Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(WASHINGTON) — Owners of the top-selling pickup truck in the United States may be disappointed that it was among the poorest performers in a recent test of headlight effectiveness.
The number one seller, Ford's F-150, received multiple "poor" ratings on both its halogen and LED headlights in the new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent nonprofit research and communications organization. The study looked at the effectiveness of the headlights in 11 different 2016 and 2017 models of pickups.
Only one pickup truck, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, earned a top rating of "good."
Ford was quick to note that while the F-150's headlights did not receive a positive rating in this study, the truck continues to get top ratings in safety overall.
"Safety continues to be one of the highest priorities in the design of our vehicles. In addition to being the only 2016 [Insurance Institute for Highway Safety] Top Safety Pick among full-size pickup trucks, F-150 has also earned the federal government’s highest 5-star overall safety rating," Ford said in a statement to ABC News.
Pickup trucks are the latest focus of a larger study of headlight safety by the institute, which looked at the same feature in midsize cars and small sport utility vehicles earlier this year.
The institute "launched its headlight ratings after finding that government standards based on laboratory tests allow for huge variation in the amount of illumination headlights provide in on-road driving," a press release from the organization said.
Federal regulations require a certain amount of light to be projected from the headlights, but there is no standard for how far the light must reach.
A senior research engineer for the highway safety group told ABC News that the findings of its headlight tests so far aren't good.
“Unfortunately, the new results that we’re releasing [on pickup trucks] are consistent with results that we have been seeing” with other vehicles, the institute engineer, Matthew Brumbelow, said. “Across the board, we’re seeing very few headlights that have good or acceptable ratings.”
In its study of pickups, the group's engineers measured how far light is projected from a vehicle's low beams and high beams as the truck travels straight and on curves.
The amount of glare from low beams for oncoming drivers was also measured.
Among the 11 pickup models evaluated, there were 23 possible headlight combinations, including LED, high-intensity discharge, and halogen projectors and reflectors in both the low-beam and high-beam type. A vehicle's high-beam assist was also taken into account.
Although most of the headlights evaluated were deemed unsatisfactory, there is some good news. Brumbelow said just changing how headlights are installed can improve their performance.
“Aiming [of the headlights] is important,” he told ABC News.
He said that already, in response to the institute's earlier studies of headlights, “A lot of manufacturers have gone back to the factory to change that aim to get it where it needs to be.”
Regardless of a car’s headlight rating, the institute encourages drivers to use their high beams as often as possible when other drivers aren’t around.
Larger pickups in the study included the 2016 Ram 1500, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, the 2017 Nissan Titan, and the 2016 and 2017 models of the GMC Sierra, the Chevrolet Silverado, the Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tundra.
Smaller pickups evaluated included the 2016 models of the Chevrolet Colorado, the GMC Canyon and the Nissan Frontier and the 2016 and 2017 versions of the Toyota Tacoma.
The top performer: Honda's 2017 Ridgeline got the highest rating, thanks to its LED projector low beams, which provided "fair to good visibility on most approaches, with inadequate visibility only on the gradual left curve," the report said. High-beam assist, a feature that automatically switches on high beams if no other vehicles are nearby, makes up for some of the deficiencies of the low beams, the report added. High-beam assist is on several of the models tested.
The catch? The only Ridgeline model with "good" headlights is also the most expensive version of the model. Buy a cheaper version without the bells and whistles, and the headlight rating falls to "poor." The Middle Ground:
The GMC Sierra is the only truck with a moderately positive rating of "acceptable" -- but only on certain versions of the car. For some versions, the Sierra earned poor ratings -- specifically, with its high-intensity discharge projector headlights. GM declined to comment about these results to ABC News.
Both Halogen and LED headlights available on the Nissan Titan earned a "marginal" rating.
GM, which makes the GMC Sierra, Chevy Silverado, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon, declined to comment on the report.
Nissan told ABC News in a statement that safety continues to be one of the highest priorities in the design of its vehicles.
"In the spirit of continuous improvement, Nissan evaluates all independent test results and will seek to use them to make product improvements wherever possible," the company said.
Meanwhile, only the halogen reflector headlights on the Ram 1500 earned a "marginal" rating; the halogen projector headlights Ram 1500 headlights earned a "poor" rating.
Ram 1500 maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also released a statement to ABC News about the study's findings, saying that the one test does not determine overall vehicle safety.
