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Mar 31, 2014

Parents get do-over for in-app purchases by kids

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – Although Seana Mulcahy considers herself tech savvy, she was thrown a bit when her 8-year-old son Logan not once, but twice, ran up charges using apps downloaded from Apple Inc’s online iTunes store.

The first time, he downloaded a free game and ended up spending about $60 before Mulcahy, 42, an internet advertising and marketing executive from Andover, Massachusetts, received a notification of the charges a couple of days later.

Mar 27, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014

Your money: Getting the biggest caffeine buzz for your buck

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Not all coffee is created – or brewed – equally.

Caffeine levels in coffee can vary sharply, which means it matters where you go if you are looking for a pick-me-up.

Mar 26, 2014

Getting the biggest caffeine buzz for your buck

NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – Not all coffee is created -
or brewed – equally.

Caffeine levels in coffee can vary sharply, which means it
matters where you go if you are looking for a pick-me-up.

Mar 25, 2014
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Mar 11, 2014
Mar 11, 2014

Damage control for sneaky car rental fees

March 11 (Reuters) – A few weeks after Melanie Mendez and
her husband returned home to Massachusetts from South Florida in
January they received a bill from a rental car company for $555.
The reason? Damage to the 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS they had
rented.

Mendez, 41, says the damage was there when she got the car,
but a diagram made at the time of the rental noted it on the
wrong side of the vehicle. While she normally pays more
attention, this slip got away from her. And once it was done,
there was no convincing the rental agency that it was
pre-existing damage. She had to turn to the Better Business
Bureau, which eventually got the charge dropped.

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      "Mitch Lipka is editor of TheConsumerChronicle.com and is a veteran consumer columnist, editor and reporter. Most recently, he led a 10-person consumer reporting team at AOL’s personal finance channel, WalletPop.com. He received the 2010 New York Press Club award for best consumer writing on the web and is the 2011 Best Friend honoree from Kids in Danger for his work covering child product safety. Mitch has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years and has worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Consumer Reports. The opinions expressed here are his own."
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