January 16th, 2014
07:41 AM ET

See Suggestive Butterfinger Super Bowl Ad

Brands like Doritos and Butterfinger release their Super Bowl ads before the big game. CNN's Christine Romans reports.

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January 14th, 2014
09:32 AM ET

Google Steps into Home Appliances Trade

Google is making another big bet on hardware, CNN's Christine Romans reports.

The search giant announced Monday that it's buying connected device maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash.

Nest, led by former Apple designer Tony Fadell, develops "smart" home appliances like thermostats and smoke detectors that can program themselves and communicate with smartphones.

Nest will maintain its brand name and continue to be led by Fadell, Google said, adding that the deal will likely close "in the next few months."

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December 31st, 2013
10:03 AM ET

Real or No? Shark Photobombs Kids

Now to the questions circling around a photo that's gone viral.

We showed it to you Monday. A  snapshot taken by a California mom named June Emerson.

She was at the beach Friday with her twin boys when she says she saw a shark in the water.

But now some experts are debating just what that was.

Was it a shark?

Was it a dolphin?

Was the photo actually doctored?

Brett Larson, the host of TechBytes, says he's on the fence about the authenticity of the picture but he's leaning towards the opinion that it's real.

"We've seen sharks and other animals that swim at that point in the water," he says.

Watch the clip above and decide for yourself.

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December 26th, 2013
08:17 AM ET

Couple Sues Company After They're Fined $3,500 for Review

A Utah couple who was fined $3,500 for writing a negative review of is now suing the merchant for retaliating against them, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday on the couple's behalf by Public Citizen.

Their story - first reported by CNN's affiliate in Salt Lake City KUTV- started in 2008 when John Palmer bought his wife's Christmas gifts off The items never arrived and the Palmers said the transaction was automatically canceled, CNN’s Pamela Brown reports.

After repeated calls to to find out what happened, Jen Palmer posted a review of the company on saying in part,"There is absolutely no way to get in touch with a physical human being. No extensions work."

More than three years later, the Palmers received an e-mail appearing to be from stating that they would be fined $3,500 if the negative review posted on wasn't taken down within 72 hours.

"It's ridiculous that anyone would turn around and try to extort us like this, especially for doing something as simple as posting a review online," Jen Palmer says.

“But the Palmers apparently signed away that freedom when they agreed to's non -disparagement clause forbidding them from taking any action that negatively impacts,” Brown says.

The Palmers tried to take the review down but couldn't and Kleargear apparently reported the $3,500 bill as unpaid to a collections company. Attempts to settle this amicably turned up empty as the couple never heard back from the company.

According to the Palmer's, the company left them with no choice but to file a lawsuit.

“They are asking the court to declare they never owed the $3500 and are seeking compensation to be determined by a jury,” Brown says.

CNN repeatedly tried reaching out to Kleargear's phone number and email on its website but did not hear back. did respond via email back in November to CNN affiliate, KUTV,  defending its actions saying, the request for the Palmers to take down their comment was not blackmail, but  “a  diligent effort to help them avoid the fine.”

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