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.
March 4, 2010
Today's quiz: Who are the greater fools, gun-rights enthusiasts strolling into Starbucks outlets with firearms strapped to their waists in order to assert their right to openly carry weapons, or gun-control advocates protesting against Starbucks for not going all Gary Cooper on these postmodern cowboy wannabes and tossing them out of its coffee-saloon doors? For us, it's a close call. The recent commotion over "open carry," one of the more obscure issues in the gun-control debate, shows that common sense is uncommon on either side.
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April 30, 2013 |
Starbucks shops in the San Jose area were checking for possible tampering after a woman allegedly tried to sneak tainted bottles of orange juice into a refrigerator at a Starbucks coffee shop. A customer reported seeing the woman remove two bottles of orange juice from her purse and place them in a refrigerated display case at the store, the Mercury News reported . When the customer alerted store staff the woman fled. After examining the bottles and detecting what they described as a “toxic smell,” store employees called 911. Police tracked 50-year-old Ramineh Behbehanian to her home about five miles away after a witness provided her license plate number.
August 8, 2012 |
Square and Starbucks have announced a partnership that will see the coffee company begin using the start-up's services at about 7,000 of its U.S. stores this fall while also investing $25 million in it. The partnership will let Starbucks customers use the Pay with Square app to open a tab at the company's shops and pay using their connected credit card without having to pull the card out. The Seattle coffee company will also put...
October 11, 2012 |
The parent company of Tully's Coffee, the Seattle-based coffee cafe chain that isn't Starbucks, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week. TC Global Inc. said it would close an undisclosed number of its 175 stores in the process. Tully's has faced “significant challenges that were preventing the company from being profitable,” according to a statement . Though the filing was a “difficult decision,” TC Global said it was a necessary step in dealing with rising commodity prices and problematic leases.
October 19, 2012 |
Coffee giant Starbucks has now ventured into India, the land of chai teas and lassi yogurt drinks. A luxurious new store opened Friday in the Elphinstone Building in one of Mumbai's most well-heeled neighborhoods - there's a Hermes store nearby. Part of a joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, the store precedes two cafes also set to open in Mumbai next week. The flagship location tries hard to sell the idea of an East-West union. Its standard offerings are served alongside Himalayan mineral water and foods such as the Elaichi Mawa Croissant, the Murg Tikka Panini and the Tandoori Paneer Roll.
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December 10, 2013 |
Nine people were hurt Tuesday when an SUV plowed into a Starbucks in Folsom, officials said. Two of the nine were taken to hospitals for treatment after the 2:50 p.m. accident that occurred when the SUV crashed into the store on East Bidwell Street, according to the Sacramento Bee . No information about the SUV driver was released by police. It was unknown how many people were in the vehicle at the time. “No one from the vehicle was injured,” Folsom police Officer Andrew Bates told the Bee. “There was no substance abuse, and it was not a medically related crash.” The investigation is ongoing.
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 10, 2013 |
It's not just the “Grey's Anatomy” mid-season premiere Thursday night weighing on Patrick Dempsey's mind - the would-be coffee company owner is facing several objections to his pending purchase of Seattle's Tully's chain. Last week, the actor known as McDreamy triumphantly announced that his group Global Baristas' $9.15-million bid for Tully's was deemed the winner by the bankrupt company. Several of the six other bidders, however, now say they won't go away without a tussle.
July 20, 2012 |
There's a new kind of Starbucks coming to California: The coffee chain is planning to set up one of its Evolution Fresh Inc. juiceries in San Francisco this fall. The Seattle company already operates hundreds of coffee outlets around the Golden State. But the Evolution Fresh location in the Bay Area will be the first of its kind outside Washington. Starbucks on Friday opened its second juice store in downtown Seattle, a few months after launching the chain in Bellevue, Wash. The company is planning to open yet another in Seattle soon.