Dropbox Lied About Data Security, Complaint to FTC Alleges

May 16, 2011
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Wired magazine says that Dropbox, “the wildly popular online storage system, deceived users about the security and encryption of its services, putting it at a competitive advantage, according to an FTC complaint filed Thursday by a prominent security researcher.” “The FTC complaint charges Dropbox (.pdf) with telling users that their files were totally encrypted...

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DESTRESS: The Stress Relieving, Life Enhancing Benefits of Owning a Dog

May 16, 2011
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DESTRESS: The Stress Relieving, Life Enhancing Benefits of Owning a Dog

Folk wisdom has suggested for a long time that dog’s are humanity’s “best friends.” Research over the past thirty years has demonstrated the stress-relieving benefits of canine companions. Reduced blood pressure and stress hormones were among the findings. “Therapy” dogs are commonplace at nursing homes and in hospitals for their therapeutic benefits. If you...

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Ct Spring Farmers’ Market

May 15, 2011
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Ct Watchdog Blogger Kathleen LaBella fills us in on Farmers’ Markets that just opened or will soon open in Connecticut. Kathy LaBella is a registered dietitian and personal trainer practicing in Essex, CT.  She can be contacted at kathy@peakperformancerd.com or by phone at 860-767-1535.  Her website is www.peakperformancerd.com Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Essex-CT/Kathy-LaBella-RD-CD-N-CPT/110761625657876?sk=wall

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Consumer Complaints: Gasoline Retail Prices; Who To Blame

May 15, 2011
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People like Earl Hartman of Collinsville in Western Connecticut asked me how could a gasoline retailer on one day legally jack up the price of gasoline several times that was purchased days earlier? And soon he and others will be asking why the price of gasoline is not dropping as quickly at gas stations...

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Ethanol: A Terrible Energy Source For Americans

May 14, 2011
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Eugene Guilford Jr., president of the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association and its education foundation, explains why he is convinced that ethanol is not only an energy waster, but leads to starvation. He was the guest on the Ct Watchdog News Hour on www.OnTheHORN.com, discussing gasoline pricing.  

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Consumer Complaints: College Students Again Targeted By Credit Cards

May 14, 2011
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Consumer Complaints: College Students Again Targeted By Credit Cards

The Federal Reserve in March moved to close some of the loopholes in the CARD Act. One group of borrowers, though, could still be vulnerable to aggressive tactics from lenders: college students. Under the new rules, issuers can no longer offer gifts to induce students to sign up for cards. But the gift prohibition...

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CtMobileVet: Pet Allergies As Bad As Human Allergies

CtMobileVet: Pet Allergies As Bad As Human Allergies

Zoe, a lovely calico cat that I have known for years, was carried in by her wonderful owners with a common complaint, “When I pet her, she feels like sandpaper.” “Hmmmm…” I reply as I lift her out of the carrier. I also notice that she has been mowing her fur with her tongue,...

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Consumer Health: Cardiac Society Draws Bulk of Funding From Stent Makers

May 13, 2011
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Consumer Health: Cardiac Society Draws Bulk of Funding From Stent Makers

by Charles Ornstein A poster for the Boston Scientific drug-coated stent at a conference in 2006. Boston Scientific is one of the biggest funders of the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. (Thomas S. England/Bloomberg via Getty Images) A Pittsburgh hospital informed 141 patientsearlier this year that they may have received unneeded angioplasties and stents, the tiny...

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Debit Card Scam Hits Michaels Stores In Massachusetts And 19 Other States

May 13, 2011
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Michaels Stores in 20 states have been hit with debit card scams which have stolen tens of thousands of dollars from its customers. Just like in the recent Aldi store fraud, thieves tampered with checkout terminals to gain access to debit card numbers as well as pin numbers permitting them to access bank accounts....

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