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Macy’s tells employees to brace for 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day opening

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Is Thanksgiving Day shopping about to start earlier?

WPXI-TV reports in an email sent out to employees early Thursday morning, it appears Macy’s executives told their employees that the retailer will be opening at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

The apparent email was posted by a Macy's employee on Facebook. It says, “After careful consideration we have decided to open at 6 p.m. (local time) on Thanksgiving. Although this was not an easy decision, due to competitive pressure, we feel it is the right one for our customers and our company.”

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The email goes on to say, “There is no question that our customers are eager to begin their holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day.”

As in previous years, Black Friday shopping times have begun well before the start of Black Friday. While Macy’s is the first retailer to officially announce its hours, it should be noted that many more will likely follow suit.

Tiger Woods to open restaurant and sports bar in Florida

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Pro golfer Tiger Woods will open his first restaurant and sports bar in South Florida project officials announced Tuesday.

The Woods Jupiter: Sports and Dining Club will open at Harbourside Place in Jupiter, a $150 million mixed-use waterfront complex.

Woods' restaurant will take a 5,900-square-foot space next to an amphiteater and marina , according to Nicholas Mastroianni II, developer of Harbourside Place.

Stores in Harbourside will begin to open next month and continue to open through November. A grand opening is planned for December, Mastroianni said.

According to a blogger for the Golf Channel, Woods’ new bar could prove to be a hot spot for many PGA Tour players, who have moved to South Florida in recent years.

Apple announces iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch

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For the first time in years, Apple's iPhones aren't the star of the show. Apple unveiled a smartwatch called the Apple Watch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company's first major entry in a new product category since the iPad's debut in 2010.

The move is significant because of recent questions about whether Apple still has a knack for innovating following the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs.

The device's introduction upstaged the company's two new, larger iPhones, which won't just have bigger screens; they'll have a new, horizontal viewing mode to take advantage of the larger display.

The iPhone 6 will have a screen measuring 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches. In both cases, app developers will be able to design apps that can be viewed differently when the phone is held horizontally.

Apple also introduced a system for using the phone to make credit card payments at retail stores.

Here are some of the most interesting social media posts coming out of Tuesday's event:

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McDonald's promises 60-second drive-thru service or you get free food

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If McDonald's can't deliver your drive-thru order within 60 seconds of paying, you eat for free on your next visit.

That's the basis of a new promotion at some Florida McDonald's according to a Miami Herald report.

Patrons at participating McDonald's in southern and central Florida will receive timers when they pay at the drive-thru window. If the order is not delivered within 60 seconds, McDonald's will issue a coupon for a free lunch item for a future visit.

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The promotion will run Monday – Friday from noon to 1 p.m. through Aug. 29.

According to Business Insider, McDonald's has a drive-thru wait time average of more than three minutes, which is the longest average wait time in at least 15 years, according to a study by QSR Magazine.

Business Insider earlier reported that McDonald's, in an effort to speed up wait times, announced plans to add a third window to its drive-thru lanes.

McDonald's introduces 'terrifying' new Happy Meal mascot

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Meet "Happy."He's McDonald's new Happy Meal mascot, meant to promote healthy eating, and he's all over social media. By Tuesday morning, dozens of media outlets added the mascot to their morning news mix, many describing the character as 'terrifying.' McDonald's original tweet introducing Happy has also been retweeted more than 600 times and favorited nearly 300 times.

>>Related: Woman accused of selling heroin out of McDonald’s Happy MealsAnd the numbers are growing. But this isn't Happy's first rodeo. The mascot was reportedly introduced in France back in 2009, then rolled out across Latin America and the rest of Europe. Now, the U.S. is launching the wide-eyed, smiling figure, along with a new low-fat yogurt for kids, later this week.

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How to spot fake online reviews

Clark Howard is a nationally syndicated consumer advice expert

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The power of collective wisdom is an amazing thing. Thanks to technology, you can tap into endless online reviews to help you do everything from book sweet accommodations at an unknown hotel in an unfamiliar city, to discover a gluten-free soufflé joint right in your own backyard!

Some of the more popular reviews sites out there include Yelp.com, Kudzu.com and TripAdvisor.com. Yelp excels for reviews of independent eateries, Kudzu is great when you want reviews of service businesses, and TripAdvisor is the preeminent stop for hotel reviews.

But how do you know which online reviews at those sites are legit and which aren't to be trusted? After all, many businesses have family or friends write glowing reviews and present them as unbought and unbossed advice when in fact they're very much an inside job.

Money Adviser, a special imprint of Consumer Reports, recently ran an article that had some eye-opening info about Angie's List. Historically, I've been neutral on Angie's List. But while Angie's List says they are a consumer-driven service supported by membership fees, Money Adviser  reveals that 70% of their revenue comes from ads purchased by the companies being rated.

So they're playing both sides. It's hard to give unbiased reviews -- even if your heart is in the right place -- when somebody's paying all that money.

On another note, Wired magazine created a mocking flowchart titled 'Should I Trust This Yelp Review?' that exposes the tiresome absurdity of sorting through reams of fake reviews to find a real one. It's like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack! 

Consumer advocate Clark Howard has some advice on the situation to help steer you right. And you won't even have to tax your brain with flowcharts.

  • Spot the easy red flags. One easy way to get a feel for whether or not you're reading a legit review is to read a poster's reviews of businesses, products, or services other than just the one you're looking for. If they use the same cut-and-paste language in every review, you have an indication that they may be a paid reviewer putting out false information.
  • Look for at least 2 dozen reviews for a given business. You want to see a lot of opinions before you can know that there's a credible trend happening. A handful of stray reviews won't cut it. Generally, at least 2 dozen reviews is a good guideline.
  • Throw out the excessively positive and negative.  Let's face it: There are people who will find something to be grumpy about no matter what. And others love life and always write in superlatives. But over time, you can glean the collective wisdom. If every single review you read about a business is glowing, or every single one is negative, then you know something's wrong.
  • Know the special considerations for travel reviews. TripAdvisor.com is a great site for hotel reviews, but again you've got to be careful. As Clark says, "I don't pay attention to any reviews written by British people because they aren't accustomed to our hotels and indiscriminately love everything. Ditto for New Yorkers who are used to cramped conditions and think any room is spacious even if it's the size of a shoebox. Nor do I pay any attention to whiners about room service. I never order room service! What I am looking for is the preponderance of opinion."

What other tips do you have for ferreting out the good reviews from the bad? Write in below and let us know!

KFC's drumstick corsage a chicken chic prom fashion accessory

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Hungry while dancing with your prom date?

Not a problem now that KFC has developed the edible drumstick corsage.

The $20 kit includes a corsage and a $5.00 gift certificate that can be used to buy a drumstick that is attached to the corsage, promising to keep prom goers happy, and full.

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KFC’s site recommends choosing the drumstick that best complements your date's dress.

Today says the fowl can be crispy or original recipe and "right now now I’m told no sides, they’re just doing the chicken."

But don’t get your heart set on a romantic dance and dinner all at the same time.

There will just be 100 of the tasty corsages sold, and only in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Dunkin’ Donuts unveils 'Peeps' doughnut

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Now marchmallow freaks can get their Peep on every morning.

Dunkin’ Donuts has a new way to get your Peep fix.

They're making flower-shaped, frosted doughnuts with pastel pink or green icing, each featuring a pink or yellow Peep marshmallow chick.

The new Peeps Donuts will be available for a limited time at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants

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