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Banks afraid to add charges as they scramble to make up for lost income from debit card fees
The Associated Press via The Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After an intense public backlash, Bank of America and other banks have backed off charging monthly debit card fees. It's a victory for angry customers and consumer advocates. But the move will be costly for banks. They are scrambling for ideas on how to make up for lost revenue at a time when interest rates are at rock bottom and there's little demand for loans, the traditional source of making profits for banks. More



Coffee, Tea & Water


A coffee cup you fill, fold, sip from
The Boston Globe    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Architect Peter Herman and graphic designer Daren Bascome are the cofounders of the asymmetrical coffee cup, called Compleat. One day, Herman, 49, a dedicated coffee drinker, crumpled an empty paper cup in his hand and saw that by folding the top into an arc, and losing the lid entirely, he had a simple, enclosed cup with a drinking spout. Now, his invention folds like origami to form a spout from which to drink. More

Haitian coffee is making a comeback
The Miami Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For years, bitter poverty and plummeting coffee prices around the world have made it much more profitable for Haitian farmers to chop trees for charcoal, and invest in cash crops, rather than coffee cherries. Now, with coffee consumption up and a shrinking supply of beans worldwide driving up prices, Haitian coffee is once again becoming a hot commodity. More



Green tea: The 'clean caffeine' alternative to coffee
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Green tea supplements are known to not only be a source of antioxidants but they give you a boost of energy that can last throughout the whole day. Green tea contains a special ingredient called epigallocatechin gallate, a potent antioxidant that is believed to have therapeutic applications in the treatment of many disorders such as HIV, cancer, endometriosis and Sjogren's syndrome. More

Bottled water manufacturers required to monitor DEHP levels
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The Food and Drug Administration has revealed a new maximum allowable level (0.006 mg/l) for diethylhexyl phthalate in bottled water. The chemical is commonly used to make plastics more flexible. Source water will continue to be monitored according to current good manufacturing practice criteria, but the new rule mandates that finished bottled water products be tested at least once a year, starting April 2012. More

Business / Industry


School soda bans don't cut children's consumption
Reuters via The Chicago Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Children down a similar amount of soda and other sugary drinks whether or not their schools ban the beverages, suggests a new study. Among eighth graders, state bans on all sugar-sweetened drinks in schools meant fewer children reported buying the drinks there — but it didn't change how many of them said they drank soda or sports drinks regularly. More

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Arnold creates a beer vending machine
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Your agency might have a beer or two in the fridge, but does your agency have its own branded beer in its own specialized vending machine that can use Twitter to communicate with drinkers? Unless you're at Arnold, Boston, the answer is probably no. More

Corporate Social Responsibility


Corporations need a social conscience
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The late economist Milton Friedman in 1970 belittled talk of corporate social responsibility as "pure and unadulterated socialism." But the world — and companies' influence — has changed since then. So much of the debate today about corporate social responsibility misses the point. Viewing the entirety of social responsibility as the pursuit of profit "within the rules of the game" damaged millions of lives because the rules of the game didn't leave room for a social conscience. More

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