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The 2014 US Airways Disaster: Anatomy of a Twitter Fail

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It’s rare to witness a genuine apotheosis in real time, but yesterday, if you were on Twitter around noon Pacific time, you may have witnessed the Greatest Twitter Fail of All Time.

A few days ago, US Airways received this complaint from Twitter user @ElleRafter: “@USAirways Unhappy that 1787 sat for an hour on tarmac in CLT because overweight, resulting in over hour late arrival in PDX…” There was a brief, benign exchange. Then days later, in a routine follow-up US Airways tweeted the following (originally with an uncensored image):

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Hypocrite Lobby: Why Corporations Are People Who Live In Glass Houses

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The average Jane Six-Pack out there would be rightly confused by the idea that Dow Chemical Co. is just as much of a person as she is. It makes a little more sense when you consider that “corporate personhood”-related Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United were decided by a bunch of lawyers, pretty much the furthest thing from a Jane Six-Pack — unless you mean a six-pack of Coke. Sure, corporations are people to a bunch of lawyers, because it’s the shortest possible contortion of logic that gets us to a point where we can grant corporations legal rights, describe their liability or lack thereof, and allow them to own things.

But when corporations assert that they believe things, corporate personhood gets sketchy. At best, corporations’ expressions of “belief” place them among the worst hypocrites out there, and at worst, their glaring inconsistencies threaten to break apart any notion of their personhood altogether.

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Savings.com Announces $125 Ad Buy During Puppy Bowl X

LOS ANGELES – Refusing to be priced out of the year’s biggest day of television watching, Los Angeles-based coupon and deal site Savings.com announced today that they will spend upwards of $125 advertising their Twitter feed during Puppy Bowl X, the counter-programming phenomenon running concurrent to Sunday’s Super Bowl.
“We’re in the game!” exulted Seth Barnes who works in marketing for Savings.com. “Granted it’s the day’s second biggest event and we’ll be advertising on the proverbial second screen, but doggone it we’re ready to play ball!”
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My tech predictions for 2014

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It’s just a few days until the clock strikes 2014, so let me take this opportunity to wish you a safe, happy, and healthy new year. And, of course, a year filled with killer deals. (I’ll be on hand to help make that happen.)

As you may recall, I recently named my favorite tech of 2013. But no more looking back; it’s time to set our sights on the year ahead, which promises to be just as exciting, crazy, and unpredictable as the year we just finished.

Of course, unpredictability won’t stop me from making predictions. And I’ve got my Android-powered crystal ball (what, you think I’d trust Windows with something as important as the future?) right here, so let’s take a look at the tech trends that will shape 2014.

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Walmart to match competitors’ best Black Friday deals starting this week

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You don’t have to wait one week for Black Friday to happen because Walmart just threw another punch by offering their competitors’ best Black Friday deals one week early.

So if you’re not into big lines or competitive online shopping, your Black Friday can begin as early as this Friday, November 22nd. No more fighting folks the day after or the day of giving thanks!

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USPS to deliver Amazon packages on Sundays for no extra cost

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Just in time for the holiday season, the online giant Amazon.com is offering Sunday delivery for no extra cost. While it’s only available to the Los Angeles and New York markets starting this week, the retailer plans on rolling it out to other cities next year.

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How to feed your family with $36 less in food stamps

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Beginning today, the average family or four living on food stamps will receive an average of $36 less than what they received. It is said that 1 in 7 Americans receive this benefits which is a fair amount of citizens that will have to adjust to the cuts.

As the debate continues in Congress and newspapers like the Los Angeles Times addressing, How does a $36 food-stamps cut look on the kitchen table?, we can offer you immediate solutions to these cuts.

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Kmart Christmas Layaway Commercial: Shame on you or Thank you very much?

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Kmart just released their Christmas layaway commercial featuring a gingerbread man and a lady working behind an office desk. So what’s so special? It’s getting some major attention and heat from the public.

Some people think that Kmart went overboard by releasing a Christmas commercial in September, but others that have benefited from Kmart’s layaway plan are praising them. Just read some of the comments from customers on the Kmart Facebook page.

At Savings.com, we’re always encouraging our readers to plan early because having a game plan leads to maximizing your savings. So while this is not a shocker for us, what are you thoughts? Do you think that Kmart made the wrong move by releasing a Christmas commercial so early or did they do the right thing to help customers start planning for the holidays that are right around the corner? Take a look at the commercial and please comment below.

