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  • Bangladesh's sweatshops: A boycott is not the answer

    One year ago this week, the eight-story Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka, killing 1,129 people. The building's top floors had been added illegally, and their weight caused the lower stories to buckle. Many of...
  • A 'kill switch' to deter smartphone theft: It's the right call

    Do you own a smartphone? If so, you are a target for opportunistic thieves. Robberies and thefts involving smartphones are now the most common property crimes in America. The black market for these stolen devices has become so lucrative that even...
  • Mini wallet latest item to enter fashion tech scene

    Mini wallet latest item to enter fashion tech scene
    Having your phone battery die while you’re out and about sucks. Liz Salcedo created a solution that allows people to charge their phones in their clutch purses. And now she has a wallet solution. Her Chicago-based company Everpurse, a graduate...
  • Supreme Court justices appear conflicted over Aereo copyright case

    Supreme Court justices appear conflicted over Aereo copyright case
    WASHINGTON — Confronting a case that could reshape the television broadcast industry, Supreme Court justices sounded conflicted Tuesday over whether an upstart streaming service is violating copyright laws by enabling subscribers to record...
  • Suit alleges shoe boxes contain ingredient in rat repellent

    A major manufacturer of anti-fungal products has filed suit in Los Angeles against a competitor, contending that hundreds of thousands of shoe boxes coming into U.S. ports each day could contain a chemical used in rat repellent. The chemical, known as...
  • Why Elizabeth Warren's new book doesn't read like presidential prologue

    Elizabeth Warren's ninth book is a campaign biography with a twist. Warren, who emerged as a national figure during the early days of the financial crisis, rapidly became a star of the Democratic Party's liberal-populist wing. Her 2012 Senate campaign...
  • 'The People's Platform' takes on the digital age of exploitation

    With every click, every tweet, every share, am I being exploited or am I taking advantage of the digital revolution? This is the question I kept asking myself as I read Astra Taylor's "The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the...
  • FDA to begin regulating e-cigarettes

    FDA to begin regulating e-cigarettes
    WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration plans to begin regulating electronic cigarettes for the first time, banning sales to minors and requiring manufacturers to put health warnings on the nicotine-delivering devices that have become a...
  • The FCC mulling new, less neutral rules for the Net

    The FCC mulling new, less neutral rules for the Net
    Moments after news leaked about a new "Net neutrality" plan from the Federal Communications Commission's chairman, consumer advocates in Washington began proclaiming their distaste. "With this proposal, the FCC is aiding and abetting the largest ISPs in...
  • Ideologies clash in race for California insurance commissioner

    Ideologies clash in race for California insurance commissioner
     Both leading candidates for state insurance commissioner in the June 3 primary election call themselves consumer advocates. But that's where the similarities end. Incumbent Democrat Dave Jones, 52, a Sacramento lawyer and former legislator,...
  • Rich in L.A. worry more about going broke as retirees than getting fat

    Rich in L.A. worry more about going broke as retirees than getting fat
    Wealthy people in Los Angeles worry more about running out of money in retirement than about losing their jobs or getting fat. That’s the upshot of a new report, which analyzed the financial stresses weighing on the so-called “mass affluent,...