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Visa, Amazon and iTunes Are the Big Three Gift Cards

E+/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gift cards may be among the most requested gift items this year, according to the National Retail Federation, in part because the choices are seemingly endless.CardHub, the credit card comparison site, used data from its gift-card exchange service between November 1 and November 20 and listed the most popular gift cards of 2014 with the Visa gift card emerging as the winner.Here are the top ten:1. Visa Gift Card2. Amazon Gift Card3. iTunes Gift Card4. American Expres

Sports Betting Is Okay with Most, Poll Finds

Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The major sports organizations won a major battle against sports betting when a federal judge last week decided against New Jersey's attempt to legalize it at the state's casinos and horse racing tracks.However, the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and NCAA may ultimately lose the war if most Americans have any say in it.A Seton Hall Sports Poll on sports wagering found that 55 percent of 847 adults surveyed across the U.S. believe it should be legal, with just a third siding with t

Judge Upholds Ban on Sports Gambling in New Jersey

Credit: Yellow Dog Productions/Getty Images(TRENTON, N.J.) -- A U.S. District Court judge on Friday ruled that New Jersey can not partially eliminate a ban on sports gambling.Federal law makes sports betting illegal in New Jersey and most other states. New Jersey had hoped to legalize sports betting, but had no intention of licensing or regulating the gambling. The National Football League and other sports organizations had sued to block the legalization of gambling, Bloomberg News says.Four of

California Start-up Tries to End Holiday Package Stealing

Credit: Siri Stafford/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A California startup company says it may have solved the problem of holiday package theft.Every year, packages delivered to unattended doorsteps are stolen. And this problem becomes worse during the holiday season."The tracking number said it was delivered," one victim of holiday package theft told ABC News' San Francisco station KGO-TV. "But I never got the package."The Post Office and shipping carriers leave packages outside unattended doors

Judge Approves Apple E-Books Settlement

DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- A District Court judge on Friday approved a settlement worth as much as $450 million in which Apple would pay consumers in connection with accusations that the company violated antitrust laws by conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices.According to the New York Times, Judge Denise Cote approved the settlement reached this summer in which Apple would pay $400 million to consumers in cash and e-book credits and $50 million to lawyers. Apple cur

Craigslist Fires Back After Government Criticism Over Recalled Products

ABC News(NEW YORK) —  The CEO of Craiglist posted an open letter to a top U.S. government safety official Friday, saying that while he agrees the consumer product recall system is deeply flawed, he was “dismayed” that the official singled out his company in an ABC News report.“You rightly lamented to ABC [News] that for a typical recall, 95 [percent] of the recalled items are still in the hands of consumers 5 years after the recall notice… These figures a

Dow and S&P Reach Record Closes

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 reached record closes on Friday.The Dow soared just after Friday's opening bell when China's central bank cut a key interest rate. It closed up 88.94 points at 17,807.94.The Nasdaq went up 11.10 points to 4,712.97, and the S&P went up 10.73 points to a record finish of 2,063.48.The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 34 states in October-- a sign that steady hiring is becoming the norm across most of

Five Scams to Beware of This Holiday Season

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Holidays are a time for joy, family and maybe a few presents. But it's also when scammers and thieves are on the lookout for shoppers who let their guard down.Here's how to stay safe this holiday season, and what scams to watch out for:Too Good to Be True Deals: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."This is what we're considering the year of the breach," said Robert Siciliano, an online security expert for McAfee. "Consumers need to recognize that t

Dow Jones Industrial Hits New High

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average is trading at new highs Friday thanks to an interest rate cut by the People’s Bank of China and the suggestion of new stimulus by the European Central Bank.As of 10 a.m., the Dow was up about 162 points.Markets generally go up when central banks cut interest rates.This sort of immediate jump does not say much about the health of economies around the world. They are an indication of investors moving money into ass

CardHub's Most Popular Gift Cards for 2014

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Gift cards may be among the most requested gift items this year, according to the National Retail Federation, in part because the choices are endless. So which one should you present to your friends and family this holiday season?CardHub, the credit card comparison site, used data from its gift-card exchange service and listed the most popular gift cards of 2014.T oday, there are 12,647 gift cards available in CardHub's exchange, which allows users to sell, buy or

Comcast Testing System that Allows Customers to Track Technicians

DisabilityImages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Put on your bathing suits, cable customers, because you’ll be channel surfing in no time! No, it’s not Jim Carrey’s iconic Cable Guy character coming promptly to your door, but your own local cable guy (or girl). Comcast is testing a new system in its My-Account App that would allow customers to track when their cable technician will arrive for scheduled services. The app will reportedly send alerts to customers when the technician is ab

Twitter Rolls Out Tweet-Sharing Feature for Direct Messages

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's been a big week of enhancements for Twitter users.The social networking platform announced that private tweet sharing is now available to users, allowing them to flag a particular tweet they wish to share with a friend via direct message.Take it for a spin on the Twitter iOS and Android apps by long pressing a tweet in your timeline that you'd like to send to a friend. Then choose "Share via Direct Message."The functionality also works on the Twitter website a

Most Expensive Home for Sale in US Can Be Yours for $195 Million

Coldwell Banker Previews International(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Some houses boast a wine cellar, but this place has a vineyard.The Palazzo di Amore, or “Palace of Love,” is located in Beverly Hills, California, and can be yours for $195 million.Currently the most expensive house on the market in America, it boasts 53,000 square feet of living space, 12 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms and 25 acres -- all in bustling Beverly Hills.The pool of people the home is marketed to is “somewhat l

Okla. Walmart Employee Defends Food Donation Campaign for Co-Workers

The Making Change at Walmart campaign(MIDWEST CITY, Okla.) — A group calling for better working conditions at Walmart is criticizing a food donation campaign for employees in need, saying it's symptomatic of wages being too low.But Dawnne Sulaitis, the Walmart department manager who started the campaign for "Store 3430" in Midwest City, Oklahoma, said it's "about showing compassion for others."Last year, the Making Change at Walmart campaign highlighted a similar food drive in a store in O

Americans Not Yet Enamored with Thanksgiving Day Shopping

Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Almost nine out of ten Americans are planning not to shop on Thanksgiving Day, according to a National Retail Federation survey of 6,600 shoppers.This may come as a shock to the growing number of retailers taking part in Black Friday Creep -- that is, opening their doors a day before what had once been the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.The NRF survey reveals that about six in ten consumers say they will definitely or will conside

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