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The Story Behind the Eight New Messages On Your Candy Hearts This Year

The Story Behind the Eight New Messages On Your Candy Hearts This Year

Necco(NEW YORK) -- With Valentine’s Day only a few weeks away, Sweethearts is entering its busy season again. The popular heart-shaped sugar candy regularly adds and removes sayings each year to prep for the new season, but 2015 marks a historic moment for the 149-year-old brand: fan-sourced phrases. Last year, Sweethearts launched “Color Your Own” black-and-white boxes that had an empty space for young fans to color their phrase suggestions and submit their entries for consideration. “We saw it as another way to expand the Sweethearts brand and really interact with our younger fan base,” Necco social media specialist Mary Lane told ABC News “It’s a great and fun unique product, so it’s an exciting new innovation for us.” A panel of five judges chose from over 150 entries that came from 32 states. “We were excited to see that high of a participation rate, especially our first year,” Lane said. “It took us a while to go through every one to give them all an equal chance, but the winners that we did end up picking really stood out. They put so much effort and creativity into each of those designs.” The winners were Makendra Mowad from Bristol, Conn., in the 5 to 7 age group, Grace Forgea from Santa Barbara, Calif., in the 8 to 10 age group, and Teagan Clark from Ransomville, New York, in the 11 to 12 age group. Each winner also got $1,000. Mowad chose “Girl Power,” Forgea went with “Pugs & Kittens” and Clark decided on “Luv 2 Dance.” “After we contacted them letting them know they had won, their excitement matched our own,” Lane said. “They were so happy to participate to begin with, and the fact that they were winners you could tell for each contestant it really mattered to them and they were proud. One of our contestants told us she included it as a speech in her school.” In addition to the fan phrases, Sweethearts also added “BFF,” two emojis (a smiley face and a moustache) and “I Love You” in Spanish and French.

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India’s Female-Friendly Pink Cabs Come Equipped with Panic Button

India’s Female-Friendly Pink Cabs Come Equipped with Panic Button

Meru Cab/Facebook(DELHI, India) -- In response to an alleged rape by an Uber driver last month, one of India's largest taxi companies is rolling out a new service focused around female safety. MeruEve, which was officially launched by Meru Cabs in Delhi, is the name given to a new fleet of pink and white hatchbacks outfitted with pepper spray, panic buttons and pink-vested female drivers trained in self defense. The cars are only available to female passengers. "Today safety has assumed the utmost importance amongst commuters when using local transport," said Siddhartha Pahwa, CEO of Meru Cabs. "At Meru, passenger safety has always been pivotal resulting in various technological innovations to overcome security issues impacting the cab industry. MeruEve is an extension of our efforts and we are proud to launch our new service in support with Delhi Police.” Liveries designed to appeal to women's safety concerns have existed in India for years, such as ForShe Taxis and Sakha Consulting Wings, both offering female chauffers. But MeruEve has taken the commitment a step further, working in tandem with Delhi police departments to equip its cars with 3G enabled mobile phones with video recording capability, a panic buzzer, pepper spray, women helpline numbers, and a speed dial for the local distress call number. In addition, its female drivers are trained by local police how to respond in emergency situations, according to the company announcement. MeruEve cabs will be available to passengers at a standard radio taxi fare of 23 rupees per kilometer, the announcement stated. The service will be available through a call center, the company's existing mobile app, and via curbside pickup.

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PayPal, Google Join Crimea Tech Exodus

PayPal, Google Join Crimea Tech Exodus

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's a tough time to be a tech savvy person in Crimea.PayPal and Google are among the companies that are blocking certain services to the beleaguered peninsula, according to reports.The move comes one month after the United States levied sanctions in retaliation for Russia's annexation of Crimea, as part of an ongoing conflict with Ukraine.A PayPal spokesperson told ABC News the company strives to offer "uninterrupted service" in all of its 203 markets, however "we regret we cannot provide this high level of support to our customers in Crimea at this time.""We regret any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to returning to the region once there are conditions for us to offer customers in Crimea uninterrupted service," the spokesperson said.Several of Google's paid platforms, including AdSense and AdWords, have been cut off in parts of the region, according to reports from Russian media.If reports are true that Google will shut down its Google Play store in Crimea effective Feb. 1, it would be a blow for a region where Android is the most prevalent mobile operating system.Google did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment, however a spokesperson told TechCrunch that "Sanctions have recently been imposed on Crimea by the U.S. and the E.U. We are complying with them."It was also reported earlier this week that developers in Crimea received a message from Apple letting them know their developer agreement was terminated "effectively immediately." Apple did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Some Apple Execs Made More Money than CEO Tim Cook in 2014

