Misshapen Reese's Christmas Trees Trashed on Social Media

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Hershey Co. has taken some heat for its seasonal Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Christmas Trees.

Some dissatisfied customers took to Twitter this weekend to share sentiments and photos of their unusually shaped chocolaty treats, though the company says this is not a new issue.

Hershey’s "enrobing" process has been creating the undefined-shaped sweets for years, spokeswoman Anna Lingeris told ABC News.

"It’s important to remember that these products are not solid chocolate made in molds, which would have a more distinct shape. They are soft peanut butter centers that are enrobed in chocolate, a process which, by its nature creates, a less-distinct shape," Lingeris said.

The communications manager said the company knows fans look forward to their seasonal snacks of all shapes and sizes. She noted that designs such as Christmas trees "have a higher ratio of peanut butter to chocolate that is distinct from our traditional cups," which may also cause them to lose their shape.

Reese's popular seasonal shapes include eggs for Easter, hearts for Valentine's Day and pumpkins for Halloween to help consumers "Celebrate with Hershey's," according to the company website.

The Trees were introduced in 1993, Lingeris said. Once the complaints caught the company's eye, Hershey apologized to customers via Twitter. The company is asking for formal notes so it can more adequately address the complaints.

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Why Some Target Cyber Monday Shoppers May Briefly Have to Wait Their Turn YORK) — Target's big Cyber Monday deals are almost too much for the Internet to handle.

Some visitors to the retailer's website Monday morning were greeted with a stop light and a message asking them to "please hold tight."

"So sorry, but high traffic's causing delays. If you wouldn't mind holding, we'll refresh automatically & get things going ASAP," the message said. For the first time, Target is offering customers 15 percent off virtually everything on its site using a CYBER15 discount code.

"Both traffic and order volumes are exceeding Target’s Thursday Black Friday event, which was our biggest day ever for online sales," a Target representative told ABC News in a statement. "To help manage the volume, we have been metering traffic to the site. We have teams working diligently to restore to full functionality."

Target is also offering online door-busters and various deals throughout what the company is calling Cyber Week, making Monday an incredibly popular shopping day.

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What Amazon Prime Air Could Look Like If Regulators Approve

Amazon(NEW YORK) -- Amazon has given its vision of what the future could look like with its Prime Air drones delivering packages -- perhaps even those from future Cyber Mondays -- in just 30 minutes.

Despite regulatory hurdles, the retailer is moving full speed ahead with its dream of making delivery drones as common as mail trucks. Amazon over the weekend gave the world a look at one of its newest delivery drone prototypes.

The aerial vehicle can carry packages weighing up to five pounds as they cruise below an altitude of 400 feet to reach their destinations. "Sense and avoid" technology helps the drones steer clear of any potential obstacles while flying their delivery routes, according to a video released by Amazon.

The drones are designed to ascend vertically and fly horizontally. Once they reach their destination, the drones are able to scan for a clear landing spot and descend vertically to drop a package before moving back into the air.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed the company's futuristic plan in December 2013. The retailer has teased delivery could come in the near future. However, no timeline has been set due to the fact Amazon faces regulatory obstacles that could prevent the retailer from ever realizing its dream of drone delivery.

"Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system," the company said on its website. "Putting Prime Air into service will take some time, but we will deploy when we have the regulatory support needed to realize our vision."

Amazon won a major victory in March when it was cleared for outdoor drone testing by the Federal Aviation Administration. However, the ruling came with a series of restrictions.

The FAA issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to Amazon on Thursday that will allow the company to begin testing its fleet of delivery drones outdoors. Amazon had previously been testing them inside its Washington facility.

Under the ruling, Amazon has been able to fly its drones outside for the purpose of "research and development and crew training." The certificate comes with several strings attached that limit Amazon's full-fledged ambitions.

During tests, the FAA requires the drones to remain within sight of the pilot -- who must also have a minimum of a private pilot's certificate, the agency said.

The drones are also only allowed to fly during the daytime and only in clear weather conditions. The FAA mandates they also have to stay at an altitude of 400 feet or lower.

Amazon is also being held to strict reporting requirements and must send monthly reports to the FAA on the number of flights conducted, how long pilots flew and any malfunctions or deviations from air traffic controllers' instructions.

Paul Misener, vice president of global public policy at Amazon, said in a statement to ABC News earlier this year that the company was "committed to realizing our vision for Prime Air and are prepared to deploy where we have the regulatory support we need."

A number of other companies have also been experimenting with drones as a delivery method, including Walmart and Google.

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Cyber Monday 2015: Best Deals on Shoes, Clothes, Beauty Items and Electronics

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Good news, procrastinators of America. If you missed the shopping frenzy of the last week, deals abound on Monday.

Here are some of the discounts being offered:


At, a shoe website, merchandise is being offered for up to 70 percent off.

Ariat, the boot company, will offer 30 percent off select styles.

Crocs has traditionally slashed 35 percent.

If you have a favorite brand or department store, check their websites. Many won't announce their sales until Monday morning.


