Posts by Caroline Kim

  • ‘Eat More Kale’ Company Is Losing Against Chick-Fil-A in Trademark Battle

    Caroline Kim at The Exchange11 mths ago

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week gave a “preliminary no” to Vermont-based folk artist Robert Muller-Moore regarding his efforts to protect his “Eat More Kale” T-shirt business. This ruling is based on Chick-fil-A's claims that the “Eat More Kale” phrase is too similar to its trademarked slogan, “Eat mor chikin.”

    The legal fight over the “Eat More Kale” trademark between Muller-Moore and Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A Inc. has been going on for several years. Muller-Moore has been selling T-shirts and other items with the phrase for more than a decade. A local vegetable farmer asked him to create three shirts with the phrase, and Muller-Moore continued with the sales as a tribute to local farming.

    He hadn't even heard of Chick-fil-A until the company contacted him. Chick-fil-A tried to stop him after first finding out about the sales in 2006 but then gave up the fight.

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  • Are ‘Healthy’ Fast Food Options Really Better for You?

    Caroline Kim at The Exchange1 yr ago

    When you visit a fast food restaurant, do you choose a salad and yogurt parfait thinking they are healthier than a burger and fries? Or do you perhaps opt for the fish sandwich? Well, think again. These options may not be much better for you than a Big Mac.

    Many fast food eateries have recently introduced menu items that offer consumers seemingly “healthier” options as the nation grapples with a growing obesity problem. McDonald’s (MCD) added the McWrap last week, Burger King (BKW) rolled out the turkey burger for a limited time on March 20, and Wendy’s (WEN) has been offering two types of flatbread sandwiches since March 26. Also, starting April 22, McDonald’s will add an egg-white only option to its breakfast sandwich selection.

    "What's prompted many of these new menu items is really around choice," says Dr. Cindy Goody, senior director of nutrition at McDonald's. She says customers wanted additional choices to the burger and fried standard -- including more fruit.

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  • Chinese Mother Buys $6.5 Million Condo for 2-Year-Old Daughter

    Caroline Kim at The Exchange1 yr ago

    Talk about preparing for the future. A Chinese woman reportedly bought a $6.5 million Manhattan condo for her daughter – who is now 2 years old – according to China's state TV, CCTV.

    The lucky toddler’s new condo is in the Park Hyatt-managed One57 tower, currently under construction. The building, at 157 W. 57th Street, will be one of New York's tallest skyscrapers when finished in 2013 at a height of 1,004 feet. The residences will sit atop the Park Hyatt hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows, high-end appliances and hotel amenities. One57 made headlines last October when Hurricane Sandy caused damage to a construction crane on the building, blocking access to the street for several days.

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  • Should You Renounce Your Citizenship?

    Caroline Kim at Yahoo! Finance1 yr ago

    The chart above shows the growing trend of expatriates in the U.S. The Federal Register first started recording the number in 1997. (The high number of expatriations that year is thought to be a result of Hong Kong reverting back to Chinese sovereignty, according to tax attorney Andrew Mitchel. Chinese citizens are not allowed to have dual citizenship, so many Hong Kong residents renounced their U.S. citizenship prior to Hong Kong joining China in 1997, so they would become fully Chinese citizens.)

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  • Psy’s Going to the Super Bowl

    Caroline Kim at The Exchange1 yr ago

    If you thought 2013 closed the book on “Gangnam Style” forever, you were sadly mistaken. The song has taken the world by storm with record views and downloads on YouTube and iTunes, as Psy, the video's star, made myriad appearances on shows, commercials and parodies. Now he's on to the biggest television event of the year — the Super Bowl. The Korean pop star will appear in Wonderful Pistachios’ first Super Bowl commercial, donning his signature green suit to match the pistachio color.

    "The Wonderful Pistachios brand is fun, just like me," said Psy in a Wonderful Pistachios’ press release Tuesday. "Also, I love pistachios, and I look good in green."

    This will be the first commercial shown in the United States featuring Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang. It was filmed Tuesday in North Hollywood by Grammy-award winning director Mathew Cullen, according to USA Today .

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  • Shared Data Plans Aren’t Always Cheaper

    Caroline Kim at The Exchange1 yr ago

    With the holiday shopping season upon us, many consumers are looking to buy new phones for themselves or as gifts — which means choosing a new plan. As unlimited phone data plans become less available, some wireless carriers are working on transitioning customers to shared talk and data plans.

    This summer Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) unveiled new shared data plans, touted as a better value for users than traditional family shared or individual plans with added-on data packages. Shared data plans provide various amounts of communal data across multiple devices. All phones, tablets, gaming consoles, hot spots and laptops included in the plan share a bucket of data for one monthly fee — which, in theory, is meant to cut costs.

    AT&T's Mobile Share and Verizon's Share Everything plans offer customers unlimited talk and text along with several levels of data for up to 10 devices. T-Mobile and Sprint also offer data shares — even unlimited data packages — but they only cover up to five devices and their coverage networks aren't as extensive as AT&T and Verizon's.

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