CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2014 |
Los Feliz was buzzing Sunday afternoon as crowds of people lined up for hours to grab a cup of coffee from, uh, Dumb Starbucks. The mock store, which quietly opened Friday, is nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location, with tumblers and CDs, including "Dumb Jazz Standards," on display - but not for sale. Drinks are served in cups that mock the Seattle coffee giant's logo, while pastries are pulled from display cases straight in their Vons' packaging. The menu features such offerings as Dumb Iced Coffee, Dumb Frappuccinos and Wuppy Duppy Latte.
January 29, 2014 |
Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz is passing off day-to-day duties at the world's largest coffee chain to his chief financial officer. Schultz will focus on blending the company's bricks-and-mortar, e-commerce, digital, card and mobile businesses - what he called “next generation retailing” in a statement Wednesday. He will also direct his energy toward advancing the Seattle business' loyalty program and beverage innovation. As he tries to pin down the company's broad-strokes strategy, CFO Troy Alstead will take over the daily grind.
January 19, 2014 |
Business travel has rebounded from the Great Recession, but lots of travelers remain frugal when spending company money on the road. That was one of the findings of a new report that analyzed millions of business travel expense reports. For breakfast, the most frequent eatery for business travelers was Starbucks -- 14% of travelers bought food from the coffee shop, spending an average of $8.44 per meal, according to an analysis for the last...
January 17, 2014 |
Starbucks has updated its iPhone mobile payment app in response to concerns raised earlier this week by a cyber security researcher. The Seattle coffee company said the new version of its mobile app comes with added layers of security that will keep sensitive user information protected. The update comes after Daniel Wood published a report saying the Starbucks iOS mobile app stored user passwords, emails, user names and GPS location files in plain text, which hackers can easily access.
January 16, 2014 |
Starbucks has come under fire in the tech world this week for the security measures -- or lack thereof -- that it uses to protect user information stored within its mobile payment app. Security researcher Daniel Wood published a report Monday that says Starbucks stores user passwords, email addresses, user names and GPS location files in plain text in its mobile payment app -- a claim that has been confirmed by the coffee company. Potentially, this put users at risk should anyone steal their smartphone.
January 9, 2014 |
The coffee wars are on. Taking a page from cellphone providers, Tonx Better Coffee Exchange, a micro coffee roaster, is offering subscribers and future subscribers a dollar-for-dollar trade-in of their Starbucks gift cards. For those of us who received a Starbucks gift card for Christmas, they're offering a trade-in -- for Tonx coffee beans. You have to already be a subscriber -- or decide to become a subscriber -- to take advantage of the offer, but what a deal. All you have to do is go to Tonx.org/better , enter a valid Starbucks gift card number and security code and your card will convert to Tonx subscription credit.