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Facebook Wants You to Talk to Stores Through Its Messenger App

This week Facebook unveiled Businesses on Messenger, a service that allows stores to send order updates and customer service messages via the Messenger app. But the benefits for consumers are unclear, and only two stores are currently on board. Will it catch on?

March Shopping Madness: Vote Now in Round 2!

March Shopping Madness is in full swing, and our first round of matches has come to a close. Favorites like Amazon and Newegg had no trouble advancing to the next round, but who will advance to the coveted final four spots? Vote now for your favorite retailers for deals!

Rumor Roundup: Download Arkham Knight to Your Bat-Computer?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about YouTube, Batman, Call of Duty, 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!

Has Your Car Been Recalled? 8 Questions You Need to Ask

With both Kia and Ford recently issuing recalls that collectively affect 420,000 vehicles, automotive recalls are back in the news. We look at how these work, and what you need to do to get the proper repairs for free.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April

April is here, and if you're stuck indoors waiting out the seasonal showers, you'll have an excuse to spend more time shopping for the best deals online. Here is what's in store this month for the smart shopper.

VIDEO: Do You Wanna Smell Like a King? (A BURGER King)

Burger King thinks you might like to smell like a Whopper. On April 1, in Japan, the company will sell a limited run of 1,000 bottles of a cologne called "Flame Grilled" for $40 a pop. In this video, our experts discuss if smelling like food is desirable... or gross.

18 Free and Cheap April Fools' Day Pranks

You don't need any fancy bells and whistles to scare the bejeezus out of your loved ones this April Fools' Day. Here are over a dozen gags that will cost you absolutely nothing, except possibly the aforementioned loved ones.

March Shopping Madness: Which Store is the Champion for Deals?

March Madness has officially kicked off, but here at DealNews we're running a different kind of tournament. We're pitting 2014's top 16 vendors against each other and letting you decide who deserves to be crowned the ultimate deal champ.

The 10 Best Coupons of the Week: ThinkGeek, Cole Haan, Bonefish Grill

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. Take $10 off a $60 order at ThinkGeek, save an extra 40% at Cole Haan, and score an ice cream BOGO from Baskin-Robbins.

Make Sure You Return Everything to Bed Bath & Beyond Before April 20

Bed Bath & Beyond's famously generous return policy is becoming less generous. The home goods store will soon stop offering full store credit without a receipt.

Brow Plucking and Milkshakes?: 8 Weird Retail Combinations

Guitars and BBQs? Milkshakes and brow waxing? Some stores have an odd idea of what inventory makes sense to sell together.

Save Money With These 5 DIY Car Repairs

Wiper blades, motor oil, fuses: these and more can be replaced or repaired cheaply and easily without a trip to the mechanic. Check out what tools and parts you'll need, plus step-by-step guides for each task.

Rumor Roundup: Are Curved Screens Hard to Make? (Who Knew?!)

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Samsung, Apple, Youtube, Apple, and more? (Seriously, it's pretty Apple-heavy this week.) Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Apple Fans, Get Ready for Cheap Chargers (Finally!)

With their new MacBook, Apple announced they would not block third-party USB-C chargers, paving the way for cheap alternatives. But should you take the savings in exchange for safety and convenience?

Accident Prone? HTC Will Now Replace Select Smartphones for Free During the First Year

From cracked screens to the accidental dip in the toilet, HTC's new Uh-Oh Protection plan will replace your damaged HTC smartphone for free, one time, with no questions asked. Sound too good to be true? We break down HTC's new plan for you.

2 Changes That May Affect the Price of Your Next Laptop

Budget shoppers take note: Recent rumors indicate that Microsoft is in the process of tweaking its Windows 8.1 with Bing program, and AMD is trying to clear out its processor inventory. Find out what you can do now to score a deal on a budget laptop soon.

VIDEO: Is Installing Cameras in Rental Cars Creepy?

Car rental company, Hertz, made some waves, recently, when they started installing cameras in some of their cars... and by "made some waves", we mean "people really freaked out." The company swears they're not functional, but that the cameras are there in case they want to start using video chat for customer service! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts try to decide if we should be creeped out by this, or not!

Does the Average Wedding Really Cost $31,213?

There's reason to be skeptical of the latest data that shows a substantial increase year over year, but weddings are definitely expensive. Location, budgets, and surprises can all affect your costs.

8 Reasons You Might Want to Skip Off-Brand Items

Sometimes brand names are all hype. But other times, they can bring safety, customer service, resale value, and more compared to knock-offs. Before you buy, take a look at these potential off-brand concerns to see if you'll be happy with the final purchase.

Why Your Next Phone Should Be a Refurb

Demand for refurbished smartphones is steadily rising, thanks to the selection of recent models available at great prices. And with factory-refurbished items with reliable warranties, it's never been a better time to consider a refurb phone.

Rumor Roundup: Are Lightsabers Coming to Disneyland?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple Watch, Google Wireless, lightsabers, 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!

A Mathematician's 5 Tips for the Perfect March Madness Bracket

Want to astound your office pool with a perfect 67-game bracket for March Madness? The odds are — astronomically — stacked against you. But we've reached out to a college math professor for tips on how to get as many right as possible.

UPDATE: It's Not Just You: Apple App Store and iTunes Are Down Worldwide

You can't download that free app, or any app, because Apple's software stores are experiencing universal outages. We'll update you as more information becomes available.

Why You Should Sell Your Samsung Galaxy S5 Before April

The resale value of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will drop quickly once the recently-announced S6 is actually available, so you might want to sell the device soon in order to get the highest value possible.

VIDEO: Is $17K for an Apple Watch Ridiculous... or VERY Ridiculous?

At its recent event, Apple formally introduced us to the Apple Watch, dropping the bombshell that pricing will go as high as $17,000! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts try and rationalize such an expensive watch.

5 Reasons You Might Want to Skip Apple's New MacBook

Apple claims to have reinvented the laptop with its new MacBook, but are the compromises worth the hefty price tag? We take a close look at five things that might make Cupertino's latest laptop a questionable buy, depending on your needs.

You Can Now Get HBO Without Cable for $15 Per Month... But on Apple Devices Only

Apple is looking to court cord cutters with a new $69 Apple TV. The company also announced an exclusive with HBO, getting access to the studio's standalone streaming service for $15 per month.

Beer Spending is Up: 8 Stats for St. Patrick's Day

Collectively, we'll spend $262 million on beer this year! (Let's hope it's not entirely consumed by the 2 million people attending the parade in New York.) That and more stats are in our ~!St. Patrick's Day by the numbers guide!.

Barbie Wants to Talk to Your 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.