Some Apple Execs Made More Money than CEO Tim Cook in 2014

Apple(NEW YORK) -- One of the most powerful women in technology has out-earned her boss, Apple CEO Tim Cook.Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores, earned a hefty $73 million pay package in 2014, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.By comparison, following the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year, Cook earned $9.2 million -- more than double of what he made in 2013.Several other Apple executives also earned more money than Cook in 2014 due to stock awards.Luca Maestri, Apple's chief financial officer, for example, earned $14 million, the SEC filing shows.But Ahrendts, who joined the company in May 2014 after stepping down as the CEO of British clothing brand Burberry, was by far the top earner at the world's most valuable company. Her compensation package included stock awards worth more than $70 million.While Ahrendts had a sizable windfall, it's likely that her payday, and Maestri's, will be more in line with their peers for 2015.Apple's SEC filing notes that "limited exceptions" are made for awards for new hires or in connection with promotions. Ahrendts and Maestri both joined the company last year."Because the Company's executive officers operate as a team, the Compensation Committee considers internal pay equity to be an important factor in its decisions on executive compensation," the filing said. "In subsequent years, Ms. Ahrendts and Mr. Maestri are expected to receive the same annual compensation package as other executive officers."Shares of Apple stock opened at $112.32 on Friday, up more than 40 percent in the past year. The company will report earnings for its first fiscal quarter on Jan. 27.

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Why Google’s Eric Schmidt Believes the Internet Will Disappear

Why Google’s Eric Schmidt Believes the Internet Will Disappear

Miguel Villagran/Getty Images(DAVOS, Switzerland) -- Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has a jarring prediction for the future of the Internet."The Internet will disappear," Schmidt said during a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, where the world's brain trust has gathered to discuss everything from technology to the economy.The comment made plenty of heads spin.Schmidt expanded on his comments, saying that the Internet will become so seamlessly integrated into our daily lives that it will simply fade into the background.As wearables gain traction and our homes become smarter and more connected, Schmidt sees a future where the Internet is all around us."It will be part of your presence all the time," Schmidt said, according to CNET. "Imagine you walk into a room, and the room is dynamic. And with your permission and all of that, you are interacting with the things going on in the room."

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Oil Prices Spike on News of King Abdullah’s Death

Oil Prices Spike on News of King Abdullah’s Death

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Following the news of King Abdullah’s death on Thursday, crude oil spiked 2.5 percent.Oil prices have fallen by half in the past year, dropping 3 percent earlier on Thursday before the death of the 90-year-old leader of Saudi Arabia was announced.Saudi Arabia is now the world’s second-largest energy producer, behind the U.S., which became No. 1 this year. The Saudis have a great amount of control over where world energy prices go. They’ve been continuing to produce large amounts of oil, even as prices are tanking, which in turn has driven prices lower.Many analysts think King Abdullah’s half-brother and successor, Price Salman, will keep the same policies in place, but the market is reacting anyway, expecting him to face growing pressure.Why would the Saudi’s intentionally drive oil prices lower when oil is fundamental to Saudi Arabia’s economy?Reasons might include to weaken Iran and to drive some of the competition out of business.Still it’s a risky proposition for Saudi Arabia’s economy. Some 80 percent of government revenue and 40 percent of GDP come from oil. And it’s risky for its people, who rely on the government to subsidize education, healthcare, etc., and provide jobs.Saudi Arabia is forecasting its biggest deficit ever this year, $39 billion -- and it’s because of oil.

