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UPS Will Conquer Its Biggest Shipping Day With Temps And Automation

(So Cal Metro)While the second-to-last Monday before Christmas is usually the busiest shipping day of the year for the U.S.

American Apparel Confirms Ousted Founder Dov Charney Trying To Return Via Takeover

(Michael Kalus) Just a week after American Apparel officially bid adieu to its founder Dov Charney after a six-month suspension, the company confirmed it has been approached with a takeover offer that would reinstate the disgraced official.  Bloomberg reports that the American Apparel board is evaluating a proposed takeover valued at $1.30 to $1.40 per share, which would translate to about $226 to $243 million.

Fox News Blacked Out On Dish Network In Latest Contract Fight

(Zachary Rupert) It’s a rough year to be a Dish subscriber: networks just keep falling out of the lineup as the satellite TV company ends up in contract disputes with channel after channel.

5 Signs That You Shouldn’t Be Using Credit Cards

(Johanna Beyenbach)Just like almost every child wants a puppy and thinks they can handle the responsibility, many adults are seduced by the promise of a line of credit and convince themselves they won’t screw it up and end up buried beneath a mountain of debt.

Fiat Chrysler Expands Takata Airbag Recall To 3.3M Across The United States

(Ralph Krawczyk Jr) After months of pushing back, Fiat Chrysler is finally following the lead of other major automakers.

More Horrible People Caught On Camera Stealing Packages From Porch

This is why I never have any packages left at my door without a signature. Yet another person’s holiday has been spoiled by sticky-fingered thieves swiping packages left on someone’s porch, and once again the crime is captured on security camera footage.

Staples Confirms 1.16 Million Cards Breached In 115 Stores

(Robert Martin)Back in October, big-box office-supply retailer Staples announced that it was investigating a possible customer payment data breach.

Sony Says ‘The Interview’ Will Be Distributed Somehow — George RR Martin Says “Let Me Show It”

The fallout continues from Sony’s decision to pull The Interview following threats from hackers with alleged ties to North Korea.

Charity Application Problems Leave Tots Without Their Toys

(Karen Chappell)Here’s an important lesson on following up with paperwork: nonprofit organizations near Pittsburgh (and possibly in other regions as well) learned that when they celebrate Christmas with disadvantaged children this year, there will be no toys supplied by Toys for Tots for Santa to hand out.

UPS Drives Forklift Into Valuable Sculpture, Shrugs

(Morton Fox)Current ad campaigns for UPS brag about the carrier’s abilities at logistics: getting a thing from one place to another is their specialty.

Skip Stores And Middlemen: Shop Directly From Chinese Wholesalers

*kevin dean)Instead of buying inexpensive, mass-produced junk from China at your local big-box store, why not save time, avoid human interaction, and go right to the source?

Starbucks Ditches Square, Will Cease Accepting Wallet Mobile Payments In Coming Months

(Adam Fagen) The two-year long partnership between Starbucks and mobile payment system Square is coming to an end, as the coffee company had decided to ditch the mobile payment company’s upcoming new system in favor of its own mobile ordering solution.

Tesla Launching Battery Swap Pilot ProgramFor Some Model S Owners Next Week

(Nicholas Eckhart)While many electric car owners love being gas-free, the time-consuming process of recharging a vehicle can be a bit of a setback.

Flickr Stops Selling Prints Of Photos Licensed For Free Use

(John Hanley)Creative Commons licenses let people without expansive legal teams license their creative work for use in other creative projects: a piece of Creative Commons-licensed music could appear in a podcast or a video, for example, or a photo could be used to illustrate a blog post.

CDC: Listeria Contaminated Pre-Packaged Caramel Apples Linked to Four Deaths, 28 Illnesses

(Jason Childs) The holidays are full of sweet treats and fresh-baked goods. But if your snacking plans included finishing off those prepackaged caramel apples from fall, you better come up with different plans.

Obama: Sony “Made A Mistake” Pulling ‘The Interview’ From Theaters

The FBI announced today, and President Obama confirmed during a press conference, that North Korea is indeed behind the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

NLRB: McDonald’s Retaliation Against Workers Who Participated In Protests Violates Their Rights

(epicharmus)McDonald’s and some of its franchisees retaliated against workers who participated in protests and other demonstrations over hours and working conditions, the National Labor Relations Board said today, in announcing several complaints it filed accusing the fast-food chain of violating workers’ rights with “discriminatory discipline.” Regional offices of the NLRB filed 13 complaints today covering 78 specific charges, the organization said, though some of those complaints have been settled or to be found without merit since the investigation started in 2012.

Apple Condemns BBC Reports About Factory And Tin Supplier Conditions

Earlier this week, the BBC aired an hourlong documentary program on conditions for workers in factories assembling Apple products in China, and conditions in tin mines in Indonesia that supply Apple.

Lawsuit Claims Couple Died After Getting Food Poisoning From Bob Evans’ Meatloaf

A new lawsuit claims that a “tainted meal” at Bob Evans lead to a couple’s death.Contracting food poisoning after consuming a meal is never a pleasant experience.

The Organization That Coordinates All The Internet Domain Names In The World Got Hacked

If the Internet was the Death Star, then the weak point hackers might be trying to aim at would be the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN (though I’d like to think the non-profit organization that administers and coordinates all the world’s Internet domain names wouldn’t be on the dark side).