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  • Restaurant Owner Sues Google for Sabotaging Weekend Sales

    Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    The owner of the 'Serbian Crown' restaurant is taking Google to court. The eatery suffered a 75 percent drop in customers over weekends in early 2012, and for a long time, owner Rene Bertagna could not understand what was going on. Then, a regular diner mentioned Google Places had listed Serbian Crown as closed on weekends and Mondays, according to The Wire. Because of this incorrect listing, Bertagna's business suffered so much he had to lay off the staff and eventually close shop completely by April 2013, about a year after the incorrect Google Places listing went up. Serbian Crown, like most restaurants, was busiest on weekends. Located in a wealthy suburb and known for selling exotic meats (even lion) it had been successful for forty years. After the incorrect Google Places information was discovered, the owner hired an Internet consultant to adjust and take control of the listing, however the damage had already been done. Bertagna is claiming that he never used Google Maps, or even the Internet, so he did not make the initial change to the restaurant's hours. His lawsuit puts the blame solely on Google for allowing the listing to be "sabotaged" and not acting swiftly or strongly enough to undo the damage, The Wire reports.

  • Self-serve beer stations make debut

    Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Self-serve beer stations are up and running in Target Field, says ABC LA and ESPN, so Minnesota Twins fans and those who attend the Major League Baseball All-Star festivities next week can decide what they want and even how much they want of it. The machines, called DraftServ, are a partnership between concessionaire Delaware North and Anheuser-Busch. Fans attending Twins games can go to a cash register, show their ID and preload a $10 or $20 card. Fans then scan the card at the machine and can choose between four beers and regulate how much they want to have poured.

  • TGI Fridays takes a chance on 'endless' appetizers

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    There all-you-can eat buffets. No-limit salad bars. And even eat-'til-you-drop dessert bars. But this may be a first for a national restaurant chain: endless appetizers. USA TODAY reports TGI Fridays, whose signature item is arguably its appetizer line, today launches a high-profile but risky "Endless Appetizers" summer promotion that offers all-you-can-eat appetizers for $10 per person.

  • Netflix is looking to pay someone to watch Netflix all day

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Ploughing through your new favourite series on Netflix is something you probably enjoy doing after a working day, but what if it was your working day? You see, Netflix has a fancy recommendation engine that suggests movies and shows you might like based on your prior viewing habits. To do that successfully, it needs information from a special group of humans that goes beyond the basics like genre and user rating, reports. "Taggers," as they're known, analyze Netflix content and feed the recommendation engine with more specific descriptors if, for example, a film is set in space or a cult classic. In short, these people get paid to watch TV all day, and Netflix is currently hiring a new tagger in the UK.

  • 3 Female Justices Furious in New Contraceptive Ruling

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    (Newser) – A divided Supreme Court today allowed, at least for now, an evangelical college in Illinois that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to avoid filling out a government document that the college says would violate its religious beliefs. The justices said that Wheaton College does not have to fill out the contested form while its case is on appeal. Instead, it can write the Department of Health and Human Services declaring that it is a religious nonprofit organization and that it objects to emergency contraception. The college does provide coverage for other birth control.

  • Starbucks Praises Barista Who Defended Breastfeeding Mom

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    After a mother in Ottawa, Canada, was scolded by a customer for nursing her baby inside a Starbucks and a male barista came to her aid, the coffee giant expressed support for its employee, saying he did the right thing, according to Yahoo Shine. “We want everyone who comes to our stores to enjoy their visit and to be treated with dignity and respect," Louisa Girotto, director of public affairs at Starbucks Canada, tells Yahoo Shine. "We were very pleased with the customer service our partner offered the woman who was breastfeeding, and I will reach out to him directly.”

  • This Dirty Bed Just Sold for Over $3.7 Million

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    When Tracey Emin got dumped, she didn’t get out of bed for four days, depressed. Then she took her dirty bed and turned it into a famous work of art, reports. ‘My Bed’ was sold at a Christie’s auction in London on Tuesday for around $3.77 million, a huge spike since it sold to world-class art collector Charles Saatchi in 2000 for about $200,000.

  • Meet the mom who makes moonshine

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    A decade ago Troylyn "Troy" Ball; her husband, Charlie; and their three kids moved from Austin, Texas, to Asheville, North Carolina, to find a climate that would be help relieve her sons' constant allergies. There, they didn't just find new weather, they found a new life, according to Yahoo Shine. Ball, now 54, was able to afford in-home care for two of her three sons, who suffer from a rare metabolic disease that has left them nonverbal and wheelchair bound, and for the first time in her life she was able to work outside the home. And when her new neighbors began coming over to say hello, many toting a jar of moonshine, Ball figured out what she wanted to do for a living: make her own liquor. Today, Ball runs Asheville Distilling Co., the only legal moonshine distillery in the country owned and operated by a woman. She's also one of just five women to own a distillery in the United States, Yahoo Shine reports.