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Four Ways to Easily and Painlessly Cut Family Expenses

Four Ways to Easily and Painlessly Cut Family Expenses

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORk) — Lauren and Mark Greutman live as frugally as possible, clipping coupons, buying in bulk at the grocery store and driving an old car. But that wasn’t always the case.“We had no idea what we were doing, we had no idea where our money was going and then suddenly we turned around and we’re $40,000 in debt,” Lauren Greutman said.A married couple with four kids, Lauren and Mark said they had to start from scratch. They said they lost their dream home in the mortgage crisis, and started pinching pennies. With downsizing and doing their finances together as a couple, instead of separately, the Greutmans realized they could reduce their debt with a few changes. Lauren said it was as much of an emotional makeover as a monetary one.“It really was more, I think, an emotional connection that we had to make, rather than numbers connection,” Mark said. “We had to figure out you know where this came from and how we were going to move forward.”The Greutmans said they not only got rid of their debt, they put money away for retirement. Lauren now dishes on her meal plans and extreme couponing expertise on her blog, IamTHATlady.com. She and her husband now enjoy helping other couples that are facing financial ruin.For ABC's Nightline, the Greutmans helped the Williams family of Oswego, New York, go over their finances, and even did a walk-through in their home to figure out where they could cut costs and get out of debt.

Find out how they did it on Nightline Friday night at 12:35 a.m. ET and see some of the Greutman’ tips for living frugally below.

1. Sell Your Used High-End ItemsAs she walked through the Williams family home, Lauren Greutman pointed out high-end items they could sell on Craigslist, including a Sharper Image massage chair, a foosball table, some pairs of shoes out of Mark Williams’ Air Jordans collection and a Keurig coffee machine.“If you sell this, I bet you could get at least $50 for it,” Lauren said.After Mark Greutman realized he was spending thousands of dollars every year on take-out coffee, he started roasting his own every morning at home, which he said also helped save money. “You can buy these green beans online for $5 or $6 bucks a pound and I have this DIY coffee roaster I made,” he said.Lauren suggested selling the massage chair for $150, the foosball table for $50 and those Air Jordans in Steve’s collection for $100-$150 a pair. In the end, the Gruetmans found $1,500 worth of saving for the Williams family in 15 minutes.2. The Freezer Is Your FriendThe Greutmans are huge couponers and use it to their advantage by buying food in bulk and sticking it in the freezer. For example, Lauren was able to buy nine loaves of bread on the cheap with a coupon and freeze them, giving her enough bread for a month.“Being frugal doesn’t mean that you have to eat junk food all the time,” Lauren said. “You just have to know when to stock up on things that are healthy.”The family gets their meat from a local farmer and will buy enough at once to last them a whole year, putting what they aren’t eating right away in the freezer. “We have a half of a cow that we bought from a local farm in here,” Lauren said, pointing out steaks, ground beef and beef loin.They will also make a week’s worth of pre-cooked meals at once and freeze them until ready to eat to save time and money.“We actually have 15 freezer meals so about once a month we get together, spend about three hours and make about 20-25 dinners at one time,” Lauren said. “You just pull it out of the freezer stick it in the slow cooker…so we have macaroni and cheese and chicken enchiladas, Alfredo sauce, homemade spaghetti and meatballs all ready to be eaten just like that.”3. Shop Smart at Thrift Stores, Garage SalesWhen Lauren Greutman shops for clothes at thrift stores or garage sales, she checks the labels for clothes that come from mall stores.“I usually buy all of my kids clothes at garage sales,” Lauren Greutman said. “We spent about $30 at a garage sale this summer to buy his whole wardrobe. That included 10 pairs of pants, six pairs of shorts, about a dozen t-shirts.”4. Cut Out Monthly ExpensesThe Greutmans encouraged the Williams to make a budget together and cut out monthly expenses, such as take-out food and premium TV channels. Lauren even cuts her husband's and their kids' hair.“People have hidden money in their house all the time,” Lauren said. “Finding an emergency savings in your house right at this moment gives you momentum so that you don’t have to go into more debt.”

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Different Colored Print Ads Produce Different Results

Different Colored Print Ads Produce Different Results

Lionsgate(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Not everything is black-and-white when it comes to the effectiveness of print ads. Sometimes color can do more to influence consumers but in another way.Ohio State University researchers sought to learn if black-and-white images might appeal to people differently than color images by categorizing ads for sneakers into two groups.It turns out that when shown the black-and-white pictures, participants honed in on basic product features of the sneaker, which was primarily their functionality.Yet, when presented with the color images, the focus was more on the aesthetic design of the sneaker than basic features.The message for advertisers then is that if a product’s primary features are dominant, they should think about going with black-and-white ads. However, if the secondary or more frivolous features attract attention, they should go with color.

