Russian crackdown has led to a dramatic drop, but expect it to be temporary.
Enjoy the drop in Viagra spam traffic while you can. (Don't claim you didn't notice.) It's expected to be somewhat brief, as others move in to fill a void authorities say was created by an investigation of Igor A. Gusev, Russia's reputed "spam king."
Viagra and other prescription drug spam reportedly dropped by 20% worldwide -- 50 billion e-mails a day -- when the Russian computer police got involved.
Consumer Reports surveyed bespectacled readers about their purchasing experiences.
Shopping for eyeglasses isn't easy, especially when frames can cost well over $200 a pair -- even without the fancy add-ons and logos. But a Consumer Reports survey found that a great pair of eyeglasses doesn't have to break the bank.
The magazine surveyed more than 30,000 of its bespectacled readers about their most recent purchase of a pair of glasses and found that Costco topped the ratings of eyeglass retailers, which included large chains, independent local optical shops, and private doctor's offices.
Amazon launches new FB service, boosting retail move toward social networking and mobile commerce.
You check Facebook and realize that, once again, you've forgotten your niece's birthday. She's away at college in another town, so mailing brownies is out of the question if you want them to arrive in time. And you refuse to indulge in those lame Facebook games that involve spending real money for virtual gifts.
Amazon gift cards have long been available via e-mail. Making them available on Facebook is another way to integrate shopping with a service that reminds participants of friends' birthdays and lets people share their shopping experiences online.
Research shows that interruptions can make pleasant things more pleasurable, and unpleasant things even worse.
Sometimes, I read a study and go, "Hahaha, yeah, right." Most often, I then proceed to do exactly what the study says I would do. This is one of those studies.
I mean, how would you react if the study title was, literally, "Enhancing the Television‐Viewing Experience through Commercial Interruptions"?
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More banks are paying you to open accounts, but 'free' money has a cost.
There is no such thing as free money -- unless, of course, you want to open a checking account. Several banks have started offering cold, hard cash to get new customers in the door.
But hidden in the fine print are fees and rules that will wipe out the windfall.
Cash incentive offers have more than doubled over the last year, says Schwark Satyavolu, chief executive of BillShrink.com, which tracks bank account trends.
The chaos that moving creates affects all aspects of our lives.
The thought of moving is enough to strike fear in the hearts of the bravest souls. Relocating on the cheap -- without the benefit of a team of professional movers, a sea of boxes and bubble wrap, and a small fleet of vans -- well, that's just plain hard.
But, for most of us, high-end moving services aren't part of our reality, and moving involves straining the bonds of friendship, frustrating all-night packing marathons, and eating croutons and bacon bits for lunch because we've packed the rest of the food.
With some simple preparation, a laser-like focus, and lots of patience, moving on a budget can be less of a hassle. Here are eight tips for successful DIY moving:
Brazilian court orders fast-food giant to pay former employee who gained 65 pounds on the job.
McDonald's has lost a high-profile obesity lawsuit, with a Brazilian court ordering the fast-food giant to pay $17,500 to a former manager who says he gained 65 pounds while working at a franchise.
The employee, whose identity was not made public, said he went from about 155 to 231 pounds during his time with the company. The plaintiff said the random presence of "mystery clients" -- who are tasked with visiting franchises and evaluating their food quality, cleanliness and customer service -- made him feel obliged to sample the food every day.
What if doctors' offices were like the gym: pay $50 to $150 monthly and come as often as you like -- without insurance? It's already available.
You've probably heard of Doctors Without Borders. Maybe it's time for doctors without insurance.
Thanks to a little-known provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as health care reform, beginning in 2014 a new type of medical practice will be allowed to compete within state-based insurance exchanges. They're called direct primary care practices or "medical homes."
By eliminating insurance companies from the health care equation, these practices promise to lower the cost of medical care by up to 40% -- according to some experts -- the amount sucked up by insurance company profit and overhead.
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