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Bad Reviews Compel Dentist to Sue 5 Patients in 4 Years

Yelp now adds warnings to pages of businesses that retaliate

(Newser) - Yelp has just issued its third ever consumer alert, this one about a dentist in Manhattan who has sued five patients since 2012 for posting negative reviews, reports BuzFeed . Nima Dayani has asked for anywhere between $50,000 and $100,000 in damages, so Yelp is warning consumers that Dayani'... More »

The 10 CEOs Most-Loved by Their Employees

Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook make the list

(Newser) - It's no easy task to get 99% of employees to like you, but that's exactly what three CEOs have done, according to a Glassdoor survey. The recruiting firm ranked the highest-rated CEOs of major firms based on more than 2 million employee reviews, reports the Wall Street Journal... More »

How Drybar Is Remaking the Beauty Salon

Drybar expects $100M in sales this year

(Newser) - As a kid, Alli Webb had no idea what she wanted to do. After high school, she worked as a hairstylist before becoming a stay-at-home mom. Then in 2008, she started giving women blowouts in their own homes. Eight years later, her 61 Drybar salons are expected to pull in... More »

The 10 Richest Self-Made Women in America

The top spot goes to ... a roofer

(Newser) - As USA Today puts it, "the richest self-made woman in America is a roofer." Diane Hendricks, who owns America's largest wholesale roofing and siding distributor, tops Forbes ' second annual list of the country's richest self-made women—meaning they earned rather than inherited their cash. The... More »

10 Companies With the Best Reputations

Rolex, Disney, Google top the list

(Newser) - The Reputation Institute is out with its annual list of the world's most reputable companies, based on a poll of 240,000 people from 15 countries. Volkswagen took a major hit, falling from the 14th spot to 123rd in 2016, per Forbes . The top 10: More »

What the Lava Lamp Company Makes Now

Newly-named Lifespan Brands does party supplies, bathroom scales

(Newser) - The company that brought you the world famous Lava Lamp is changing its name: To better reflect its products, which now include a mix of party supplies and bathroom scales, Illiniois-based Lava Lite has rebranded itself Lifespan Brands. "We've grown the Lava Lite business, and buyers at stores... More »

How Good Looks Hurt Guys' Careers

Male colleagues view handsome men as rivals: study

(Newser) - Beauty comes with plenty of perks—but it could actually hinder a man’s career. A new study out of the University College London finds good looks can keep a male from climbing the career ladder because male colleagues are less likely to promote rivals they consider more handsome than... More »

Lowe's Managers Agree to 'No Black Drivers,' Lose Jobs

Customer didn't want black delivery drivers to come to her home

(Newser) - Three managers at a Lowe's store in Virginia have lost their jobs after going along with a customer's request that no black drivers make deliveries to her home, a company spokesperson said today. Driver Marcus Bradley told WSET-TV he was called off an Aug. 3 delivery by a... More »

5 Musicians Who Are Surprisingly Good at Business

From Jessica Simpson to Gene Simmons

(Newser) - Being rich doesn't always accompany being famous , especially when living a rock star lifestyle, but a handful of A-list musicians have managed to turn their celebrity into successful business ventures:
  • Jessica Simpson: You wouldn't expect a pop singer/reality star who didn't know the difference between chicken and
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Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Making People Rich

Demand for festive garb shows no sign of slowing

(Newser) - It's time to raid your grandma's closet for all those bauble-covered holiday jumpers, because ugly Christmas sweaters are the coolest thing in festive fashion—and a booming business. Not only do many retailers carry the hideous getups—sometimes with a hefty price tag—the sweaters have their own... More »

Electrolux to Buy GE Appliance Business in $3.3B Deal

Purchase should be approved by 2015

(Newser) - Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies announced today. The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the world's second-biggest home appliance-maker after US rival Whirlpool. GE confirmed... More »

Twitter Gets a 'Buy' Button

Test of online shopping icon appearing on some feeds

(Newser) - You may see something odd on Twitter today—a "Buy" button on tweets from Home Depot and Brad Paisley, the Wall Street Journal reports. "This is an early step ... to make shopping from mobile devices convenient and easy, hopefully even fun," the company announced today . Exclusive offers... More »

Site Will Fine You for Even Threatening a Bad Review

OnlineAccessoryOutlet.com sued over 'unenforceable' terms of sale

(Newser) - You think fining people $500 for a crummy hotel review is bad? OnlineAccessoryOutlet.com will take $250 from your pocket if you even threaten to leave a less-than-stellar review. Customers "agree not to file any complaint, chargeback, claim, dispute, or make ... any public statement regarding the order," or... More »

NY Hotel Fines $500 for Bad Reviews

Union Street Guest House does not take criticism well

(Newser) - The Union Street Guest House in Hudson, NY, wants you to keep your crummy opinions to yourself. So if you post something about the hotel’s "rude customer service, unclean, terrible odor," as NY Pix 11 quotes one reviewer, the hotel will collect a $500 fine. It’s... More »

Great White Surge Means Big Bucks for Cape Cod Town

Apparently Chatham tourists are not scared of Jaws

(Newser) - Don’t cue the Jaws theme song just yet. In Chatham, Mass., "cha-ching" is more appropriate. People are flocking to the classy Cape Cod town thanks to an increase in great white shark sightings, and local businesses are making lots of money off the phenomenon, the AP reports. T-shirts,... More »

American Apparel Dumps Controversial CEO

Dov Charney will 'fight like hell to get his company back'

(Newser) - Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney is getting the boot. After years of lawsuits and sexual harassment allegations, the Los Angeles Times reports that the company's board voted unanimously to terminate Charney yesterday, a decision that "grew out of an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct" after "new... More »

9 Business Words We Heard Too Often in 2013

No. 1: 'content'

(Newser) - Put them together, and you've got your standard company email sent this year. Business ETC has teamed up with the Global Language Monitor to determine the "most overused" business words of the year, based on GLM's analysis of the words used in an overwhelming number of places,... More »

Pasta Boss: No Gays in My Commercials

Barilla head sort of apologizes after boycott is threatened

(Newser) - The head of Italy's Barilla pasta company has apologized, kind of, for saying he'd never use a gay couple in any of his ads. In his interview with an Italian radio station, Guido Barilla did say it was fine by him if gays "like our pasta."... More »

Romney to Bosses: Tell Workers How to Vote

Tape sheds light on headlines about businesses doing just that

(Newser) - In a conference call earlier this year Mitt Romney urged small-business owners to tell their employees how to vote. "I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future," Romney... More »

Quote Approval Is Ruining Journalism

David Carr discusses a disturbing trend

(Newser) - Today's journalists are increasingly faced with subjects who insist on "quotation approval" as a condition of their interviews—and that's a big problem, writes David Carr in the New York Times . Politicians who want to approve quotes before a piece runs reveal "democracy" to actually be... More »

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