"This is a new test with specific benchmarks that don’t align with regulatory requirements. FCA US vehicles meet or exceed all applicable federal motor-vehicle safety standards," the company statement said, adding that it will continue to evaluate the safety performance of its vehicles. The Worst Performers:
All of the small pickup trucks evaluated by institute received poor ratings on headlights.
Additionally, the headlights of the 2016 and 2017 models of the Chevy Silverado, the Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tundra all received poor ratings -- something that some automakers were clearly not happy about.
"The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) periodically develops new, more specialized tests that go beyond federal requirements, which all Toyota vehicles meet," Toyota released in a statement to ABC News.
"The Institute’s new vehicle headlight assessment is the latest such test. It sets a more stringent glare criteria than what is required by the federal standard," Toyota continued. "We are evaluating the results for Toyota and Lexus models and will need to determine the appropriate aiming tolerance for each model’s headlight system in order to balance the test protocol’s criteria for down-the-road lighting performance and the amount of glare to drivers of oncoming vehicles."
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Your internet-linked baby monitor may be participating in a major cyber-attack, and you don’t even know it.
While experts have been warning for some time that the proliferation of devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) -- like web-connected baby monitors, cars, smart speakers, DVRs and even cars -- posed a new threat in cyberspace, a major cyber-attack on Friday has given new impetus to calls to bolster the security of the devices, which are more popular than ever.
For several hours on Friday, a number of marquee internet brands, including Twitter, Reddit and Spotify, were rendered inaccessible by what security professionals believe is a newly emerging kind of cyber-attack that employs an army of infected home devices that can be used by cyber-criminals to launch attacks on the internet.
“Before Friday, there might have been a debate about whether or not IoT security is important,” Neil Daswani, Chief Information Security Officer at LifeLock, told ABC News Monday at a National Cyber Security Alliance conference that was dedicated to the issue.
“But after Friday, it’s pretty clear -- we need to focus on IoT security now,” Daswani said.
Officials at Dyn, the company that came under attack at least twice on Friday, said that they believe cyber-criminals used malicious software called “Mirai” to attack the company's servers, which were providing a service that helped consumers’ browsers connect to the popular sites.
Mirai, according to security experts, is used by cyber-criminals to infect devices with malicious code in order to build and control “botnets” -- armies of infected devices, which can be instructed by the criminals to launch attacks on targets of their choosing.
Upon instruction, each device -- which to the casual observer may appear to be working normally -- begins sending seemingly innocuous requests to a target.
While each device’s request would otherwise be insignificant, when large botnets -- made up of thousands or even millions of devices -- begin making simultaneous requests, it can overwhelm the target in what is called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
Nick Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at University of California, Berkeley, explained it with a metaphor.
“Suppose you’re a company with a bank of 50 phones, and somebody instructs 10,000 devices to all dial your phone number at the same time," Weaver told ABC News. "It just overwhelms with traffic.”
While DDoS attacks are nothing new, the attacks on Friday mark the first time a headline-grabbing attack was perpetrated using botnets made up of internet-connected “things,” rather than computers.
Attacks like the one on Friday could just be the beginning, experts say. Growing Threat
A report from market research firm Gartner at the end of 2015 forecast that 6.4 billion “connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016,” which marks a 30 percent jump from 2015. Looking ahead to 2020, the firm estimates there could be as many as 20.8 billion devices hooked up to the internet.
“You’ve got this whole new vector -- whole new way of attacking,” Eric Hodge, director of consulting at IDT911, a cyber-security consulting firm, told ABC News at Monday's conference. “You can use these devices that are almost completely unsecured ... and turn those into something that can anonymously attack.”
Writing on his website on Oct. 1, respected cyber-security expert Brian Krebs reported that the code for Mirai had be released onto the web by a pseudo-anonymous hacker for anyone to use, “virtually guaranteeing that the Internet will soon be flooded with attacks from any new botnets powered by insecure routers, IP cameras, digital video recorders and other easily hackable devices.”
With all of these unsecure devices hitting the market, the ability to launch new, larger attacks is showing up.
While the size of the data stream that was used in the attacks on Friday hasn’t been officially released, Andy Ellis, Chief Security Officer for Akamai Technologies, told ABC News that “we’re in this new era of attacks where the terabit attack shows up.”
He explained that five or 10 years ago, professionals worried about “gigabit attacks.” Today, they worry about attacks that are one thousand times larger.
But despite the threat, security experts seem to be pessimistic about the chances that anything will be fixed in the short term.
