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Electronics

AT&T introduces DirecTV bundle

Aug. 3, 2015—That didn’t take long. Less than 2 weeks after federal regulators signed off on the merger of AT&T and DirecTV, AT&T will offer service bundles that include the satellite-TV service.

Electronics

Experts: Consumers could benefit from AT&T-DirecTV merger

July 31, 2015—We’re skeptical when it comes to multibillion-dollar merger deals. Although they might be beneficial to the companies and shareholders, typically consumers get the short end of the stick as a result: less competition, less innovation and higher prices.

Automotive

BMW cites impact requirements in MINI recall

July 31, 2015—BMW of North America recalled certain 2014–2015 MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtop vehicles and 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop vehicles. The affected vehicles don’t meet the side-impact performance requirements for the rear-seat passengers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with safety standards.

Automotive

Toyota recalls Prius V because hybrid system might fail

July 29, 2015—Toyota Motor recalled 2012–2014 Prius V vehicles that were manufactured from Aug. 22, 2011, through June 30, 2014. A component in the hybrid inverter assembly might overheat, which could cause the hybrid system to reduce power and allow the vehicle to drive only a short distance.

Health

Treatment for advanced skin cancer approved by FDA

July 28, 2015—Food and Drug Administration approved a medication to treat patients who have locally advanced basal cell carcinoma that has recurred after surgery or radiation therapy or who aren’t candidates for surgery or radiation therapy.

Automotive

FCA cites air-bag failure in Ram recall

July 27, 2015—Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled 2012–2014 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks that were manufactured from Jan. 18, 2011, through Oct. 7, 2014, and have an electronic vehicle-information center.

Health

Vic’s popcorn recalled because of unlisted milk

July 21, 2015—Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods recalled Vic’s Original White Popcorn, because the product was filled with white cheddar popcorn and might contain milk, which isn’t listed on the ingredient label. Consumers who are allergic to milk might have a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction when they consume this product.

Family

DaVinci cribs recalled because of injury hazards

July 21, 2015—Bexco recalled DaVinci cribs, because a metal bracket that connects the mattress support to the crib can break, which would create an uneven sleeping surface or a gap. If this occurs, a child can become entrapped in the crib, fall or suffer lacerations from the broken metal bracket.