SHOW #40 (January 4, 2015)
Also: Email etiquette, checking account fees go up again, cellphone customers crammed for unauthorized charges, pudgy pets, Consumer Reports ‘best value’ cars.

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KOMO: Some Seattle-area neighborhoods are hot, hot, hot!

Mike Song is CEO of and author of The Hamster Revolution: How to Manage Your Email Before It Manages You Checking account fees surge to new highs

AT&T and T-Mobile have both agreed to settle allegations from the Federal Trade Commission that they charged mobile customers without their permission for third-party services and text message subscriptions. You must apply for the refund if you qualify. The deadline for AT&T is May 1, 2015. The deadline for T-Mobile is June 30, 2015.

Federal Trade Commission: Mobile Cramming

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: CFPB Sues Sprint for Cramming Consumers with Unauthorized Third-Party Charges

Consumer Reports: Cell phone 'cramming' is nothing more than scamming

It’s estimated that 54% of the dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. These extra pounds cause all sorts of health problems and can lead to premature death.

Consumer Reports: Best new-car values



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