“I’m skeptical that [a solution] is going to arise organically,” Ellis said in a phone interview. “When you look at the economics of it, the people who pay the cost to get the IoT into service or into production -- the manufacturer, the purchaser, and their internet service provider -- that’s very different than those that pay the costs of weak security in IoT, which is the targets of these attacks.”
“This is a case of market failure,” said Weaver, the expert at U.C. Berkeley. “The economic incentives in the current market actually favors insecure devices.”
In other words, because those who buy and make the insecure devices (consumers and manufacturers) do not bear the costs of lax security (as the companies on Friday did), there are no direct incentives to bolster security in IoT devices.
“You can think of it kind of like any environmental disaster,” Andrew Lee, CEO of cyber-security firm ESET North America, told ABC News at Monday's conference. “There’s a lot of other people affected by something that probably should have been secured in the first place. You can have this sort of collateral damage that’s happened.”
In an essay entitled The Democratization of Censorship, about how cyber-attacks could be used to silence speech, Krebs writes that to solve the problem of proliferating unsecure internet devices, "we probably need an industry security association, with published standards that all members adhere to and are audited against periodically."
He pointed to the certification that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) gave electronic devices, and said that "wholesalers and retailers of these devices might then be encouraged to shift their focus toward buying and promoting connected devices which have this industry security association seal of approval."
ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- The ex-wife of former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle filed a lawsuit Monday against the sandwich chain, claiming the company knew of Fogle's "depravities and failed to act."
Fogle's ex-wife Katie McLaughlin said she filed the suit to seek unspecified damages and because she has "questions to which I have no other way to get answers."
"What did Subway know and when did they know it?" she read from a statement Monday at a press conference. "What investigations, if any, did they conduct? Did they ever notify the authorities?"
Fogle, who worked with Subway from 2000 to 2015, is currently in federal prison after pleading guilty to in November of 2015 to charges of possessing child pornography and traveling across state lines to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. He is serving 15 years.
McLaughlin said in a statement Monday, "When the FBI banged on my door on July 7th, 2015, I thought it was the worst day of my life. I had no idea that the nightmare was just beginning."
She maintains that, had Subway warned her of Fogle's propensities, she would have never married him. She said she learned the scope of his activities over the course of the investigation.
"Finding out that your husband and the father of your children is a child predator, and knowing that his job involved him visiting schools on a regular basis is devastating," she said, adding, "to the victims of my ex-husband, you are never far from my thoughts and prayers."
The complaint, filed in Indiana with the Hamilton County Superior Court, cites several instances where McLoughlin claims Subway was told of alleged wrong-doing by Fogle, dating back to four years before she met him, that she claims Subway failed to act upon. "Upon information and belief, Subway did not report any of the allegations to law enforcement," the suit says.
"On at least three occasions during Jared's tenure with Subway, Subway received reports regarding Jared's sexual interest in and activity with children," the lawsuit claims, "With two of those reports, Subway responded by sending a public relations employee to ask Jared about the allegations. With the third report, Subway admitted the complaint was 'not properly escalated or acted upon.'"
McLaughlin, who is a former elementary school special ed teacher, claims that the company allowed Fogle to continue his work as a spokesperson, which brought him in contact with many children.
"Despite knowing of Jared's sexual interest in children and the then-alleged sexual acts he committed with them, Subway continued to promote their star spokesman," the suit says. "In particular, Subway launched multiple campaigns that required Jared to visit elementary schools around the country."
McLaughlin said Subway also marketed Fogle as a "family man" and used McLaughlin and her children's likenesses without her consent.
She is not currently receiving any compensation from the company or support for the former couple's children, her attorneys told ABC News.
A Subway spokesperson said Monday, "As this is pending legal action, we cannot provide comment."
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street closed mostly higher Monday amid news of major corporate deals and earnings.
The Dow gained 77.32 ( 0.43 percent) to finish at 18,223.03.
The Nasdaq jumped 52.43 ( 1.00 percent) to close at 5,309.83, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,151.33, up 10.17 ( 0.47 percent) from its open.
Crude oil fell less than 1 percent with prices hitting over $50 a barrel.
AT&T: Over the weekend, AT&T Inc. announced it had reached a deal with Time Warner Inc. to buy the media company for $85.4 billion. The merger will most likely face opposition from the government with the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights already set to hold a hearing in December. AT&T shares slid nearly 2 percent and Time Warner's stock sunk 3 percent.
Rockwell Collins: Aerospace company Rockwell Collins said Sunday it will buy B/E Aerospace, an aircraft cabin interior manufacturer, for $8.3 billion, including debt, in a deal uniting two of the biggest suppliers in the aerospace industry. Shares in B/E Aerospace soared 16 percent on the news.
