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The Most Expensive Gas in America? Unfortunately, I Think I Found it...

Paul LaRosa | Posted 07.04.2014 | Travel
Paul LaRosa

This is a photo from my vacation last week along the Northern California coast. The scenery was spectacular, the food was good and, as a bonus, I be...

Facebook's Experiment Reveals A Much Deeper Problem With The Internet Today

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 07.08.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not hard to demonize Facebook for their actions, but this problem is the same with every major company on the Internet today. The current relationship between consumers and Internet companies is unsustainable.

Senior Identity Theft Is On The Rise: How to Protect Yourself

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.02.2014 | Fifty
NextAdvisor.com

In the past, people in their 20's have reported the most identity theft complaints to the FTC. However, in the past three years, there has been a shift from 20-somethings to people ages 50 and older.

Here's a Media Insight: the Experts Are Clueless

Robert Marich | Posted 06.26.2014 | Media
Robert Marich

In 1977, a reputable media researcher speaking to a convention of theater owners predicted that competition from the then-embryonic cable TV business would wipe out U.S. cinema by the mid-1980s. What happened?

The Fastest Launch of Any Company, Part One

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.13.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

J.D. Power, or Dave, the founder of J.D. Power and Associates has spent decades not only building a successful global company, but also revolutionizing how consumers access information about product quality.

They're Not Buying It -- Because They're Not Buying It

John Friedman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
John Friedman

It is a familiar lament of companies wishing to find a market for environmentally and socially responsible (such as fair trade) goods -- the majority of consumers simply will not pay a premium for these items.

#AOLBuild Speaker Series Hosts Top Brand Builder, PepsiCo's Brad Jakeman

AOL BUILD | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
AOL BUILD

"Remaining cohesive among all brands starts by asking, What's the core brand idea you want to communicate?" PepsiCo's Brad Jakeman told AOLers gathered in the New York office last Friday afternoon.

Here's What You Need To Know About The New Nutrition Labels

Helen Agresti RD | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Helen Agresti RD

Accurate and reliable information is crucial to help the fight against childhood obesity and the many health problems it causes. The new food label will provide that information.

Congress Feeling Pressure to Pull Plug on TV Set top Box Choices

Edward J. Black | Posted 07.11.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

If we let incumbent companies pressure lawmakers for policies that crush the business model of newcomers, it chips away at the climate of innovation and the resolve of everyone to fight such short-sighted plans.

Does Facebook Know Your Location? Not for Long With Location Sentry's App

James Grundvig | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology
James Grundvig

As the smartphone industry considers adding a 'kill-switch' for mobile devices to curb their theft, law enforcement officials crow that manufacturers ...

To the Allegiant Ticket Agent Who Assigned Me Seat 36F

Amy Roost | Posted 06.21.2014 | Travel
Amy Roost

Dear Jeanette, I'm sorry I complained and spoke to you in a nasty tone of voice when checking in four hours before my flight on Friday. It's just t...

3 Memorable Ways to Launch a Product to Wow Customers

Cassie Hughes | Posted 06.11.2014 | Business
Cassie Hughes

What many marketers don't understand is that how you get a product to consumers is equally important to their initial, hands-on experience.

Why The Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised To $15 An Hour

Robert Reich | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

$10.10 isn't enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren't young teenagers; they're major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum.

Rule Mandating Rear View Camera in Vehicles Will Save Lives

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Consumers won a landmark victory last week: Starting in 2018 all new vehicles will be required to enable drivers to see what is directly behind them when they back up. This major consumer win was hard fought, and for good reason. It will save two lives each week.

Is Social Media Now Part of the CEO's Job?

Alice Korngold | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

Consumers, employees, investors, and members of the broader community look to a company's top leader to understand what that company stands for -- in good times and in bad. With social media, CEOs have a unique opportunity to be tell their story directly, immediately, and openly.

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Duke Energy Goes After Solar in South Carolina

Anne Smart | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Anne Smart

Remember your childhood fables? A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf. These monopoly utilities disguising themselves as solar advocates are still just monopolies looking out for their bottom lines.

Why Is Google Finishing My Sentences, and Facebook Reading My Mind?

Russell C. Smith | Posted 05.24.2014 | Technology
Russell C. Smith

I wish Google would stop thinking it knows what we're thinking. It doesn't. It's often ludicrously off base, and usually simply annoying. Obviously not what they were going for.

Run-Away Rain: No Rescue for California's Crippling Drought

Peter Getty | Posted 05.11.2014 | Green
Peter Getty

Since most of the rain run-off ended up in the Pacific Ocean, there's little left to quench the thirsty empty reservoirs and therefore, unusable.

Setting the Bar for Global Excellence

Jonathan Spalter | Posted 05.11.2014 | Technology
Jonathan Spalter

The global epicenter for discussions about wireless innovation, entrepreneurship and investment is not in Washington, D.C. this week where Japan's Sof...

Softbank's Pitch to Regulators Paints False Picture of U.S. Wireless

David Balto | Posted 05.10.2014 | Business
David Balto

The purpose of the U.S. antitrust laws is to protect competition and not competitors. That is a simple lesson Mr. Son should consider before he tries to justify an anticompetitive deal with a smokescreen of mischaracterizations and false statements about the state of the U.S. wireless broadband market.

Government Slashes Economic Growth Estimate

Reuters | Lucia Mutikani | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government slashed its estimate for fourth-quarter growth as consumer spending and exports were less robust than initi...

Diving Into the Mobile Web - How Brands Can Optimize in 2014

Shawn Prez | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Shawn Prez

The age of e-commerce is fully upon us and the rage is all mobile. As smartphone and tablet use continues to grow, businesses without mobile-optimized websites risk losing out on potential sales.

What Brands Can Learn From the Olympics

Jose Costa | Posted 04.26.2014 | Business
Jose Costa

Olympic success is not limited to the slopes in Sochi. The 2014 Winter Olympics give business leaders the opportunity to engage with consumers on an ...

New White House Cybersecurity Framework and DATA Act: Good Intentions, But Still Fall Short

Christina Gagnier | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Christina Gagnier

While cybersecurity and privacy are certainly "shared challenges" as the government itself has not taken the appropriate steps to rectify its own privacy violations, the government must take leadership in creating enforceable measures for the private sector and other organizations that will prevent the casual manner in which many companies still treat data.

CVS, Good for Public Health and Good for Shareholders

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

CVS/pharmacy announced on February 5, 2014, that it would pull tobacco products from its stores by October. The benefit of improved heart health, reduced chronic burden of disease, and household economies saving money on the direct cost of cigarettes? Priceless.