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  • Cellphone unlocking bill clears U.S. House, heads to Obama

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to give mobile-phone users the right to 'unlock' their devices and use them on competitors' wireless networks, something that is now technically illegal. The...
  • FTC commissioner warns on mobile health-data gathering

    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, speaking in Washington on Wednesday, expressed concern about the way apps on smartphones and mobile devices are siphoning sensitive health data, and how some of that information may then be...
  • Coca-Cola sales miss estimates on flat North America growth

    (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co is still grappling with a problem even as sales of traditional Coke rise in North America: U.S. consumers are drinking less diet soda. The world's largest soda maker said on Tuesday that global sales volume rose 3 percent in its...
  • Cellphone unlocking bill passes Congress and heads to Obama's desk

    The House on Friday unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that would allow consumers to “unlock” their cellphones when switching providers. The chamber's approval comes a week after the Senate passed the bill, so it advances to the...
  • On the Spot: Stranded in Florence between Lufthansa and Vayama

    Question: I recently returned from a trip booked through Kayak/Vayama and had a disturbing experience. Last month, we were to travel home from Florence, Italy, by way of Munich, Germany, where we would embark for Los Angeles. Because of problems at the...
  • Court ruling gives boost to FutureGen 2.0 'clean coal' project

    Court ruling gives boost to FutureGen 2.0 'clean coal' project
    State regulators have the right to force Illinois consumers to purchase electricity from a proposed "clean coal" facility for the next 20 years in order to help fund the $1.6 billion federal project, according to an appellate court decision handed down...
  • Rauner speaks out against limits on ride-sharing industry

    Rauner speaks out against limits on ride-sharing industry
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Tuesday urged Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a bill that would provide oversight of the largely unregulated industry of ride-sharing, including requiring drivers of companies such as Uber to have commercial...
  • Film Review: 'Patch Town'

    A gloriously ambitious, spectacularly misguided Frankenstein's monster of a movie that combines Soviet-era iconography, Eastern European folklore and Western consumer-culture critique with a dash of song and dance, "Patch Town" imagines a world where...
  • Why won't a grocer set up shop in South Shore?

    Why won't a grocer set up shop in South Shore?
    I never thought I would have to fight for a grocery store in my ward. When I was first elected alderman of the 5th Ward in 1999, I naively thought retailers would flock to this South Side community after taking note of all of its selling points —...
  • How to escape the medical care debt trap

    How to escape the medical care debt trap
    The single biggest cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States isn't job loss or irresponsible use of credit. It's medical expenses. An analysis this year by NerdWallet Health found that about 60% of all bankruptcies are health related. And a...
  • Hasbro Lets Consumers Design their Own Toys Through 3D Printing

    Hasbro has paired up with Shapeways to launch SuperFanArt, a site through which fans of the company's toys can create their own playthings with a 3D printer. The companies are using My Little Pony to launch the effort, which if successful, could...