Recently, one of the nation’s largest rebate processing firms filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. So, how will you be affected? If you happen to mail-in a rebate form with a company that CPG or RebateStatus.com works with, your check may be in limbo.Currently, no one can predict how this will be handled, however, there are a few things you can do to manage your risk. Dealnews recommended that anyone who has a rebate check or expecting one not cash it due to the possibility of it bouncing and resulting in an NSF fee. Instead, they recommend hanging on to it until more details are available.If you are not sure if one of your rebates is even involved, below is a partial list of affected companies or you can go to rebatestatus.com and check. There should be a formal statement from the company within the next few days.
- Acronis Software
- Advance Auto Parts
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- BIC Corporations US - Shaver Division
- Home Depot
- Motorola (Surfboard cable modems)
- Natures Earth Products
- Panda Distribution
- PC Tools
- Rosewill (Newegg house brand)
- Smith Micro Software
- Tabletops Unlimited
Finally, Google has decided to enable themed customization to their Gmail application. Currently, there is a small amount of customization available in the Labs feature but if you wanted a custom look you were stuck with using a third-party design like the Gmail Redesigned Skin in Better Gmail. Now you have the option of 30 new themes to keep your inbox spicy.
Unfortunately, thanks to Google’s slow roll out policy, I still don’t see the themes tab in my settings. If you are experiencing the same thing just give it a couple of days before you see the option. Having seen some screen shots, I think these new themes are great or at least a lot nicer than the ones available in iGoogle.
Check them out at the official Gmail blog. Which one do you like best?
Did you vote today? Well, if you did the benefits are two-fold, the first being the ability to utilize one of the greatest rights we have as citizens, the second - and possibly more important to some - is your eligibility to getting FREE stuff. That's right; several major chains today are giving away free items if you exercised your right to vote. Below you will find the list of retailers so go forth and enjoy your citizenship with a free coffee and be sure to bring me one as well.
- Ben & Jerry’s: Free scoop of icecream between 5-8pm. (locations)
- Chick-fil-A: “Several hundred” of 1,400 Chick-fil-A restaurants are handing out chicken sandwiches with proof of voting. (locations)
- Krispy Kreme: Free star-shaped doughnut with “patriotic sprinkles” for “all retail customers with an ‘I Voted’ sticker.” (locations)
- Starbucks: Free tall coffee at “any Starbucks.” (locations)