Late last month, Facebook announced that it will begin targeting users for advertising with information gained from outside the site. In the past, the social network would only pick up cues based on your behavior on Facebook. If you 'Liked' a page about dog care tips, soon you would see dog food ads ... More >>
By Emily Lundquist Ten dollars a month is a small price to pay for practically every piece of recorded music except The Beatles. Which is why, late last year, I signed up for Spotify. Only two months in, however, I was out, and feeling like I'd been ripped off. Turns out I'm not the only one. See ... More >>
The Federal Trade Commission is forcing POM Wonderful to stop exaggerating claims on their advertisements (see above). POM's main marketing campaign has showed that drinking the elixir from a bulbous, blood-red bottle can help treat heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction.
On the front lines of the new Cold War
Pom Wonderful Pomegranate products have long claimed that they can "treat, prevent, or reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction." It may be loaded with antioxidants, but according to a recent judge ruling -- the claims simply do not hold up. The judge ordered POM ... More >>
Bad news, smart phone users: those penis private pics you snapped with your iPhone aren't as private as you'd probably hoped.Senator Chuck Schumer to the rescue.Schumer today announced that he's asked the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into whether smart phone apps on Apple a ... More >>
Collecting your data to serve you better.If you're on Facebook, you've likely seen the panicky message that's been circulating, warning that the social networking behemoth has started publishing all your phone contacts for everybody to see: "ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE are now PUBLIS ... More >>
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is one of the packaged food brands trying to hide veggies in the mix. [Washington Post] Americans, who once thought of Italian food as the cuisine of "garlic eaters," are now more aware of the different regional nuances of Italian fare. [Washington Post] Walmart has ... More >>
Do not clickThe advertisement to the right, which everyone who uses the internet ignores on a daily basis, leads those hapless enough to click on it into a large-scale web of bullshit diet products -- including "pills made from African mangoes" and "potions made from exotic acai berries" -- w ... More >>
Sen. Chuck Schumer already won the war against crazyjuice booze drink Four Loko in New York, as it's soon to be banned statewide. But what about the rest of America? In all fifty United States, no Four Loko is safe.
Speculation regarding iron-fisted, cantankerous Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke's involvement with HBO's forthcoming show Tilda -- which concerns an iron-fisted, cantankerous Hollywood blogger played by Glenn Close -- has run the scale from completely mystified, undue speculation to speculation ... More >>
You've seen them in your local bodega, deli, or drug store. They sit there, those brightly-colored cans containing malt liquor, sugar, caffeine, and mystique, waiting for the young and not-sober-for-long masses waiting to pick them up and drain them down their thin, thirsty gizzards. Sparks. ... More >>
Maybe you haven't heard, but HBO's new show, Tilda, concerns one "Tilda Watski [who] is the most feared woman in Hollywood because her website, The Daily Circus (header: "Founder and Editor Tilda Watski"), takes aim at the town's most powerful moguls." Which, among other details, sounds like ... More >>
In this month's Columbia Journalism Review, Robert Sietsema pens a feature on the history of restaurant reviewing; the importance of anonymity; the increasing number of writers not only identifying themselves, but also accepting free meals; and how food blogs and sites like Yelp have changed the lan ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eater National looked back at 68 years of Gourmet covers. Grub Street found out that Mia Dona is closing for renovations for a few weeks. The Feedbag reacted to the FTC's plan to overhaul "endorsements and testimonials" regulations to include bloggers... could this be t ... More >>
Three people who bought peppers at a Queens store last night discovered they were stuffed with bags of cocaine. [NY Post]Whole Foods and the Federal Trade Commission have reached a settlement in the Wild Oats case.[Triangle Business Journal]Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Democratic House Spea ... More >>
The Grocery Manufacturers Association is urging the Obama administration to increase spending for food safety measures and cut subsidies to corn-based ethanol.[Reuters]Speaking of food safety measures, importing sheep's lungs is banned in the U.S., making it difficult for Scots in the States to make ... More >>
The economic downturn has resulted in a decrease in milk consumption; now California's dairy operators may need their own sort of bailout. [Mercury News]Representatives from seven of the country's most expensive restaurants, from Masa to Alinea, say they haven't seen much of a decrease in business. ... More >>
In response to the subprime mortgage foreclosure crisis sweeping New York City, the highest court in the State is finding new ways to provide homeowners with legal advice and representation if they are faced with foreclosure. A series of startling court decisions nationwide have ruled against subpr ... More >>
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