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Rent-to-own firms settle computer spying charges

Rented computers had software on them that was used to surreptitiously log key strokes, capture screen shots and take photos of people who were late on payments, FTC says.

By September 25, 2012


Entertainment: Is it a rent-to-(never)-own market?

The media industry is casting about for a winning business model, with streaming, or rental, models seeming to work alongside buy models like Apple's iTunes. What's most important?

By July 16, 2009


Aaron's computer rental chain settles FTC spying charges

The rent-to-own computer company settles a complaint that accused it of secretly taking Webcam photos of users in their homes and recording keystrokes of Web site login credentials.

By October 22, 2013


Zynga readies 'private cloud' to run partners' games

"Own the base, rent the spike," becomes mantra for Zynga as it builds own infrastructure to replace its reliance on Amazon.

By March 1, 2012


Crazy Zediva streams movies only out on DVD

New service exploits copyright loophole by playing DVDs on its own DVD players, and streaming you the output. Think of it as a wall of Slingboxes, available for rent.

By March 16, 2011


Where to buy digital textbooks

By using a digital textbook you're able to save a few trees, take notes inside, and lighten your backpack.

By July 25, 2014


National Geographic cell phone travels well

Talk Abroad Travel Phone is made for consumers who travel frequently. You can own or rent; no contract required.

By February 21, 2007


Airbnb co-founder: We'd 'take a bullet' for other sharing-economy firms

The peer-to-peer vacation-rental company says it would use its scale to deflect harm policy makers might throw at other firms.

By May 14, 2014


Another proponent of music subscriptions

Critics of the subscription-based model for digital music claim it can't work because listeners want to own their songs, not rent them. But the founder of Naxos Records begs to differ.

By October 22, 2007



Thanks to its clean design and wealth of apartment search tools, Lovely is a great resource for finding a new place to live.

January 3, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 3, 2014

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