nathan34 writes: "Stores run the risk of consumers becoming more discriminatory and more strategic if they wait too long to unveil discounts, Cohen said. Shoppers really start to compare prices once the excitement of early deals wears off and their wallets start to thin out. It's not just start times that are competitive. Retailers from Target to Toys R Us to Best Buy have all unveiled price matching programs designed to bring customers in early. "
TheSync writes: In the wake of Hurrican Sandy, the New York State Attorney General has subpoenaed Craigslist, demanding that the site identify more than 100 sellers whose prices on post-Sandy gas, generators and other supplies were of an “unconscionably excessive price” during an emergency. AG Eric Schneiderman said: “Our office has zero tolerance for price gouging [and] will do everything we can to stop unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of New Yorkers trying to rebuild their lives."
stevegee58 writes: The Mitt Romney presidential campain accidentally launched a transition web site the day after the election. Sporting a "President Elect" seal and a catchy new tagline ("Smaller, Simpler, Smarter") , the site was up briefly before the gaffe was discovered and the site taken down.
Fortunately an alert blogger, Taegan Goddard, found the errant site and published some screen shots.
McGruber writes: Federal agents arrested Paul Ceglia (http://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2012/10/26/feds-charge-paul-ceglia-of-trying-to-bilk-facebook-and-mark-zuckerberg/) this morning. Ceglias has been charged with attempting to defraud Zuckerberg and Facebook in a multi-billion dollar scheme.
Ceglia's bogus lawsuit, in which he claimed to have once been promised a 50% stake in Facebook, has been the topic of several past slashdot stories (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/01/11/2248211/paul-ceglia-fined-5000-in-facebook-case) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/08/07/2041200/facebook-we-have-proof-ceglias-contract-is-fake) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/07/03/1229257/man-claiming-half-of-facebook-suffers-setbacks) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/04/12/2210203/ceglia-sues-for-50-facebook-old-emails-as-evidence) and (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/07/21/2218257/facebook-wants-ownership-case-thrown-out)
Escape From NY writes: 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 credit and debit card numbers stolen from the SC Department of Revenue. This is still a developing story, but anyone who filed a SC state tax return since 1998 my be at risk.
zacharye writes: How bad is HTC’s current tailspin? So bad it makes Nokia look like a growth company. HTC’s handset volume declined by -43% in the autumn quarter vs. Nokia’s -23% volume decline. This is very interesting because HTC is using Android, the world’s most popular smartphone OS that is powering 40% annualized growth among its vendors. Nokia is limping along with an unholy mix of the obsolete Symbian platform, the moribund S40 feature phone platform and a niche OS called Windows Phone...