A prolific Malvern publisher leaves some disgruntled customers and stirs warnings from the BBB

In the last three years, more than 300 people have filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau’s eastern Pennsylvania office, many claiming that Progressive Business Publications billed them for newsletters they never ordered, or in some cases, didn’t receive.

Philly, N.J. inspire a national ‘movement’ to ban cashless stores

The federal proposal comes after local lawmakers successfully banned cashless stores in Philly — nation’s poorest large city — despite criticism from businesses groups, which saw it as unnecessary government interference.

Philly, N.J. inspire a national ‘movement’ to ban cashless stores

The federal proposal comes after local lawmakers successfully banned cashless stores in Philly — nation’s poorest large city — despite criticism from businesses groups, which saw it as unnecessary government interference.
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Why is Philadelphia giving public money to this troubled bank, once again?

One of the last ethnic-based banks gets $5 million from the city and the PIDC development agency, but faces a struggle to return to profitability.
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Why is Philadelphia giving public money to this troubled bank, once again?

One of the last ethnic-based banks gets $5 million from the city and the PIDC development agency, but faces a struggle to return to profitability.

Robocalls: Phone carriers could soon protect you from scammers under new FCC proposal

To fight the rapid rise of robocalls, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed new rules Wednesday that would let phone companies block unwanted calls without consumers needing to sign up for the service.

Robocalls: Phone carriers could soon protect you from scammers under new FCC proposal

To fight the rapid rise of robocalls, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed new rules Wednesday that would let phone companies block unwanted calls without consumers needing to sign up for the service.
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Meet Binji, a card that tracks your cash, and Ciright, a West Conshy tech shop with skin in the game

Ciright’s start-up partners pay for its services at least partly in equity -- a share of the business -- so if they succeed, Ciright does too.

Under Philly soda tax, beverage sales at chain stores in the city dropped 51 percent, new study finds

Total sales of beverages, food, and household products decreased by 8.1 percent at supermarkets after the tax went into effect, researchers found.

Colleges discount sticker price by more than 50 percent, as competition for students rises

The pressure on colleges to provide more financial aid makes it hard for schools to increase revenue.

J&J’s new esketamine drug for depression, Spravato, not worth the money or the risk, watchdog says

The nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression was called overpriced. ICER also found an absence of long-term safety data.

Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition is designed to vacuum up your child’s personal data, consumer groups claim

Amazon's Echo Dot Kids may educate and entertain kids, but its real purpose is to amass a treasure trove of sensitive data that it refuses to relinquish even when directed to by parents, a suit alleges.

A champion deal maker struggles when his child is hurt and the preschool doesn’t say why

His three-year-old came home Nov. 14 with “a golfball-size lump on the head. Then in another incident, he was diagnosed with a “concussion." Finally he was found alone, lying down and throwing up. His world-beating dad blew his top.

Feds to let debt collectors bombard you with texts, emails. Consumer advocates aren’t happy.

A federal plan would allow debt collectors to send texts or emails to borrowers until consumers opt out, but would limit how often collectors can call consumers.

Oil stocks in your environmentally-conscious fund? There are other options

Sometimes Wall Street funds claiming environmental, social and governance labels hold surprises.

Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones for alleged hate speech

Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, and others from its platform and from Instagram, saying they violated its ban against hate and violence.

Philly home warranty company defrauded at least 160 consumers, Pa. attorney general says

The state claims Secure Home Warranty charged consumers hundreds of dollars for service contracts but didn’t pay for repairs using a host of deceptive tactics, and avoided detection using aliases and operating out of virtual offices.

Philly tech startup with app that gives patients rides to hospitals raises $5.1 million

The money will allow the Philadelphia company to more than double its staff of 26, which is split between Philadelphia and Alexandria, Va.

No means no, says DuckDuckGo as it pushes to make ‘Do not track’ the law of the land

The DuckDuckGo proposal would require sites to respect “Do Not Track” browser settings that let users signal that they don’t want their online activity followed across the internet.

Judge sends Jeremy Hare, banned Philly stockbroker, to prison and fines him $411,000

Jeremy Hare, a banned Philly stockbroker, pleaded guilty wire fraud in a scam with bogus invoices. A New Jersey federal judge sentenced him to three years on Tuesday.

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