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Submission + - America's Biggest Rip-offs (cnn.com)

Akido37 writes: The top 9 biggest rip-offs according to CNN Money. I knew text messaging was a scam, but 6,500% markup? That's absolutely insane. My favorite scammy website, "free"creditreport.com is included as well.

Is this a failure of the free market? Everybody knows they're scams, but what can we do about it? Voting with our wallets doesn't seem to be working.

Republicans

Submission + - Senator Arlen Specter becomes a Democrat (washingtonpost.com)

Akido37 writes: Arlen Specter today announced that he's switching parties, and becoming a Democrat. This gives Democrats 59 seats in the Senate, and possibly 60 including Al Franken in Minnesota. While this comes as a surprise to many Republicans, it is not to moderate Republican Senator Olympia Snowe (ME), who said, "you haven't certainly heard warm encouraging words of how they [Republicans] view moderates. Either you are with us or against us."
The Internet

Submission + - Time Warner expanding internet caps to new markets (arstechnica.com)

Akido37 writes: Time Warner Cable is expanding its bandwidth capping program to new markets in Rochester, NY, Austin TX, San Antonio TX, and Greensboro, NC. It seems that they have been testing plans with 5, 10, 20, or 40GB of data transfer per month, with prices ranging from $30 to $55 a month.

According to Ars, Time Warner is exempting their own web services from this cap.

If you're a New York resident, you can make a complaint to the Attorney General's Office here: http://www.oag.state.ny.us/online_forms/complaint_alert.jsp

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