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Full Bank Accounts, Empty Storefronts: The Economics Of High-Rent Blight

Urban blight is nothing new. The signature image of plummeting real estate is block after block of properties vacated as businesses move out. Now the high price of real estate in American cities is creating a new phenomenon: In otherwise healthy economic areas, the rents are climbing so high they’re driving businesses… » 5/26/15 5:40pm 5/26/15 5:40pm

Hackers Are Using the Starbucks App to Skim Bank Accounts

Good passwords are obviously important for banking apps and sensitive email accounts, but a new scam highlights why you should never, ever use a crappy password, even if you’re just signing up for a mediocre franchise coffee house rewards card. Starbucks app users are getting their bank accounts drained by… » 5/14/15 10:05am 5/14/15 10:05am

Starbucks Sells California's Scarce Water to "Help" People Without Water

When you buy a bottle of water at Starbucks, five cents goes towards “improving the lives of people who lack vital resources,” according to the in-house brand named Ethos Water. That may be true, but there’s a catch: The water’s bottled in a part of California where people’s wells are running dry. » 4/29/15 1:20pm 4/29/15 1:20pm

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes™ have no pumpkin in them

Starbucks is rolling out pumpkin spice lattes, starting with an early access option that starts today. This means it's the time of year for everyone's favorite overpriced seasonal beverage. This doesn't mean we'll be adding extra pumpkin to our diet, because Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes™, despite the name, contain… » 8/28/14 5:24pm 8/28/14 5:24pm

Starbucks Typewriter Guy Is Here to Answer All Your Burning Questions

As you may remember, yesterday, we put up a post poking fun at this then-stranger who'd been photographed using a typewriter in Starbucks by one of his fellow students. Cries of rage soon followed from both sympathizers and opponents alike. This man's typewriter and our mocking tone struck a chord. For some of you, a… » 3/13/13 3:03pm 3/13/13 3:03pm

Starbucks' New Machine Is a Little Too Realistic

Face it, you go to Starbucks to feed your socially acceptable drug addiction. Starbucks is the dealer, and you're jonesin'. Being surrounded by conspicuous writers writing conspicuously, other impatient addicts, and baristas who didn't quite hear your name correctly is just a bonus. And SNL imagines a world where you… » 1/21/13 10:00am 1/21/13 10:00am

Starbucks Hopes Cheap $1 Reusable Cups Will Sway Customers From…

Starting today at all of its U.S. and Canadian locations, Starbucks is introducing a cheap but durable plastic cup that the company hopes its patrons will use, and re-use, to help reduce the mountain of paper cups it sells. Resembling the disposable cups already in use, the plastic alternatives will sell for just one… » 1/03/13 7:40pm 1/03/13 7:40pm