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Toshiba Quits U.S. TV Market, Licenses Name To Taiwan’s Compal

(Bob)Toshiba will be leaving the U.S. market for televisions, but you’ll still be able to buy a Toshiba TV later this year.

Restaurant Bonus Gift Card Promotions Mean Discounted Meals

(The Joy Of The Mundane)Sure, gift card bonus deals are meant to induce you to buy even more gift cards, maybe keeping the smaller one for yourself.

Study: “Anonymous” Credit Card Data Is Actually Completely Identifiable

(a lonewolf) We all kind of know that credit card data isn’t terribly secure, and that the payment information is likely to get swiped eventually.

Appeals Court Sides With FTC In POM Wonderful False Advertising Case

(gabster_ro)The Federal Trade Commission hasn’t let the bee out of its bonnet over health claims made by POM Wonderful that it says amount to deceptive advertising, having kept on the company’s case since 2010.

Lawsuit Alleges Costco Managers, Employees Taunted Greeter With Tourette’s

(Mike Mozart) A new federal lawsuit filed today claims that Costco and the managers of a Long Island store violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and New York State Human Rights laws by allegedly allowing managers and staff to taunt a fellow employee about his Tourette’s Syndrome, to the point where the man had to be hospitalized.

Verizon Wireless Will Finally Allow Users To Opt Out Of Being Tracked By “Supercookies”

(Amanda Hoffman) Verizon has been watching you. If you use their mobile service, Verizon has been tracking your every move on the internet for the better part of the last two years, with no way for you to opt out.

Super Bowl Weekend Is The Big Show For Pizza Box Manufacturers

(Marc Wathieu)Did you know that there’s a pizza season? Pizzerias say that their business picks up in October, and the bump lasts through the NCAA tournament in March.

FCC Proposes $640,000 Fine For AT&T’s Violation Of Airwave License Rules

(Mike Mozart) If you don’t play by the Federal Communications Commission’s rules, then you’re likely going to get caught and have to pay a hefty fine.

Alibaba Vows To Step Up Efforts To Prevent Online Sales Of Counterfeit Goods

It’s been a whirlwind week for the relationship between e-commerce giant Alibaba and the Chinese government.

Comcast Is Also Changing Customers’ Names To “Whore” And “Dummy”

(courtesy is not how Comcast wanted to end a week that saw it having to explain how a supposedly rogue employee could change a customer’s name to “A**hole Brown.” Other customers have since come forward claiming they also had their names tweaked for the worst by Comcast staffers.

Are Cable Companies Lowering HBO Rates In Advance Of Standalone HBO Go?

(blue_j)Though we still don’t know a specific launch date, name, or monthly cost of HBO’s upcoming standalone streaming service, it looks like some pay-TV providers are cutting their rates for the premium service or offering discounted promotions in advance of its debut.

Addicted To Tanning? Study Says It Might Be In Your Genes

(gweggyphoto)While there are those of us who shun the sun and it’s potential to tan skin into a hue other than scariest white, some people find themselves craving the sun’s rays or seeking to get their Vitamin D fix in tanning beds.

Jones New York Will Close Stores, End Wholesale Business

This week hasn’t exactly brought good news for women’s fashion. Kate Spade announced yesterday that it would shutter its Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade stores, and today, Jones New York announced it would close stores and discontinue its wholesale business.

McDonald’s Will Allow Some Customers To Pay With Selfies, Hugs & High Fives Next Week

(McDonald’s on YouTube)In its latest effort porving that McDonald’s is going to cling to this Lovin’ thing and never, ever let it go, the fast-food chain has a new Super Bowl ad promising to reward touchy-feely customers with free food, in exchange for selfies, hugs, high fives and anything else the company deems to be in line with Lovin’.

CFPB Proposal Aims To Improve Mortgage Access In Rural & Underserved Areas

(Bill Bradford) A new proposal issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week aims to make it easier for consumers in rural and underserved areas of the United State to obtain mortgages.

Exec Formerly Known As “Comcast Frank” Has Some Tough-Love Advice For Company

(honeylamb)Once upon a time, Frank Eliason was better known Comcast Frank, heading up the cable company’s Digital Care team during a time when people began to realize that complaining on the Internet could get results.

Adobe Accuses Forever 21 Of Pirating Design Software

(Mike Mozart)Wait a minute…Forever 21 is in legal trouble over an intellectual property issue that doesn’t involve accusations that it ripped off another fashion company’s design?

ESPN Selling U.S. Fans Live-Streaming Access To Cricket World Cup For $99.99

(j.e.mcgowan)While cricket doesn’t enjoy the immense popularity it inspires in other countries, fans of the sport who’ve been going without their fixes here in the United States will have a way to watch the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup: In a first for ESPN, the network is selling live-streaming access to the cup’s 49 matches in February and March for $99.99.

Report Spotlights Impact Of Payday Lenders On Most Vulnerable Communities

(Scurzuzu) It’s no secret that payday loan storefronts often pop up in lower-income communities where consumers are more likely to need a quick infusion of cash to get to the next paycheck.

Yelp Goes To Court To Protect Identity Of Anonymous Review-Writer

(Rich Rogala)Once again, a business who is displeased with an anonymous review on Yelp is trying to sue that reviewer and attempting to compel Yelp to reveal that user’s actual identity.