Close to 210 million phone numbers are now registered with the national Do Not Call Registry, an increase of more than 8 million phone numbers from last year, according to fiscal year 2011 data from the Federal Trade Commission.

Spotify: Hey Apple, we’ve got apps, too


Streaming-music service Spotify announced at a press event in New York City today that it is expanding its social-media outreach with the launch of its own apps market: This will bring new services—including editorial content from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, lyrics from TuneWiki, social music discovery and sharing from, and localized concert listings based on the music you like from Songkick—into the Spotify fold.

A wireless digital solution for sales receipts


A new service launched by Proximiant, a San Francisco start-up company, may offer some relief to shopaholics plagued by paper sales receipts.

Video: How to save big on electronics


We’d all like to save some money on our electronics devices—especially these days. Fortunately, Consumer Reports senior projects editor Tod Marks has some great advice on ways to do just that, whether you’re shopping online or in brick-and-mortar stores

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The Federal Communications Commission has allowed AT&T to withdraw its bid to merge with T-Mobile , clearing the way for the company to concentrate on separate antitrust proceedings and possibly resubmit the bid later. But the day also brought damaging new conclusions from the FCC as to why the merger would be bad for consumers

Facebook has settled with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over charges of violating federal privacy regulations, including allegations that the company was sharing the personal data of millions of its users with online advertisers

Your laser printer might burn through plenty of paper. But a new study claims that innocuous-looking printer could be a gateway for remote hackers out to steal your identity—and maybe even physically burn you. According to MSNBC, researchers at Columbia University claim they have discovered a new class of online vulnerability: bogus firmware updates to networked laser printers

Following an incident with a Chevrolet Volt catching fire after being crash tested, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a safety investigation into the plug-in hybrid sedans. And General Motors has announced it will offer free loaner cars to any Volt drivers who are concerned about the risk


The National Weather Service predicts the Northwest will have a colder-than-average-winter and the weather could go either way in the Midwest and East, but no matter, it’s still winter. If you heat your home with oil or propane, get ready to pay more