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Tribune NewsMouse print: It's the catch, the gotcha, the bait-and-switch. It's print advertising's tiny type, fit for reading by mice, or a speed-talked disclaimer on TV or radio that often makes an advertised claim false or misleading. "FREE BOX OF CORN FLAKES...
Watchdog with Paul MuschickIf you bought certain blankets, sheets or clothing from Amazon.com, Macy's, Sears, Kmart or Leon Max several years ago thinking it was environmentally friendly because it was made of bamboo, it might not have been. Authorities allege the retailers were......
This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.The latest smartphone figures show Apple and Android phones have taken nearly complete control of the U.S. smartphone market, with almost 90% combined market share. A report by comScore shows that as of November, Apple and Android devices accounted...
About 10 million consumers, through no fault of their own, have serious errors on their credit reports, raising troubling questions about people's ability to secure loans and the fairness of interest rates they're charged. In the first study of its...
A young Poconos man nearly was in tears when we talked about his credit reports. He said his father's medical debts mistakenly were showing up on his reports, and no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't get them removed. He was trying to get loans to...
WASHINGTON -- About one in 20 consumers had significant errors on their credit reports that could cause them to pay more for auto loans and other financial products, according to a Federal Trade Commission report released Monday. The study also found...
Federal regulators have warned the mobile-app industry that if it doesn't take people's privacy more seriously, lawmakers will likely lower the boom. The Federal Trade Commission is urging smartphone and tablet app developers to include "do not track"...
Tags: Computer Hardware, Consumers, Business
Watchdog with Paul MuschickIf you're hitting the road for the holidays and are booking a hotel room, make sure you know the full price you'll be paying before you arrive. Authorities recently warned several hotels they weren't being upfront with their online pricing.......
Anthem Blue Cross may be breaking California law by requiring some policyholders to buy their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy, according to the state attorney general's office. Anthem, the state's largest for-profit health insurer,...
The Hartford CourantIt's too late for a 2012 makeover. Here are a few ways to make yourself a better, bolder consumer in 2013: >> Fire your bank. Don't like all the charges and fees? Say goodbye. Then shop around. A local credit union might be the best place for big-bank...
SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal regulators have taken the first major step in nearly 15 years to strengthen the protection of kids’ online privacy. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it has given parents greater control over the information...
Tags: Google+, Online Media Industry, Social Media, Consumers, Culture
When people tell me they think they wired money to a con artist and want to know how they can get it back, I try to break the bad news to them gently. They'll likely never see that money again. That's what they're afraid of when they call. I still...
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