Tweets Using Twitter’s Direct Messages


(SarahMcGowen)Though it might seem like a feature that should’ve been in place already, the ability for Twitter users to share tweets of interest via the platform’s direct messages option is something the company just rolled out this week.

Amazon Reportedly Launching Hotel Booking Site In 2015


(Natasha L.) Consumers preparing to go on vacation might peruse Amazon for the necessities: sunscreen, rafts, hiking backpacks –– you name it and the online retailer probably has it.


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