| Oct 4, 2012
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...
| Oct 30, 2012
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...
| May 28, 2012
| 4:05 PM
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...
| Sep 4, 2012
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...
| Oct 14, 2012
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...
| Oct 16, 2012
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...
| Jul 2, 2013
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...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 3:16 PM
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.
| Feb 18, 2013
| 7:30 PM
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...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 7:48 PM
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.
| Feb 14, 2013
| 4:48 PM
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...