Microsoft Outlines New Search Business Model: Live Search Cashback

REDMOND, Wash. — May 21, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it will offer ad-funded cash rebates to customers who find and purchase their favorite products through a new program called Microsoft Live Search cashback. Key partners including eBay, Barnes &,, Sears,, and WPP joined Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at advance08, Microsoft’s annual advertising customer event, to announce their participation in the new program.

The complete Live Search cashback product portfolio includes more than 10 million product offers from more than 700 merchants, including more than 13 of the top 40 U.S. retailers. The company also announced it has delivered a new Live Search travel destination, Live Search Farecast, making it easy for searchers to find the best travel deals on the Web. Continue reading Microsoft Outlines New Search Business Model: Live Search Cashback


Netflix Service Delivers Movie Fans Favorite Flicks Directly to their TVs

Another reason to sign up for Netflix!

Netflix customers who simply can’t wait for the postman to deliver their favorite flick via snail mail can now have movies sent instantly to their TVs from the Internet. The online DVD rental service has introduced the Netflix Player by Roku, a $99 dollar device that allows users to view movies and shows whenever they want, for no additional fee beyond their monthly subscription.

Netflix announced early this year that it was working with consumer electronics manufacturers to develop a device that would enable Internet-to-TV distribution of digital movies and television shows. Netflix already allows subscribers to watch such content on their computers. Continue reading Netflix Service Delivers Movie Fans Favorite Flicks Directly to their TVs


Trash Fees Going up for County Homeowners, Businesses

The Frederick County Commissioners today decided to increase solid waste fees to make up for a nearly $6 million shortfall in the fiscal 2009 solid waste budget.

They decided to increase the system benefit charge, which is levied on every household in the county, from $36 this year to $80 in fiscal 2009. In the following two years, it will continue to increase, to $84 and $88.

This fee is included in property tax bills.

Tipping fees, the per ton charge for trash brought to the landfill for disposal, will increase to $76 for solid waste and $85 for construction and demolition.

The planned tipping fee for fiscal 2009 had been $74 and $83 per ton, respectively.

The typical single family household generates a little more than a ton of trash in a year, according to Utilities and Solid Waste Division director Michael Marschner.

In addition, the commissioners authorized the sale of mulch and included a clause that would trigger a tipping fee increase as gas prices go up.

The Frederick News-Post Online – Frederick County Maryland Daily Newspaper.


Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is back for 2008.

Here’s how It works (from the B&N website):

  1. Kids read any 8 books.
  2. Kids use the Summer Reading Journal to tell us their favorite part of each book. A parent/guardian signs it when it’s complete.
  3. Children bring their completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 29th & September 2nd, 2008.
  4. We’ll give them a coupon for a FREE book! They choose from a list of exceptional paperback titles.*

*Eligible books will be listed on the coupon. Choices must be made from eligible stock. No special orders. Limit of 1 form per school-age child (grades 1-6), please. Incomplete forms will be ineligible for free books.


Cash your Economic Stimulas Check at Safeway, Get a 10% Off Coupon

When I was at Safeway yesterday, I noticed they’re offering to cash economic stimulus checks for free and will give a 10%-off grocery coupon to people who cash their checks there.

Shoppers who bring in their checks starting on May 14 can get them cashed for free and will receive a certificate for the discount that can be used the same day or the following day. The offer begins on May 14 and runs through July 19.

Other companies offering incentives for you to cash your check with them:

  • CVS: For loyalty club members, $5 off a $30 purchase.
  • Food Lion: $30 bonus on every $300 purchase of store gift cards.
  • Lowe’s: Will cash checks for free, no purchase required.
  • Sam’s Club: Free membership for non-members or a $40 gift card for existing members with purchase of selected items. Will cash stimulus check for free. Offer runs 5/18 – 31.
  • Sears, K-Mart, Land’s End: Convert your check to a Sears, K-Mart, or Land’s End gift card and they’ll give you another gift card worth 10% of that value. Offer runs 5/14 – 7/18 and is not valid for catalog purchases.
  • Wal-Mart: Will cash checks free, no purchase required.
  • RadioShack: 10% off purchases over $50, with the balance of the check put on a Mastercard gift card. Offer runs 5/14 – 7/12.

Anybody know of other companies with similar incentives?