This website shows every broken McDonald’s ice cream machine

This website shows every broken McDonald's ice cream machine

Countless diners have been let down by McDonald’s famously unreliable ice cream machines — but a new website aims to help them avoid the crushing disappointment. The “McBroken” app uses the magic of automation to check whether each one of the Golden Arches’ US restaurants has ice cream available. The app places a red dot … Read more

Barbie sales are surging amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Barbie sales are surging amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Barbie is getting a big boost from the coronavirus pandemic. Sales of the iconic, 62-year-old doll surged 29 percent in the most recent quarter, notching their best performance in at least two decades, according to Mattel. Mattel shares on Friday were recently up nearly 15 percent at $14.80. The El Segundo, Calif.-based toy giant said … Read more

Appeals court rules against Uber, Lyft in CA driver fight

Appeals court rules against Uber, Lyft in CA driver fight

A California appeals court said Uber and Lyft must treat their drivers there as employees, handing the ride-hailing giants another defeat in a legal battle that could upend their business. The Thursday ruling came as the Silicon Valley firms urged California voters to exempt them from a state law meant to force companies to treat … Read more

Coca-Cola is shelving about 200 drink brands

Coca-Cola is shelving about 200 drink brands

Tab isn’t the only beverage Coca-Cola is pouring down the drain. The soft-drink giant plans to get rid of about 200 brands — or roughly half of its portfolio — in an effort to focus on its top-performing products. The Atlanta-based company provided more details of the upcoming brand purge in its quarterly earnings call … Read more

Tesla recalling 30,000 cars in China over suspension issues

Tesla recalling 30,000 cars in China over suspension issues

Tesla is recalling roughly 30,000 imported cars in China that have problems with their suspensions, regulators said Friday. The electric-car maker has identified two different suspension defects in some imported Model S and Model X vehicles produced between Sept. 17, 2013, and Jan. 15, 2018, according to China’s State Administration for Market Regulation. More than … Read more

Sales rebound at Maybelline maker L’Oreal

Sales rebound at Maybelline maker L’Oreal

L’Oreal, the French company behind Lancome and Maybelline cosmetics, said Thursday it was back to revenue growth in the third quarter thanks to strong demand in China and booming online sales. Like companies in the luxury goods sector, L’Oreal was hit hard by coronavirus lockdowns earlier this year when stores and airport retailers shut down. … Read more

Southwest Airlines posts largest loss ever amid COVID-19

Southwest Airlines posts largest loss ever amid COVID-19

Southwest Airlines suffered its largest loss ever in the third quarter as it continued to burn cash while the coronavirus pandemic kept travelers off planes. The Dallas-based carrier on Thursday blamed its $1.2 billion net loss for the July-to-September quarter on the virus keeping demand for air travel in a chokehold that’s not likely to … Read more

Facebook launches dating platform in Europe after nine-month delay

Facebook launches dating platform in Europe after nine-month delay

Facebook’s dating platform is finally rolling out in Europe following a nine-month delay over privacy concerns. The social network’s matchmaking service will launch in 32 countries with the blessing of Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, which had put the kibosh on planned rollout in February, revealing that it had only been informed a few days in … Read more