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Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Dollar Tree Merger Deal

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Dollar Tree Merger Deal

SweetBabeeJay/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Family Dollar stockholders voted on Thursday to approve a merger with Dollar Tree, a deal months in the making.Family Dollar said in a news release about 89 percent of the total shares voted were voted in favor of the merger. "We are pleased with the outcome of today's vote," said Howard Levine, Family Dollar's chairman and CEO.

The merger remains subject to the approval of the Federal Trade Commission, which the Family Dollar release said will be given four weeks' notice before the companies close on the merger.Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser said in a statement that the merger means that the company "will soon operate 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces with annual sales exceeding $18 billion." The merger has been in the works since July 2014. Bloomberg News reports that the deal is worth more than $8 billion.

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Costco’s Deep Discount Ticks Off a Luxury Watchmaker

Costco’s Deep Discount Ticks Off a Luxury Watchmaker

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Costco attracts a range of loyal fans with discounted goods like hot dog meals for $1.50, bulk toilet paper and discounted luxury goods, which has ruffled the feathers of companies such as Omega.The Swiss luxury watchmaker has been in a legal dispute with Costco for more than a decade, saying the warehouse company infringed on its copyright for a high-end watch.Costco can sometimes sell goods at discounted prices to consumers after buying them at cheaper prices abroad in what's called the "gray market." In the case of Omega, it was reportedly selling watches at cheaper prices in Paraguay than it did in the U.S.That allowed Costco to buy those watches at a discount and sell them for about $1,299 in its stores in the U.S., where Omega's preferred selling price is $1,999, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Omega, a subsidiary of Swatch Group, started selling the Seamaster, engraved with Omega's copyrighted "miniscule" globe design, in 2003, court records show. Though Costco was not an authorized Omega retailer, it started selling the watch in 2004, a court document states. Costco bought 117 Seamaster watches on the gray market from a New York-based company that bought watches intended to be sold abroad, court records state.After fighting the case all the way to the Supreme Court, earning a win for Omega, but then having the highest court overrule itself due to a legal issue, the watchmaker brought its case to a federal appeals court. On Tuesday, that court decided that Omega can't sue Costco over products the watchmaker sold to foreign distributors."Omega's right to control importation and distribution of its copyrighted Omega Globe expired after that authorized first sale [abroad], and Costco's subsequent sale of the watches did not constitute copyright infringement," the court said in its decision.An attorney for Omega declined to comment.Costco did not respond to a request for comment.

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Early Warnings About IRS Scams This Tax Season

Early Warnings About IRS Scams This Tax Season

eric1513/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The government issued a warning Thursday for Americans to be on high alert for tax-season scams that feature fake IRS agents.Lois Dilibero said a fake IRS agent left a voicemail on her phone recently.“They said, ‘You need to call us right away. You’re being sued for $5,000 by the IRS,’” Dilibero told ABC affiliate WPLG-TV in Miami. “I thought, ‘Yeah, really?’ … I knew I didn’t owe any money to anybody.”In Dilibero’s case, she said she knew immediately that it was a scam.Tim Camus, a top investigator with the U.S. Treasury Department, said even he got a call demanding that he pay $750 or get arrested.Nearly 3,000 people have already fallen victim, scammed out of more than $14 million, officials said.And half of that money has come from these five states: California, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania.The scammers, often overseas, disguise their phone numbers to make people think they’re calling from the IRS and then make serious threats of jail time and even deportation.The IRS says it would never call demanding immediate payment and would never make a person pay with prepaid cash cards or ask for credit card information.The agency said it also would not threaten to arrest you.