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Win $10,000 with 10,000 Reasons to Save

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How far do you think $10,000 will go? For most Americans, this can go a long way. From paying off debt to going on a family vacation, many things are possible.

While it sounds like a big number, many of us could potentially save as much as $10,000 annually, just by couponing. No sweepstakes or giveaways to win, we can all do it by using our coupons.

In order to help you realize your long-term savings potential through couponing, Savings.com and Valpak have teamed up to launch 10,000 Reasons to Save, a campaign intended to educate and empower consumers this National Coupon Month.

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Kindle Matchbook offers discounted e-books to hard-copy owners

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In an ideal world, buying a hard copy of a book would entitle you to a free download of its e-book counterpart. Amazon’s AutoRip already extends that courtesy to folks who buy select music CDs–the purchase immediately adds the MP3 version of the album to your cloud library–but there’s no such equivalent for book buyers.

There is now–sort of. Amazon’s new Kindle MatchBook program offers discounted e-book prices for physical books you’ve purchased, both past and future.
In other words, if you bought Ray Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine” (from Amazon) back before the Kindle even existed, MatchBook will give you a price break on the Kindle edition.
What kind of break? MatchBook prices will run $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or even free, depending on the book.
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Three things you should know before funding a Kickstarter project

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Long ago, I recognized the World Wide Web for what it was: a great equalizer, a way for little-guy businesses to compete with industry giants. Of course, that was assuming they already had a product to sell. Back then, you still had to go through traditional channels–starting with raising capital–to take an idea from concept to production.
Kickstarter is the great equalizer of the modern era, allowing anyone with a cool idea (and a great pitch to go with it) to raise money from interested parties around the world. It’s a concept more widely known as “crowdfunding,” and it’s really slick.
For example, perhaps you’ve heard of the Pebble, one of the very first smartwatches to hit the market.
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Abercombie & Fitch: Size 10 and under only

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After reading this article on why the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch hates fat chicks, I was appalled. I mean this is America where the majority of the population is size 10 and above.

They’re always in the news for something including the recall of offensive t-shirts that poked fun at Asians with slogans such as “Two Wongs don’t make it White”.  Now they’re stirring the pot again by saying that if you’re plus-sized, they don’t want your business.

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Let Ryan Gosling Take the Edge off Tax Day

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Ok, before you’re scared away by the words “Tax Day,” hear me out. I know taxes can be painful. They’re tedious, potentially costly, and you’re never quite sure you did them right. But we at Savings.com are on a mission to highlight the pros of Tax Day. First, there are the Tax Day freebies. Second, there’s the potential for a refund! And most importantly…there’s Tax Day Ryan Gosling.

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Pay-by-weight airfare, fair or unfair?

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Recently, Samoa Air started to charge by weight. What this means is that you would pay for what you weigh and what you want to carry on, as in bags. How it works: you would go on their site and guesstimate your weight and get a rough idea of your total trip cost. But it doesn’t stop there, once you get to the airport you will be weighted again, so there is no room for white lies or fibbing.

While this may sound very attractive to people who are on the lower weight side or business travelers who may not need to carry a lot of bags, for those that are on the heavier side, this may be a form of “concern bullying” as many media outlets have put it.

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Eight months before Black Friday, Couple is first in line

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LOS ANGELES – Citing an unquenchable desire to get the best holiday deals, Los Angeles couple Finn and Laurie Thompson secured the first spot in line for Black Friday at an area Best Buy. Despite the fact that the annual day of discounting is nearly eight months away, the Thompsons were inspired by “HolidApril,” a concept put forth by coupon site Savings.com suggesting that the 2013 holiday shopping season should and would start immediately after Easter.

The Thompsons exuded messianic certainty that living outside a big box store in a tent was the only reliable way to secure access to the best deals. “When I’m on my deathbed and somebody asks ‘Did you do everything in your power to get 80% off a 56′ Panasonic TC-PVT50 HD 1080p UberPlasma TV’ I want to the answer to be yes,” stammered an emotional Finn Thompson. “Plus last year I tore my ACL rib-kicking the gentleman in front of me when the doors opened, and our health insurance doesn’t cover injuries to the extremities.”

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