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Bad Press on Bad Press Leads to Juicero Refunds

April 21, 2017 |

The company that once hawked a product vying to be “the most technologically advanced thing in the kitchen” is now offering refunds for the uber-appliance, Fortune reports. The $ 400 Juicero machine, a WiFi-enabled juicer billed as the “Keurig of juicers,” received $ 120 million in startup funds, but a Bloomberg report…
Newser

GOP lawmaker, pockets stuffed with bank cash, leads assault on consumer bureau

April 10, 2017 |

Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, was trying to be funny. It’s the only explanation.

Otherwise, we’re left to assume that Hensarling was being the world’s biggest corporate shill and hypocrite when he accused the head of the Consumer Financial Protection…


L.A. Times – Business

London Calling: Ex-Rocker Leads Capital’s Financiers Into Brexit Battle

March 20, 2017 |

As lord mayor—the City of London’s cheerleader-in-chief—in the Brexit era, organ-playing ex-rocker Andrew Parmley pulls out the stops for British financiers to win over investors.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

‘Flavorless as Dirt’: Girl Scout’s Honesty Leads to Big Sales

January 31, 2017 |

Charlotte McCourt, 11, has sold more than 15,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in a manner so unconventional it’s making news: She’s been unflinchingly honest. Trefoils? “Kind of boring.” Toffee-tastic? “As flavorless as dirt.” Savannah Smiles? “Divine.” (Not all were negative.) Charlotte, a New Jersey sixth-grader, was dismayed…
Newser

A Fake News Story Leads to Nuclear Threat

December 26, 2016 |

If 2016 is the year of the fake news story, then it’s ending in appropriate fashion: One bogus story has just led to a veiled threat of nuclear retaliation. As the Times of Israel explains, the craziness began when a fake news site, AWD News, ran a fake story in…
Newser

App Leads Woman to Grisly Discovery: Her Husband’s Body

December 25, 2016 |

A California woman’s phone led her to her missing husband’s body before the authorities could find him. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the unnamed woman reported her husband, 49-year-old Jayesh Patel, missing when he didn’t come home Friday. Using a find-my-phone app, Patel’s wife traced him to a field behind…
Newser

Trump’s plan to spend on infrastructure leads companies to pitch their products as infrastructure

November 19, 2016 |

Gone are the days when federal infrastructure spending was measured in highways, bridges and ports.

As President-elect Donald Trump considers a massive new spending plan on public works, policy experts, lawmakers and companies are racing to make the case that infrastructure could include projects…


L.A. Times – Business

In Europe, Trumpism Leads Down Different Economic Path

November 14, 2016 |

The market senses that Mr. Trump’s win is likely to lead to a change in U.S. economic strategy. For European populists hoping to ride his coat tails, electoral success would have a different result, Simon Nixon writes.
WSJ.com: What’s News Europe

Bathroom Break Leads to Major Prehistoric Discovery

November 5, 2016 |

“A man getting out of the car to go to the toilet led to the discovery of one of the most important sites in Australian pre-history,” archaeologist Giles Hamm tells ABC News . Hamm was surveying a section of Australia’s Flinders Ranges when his partner, aboriginal elder Clifford Coulthard, had to…
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