Hotels Are Making Record Profits From Extra Fees on Stuff You Don’t Use


Forget traffic jams, the Are we there yet?! whines, and bad weather

The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.

Guaranteeing two queen beds or one king bed will cost you, as will checking in early or checking out late. Don't need the in-room safe? You're likely still paying. And the overpriced can of soda may be the least of your issues with the hotel minibar.

Vacationers are finding it harder to anticipate the true cost of their stay, especially because many of these charges vary from hotel to hotel, even within the same chain. Read more...

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Report: Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons, Canada’s Biggest Coffee Chain


Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Hortons in hopes of creating a new, publicly traded company with its headquarters in Canada. With a new base in Canada, Burger King, now based in Miami, could shave its U.S. tax bill. Tax inversions have become increasingly popular among U.S. companies trying to cut costs.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the talks, and the companies confirmed late Sunday that the merger discussions were taking place. But there's no assurance a deal will happen.

The majority owner of Burger King, 3G Capital, would own the majority of shares of the new company. Read more...

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MTV’s VMAs: 5 Things You Didn’t See on TV


It's hard to believe that there was any action at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night that the Internet didn't see

But, alas, here we are

Mashable was at The Forum in Inglewood, California, for the big awards show, which means, naturally, we got glimpses of many pants-less celebrities accepting silver moon men as symbols of their musical achievements. Here's what we saw that you (probably) didn't.

1. More than 5 seconds of crowd-pleasing

5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer were crowd-pleasers at the MTV VMAs

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As celebrities took their seats moments before the start of the show, T-Swift and and Katy Perry garnered more than a few excited shrieks from the crowds of humans in the pit in front of the stage. But the biggest screams? Those were saved for 5 Seconds of Summer, the Australian YouTubers turned MTV boy band. Part of the intense reaction may have been attributed to the fact that the crowd on the floor was comprised of 85% females between the ages of 18 and 21, per our unscientific estimates. Also, the guys are "dreamy," according to an unofficial poll of ladies in the bathroom Read more...

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Burger King is Giving Away Smartphones. Yes, That Burger King


Burger King has a whopper of a deal this week.

Starting Monday, the fast food chain will be offering about two dozen free smartphones free with two-year contracts with AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. The phones include the Moto X, the Samsung G4, the LG Optimus G Pro, the HTC One M7 and the Motorola Droid Mini. All those models sport 16 MB of memory. The others range from 8 MB to 32 MB

Customers can get access to the phones on using the promo code FREEPHONE. Burger King will get the word out with a national coupon drop and in-store signage.

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7 Diverse Superheroes Who Deserve Their Own Movies


Captain America. Spider-Man. Superman. Batman. All these superheroes have at least one thing in common — they're unequivocally, indisputably, undeniably white

It's not so surprising, when you consider the fact that most comic book writers are white males. But changes are starting to take place. Marvel, one of the "Big Two" comic publishers (the other being DC Comics), recently made plans to make Thor a woman and Captain America black, part of an aggressive play to be more inclusive and thoughtful of their audience members who aren't white dudes.

And it's really about time.

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What the Ice Bucket Challenge Can Teach Us About Engagement


If you've paid attention to social media at all in the past several weeks, chances are you've seen video of everyone from Bill Gates to Oprah dumping buckets of ice water over their heads all in the name of a good cause. The "Ice Bucket Challenge" has been the viral event of the summer, just as bizarre as planking or the cinnamon challenge, but this time, the fad is for a good cause.

The Ice Bucket Challenge began in Boston in honor of Pete Frates, the 29-year-old former captain of Boston College's baseball team who was diagnosed with ALS (or Lou Gehrig's disease) two years ago. The rules are simple; if challenged, participants have a choice: either douse themselves with a bucket of freezing water or donate $100 to an ALS charity. Read more...

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8 Valuable Coins That Could Be Hiding in Your Change


Take a closer look before you dump that handful of pennies and nickels into the tip jar — you don't need to find a Revolutionary War-era coin to make a fortune from your change.

They're harder to find each year, but there are several valuable coins floating around that aren't all that old. They're often valuable for vastly different reasons — like the World War II-era coins minted from atypical metals, or double-printed pennies — but each one is easy to miss if you're not paying attention.

Check out these eight coins that are worth a lot more than their intended value. Read more...

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Remedy Bets That Google Glass Will Find Its Sweet Spot In The Medical Industry

remedy-on-glass Whereas Google Glass has generated a wholesome debate over privateness, etiquette and whether or not the tool will ever achieve broader acceptance in society, there are some glaring strong point use circumstances for Glass. Treatment, a startup based with the aid of two sisters who're a Thiel fellow and clinical scholar, is having a bet that docs will to find Google Glass helpful in quick amassing and piecing collectively case information on… Read More

‘True Blood’ Series Finale Recap: 100 Funerals and One Real Strange Wedding


Though its primary currency is death, True Blood has always focused more on beginnings than endings, a theme that continued through Sunday’s series finale.

Before closing the coffin on Bon Temps, Louisiana — a town whose residents have proven as resilient as they are mentally off-balance — there were more than a few loose ends to tie up. And tied they were, mostly in the form of matrimonial knots.

Bill Compton a.k.a. Vampire Bill a.k.a (the former) Billith a.k.a. the center of Sookie’s myriad affections is dying of Hepatitis V. Though a cure exists, in the literal form of Sarah Newlin/"New Me" — yes, the same woman who disseminated the virus in the first place — Bill chooses not to cure himself Read more...

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Take a Glimpse of LG’s Upcoming Smartwatch


Mere months after the launch of its first Android Wear device, the LG G Watch, LG will release a new smartwatch, this time with a circular face

The new wearable has been announced via an official video teaser, which reveals very little, besides the new device's round shape (as opposed to LG G Watch, which has a square face)

The teaser does, however, reveal that the device will be officially unveiled at IFA 2014, which takes place from Sept. 5-10 in Berlin

The fall is shaping up to be pretty big for smartwatches. We'll likely see plenty more wearables at IFA this year, and Apple might launch a wearable of its own at its Sept. 9 event Read more...

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