TD Ameritrade: Scottrade Financial Services will be bought by TD Ameritrade in a $4 billion deal as both of the online discount brokerages have suffered a decline in small investors. According to the Wall Street Journal, the merger will provide the combined company with over 10 million client accounts and about $1 trillion in assets.
Virgin America(NEW YORK) — After the auctions for Nike’s auto-lacing MAG sneaker, straight out of Back to the Future 2, made headlines -- and $6.75 million for Parkinson's Research -- Virgin America has stepped up, literally, with its one-of-a-kind First Class Shoe.
The collaboration between the company, the marketing folks at Eleven Inc. and the Italian design firm SearchnDesign outfitted a fine white Italian leather high-top with high-tech, first class amenities like a USB port, mood lighting, Wi-Fi, and a small LED screen on the upper. What's more, in another nod to the company's super-luxe First Class cabin seat, the shoe closes with a stainless steel airplane seat buckle.
They're auctioning off the one-and-only pair, with all the proceeds going to charity -- specifically, Soles4Souls, which is dedicated to fighting poverty and clothing the needy around the world.
Toby Jorrin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- AT&T has reached a deal to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion, with the phone company paying $107.50 per share.
The new cable giant will rival Comcast Corp.'s purchase of NBCUniversal in 2011, but the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on the deal in December, according to a spokesperson for Sen. Mike Lee, the chairman of the subcommittee.
AT&T would have access Time Warner's media portfolio including HBO, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and multiple cable networks (TNT, TBS, CNN and Cartoon Network/Adult Swim).
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson called the proposed merger a "perfect match."
“Premium content always wins," he said in a statement. "It has been true on the big screen, the TV screen and now it’s proving true on the mobile screen. We’ll have the world’s best premium content with the networks to deliver it to every screen."
Jennifer Treece(LAVONIA, Mich.) -- One fairy tale-loving mom couldn't resist painting a mural inspired by the Disney film Tangled on her 8-year-old daughter's wall.
"I just love fairy tales," Jennifer Treece, of Lavonia, Michigan, told ABC News. "I love the movies so much; the music and the artistry and the beauty of them."
Treece was inspired to paint the 2010 film, centered on the classic story of Rapunzel, because she heavily identified with the long-haired princess, who's locked away in a tower alone.
Treece, 39, added: "We're both artists and she's always painting all over her walls and I'm always painting all over my walls. I identify with the feeling that she knows she's meant for more."
The mother said she spent 60 hours creating her daughter Gianna's mural. Initially, she painted the background -- a dark blue castle. Then painted all of the details, including a boat with Princess Rapunzel and her prince inside.
Treece said that's not the only mural in her home. She's also painted trees in her bedroom, a mural inspired by Cinderella and even a quote by Disney creator Walt Disney that reads, "If you can dream it, you can do it."
Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you still plan to fly at Thanksgiving, I only have two words for you: Shop now. Flying the cheapest days for Turkey Day travel can save you as much as 65 percent on airline tickets.
Remember, there are no good fares at Thanksgiving; it’s a matter of finding the best of the bad deals and this has a lot to do with the itinerary a traveler chooses. So, using my airfare comparison site’s proprietary data to analyze 1.8 million holiday airfares for 100 of the top U.S. domestic markets, here are the best and worst days to fly and what they might cost you.
Note: Results are averages, so your fares may differ (depending on such things as departure and destination cities and when you buy tickets). The fare analysis was conducted in mid-October.
Thanksgiving: Most Expensive Days to Fly Basically, these are the days to avoid:
- $662 - Wednesday to Sunday (Nov. 23-27) - $649 - Sunday to Sunday (Nov. 20-27)
Traditionally, the Wednesday/Sunday itinerary is the most popular (especially for parents who need to fly kids away at school back home), and that’s why it’s expensive. But as you will see, moving that itinerary by a day or two can make a huge difference ticket costs. Thanksgiving: Cheapest Days to Fly Again, there’s no such thing as truly cheap days to fly at Thanksgiving but these itineraries will save some money.
- $367 - Thursday to Friday (Nov. 24-25) - $395 - Thursday to Tuesday (Nov. 24-29) - $406 - Tuesday to Friday (Nov. 22-25) - $420 - Monday to Friday (Nov. 21-25) - $425 - Tuesday to Tuesday (Nov. 22-29)
The very cheapest itinerary is an overnight trip, which won’t work for everyone, but if you only need to put in an appearance at the big dinner, it’s perfect. Notice the two cheapest itineraries require flying on Thanksgiving Day itself (Nov. 24). No big deal; fly early in the day you won't miss out on the festivities; plus, holiday airports tend to be calm and crowd-free.
