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Friday
Aug262011

Facebook Users 'Check in' to Starbucks More than Any Other Restaurant

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- Facebook has just released stats from its “Places” feature, showing Starbucks is the location users “check in” to the most.  The feature allows users to “check in” from locations such as restaurants to let their friends know where they are.  Facebook is doing away with the feature.

Starbucks benefits from offering some 17,000 locations Facebook users can visit, but having a large number of sites doesn’t automatically translate into more Facebook user visits.  Buffalo Wild Wings has approximately 700 locations, but it ranked higher on the list than McDonald’s, which has some 32,000 locations worldwide.

Here are the top 10 locations Facebook users have checked into:

1. Starbucks
2. Buffalo Wild Wings
3. Chili’s
4. Applebee’s
5. McDonald’s
6. IHOP
7. Denny’s
8. Olive Garden
9. T.G.I. Friday’s
10. The Cheesecake Factory

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Tuesday
Nov022010

Blind Passengers Sue United Airlines Over Check-In Kiosks

Photo Courtesy - Joe Raedle/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A trio of blind airline passengers frustrated by a lack of easy check-in options have filed suit against United Airlines, claiming the airline has refused to use decades-old technology to aide their visually impaired customers.

The lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California by the National Federation of the Blind on behalf of Michael May, Michael Hingson and Tina Thomas.

The trio claims that United's ticketing kiosks, installed by the thousands to reduce the airline's labor force and make the check-in process faster, are impossible for blind customers to use independently and that the airline has stonewalled them on upgrading the technology.

"The machines use exclusively visual computer screen prompts and touch-screen navigation to guide a customer through a transaction," the lawsuit claims, noting that no translation service for the blind exists.

And when the gate changes or travel delays force ticketing adjustments, "I have to rely on strangers or try to hunt down airline personnel," said Thomas, a substitute teacher and a member of the U.S. Paralympic judo team.  "It takes longer while everyone else … it takes 10 minutes and they're done."

"I would like to make a change in the way passengers are treated when we fly," said Thomas, 41.

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