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Markets Post Gains After Labor Department Reports Fewer First-Time Jobless Claims

Markets Post Gains After Labor Department Reports Fewer First-Time Jobless Claims

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A positive week on Wall Street continued Thursday with all three major indices posting gains.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 259.70 to a close of 17,813.98.The Nasdaq closed the session at 4,750.40, up 82.98 from open, while the S&P climbed 31.03 to 2,063.15.The U.S. Labor Department said Thursday that first-time jobless claims were at 307,000, down 10,000 from last week. The four-week moving average, however, climbed 6,500 from last week to 306,500.Also on Thursday, shareholders of the Family Dollar company approved a sale to Dollar Tree. That deal had been in the work for months. Dollar Tree's CEO said in a statement that the company will now operate over 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces totaling more than $18 billion in annual sales.

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BlackBerry CEO Wants Apple, Netflix to Stop ‘Discriminating’

BlackBerry CEO Wants Apple, Netflix to Stop ‘Discriminating’

RIM/BlackBerry(NEW YORK) -- BlackBerry's CEO John Chen wants companies to stop "discriminatory practices" against BlackBerry by not allowing them to use certain apps.Chen called out Apple and Netflix in a blog post about net neutrality and what he called a "two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem" where developers create apps only for iOS and Android devices."Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple's iMessage messaging service," he wrote.Apple's iMessage service is only available to customers using the company's ecosystem of devices.Calling out Netflix, Chen said the company "has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them."Netflix did not immediately respond to a request by ABC News for comment.Creating apps is a costly and time-consuming project, which is why some developers choose to focus on iOS and Android, instead of developing for a less popular operating system, such as BlackBerry.Chen's blog post was adapted from a letter he sent to Congress discussing net neutrality and the need for an open, non-discriminatory Internet."All wireless broadband customers must have the ability to access any lawful applications and content they choose," he wrote. "Applications/content providers must be prohibited from discriminating based on the customer's mobile operating system."

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Why Microsoft’s HoloLens Stands Out in the Battle of the Glasses

Why Microsoft’s HoloLens Stands Out in the Battle of the Glasses

Microsoft(NEW YORK) — Marty McFly got at least one thing right about 2015: Computers can be worn on a person's face.While Back to the Future style high-tech eyewear hasn't permeated the mainstream quite yet, many of the devices in development and on the market would fit in just fine at the 2015 McFly family dinner table.During the same week that Google Glass announced it was ending its Explorer program, Microsoft unveiled an impressive new product on Wednesday called HoloLens that takes virtual eyewear to the next level using holograms.HoloLensThere are plenty of unknowns about HoloLens, including its price and release date, however after an impressive demo on Wednesday, the futuristic device has become the latest immersive technology darling."It could succeed where others have failed because Microsoft doesn't intend it to be worn all the time and do everything," Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told ABC News.While it's unclear when HoloLens will be released or how much it will cost, there was plenty to geek out over from Microsoft's demo, which showed NASA researchers using it to explore Mars.Imagine holographic Skype calls, playing a holographic video game in a world you're a part of, or using the glasses to virtually design a new product."I see HoloLens as a workplace tool first, a home enthusiast device second," Moorhead said.OculusPerhaps one of the biggest rivals to HoloLens is Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook last year for $2 billion.Oculus has been in the hands of developers for the past year, allowing them the chance to create experiences for consumers that range from virtual trips and games to fitness classes.A release date for the consumer headset hasn't been announced, however Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe hinted at a conference last year that 2015 could be the year.The price point is also unknown, however a developer's kit currently sells on the Oculus website for $350 -- a relatively attractive cost when comparing the wearable to Google Glass, which set users back $1,500.Google GlassGoogle closed its Explorer program for Glass earlier this week, announcing that the team was going back to the drawing board to create the next generation of the device.Using voice commands and gestures, Glass overlays images into the real world, allowing people to search the Internet, get directions and even pull up photos, making it a viable workplace tool.Microsoft's HoloLens also offers the same experience of overlaying images into a space but seems packed with more features than the first edition of Glass.Where Glass stands out from HoloLens and Oculus is the fact that the eyewear is meant to be worn all the time -- even while walking down the street alone, wearers could still talk to their glasses and gesture, spawning a new noun: Glasshole.During its nearly two-year-long run, Glass was also plagued with privacy concerns since the device allows the wearer to take photos and videos without anyone noticing.The feature led to the device being banned in many movie theaters, restaurants and even a Las Vegas strip club.