Other Ways to Save on Thanksgiving Flights - Compare airfare prices: This is the smartest thing a traveler no matter when they plan to fly and that’s to always compare airline ticket prices. If you only search fares at a favorite airline site you risk paying too much (maybe way too much) because no airline always has the cheapest flights.
- Add a stop to your flight/route: A connecting flight is often significantly cheaper than a nonstop flight. This isn't always true but often enough that you should always compare prices for different routes.
- Use a carry-on: This is free on most airlines but even more important, a bag that travels with you is a bag that cannot get lost. You'll also get out of that crowded holiday airport a lot faster.
Toys R' Us(NEW YORK) -- A run-of-the-mill trip to Toys "R" Us is resulting in a big change at toy giant Fisher-Price.
Gina Zuk Gerber, a Baltimore mom of two and public relations executive, was shopping for her 1-year-old daughter when she came across one of Fisher-Price's Little People toys that she initially "thought was a joke," she told ABC News.
The Little People toy SUV features a "mom figure," according to the product description. And on the box it reads, "Time for yoga and a smoothie!" The toy also has an audio chip that says this, among other phrases.
More like "dirty diapers and screaming babies," Gerber said with a laugh.
Outraged, Gerber posted a photo to Facebook, calling out the company for the toy. "Today when shopping for toys for Anna I was disgusted to see the 'girl' versions of Little People," she wrote in part. "The only ones with all girl figures were all smothered in pink and purple, they worked in interesting places like the 'home,' and they all lacked the multiple educational elements the 'boys' toys had."
The post ultimately caught the attention of Fisher-Price. The company told ABC News, "As a result of Ms. Gina Gerber’s advocacy, we are planning to make a running change to both the package and audio chip."
The company also pointed out it has a female firefighter, dentist, mailwoman and more in its Little People collection.
Gerber said she doesn't have anything against yoga. In fact, she brings in a yoga instructor for her staff every other week. But she said working moms and stay-at-home moms alike were offended by the insinuation that yoga and smoothies is a major part of motherhood.
"Maybe it's one relaxing moment in a day, but it's definitely not representative of being a mom," she said.
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are investigating a widespread internet disruption Friday that appears to be the result of repeated attacks on a critical internet infrastructure service -- attacks that caused hours-long disruptions of major sites like Twitter, Reddit and Spotify for many users in the U.S.
Dyn, Inc., a firm that provides some hosting services for the internet's Domain Name System (DNS), posted online that its engineers are working to "mitigate several attacks" aimed at their DNS infrastructure.
The DNS, in the simplest terms, works like the phone book for the internet. When a user types an internet address into a browser, the DNS converts the name into a numeric IP address and sends the user on its way. Dyn said the first attack Friday morning was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which overwhelms its target with traffic until it's paralyzed.
Kyle York, Chief Strategy Officer at Dyn, told ABC News that DDoS attacks are daily occurrences, but this one is "just incredibly sophisticated and complex." York said "tens of millions" of I.P. addresses -- meaning an incredibly large botnet or network of botnets -- appear to be involved in attacking the firm.
The first attack on Dyn appeared at least temporarily to have trickled down to some of the internet's most popular websites. Within a few hours, Dyn reported service had been restored, but then the next wave appeared. It's unclear which, if any, major sites have been affected by the follow-on attacks.
York said the second attack has "ebbed and flowed" since it began early Friday afternoon.
Last week the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team warned users of a "heightened DDoS threat" as more and more internet-connected devices are being surreptitiously used as part of botnets to flood target systems. The last few weeks have seen record-setting DDoS attacks, DHS said, and source code for one major type of attack was recently released online, meaning anyone with a little know-how might be able to command a very large army of bots.
York said Dyn suspects one infamous botnet described in the DHS alert, known as Mirai, is being used in the current attack.
DDoS attacks are generally unsophisticated in nature and Martin McKeay, security advocate at online content delivery firm Akamai, said that while knowing to target and somewhat successfully strike a DNS host service is a step up from the run of the mill attacks, it's a small step.
McKeay said that it's impossible to know at this point who's behind the attack, but it could be anyone from a young hacker messing around, to hackivists, to a criminal organization or even a nation state.
York declined to speculate on who might be behind the attack, but described it as much more advanced than the average DDoS assault. Dyn, he indicated, is not exactly an easy target and they've "been dealing with this all day."
