Sony warns consumers about Vaio battery-fire risk
Sony told customers early Friday morning to stop using the just-released Vaio Fit11A laptop over fears its battery could catch on fire. The company has shipped nearly 26,000 units of the model since its launch two months ago. In February, Sony said it is planning to sell its Vaio computer division to Japan Industrial Partners.
Sebelius’ rocky tenure at HHS comes to an end
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday afternoon that she is stepping down from President Barack Obama’s cabinet. While the Obama administration did eventually enroll more than 7.5 million people in private healthcare plans through the Affordable Care Act, her tenure is mostly being remembered for the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov. Sebelius was memorably ribbed in a late 2013 interview with Jon Stewart in which he joked about attempting to download "every movie ever made" before he could sign up for health insurance. White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell will replace her.
Clinton cracks jokes after ducking shoe during Vegas speech
Possible 2016 presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton most likely didn’t prepare to duck a flying shoe before speaking to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries on Thursday, but that’s exactly what happened. Moments later, Clinton quipped, "Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?" The shoe-thrower was taken into custody by the Secret Service.
Frozen food fights back
After falling sales, the frozen-food industry is about to launch a campaign defending the nutritional quality of its products. The effort will claim refrigerating food is a way to press the "pause button" to lock in nutrients. It will include the industry’s first national TV ad campaign and have a total budget and scope described as "multiyear, multimillion dollar."
Advertising execs weigh in on Mad Men’s run
On Monday morning, your colleagues will be talking about the return of Mad Men, which will begin its final season - split into two parts to stretch its ratings - on Sunday night. The New York Times asked five Madison Avenue luminaries for their mostly nostalgic thoughts on the AMC series.