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  • T-Mobile purchase of MetroPCS is good for consumers, for now

    T-Mobile purchase of MetroPCS is good for consumers, for now
    Consumers would normally shake their heads in dismay at news of yet another market-shrinking telecom merger. But T-Mobile USA gobbling up rival MetroPCS is one of those rare examples of a corporate roll in the hay actually being in consumers' best...
  • Don't be tricked into applying for an online payday loan

    Don't be tricked into applying for an online payday loan
    The envelope looked official enough. "Confidential materials enclosed," it said on the outside. "Unauthorized use strictly prohibited." Evelyn Potter, 81, could feel something the size of a credit card within. Opening the envelope, she found a plastic...
  • Trying to make dollars and sense out of YouTube's partner program

    Trying to make dollars and sense out of YouTube's partner program
    Making money from YouTube videos — it's something I've always wondered about. You won't get rich stuffing Mentos into bottles of Diet Pepsi, right? Probably not. But millions of people are at least hoping for some modest returns, thanks to a...
  • Stolen identity keeps making trouble, 15 years later

    Stolen identity keeps making trouble, 15 years later
    The letter from debt collector Resurgent Capital Services arrived at my home the other day. Enclosed was a bill for $2,852.56, originally run up in the 1990s on a Citibank credit card. The name on the account: Derrick Davis. That would be the same...
  • Using junk science to promote Proposition 37

    Using junk science to promote Proposition 37
    Proposition 37, the ballot measure mandating the labeling of genetically modified food that is also known as the "right to know" initiative, is narrowly running ahead of the opposition, according to the latest opinion polls. But even if the measure...
  • Will SoftBank buy other U.S. telecom firms after Sprint?

    Will SoftBank buy other U.S. telecom firms after Sprint?
    In a soda market completely dominated by Coke and Pepsi, it wouldn't make much business sense to purchase Royal Crown Cola unless you also had plans to get your hands on Mountain Dew or Dr Pepper. I'm guessing Japan's SoftBank has just such an idea in...
  • U.S. health system has flaws, but not in quality of care

    U.S. health system has flaws, but not in quality of care
    The healthcare system, like the government, is easy to criticize until you need it. And then it's indispensable. I've devoted my fair share of ink and digital bits to talking about what's wrong with healthcare in the United States. I wrote last week...
  • Moving, slowly, toward a la carte cable

    Moving, slowly, toward a la carte cable
    The cable company Cablevision says it's just looking out for consumers in its lawsuit against Viacom, owner of MTV and Nickelodeon, over bundled programming packages that drive monthly bills higher. And the company is correct — to a point. ------...
  • Consumers need better way to fix credit reporting errors

    Consumers need better way to fix credit reporting errors
    About 10 million consumers, through no fault of their own, have serious errors on their credit reports, raising troubling questions about people's ability to secure loans and the fairness of interest rates they're charged. In the first study of its...
  • Anthem halts plan to require some drug purchases by mail

    Anthem Blue Cross is backing off a decision to require some policyholders to buy their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy — a requirement that the California attorney general's office said may be illegal. Anthem, California's...
  • The myth of deregulation's consumer benefits

    The myth of deregulation's consumer benefits
    Here's a question for you: Is there a single example of consumer prices going down and market competition increasing after deregulation of a U.S. industry? I'm serious. The phone industry? The cable industry? Regulatory oversight for both was eased...