  • OU's $39.9 million investment in Bob Stoops yields big return

    By GUERIN EMIG, Tulsa World | Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    NORMAN — OU football and big business intersected again at the university’s regents meeting Wednesday, and Bob Stoops was there as usual, Tulsa World reports.

  • This Genius Printed His Resume On Beer (And Got The Job)

    Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Creativity is key -- especially in graphic design. That's why one graphic designer in Canada sought to separate himself from other recent graduates by printing his resume on a pack of beer, the Huffington Post reports.

  • Walmart cuts iPhone prices

    Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    If you're still holding out for the price of the newest iPhones to drop, your time has come, says CNN Money. Walmart said it is cutting the price for both the iPhone 5s and 5c beginning 9 a.m. Friday. With a two-year contract, a 16-gigabyte iPhone 5S will cost $99, coming down from $149. The 16-gigabyte iPhone 5c will be $29, down from $49.

  • FIFA reportedly investigating Neymar for displaying prohibited underpants at World Cup

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    With an unrepentant person biter terrorizing World Cup matches, FIFA has reportedly also found time to launch an investigation into Neymar's underpants, Yahoo News reports.

  • Status update: Facebook not so diverse

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook, the world's most popular social network, for the first time released statistics on the makeup of its workforce that do not reflect the demographics of its users around the globe, USA Today reports. The lopsided numbers are just the latest from a major Silicon Valley company to paint a stark picture of an industry sector dominated by white men and are sure to escalate an already heated debate over the lack of diversity in the tech industry.

  • Hyundai Tucson ‘Walking Dead’ special edition hits dealerships

    Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Zombie drama “The Walking Dead” might not return to AMC until later this year, but die-hard fans can get a special fix courtesy of Hyundai Hyundai’s special “Walking Dead” edition of its Tucson crossover has gone on sale at dealerships today. Packed with goodies, this limited edition model is designed for fans and doomsdayers alike!

  • Creep App Brings Us a Step Closer to Being Able to Curse Out Other Drivers via Text

    Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    General Motors wants to make it easier for Chinese customers to curse out the moron who cut them off or get the digits of the attractive driver one car over at the stoplight. So it’s developed an app called DiDi Plate that lets Android users text the owner of a car by simply scanning its license plate, Wired reports. John Du, GM China’s research and development director, demonstrated the app at the Telematics Detroit conference earlier this month, according to Computerworld. It’s a prototype app, but Du said GM is looking to have the technology added to its in-car infotainment system.

  • N.D. oil production tops 1 million-barrels-a-day milestone

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    North Dakota has joined the big leagues of crude oil production, surpassing 1 million barrels per day — an output second only to Texas in the U.S., the Star Tribune reports

  • Woman suing Kohl’s because they won’t stop calling about the $20 she owes them

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Lisa Ratliff of Ypsilanti, Michigan is probably going to stop shopping at Kohl’s, Yahoo News reports.

  • Obama's antigay discrimination order revives a familar religious freedom fight

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    After five years of hedging and rebuffing, the White House announced this week it would make good on a campaign promise with an executive order banning discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Redskins lose trademark, Harry Reid says team will be 'forced' to change name

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    In what some see as the first step to forcing the Washington Redskins football team to change their name, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday cancelled six federal trademarks of the team name because it's “disparaging” to Native Americans, reports the Washington Examiner. “Petitioners have shown by a preponderance of the evidence that a substantial composite of Native Americans found the term REDSKINS to be disparaging,” said the decision. Fans, however, won’t see any immediate change — even if Daniel Snyder’s team eventually loses in court. That’s because all the order will do is eliminate the trademark the team has on merchandise. The Redskins are expected to appeal.

  • Gasoline at U.S. Pumps Set to Hit Six-Year Seasonal High

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Gasoline in the U.S. climbed this week, boosted by a surge in oil, and is expected to reach the highest level for this time of year since 2008. The pump price averaged $3.686 a gallon yesterday, up 1.2 cents from a week earlier, data posted on the Energy Information Administration’s website late yesterday show. Oil, which accounts for two-thirds of the retail price of gasoline, gained $2.49 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange in the same period and $4.88 in the month ended yesterday.