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Detergent Companies Are Unhappy With Our Efficient Washing Machines

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High-efficiency washing machines, which use less water to clean your clothes, are an advance that most customers seem to like. Do you know who doesn’t like them, though? Detergent manufacturers. With traditional machines, consumers can dump any old amount of detergent in with our clothes, and it doesn’t matter. With a high efficiency machine, using too much detergent causes problems, so consumers are finally using the correct amount of detergent.

In a standard machine, excess detergent just rinses off, and you could use too much soap for decades without even realizing it. Apparently, many of us were.

We can’t have been over-pouring by that much, right? Apparently, we have. A market researcher tells Bloomberg Businessweek that detergent sales are down by 6.4% since 2009. That period also coincides with sales of machines with larger capacities than in the past, which means fewer loads overall and less soap used per load. High-efficiency machines started to catch on about a decade ago, and it took a little while for consumers to figure out how much soap to use. whole

What is Big Detergent’s solution to the problem? Better prices. All of the major brands, from Tide to Purex, are offering coupons, deals, and price cuts to coax customers back to their brands.

Laundry Detergent Makers Want More Suds [Bloomberg Businessweek]

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Rogers Twitter Account Is Apparently Run By Wisecracking Sitcom Teen

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tapatalk_1413895406960aWhen you haven’t had phone service for several days and all you want is for someone at the phone company to tell you when it will finally be fixed, it’s not a good idea for a customer service rep to try to A) try to tell you about the benefits of its pay-TV service; and B) be a smartass about it.

But that’s exactly what happened to Consumerist reader K. when he tried to contact Canadian telecom titan Rogers through the company’s @RogersHelps Twitter account.

K.’s phone service has been out since Friday — incoming calls disappear and won’t even go to voicemail; outgoing calls won’t complete — and he just wanted to find out when, if ever, his service would be restored.

As you can see from the screengrab above, not only was the RogersHelps account unable to provide him with anything other than a “it’s being investigated” response, it got glib when K. asked for one reason why he should stick with Rogers for his service.

“We do have Rogers GameCentre Live free for our customers until December 31, 2014,” Tweeted the company rep, referring to Rogers’ premium NHL TV package.

When K. pointed out that maybe it’s not a good idea to try to market its TV service to a ticked-off customer who has been without a phone for several days, the RogersHelps account replied that he had “asked why you should stay with Rogers. This was one reason.”

That sort of cute reply might work coming from a spunky adolescent in a sitcom, but it’s not exactly a way to win over customers.

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Cigarette Company Reynolds Finally Bans Indoor Smoking At The Workplace

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Look around you. Is anyone you work with currently puffing away on a cigarette inside? Is smoke curling up from the cubicles nearby? Not likely, but while smoking inside at the workplace is a thing of the past for most companies today, there’s one business where it was still welcome, until now at least: Reynolds American, makers of Camel cigarettes, announced this week that its employees will no longer be allowed to smoke indoors as of Jan. 1, 2015.

While the founders of the tobacco company might never have foreseen a policy against smoking, Reynolds and its subsidiaries will enforce the no-smoking rule within its facilities, except in designated smoking areas, reports the Winston-Salem Journal.

Traditional cigarettes, cigarettes and pipes won’t be smoked at desks, in conference rooms, in elevators or hallways, a company spokesman told the paper, and the rules will stick for every employee. Electronic cigarettes, heat-not-burn cigarettes, moist snuff and snus will be permissible inside.

“We will restrict traditional smoking to the designated areas as they are put together in 2015 and 2016,” the spokesman said. “The bottom line is that we believe it is the right thing to do, updating our tobacco usage policies, at the right time to do it. The policy change will better accommodate nonsmokers and visitors to our facilities.”

And if you were wondering if the lateness of this policy coming about is because everyone at the company smokes, Reynold’s spokesman says that’s not true — employees are like everyone else in the country, with about 20% being smokers, despite the fact that they work at a cigarette company.

“The use of tobacco products or cigarettes by our employees is pretty close to in line with what you see out in the general public,” he said. “Recognizing that indoor smoking restrictions are the norm today, and most people expect a smokefree workplace environment, we believe we are better aligning our tobacco use policies with those we’re seeing in the general public.”

Camel maker Reynolds snuffs out workplace smoking [Winston-Salem Journal]

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The truth about what Magic Leap are up to

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Die "Leistungsschutzrecht"-Verlage kapitulieren. Die ...

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Die "Leistungsschutzrecht"-Verlage kapitulieren. Die Verlage hatten das erst noch hinauszuzögern versucht, aber Google hat nicht mehr mit sich verhandeln lassen und damit war die Sache klar.
Die ab dem 23. Oktober 2014 von Google umgesetzte deutliche Reduzierung der Textdarstellung und die Auslistung von Bilder-Darstellungen auf allen Google-Suchdiensten setzt die Presseverleger einem erheblichen wirtschaftlichen Druck aus. Sie sehen sich dadurch gezwungen, gegen ihren Willen die VG Media anzuweisen, Google eine „Gratiseinwilligung“ zu erklären.
Wohlgemerkt: Nur Google. Aus den anderen Indexen sind sie ja schon rausgeflogen, web.de und t-online und so. Ob sie da jetzt auch noch mal einen Komplettverzicht signalisieren?
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