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Cheetos Introducing ‘Sweetos’ for Sweet-Toothed Fans

Cheetos Introducing ‘Sweetos’ for Sweet-Toothed Fans

Frito-Lay(NEW YORK) -- It’s hard to imagine Cheetos without its signature neon orange outside -- but that’s exactly what the brand is doing.For the first time in its 67-year history, Cheetos is introducing a sweet snack to hit store shelves in mid-February.“Sweetos,” as the puffs are called, swap the classic cheese flavor for cinnamon sugar.“We’re always looking for ways to add some playful fun to the snack aisle. So this year -- in true Cheetos fashion -- we decided to turn spring snacking on its head with the most unexpected treat in decades,” Frito-Lay’s vice president of marketing, Jeff Klein, told ABC News. “Move over chocolate bunny, there’s a sweet new snack in town.”The crisps will only be available for a limited time in seven-ounce bags with a suggested retail price of $3.49.

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Secrets to Financial Infidelity: When Your Spouse Hides Money or Purchases

Secrets to Financial Infidelity: When Your Spouse Hides Money or Purchases

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When it comes to cheating in marriage there’s the emotional and physical kind that immediately comes to mind, and then there’s the financial kind.A new study by creditcards.com says millions of married Americans are guilty of committing financial infidelity. Some seven million Americans have a secret bank account or credit card account that their spouses know nothing about -- and most of those doing the hiding are men, according to the study.“When he first came out with it, I was just shocked,” Winnie Neill, of Georgetown, California, told ABC News of her husband, Robert.Robert Neill has been a secret saver for nearly 20 years, stashing overtime money he made behind his wife’s back.“Winnie didn’t know how much I was bringing home,” said Robert. “I just told her, ‘Boy the taxes were really, really tough.’”But Winnie has been a secret spender herself. One of her biggest hidden splurges was their living room furniture.“I should have been more upfront in saying, ‘OK, what’s our budget?’” she said.Financial expert Kimberly Foss said financial infidelity is more common than people think, and if anything, it’s on the rise.“Red flags that I look for [are] missing or misdirected financial statements and of course, the obvious one is if there’s missing cash in the accounts,” explained Foss, president and founder of Empyrion Wealth Management.But some couples have managed to make their money situation work, like Matthew and Stephanie Albrecht of Victoria, Texas, who have stayed honest about their finances despite having separate bank accounts.“If you’re going to have split accounts, you just have to have good communication,” said Matthew.“I think it just comes down to...we both have a respect for each other,” Stephanie added.For those who plan on keeping their savings and spending a secret from their spouse, however, Winnie Neill offers a warning.“It will always come back to bite you in the back side,” she said.

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Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl Ad Cooks Up Controversy

Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl Ad Cooks Up Controversy

OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's not clear until 28 seconds into a new 42-second Super Bowl commercial that it's actually an ad for Carl's Jr.'s new all-natural burger.Carl's Jr. on Wednesday released the super-sexy Super Bowl ad via Twitter. It features a scantily clad, buxom woman eating a hamburger and drawing stares -- and people are already talking, but not so much about the grass-fed beef.One person tweeted, "Just saw a preview of Carl's Jr. commercial for Super Bowl. Now I need a cigarette."Another Twitter user posted, "Setting feminism back four decades."

"The more controversy the better," AdWeek editor Lisa Granatstein told ABC News' Good Morning America. "I don't think they care one way or the other what women think about these ads."Carl's Jr.'s edgy multi-million dollar Super Bowl campaigns regularly bank on the "sex sells" philosophy. Previous commercials featuring Kate Upton, Paris Hilton and Heidi Klum have been so racy, they prompted critics to create the hashtag #WomenAreMoreThanMeat.While many have called foul on other Super Bowl ads for being too sexy, last year the trend seemed to lean toward the clever or cute, such as an ad showing Budweiser's popular Clydesdale horse making friends with a puppy."A lot of advertisers have backed away from sexy, raunchy advertisements," Granatstein said.This year's early roster suggests some companies may be toning down the shock value.The new commercial for GoDaddy is expected to show a tamer and fully-clothed scene with Danica Patrick, complete with an adorable puppy.