Beauty is also big Monday, and since makeup rarely goes on sale, it's worth taking a look. Check out Sephora and Ulta. They tend to discount gift sets and certain brand lines.

The Body Shop is offering 50 percent off on everything.


Gadgets were offered and significant discounts on Thanksgiving, but the price cuts aren't over just yet. Monday is a good day for TV sales.


65-inch LG 4K TV for $799 — that's $500 off. Apple iPad Mini 2 for $199, a $70 savings.

Gaming Consoles has an Xbox bundle including Gears of War and Halo 5 for $300 (it's usually $435).

Toys 'R' Us has a Nintendo Wii U Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set on sale for $250 (down from $300).


The online giant is offering discounts on multiple items Monday. Here are a few of the expected deals:

$10 off $50 orders of select Black & Decker and Stanley tools.

$25 off $100 orders of select Bosch tools.

15 percent off select video game pre-orders and new releases such as Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Fallout 4.

Nearly all of Amazon’s e-readers are discounted, including the Kindle Paperwhite ($99.99, down from $119.99).

Target will offer 15 percent off everything with the code CYBER15.

Banana Republic offers 40 percent off everything.

Birchbox offers 25 percent off everything -- including subscriptions -- on orders $35 and up with the code PARTYON

Macy’s offers 20 percent off with the code CYBER.

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Iran Seeking New Oil Contracts

KCHL/iStock/ThinkStock(TEHRAN, Iran) -- Iran is taking steps to overhaul the way it offers contracts to foreign energy companies, reports the BBC.

The goal is to attract up to $30 billion in new investments.

The new oil contracts will offer foreign investors a bigger stake in profits, says BBC News. Iran has  some of the world's biggest oil and gas reserves.

The new contracts come as Iran readies for sanctions to be lifted after the historic nuclear deal established back in July.

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Goodwill to Announce 'Give Back Box' Program on Cyber Monday

Education Images/UIG via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With all the buying you're planning on doing for Cyber Monday, Goodwill is offering you a chance to give back.

Goodwill will announce a new promotion on Monday in partnership with several retailers to make it easier for shoppers to donate their never-worn or gently-used clothing or other goods.

"We're super excited about the opportunity to partner with several online retailers to make the act of donating to Goodwill a much more convenient process," Goodwill Industries International Vice President, Michael Meyer told ABC News.

The program, called the "Give Back Box," works by using a box from online purchases to send Goodwill unwated items using a pre-paid shipping label.

The box must be from one of the participating retailers, though it shouldn't be too difficult considering some of the partners include Overstock, Levi's, and Ann Taylor.

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President Obama Celebrates Small Business Saturday

Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Following the chaos of Black Friday, shoppers headed to the local mom and pop stores on Saturday.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Small Business Saturday, a day to raise awareness for local retailers, and a day for shoppers to buy gifts for the holidays.

President Obama and his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, spent some time shopping on Saturday, making stops at a small bookstore called Upshur Street Books, and a popsicle shop called Pleasant Pops where a worker recommended the shop favorite, a Strawberry Ginger Lemonade popsicle.

The event was launched by American Express in 2010, and in 2014 shoppers spent about $14.3 billion on the special day.

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Amazon UK Reports Biggest Black Friday Sales

killerbayer/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(LONDON) --  Amazon reports it had its biggest sales day in the United Kingdon (U.K.) on this year's Black Friday, reports the BBC.

More than 7.4 million items were reported to have been sold on the website.

For the first time ever, retail analysis reported online sales estimated at one billion pounds, or $1.5 billion.

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Digital Toy Maker VTech Hacked, Parents Personal Information Exposed

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(HONG KONG) -- The latest electronics hack has hit an electronic toy maker.

According to a statement posted on Friday from VTech Holdings Limited, a hacker was able to access customer data found on its Learning Lodge app store database.

VTech sells electronic toys and educational items specialized for children.

The statement said the hacking happened on Nov. 14, 2015 and the "unauthorized party" potentially could have accessed names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, secret question and answer for password retrieval, IP addresses, mailing addresses, and download history.

The customer database "does not contain any personal identification data (such as ID card numbers, Social Security numbers or driving license numbers)" according to VTech.

VTech said the company has conducted an investigation, but so far no word on how many customers were affected.

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Customers Pay $5 for Nothing in Cards Against Humanity Black Friday Deal

Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- It's one of the most interesting Black Friday deals this year.

This year, fans of Cards Against Humanity are participating in the Black Friday promotion, "Give Cards Against Humanity $5."

After customers provide their name and credit card information, they must check off a box that says, "I understand I am paying Cards Against Humanity $5 and receiving nothing in return."

In the past the makers of the raunchy board game have offered a variety of different Black Friday "deals" including one year's box of "literal feces" for $6.

According to the Cards Against Humanity website, at least $60,000 was made from donations as of Friday night.

Why isn't the company offering anything?

"On Black Friday, everybody is selling something," said a statement on the website. "We’re the only company to offer the superior Black Friday experience of buying nothing."
What are they going to do with the money?

"That’s for us to know and you to find out. We’ll make the announcement soon," said the game's website.

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