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Barbie Wants to Talk to You Kids: Can a Wi-Fi-Enabled Barbie Revitalize America's Favorite Doll?

With dropping demand and an obliviously sexist book, Barbie has stumbled recently. Mattel hopes to change that with a new interactive model, but will privacy concerns sink it?

Lumber Liquidators Accused of Selling Flooring With Formaldehyde

If you've bought flooring from Lumber Liquidators, you may be facing a problem. On a recent episode of 60 Minutes, the news program claimed some of the retailer's laminate flooring was intentionally mislabeled and may contain hazardous levels of formaldehyde. Find out if you've purchased the flooring in question, and if so, what you should do about it.

Rumor Roundup: Will Google's Smartwatch Work With the iPhone?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple Watch, HBO, The Rock, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

8 Home Improvement Projects You Shouldn't Do Yourself

Retaining walls, overgrown tree limbs, and lead-based paint are all home projects that require serious attention. But cost, difficulty, and danger could require professional help.

Ship Your Suds: 9 Sites for Ordering Craft Beer Online

Offering different methods of sorting the multitude of choices, different shipping options, and even gift boxes or memberships, these sites with delivery beer right to your door. And we're not talking PBR.

Say Goodbye to the Salon With These DIY Beauty Tips

Going to the salon is great, but if you make it an essential part of your beauty routine, you're going to run out of money fast. Luckily, there's a whole community of DIY divas out there who have created tons of easy-to-follow tutorials. With the help of these free guides and a few awesome beauty deals, you don't ever have to step foot in the salon again!

Here's Why a European Vacation Will Be More Affordable in 2015

We can thank a stronger US dollar for better hotel rates abroad this year. Poland, Uruguay, and Morocco all make the list, but what nations saw the biggest price decreases for American travelers?

VIDEO: Over 30? Tinder Will Charge You More for a Subscription

Tinder, a dating app, thinks you'll pay more for their premium service, if you're old. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if this is ageist and discriminatory against "old" folks, or if this is simply a way for Tinder to let younger people afford a dating app!

12 American Snacks in Unbelievable Flavors You Can Only Find in Japan

Where can you find a wasabi-flavored Kit Kat, or a Starbucks Frappuccino with cherry blossom petals? That would be none other than Japan, where a fascination with novelty has spurred an endless array of flavor fusions. Join us as we take a look at 12 of the most intriguing snacks to ever hit Japanese shores.

Google's Wireless Ambitions Could Put the Fear of Death in Verizon, AT&T — And Bag You Better Prices

After years of rumors, Google has finally confirmed its plans to launch a mobile network. While the company is being tight-lipped about its rates, the mere presence of Google in this highly-competitive industry could mean a break for your wallet.

The 10 Best Coupons of the Week: Dell, Nike, Outback Steakhouse

In this day and age, who's got the time to search for a coupon? We do! To help you stay on top of all things discount, we've rounded up the 10 best coupons of the week. Save up to $60 at Dell home, take an extra 20% off Nike clearance, and get 15% off a meal at Outback.

Turning the Other Chic: 8 Little Luxuries for Under $100

Fountain pens, watches, even fancy toilet paper: you don't have to break the bank to treat yourself. These 8 luxury items are all affordable, and totally unnecessary.

Rumor Roundup: Is the Apple Watch Water-Resistant?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple Watches, Apple Cars, GoPro Cameras, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

How to Get 1 Month of Amazon Prime for Free

If you're Prime delivery is late, Amazon's fine print grants you a free month of Prime, up to 12 times. DealNews tests out this guarantee, and we hear from our readers.

Get These 8 Things to Help Prepare For Emergencies

With much of the country under snow (including some regions that barely see an inch), now is a good time to review what you need to prepare for unexpected extreme weather, car breakdowns, and other emergencies.

5 Ways YouTube Has Changed Shopping in its First 10 Years

Best known for cat videos, YouTube has also wildly altered how we buy music, experience ads, reach out to companies, and more. On the eve of its tenth birthday, we look at how the video-sharing site has changed retail.

POLL: Will Target's New Free Shipping Pull Customers From Amazon?

Great news for Target fans: the retailer is offering free shipping on orders of $25 or more, half its previous $50 minimum.

Survey Finds Americans Will Never Cut These Budget Items

The NRF reveals that connectivity rules when it comes to American household spending priorities, but luxuries like jewelry and anything "high-end" are the first to go when money is tight.

8 'Zombie' Snack Foods That Came Back From the Dead

Twinkies, Crispy M&Ms, the Yumbo — sometimes dedicated fans are able to bring back popular discontinued foods. But like zombies, they aren't always exactly like they were before...

NVIDIA Disabled GPU Overclocking, Then Reversed Its Decision When PC Gamers Freaked Out

A blazing fast video card can make the biggest PC gamer act giddy, but recently the modding practice became a bit controversial for top manufacturer, NVIDIA.

8 Foods That Will Be More Expensive This Spring

Eggs, fine wine, and grapefruit are just a few of the foods that could increase in price this spring. But there are some alternatives.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in March

Spring is (hopefully) at our doorstep, and even if you're planning to stay glued to the couch for all of March Madness, you'll also likely be doing a bit of spring shopping. From chocolates to iPads, here are the best and worst things to buy in March.

Rumor Roundup: How Expensive Will the Apple Watch Be?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple Watch, Google, Predator, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Which Cardiovascular Workout Machine Is Right for You?

How do you choose between a treadmill, stationary bike, or other machines for a home workout? It depends on which muscle groups you want to work, how much joint pressure is acceptable, and even how much space you have — and of course, your budget.

Hulu Gets Exclusive Rights to CSI, Will Soon Have 14 Seasons for You to Binge

Crime drama addicts, take note. Hulu has just scored the rights to 14 seasons of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The exclusive agreement marks a first for CBS, which is traditionally protective with its current content, and could help Hulu distinguish itself in a cut-throat streaming market.

Ask an Editor: Are All-Inclusive Resorts Worth It?

Our readers asked, and we're answering: our travel editor says that if you want relaxation, the convenience and peace-of-mind provided by an all-inclusive resort's food and drink package is well worth the price tag.

Sling TV Adds More Channels and Movies... For More Money

Dish Network's Sling TV made headlines by providing streaming cable, notably ESPN, for $20 a month. But slow internet speeds and even that cost could make cable still the best bet. Do additional movie channels and VOD for an additional fee still sweeten the deal?

New FAA Restrictions Will Crush Your Dreams for Amazon Drone Delivery

The FAA posted proposed regulations for commercial drone use, and it's not looking good for Amazon's plans of using robots from the sky to delivery your packages.

VIDEO: What Would an Apple Car Be Like?

If the rumors we've been hearing are true, then Apple is working on an electric car! Our experts discuss how, exactly, Apple could possibly change cars as we know them.

How to Make Your Tablet Faster

Trimming the fat off your tablet's software is easier than you think. From deleting unused apps to eliminating background tasks, we've got six easy steps you can take to speed up your tablet experience.

Here's How You Can Get an Editors' Choice Travel Deal EVERY Monday

Looking for a bargain on a hotel deal? You could always keep your eyes peeled for the consistent flow of discounts, but if you're a planner, it might be as easy as logging on to BookIt every Monday.

5 Retro Products That Are Hot Again (And What They Cost Today)

It's fun to take a look at the vintage items that have come back against all odds, and get an idea of what they're worth today as opposed to back in the day. Here we present five examples of doin' the time warp, retail style.