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The Worst Passwords of 2014

The Worst Passwords of 2014

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you're punching in ridiculously weak passwords like 123456, then you could be the answer to every hacker's dream.This is the fourth year that password management company SplashData has announced what it says are the worst passwords used in 2014.The list is compiled through a sophisticated algorithm that pulls the most commonly leaked passwords from the Internet, the California-based company says.“Hackers want to boast what they've accomplished when they breach a site,” says Morgan Slain, chief executive officer of Splashdata, Inc. “They’ll post the passwords on forums and they get circulated. We collect these throughout the year."For the second year in a row, 123456 topped the list of the worst passwords used in 2014. Next at number two was the word password."The top passwords tend to be extremely consistent year to year," Slain tells ABC News. "It's human nature for people to use easy passwords that are easy to remember and easy to type. They're looking at simple progressions on the keyboards with numbers. There's also some funny ones. Monkey is always showing up on the list and we really can't explain why."According to Slain, using a more complex password with special characters will secure you against being hacked or worse, exposure of personal and financial data as well as identity theft."Out of the 3.3 million leaked passwords, the top 25 were used by 2.2 percent,” he says. "It's still an incredibly high number, but it’s a lot less than we’ve seen in previous years. It’s encouraging that people are starting to get the message.”For the safest password, Slain and SplashData suggest using a combination of words that are meaningful to you, while adding in special characters. One example can be “Sophie-l1kes-cake.” The hyphens make it stronger, as does the number 1 replacing the letter ‘I.’Here's the list of the worst passwords for 2014:

1. 1234562. password3. 123456784. qwerty5. abc1236. 1234567897. 1111118. 12345679. iloveyou10. adobe12311. 12312312. admin13. 123456789014. letmein15. photoshop16. 123417. monkey18. shadow19. sunshine20. 1234521. password122. princess23. azerty24. trustno125. 000000

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Victoria’s Secret Super Bowl Ad Has Timely Message

Victoria’s Secret Super Bowl Ad Has Timely Message

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Victoria's Secret's first Super Bowl ad in seven years is reminding football viewers that one of the brand's biggest sales periods is around the corner.In a teaser ad released Wednesday, the lingerie seller, owned by L Brands in Columbus, Ohio, uses the tagline "Don't Drop the Ball" for Valentine's Day.Five Victoria's Secret models, including Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel, don football uniforms and helmets in the ad, which will air in the game's fourth quarter.In the company's first Super Bowl commercial in 1999, Victoria's Secret promoted a webcast of its fashion show.In its second Super Bowl ad in 2008, Victoria’s Secret promoted its Valentine’s Day collection and had a record-breaking 103.7 million viewers.Valentine's Day has been the brand’s second-biggest sales period of the year behind Christmas, Jill Beraud, former chief marketing officer at Victoria's Secret, told Ad Age in 2008. A spokeswoman declined to comment to ABC News.

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TripAdvisor Names Nation’s Best Budget Hotel

TripAdvisor Names Nation’s Best Budget Hotel

Zvonimir Luketina/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you're looking for a fabulous New England hotel but don't want to break the budget, look no further than Hyannis, Massachusetts.The Cape Cod beach town made famous by the Kennedys is home to a hotel that's been named the best budget hotel in the nation. With an average nightly rate of $181, the SeaCoast Inn may be nondescript, but it scores big in traveler reviews.TripAdvisor's 13th annual Travelers Choice Awards specifically cited the inn's owners, with one traveler writing "If Terri and Al could teach classes on inn-keeping there would never be a need for a site to write reviews, since they would all be excellent."The hotel's website, though sparse, reads: "Our central location in downtown Hyannis gives you easy access to Hyannis Harbor, ferries to both islands -- Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard [--] and Main Street...with the shops and restaurants. Because we are centrally located, you can enjoy the whole cape and islands while staying with us. ...When you stay with us you will be treated to some old-fashioned friendliness and genuine courtesy."The hotel has free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast and air conditioning.Though 25 bargain hotels made the "best" list, SeaCoast Inn was the only property in New England to make the cut.For travelers on the other end of the travel budget spectrum, check out The Langham in Chicago, named the best luxury hotel in the country.

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