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York has passed a law that will make it hard for Airbnb to do business in one of the rental company's largest markets.
It is now illegal in New York to advertise property rentals on sites like Airbnb, expanding on an existing law that prohibits tenants and landlords from renting out their units for less than 30 days.
Anyone found violating the law could face a $7,500 fine from the local government.
"This is an issue that was given careful, deliberate consideration, but ultimately these activities are already expressly prohibited by law," a spokesman for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "They also compromise efforts to maintain and promote affordable housing by allowing those units to be used as unregulated hotels, and deny communities significant revenue from uncollected taxes, the cost of which is ultimately borne by local taxpayers."
Airbnb said it would file a lawsuit immediately in response.
"In typical fashion, Albany back-room dealing rewarded a special interest -- the price-gouging hotel industry -- and ignored the voices of tens of thousands of New Yorkers," Josh Meltzer, head of Airbnb's public policy, said in a statement. "A majority of New Yorkers have embraced home sharing, and we will continue to fight for a smart policy solution that works for the people, not the powerful. We are filing a lawsuit in New York this afternoon.”
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. stocks closed mostly flat Friday while some individual stocks posted gains from good earnings reports.
The Dow fell 16.64 (-0.09 percent) to finish at 18,145.71.
The Nasdaq jumped 15.57 ( 0.30 percent) to close at 5,257.40, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,141.16, down 6.18 (-0.01 percent) from its open.
Crude oil gained less than 1 percent with prices hitting over $50 a barrel.
Time Warner: After news that AT&T was reportedly "in advanced talks" to buy Time Warner, the media conglomerate's shares soared nearly 8 percent. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, a deal could happen as early as this weekend and the new cable giant would rival Comcast Corp.'s purchase of NBCUniversal in 2011.
McDonald's: All-day breakfast helped McDonald's beat investors' expectations in the third-quarter with global comparable sales increasing 3.5 percent. In the quarter three report, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said the burger chain was "evolving the McDonald's experience to provide more high quality, affordable food and beverage options and convenient solutions for customers on the go."
Don Riddle(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- It’s on Walt Disney World Resort property, but in many ways feels like its own world. For fans of the Four Seasons and Disney -- two superstars in the world of travel -- this partnership that was more than a decade in the making may certainly feel like dreams really do come true.
With views of the fireworks, a shuttle to the main Disney parks and character breakfasts just for them, guests of the Four Seasons enjoy many, but not all, of the same perks as guests who stay at one of the Disney properties. The main difference is the absence of extra magic hours in the parks.
The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News.
But there’s plenty of perks: a complimentary kids' club that runs eight hours a day, free dining for kids 5 and under, an on-site coordinator for Disney tickets and experiences, a five-acre water park for guests and a spa.
Guest room rates start at $379 per night and run all the way up to $14,000 per night for the Royal Suite -- the hotel suite of the week -- which has up to nine bedrooms, a 1,000 square-foot terrace. pantry kitchen, media center and more.
Jack Taylor/Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) — Apple is warning customers to stay clear of counterfeit products sold on Amazon.
The tech giant says that a company is selling fake Apple products such as chargers and cables on Amazon that could be dangerous because of fire.
Apple conducted its own undercover online sting to figure out the source of the counterfeit cables. The company revealed in a new lawsuit that it bought Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on Amazon, but 90 percent of the products shipped turned out to be fakes.
According to that lawsuit, Apple shared its findings with Amazon and the online retailer pinpointed the source as a New Jersey company named Mobile Star which they claim imprinted the Apple logo on products that pose a significant risk of overheating, fire and electrical shock. One customer review says after just a few hours of use on the very first day, the charger caught on fire.
Amazon, which is not named in the lawsuit, told ABC News overnight, the retailer has “zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits on our site, and work closely with manufacturers and brands and pursue wrongdoers aggressively.”
ABC news reached out to that New Jersey company in the lawsuit, but have not heard back.
David M. Benett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Target has a new partner in Victoria Beckham. The former Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer is joining forces with the chain on its latest collaborative fashion line.
Beckham took to Twitter to announce the limited edition collection.
“For a while now, I have been thinking how great it would be to work on clothes for a customer that either doesn’t want to pay or can’t pay designer prices,” Beckham said on the Target blog of her new collaboration. “I loved the idea of opening the brand up to a wider audience and being able to share my vision with a broader customer base.”
Over 200 pieces for women and children are set to hit the Target racks in Spring of next year.