What would make summer travel even better?

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Is it too soon to start thinking about summer travel? Maybe just a little. But it’s not too soon to think about making summer travel better.

Early numbers suggest more Americans will vacation during the warm months than last year. They plan to spend 8% more on leisure travel than in 2014, according to a recent survey conducted by Choice Hotels. That’ll translate into an average of four to five trips this year, and most of them will happen during the summer season, an AARP survey says.
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Attention shoppers: Your cell phones are being tracked and the feds don’t like it

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A tracking firm that quietly captured information about 9 million consumers wandering in, out, and nearby retail stores — largely without consumers’ knowledge — was slapped on the wrist by the Federal Trade Commission yesterday.

The commission vote on the order was 3-2, meaning the slap was given reluctantly, with two of five commissioners writing that the FTC should have used “prosecutorial discretion” and dropped the matter.
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“I think it’s a waste of time to rebut this ignorant drivel”

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Love it or hate it, we’ve started publishing an op-ed feature every day.

As I explained last week, we may be biased toward the consumer, but we also need to understand the other side.

I knew this wasn’t going to be easy, but I also didn’t expect the angry response from an “expert” who often espouses pro-industry positions. He’d complained about one of our stories. I invited him to write an op-ed for the site.

His answer: “I think it’s a waste of time to rebut this ignorant drivel.”
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