Consumer Confidential: CEOs say they care about customers and workers. Propaganda experts are unimpressed

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Kenneth Osgood studies propaganda. So he knew what he was seeing when business leaders announced this week that they don't just care about shareholders -- they care about customers, workers and society.

"I raised my eyebrows really high when I saw this," Osgood, a history professor at Colorado School of Mines, told me.

He said it instantly ...Read more

Kids are dying in hot cars at an alarming rate; safety agency tweets for awareness

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The numbers are sickening: 10 children dead in 20 days.

They were little girls and boys who died in hot cars just in the last few weeks, a growing crisis that's perplexing in part because experts say the deaths are both unintentional and preventable.

Some automakers have deployed technological solutions, but making them standard on all new ...Read more

$960 billion deficit expected this year, more than $1 trillion next

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WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Budget Office has upped its estimate of current and future deficits largely as a result of the two-year budget deal enacted last month, which the agency projects will add $1.7 trillion in red ink over 10 years.

That forecast assumes that the increased spending in fiscal 2020 and 2021 thanks to the higher caps ...Read more

Spider-Man is leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Sony and Disney talks fall apart

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Spider-Man appears to have taken his last swing through Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Kevin Feige, the president of Disney-owned Marvel Studios, will no longer produce the "Spider-Man" movies released by rival studio Sony Pictures after the two companies failed to come to a new agreement, according to three people familiar with ...Read more

Target posts another strong quarter with 3.4% rise in comparable sales

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Target's winning streak continued into the summer with the retailer posting a 3.4% jump in comparable sales and raising its profit outlook for the full year.

Traffic rose 2.4% in the second quarter, driven partially by a 34% increase in digital sales and its same-day delivery services through in-store and curbside pickup and ...Read more

Michigan steel plant warns it will lay off nearly 200 workers

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DETROIT -- The U.S. Steel operation in Ecorse, Mich., will temporarily lay off nearly 200 workers because of "market conditions and recent reductions in customer demand," the company said in a filing with Michigan state government.

The WARN Act filing said about 50 employees have been laid off since July and "further layoffs are likely to ...Read more

Florida health department workers say they could be fired for speaking Spanish

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Seven Puerto Rican workers from Central Florida said they were threatened with losing their jobs because they spoke Spanish inside their workplace, Channel 8 News reported.

The all-women group, consisting of five nurses, a secretary, and an administrative assistant who work in the Florida Health Department clinic in Haines City in Polk County, ...Read more

Once listed for $1 billion. Sold for $100,000. What just happened?

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LOS ANGELES -- A heated court battle, a last-second offer and a sparsely attended auction behind a fountain in Pomona -- this chapter of the famed Mountain of Beverly Hills ends not with a princely sum but a sale price more like that of a sports car.

Touted as the city's finest undeveloped piece of land, the 157-acre property redefined the ...Read more

Palantir's controversial ICE contract renewed

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A Palantir contract to provide technology to U.S. immigration authorities has been renewed for up to three years, according to a government document made public this week.

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement approved the renewal July 22, the document shows. How much the government is paying Palantir ...Read more

FAA cautions airlines on maintenance of sensors that were key to 737 Max crashes

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Following two deadly crashes of the Boeing 737 Max, both of which were initiated by a faulty reading from a single angle of attack sensor, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has cautioned airlines, aircraft-maintenance companies and manufacturers that the sensors are vulnerable to damage and must be carefully maintained.

"It is ...Read more

Boeing will hire hundreds of temporary employees as it prepares for 737 Max's return to service

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Boeing said Tuesday it will begin hiring a few hundred temporary employees at Moses Lake to work on the grounded 737 Max fleet and prepare the planes for return to service once regulators gives them clearance to fly again.

The company, which will provide paid housing and a meal allowance for the temporary hires, is looking for avionics ...Read more

Facebook will use journalists to curate news, opening itself to more bias allegations

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Mark Zuckerberg is a consistent guy. For years, he has worn the same gray T-shirts, idolized the same Roman emperor and repeated the same denials that Facebook Inc. has any desire to become a media company.

But after a punishing few years for his company's public image, Zuckerberg has softened that stance, green-lighting development of a new ...Read more

Qualcomm ends patent licensing spat with LG, signs five-year deal

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Qualcomm has inked a new patent licensing deal with South Korean electronics giant LG on terms consistent with other Qualcomm patent agreements globally.

The five-year license covers 3G, 4G and 5G smartphones and other complete devices, according to Qualcomm. The San Diego company did not reveal further details on Tuesday, including the royalty...Read more

Ransomware is everywhere — even in this sleepy Texas town

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KEENE, Texas -- When a ransomware attack hit Keene, Texas, no one noticed.

Like many small Texas cities, Keene -- an exurb about 40 miles south of Fort Worth with a population of about 6,500 -- contracted its technology services to an out-of-town company, including management of its computer servers. The city had never been hit with something ...Read more

Tech Q&A: That undelivered e-mail notice for mail you didn't send is spam

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Q: I received Gmail notifications from the "mailer-daemon" that an e-mail message I sent couldn't be delivered. But I never sent that message. So far, I've changed my Gmail password and switched to using my Yahoo Mail account instead. But the "mailer-daemon" notifications are now showing up in my Yahoo e-mail (the "alternate e-mail address" for ...Read more

T-Mobile's promise of widespread 5G comes a step closer with new lab in Washington

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BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Two decades ago, it was an old warehouse packed with stoves, refrigerators and other appliances. Today, it's a 20,000-square-foot facility with advanced technology meant to bring nationwide 5G to T-Mobile's customers before the competition.

The company bought the building 20 years ago for general operations, slowly housing ...Read more

Del Monte closing 89-year-old Minnesota plant; will lay off all workers

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Just days after Sleepy Eye, Minn., wrapped up Buttered Corn Days, the company that donates all of the sweet cobs for the annual summer festival announced plans to shutter the local canning plant, laying off all full-time and seasonal workers with it.

Del Monte Foods Inc. on Tuesday notified the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic ...Read more

Georgia Supreme Court: Are data breach victims entitled to damages?

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ATLANTA -- In the spring of 2016, a cyber thief calling himself the "Dark Overlord" hacked into the databases of a Clarke County medical clinic and emerged with the personal information of an estimated 200,000 patients.

The Athens Orthopedic Clinic refused to pay the hacker's ransom and advised current and former patients to set up anti-fraud ...Read more

Federal consumer agency hires exec in complaint-ridden firm as watchdog

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So far this year, more than 1,000 student borrowers have complained to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington about the practices of an obscure but powerful Pennsylvania state agency that services their loans.

Now the consumer bureau has hired a high-ranking executive from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency as ...Read more

DOJ talking with states in 'broad' tech antitrust probe

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Justice Department intends to work with state attorneys general in a broad review of whether large technology companies are harming competition, the department's top antitrust official said.

More than a dozen states are interested in the issue and will likely cooperate with the Justice Department, Makan Delrahim, the head...Read more


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