The recent reports from the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Survey have been a persistently middling to depressing economic indicator, but September's 9-point gain over August made for a bit of unexpected good news.
Today in show business news: Here's our first look at the old Oscar winners in Vegas comedy Last Vegas, HBO is heading to Silicon Valley, and The CW is trying to figure out Wonder Woman.
The soon-to-be Mr. Biel spent a not-so-wild weekend with friends in Mexico. Also today in celebrity news: An important Ashton/Mila mystery is solved, Justin Bieber sets the record straight about his car, and Ryan Lochte and The Situation finally convene.
In an exit interview with Poynter now that he's out of the public editor role at The New York Times, Arthur Brisbane sounds like he's still upset about the public blowback he received after he wondered in a blog post, "Should The Times be a Truth Vigilante?"
Thanks to U.S. banks upping fees and modifying minimum-balance rules, so-called "free checking" accounts are the most expensive they've ever been in history.
The owners of Village Voice Media (and the original founders of one of that company's 13 alt-weekly newspapers) have decided to sell all their publications in order to distance the news from their controversial adult services website.
A Foxconn plant that creates parts for Apple's new iPhone had to be shut down today after a huge dormitory brawl escalated into a riot involving as many as 2,000 workers.
Apple is currently worth something like zillion dollars (read: $656 billion) and it has no signs of slowing down. The question the New York Times' Nick Bilton raises is, when are they going to reach the unreachable summit? When is Apple going to break the trillion dollar ceiling?
It's been two months since The New York Times made media watchers scrutinizing the practice of quote approval, and now the paper has finally publicly clarified its own policy on the practice: Don't do it.
The world is divided between makers and takers: those who tip and those who demand to be tipped, and the two sides are at odds. Is 25 percent the new 47 percent?
The money, the fame, and the excesses that come with being the guy on a pro football team are the things kids fantasize about. But sometimes things don't work out. Sometimes you make the NFL, but end up broke anyway. Vince Young, after six seasons, is learning that the hard way.
The promise of Facebook monetization lies in this chart by Nielsen: It shows people trust their friends above all other forms of advertising--by a lot.
Harvard may have the fancy name, but people who go to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology made more money after graduation this year, with a median starting salary of $56,700 compared to the Cantab median of $54,100.
When Yahoo appointed former Google loyalist Marissa Mayer as CEO, some suspected that it was part of a Google plot to bring down the competition. While never a very likely scenario, it looks even less likely today.
This week Subway got fresh with giveaways, Land Rover showed us the benefits of Google +, and we tried to crack Victoria's Secret's social media strategy.
Thoughtfulness has flown out the window out Newsweek this week, as Tina Brown traded in a little bit of integrity and placed her bets on Islamophobia being a big seller with the magazine's screaming "Muslim Rage" cover.
Because being one of the world's the richest just isn't enough. Buffett has no plans of slowing down now that he's finished radiation treatment for his non-life threatening prostate cancer, which he announced to newspaper executives on Friday.
Smartphones like the new Apple iPhone 5 is all anyone can talk about, but dumbphones are still very much being used, sometimes as symbol of proud anti-consumerism as we've documented. Turns out, hipsters aside, the real people driving dumb phone sales are teenagers, according to this chart by comScore Data Mine.
Hooters, infamous home to big boobs and orange hot shorts, had a realization: Women are, like, half the population. And they eat too!
Tony Ortega, editor of The Village Voice, just announced on the weekly's news blog Runnin' Scared that he's leaving the paper.
Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke is sick of sitting on the sidelines and on Thursday announced an aggressive new plan to boost the economic recovery by pushing down longer-term interest rates.
The Federal Reserve has announced a new round of Quantitative Easing, hoping to boost a sluggish economy with a influx of new cash.
Today in The Wall Street Journal Sue Shellenbarger discusses a type of coworker you've surely had the occasion to work with, assuming you've been working in an office environment for any time at all. This is, Shellenbarger writes, the "workplace whiner."
The next time you get a call and decide to give to well-respected charities like The American Cancer Society or The American Diabetes Association, just keep in mind that your donation to fight cancer or support diabetes research could actually be going to the wallets of the telemarketers soliciting your donations.
Ignoring today's moment of silence in respect for the victims and families of 9/11 in favor of chatting with Kris Jenner, as the Today show did this morning, is well, pretty awful. Thanks to the team over at Daily Intel and the power of video editing, you can now cringe and actually watch the Kardashian brood mother narrate the moment of silence in real-time with talk about her new boobs.
Heineken showed us how to toast, Bertelsmann helped us get back to school, and UNICEF showed everyone how do to social media right during this week's rankings.
The U.S. Treasury moved to reduce its stake in AIG to below 50 percent on Sunday as it continued to keep its promise to distance itself from the controversial 2008 bailout.
Zadie Smith may have crossed some ridiculous ethical boundary when she had lunch with Jay-Z for her T Magazine profile of the rapper, but the Times doesn't seem to care very much.
The Democratic Convention is over and everyone is either fired up, ready to go, or still hungover. But after throwing such an awesome party, it's time to pay the tab. For the Democrats, they're stuck with a $15 million bill still outstanding.
Thanks to a perfect storm of court orders, legislation, and high demand, the Los Angeles Times reports that illegal beer vending has become the industry du jour in an area where addicts are trying to rebuild their lives.
The monthly jobs report fell far short of expectations, but President Obama gets some sliver of good news as the unemployment rate falls to the lowest number of his administration.
They broke even. Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, announced tonight that NBC, somehow, didn't make any money off the Olympics. Well, we shouldn't say somehow. They didn't make anything off the Olympics because they paid way too much for them.
Netflix's brand has suffered since its price hike last summer. Turns out, more than a year later, DVD mail-in subscribers are slowly feeling better about the brand while streaming subscribers have been stagnant, according to this chart by brand perception company BrandIndex.
Just as Amazon's event to announce its new products got underway on Thursday, a federal judge approved a settlement with three major e-book publishers accused of colluding with Amazon's competitors (namely Apple) on prices.
You might say, haven't there always been men's departments? Do not underestimate the power of the new gender-based selling. As Eric Wilson writes in the New York Times, "it would seem that the fight for gender equality has finally come to the place where one might least expect it."
The pair of economic reports that precede Friday's national unemployment figures sound pretty hopeful on the whole, but each one has a caveat.
New court filings by the Justice Department claim that BP was guilty of "gross negligence and willful misconduct" in the case of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.
When will your favorite liberals and progressive be giving their remarks? The short answer is: no one really knows.
Chris Matthews accused the Romney campaign of "encouraging white anger" in order to win in November during an appearance with Andrea Mitchell live from Charlotte on Monday afternoon.
Charles Seife, an associate professor in NYU’s science journalism program, was asked by Wired to review a selection of Jonah Lehrer's work after it was revealed he routinely plagiarized or fabricated quotes. What he found was a troubling consistency to Lehrer's mistakes.
A poster child for cord cutting has given up on the cause, moving into an abode with a "tricked-out TV set up." That man is Forbes' Jeff Bercovici, who has gone without paying for cable for 13 years.
Iranian gamers may be freaking out about losing access to World of Warcraft, but apparently the game as a whole is falling from its nerdy perch, according to an interactive chart by Paid Content's Robert Andrews.
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