Serendeputy - your personal news assistant.

Welcome to Serendeputy!

Serendeputy is your personal news assistant.

Your deputy:
- learns what you like and don't like,
- lovingly compiles a list of news and blogs for you.

You can help your deputy learn by searching, clicking links and pressing the little smiley faces.
How it works.

What to do:
  1. Click links to teach your deputy
  2. Click smileys and frownies
  3. Find favorite topics and sources
  4. See how much better your deputy is getting at finding you good stuff.
  5. Sign in for free to save your profile, or please tell me why you won't.

by laura northrup

In our post about the AirBNB “guest” who decided to make himself at home and squat in a desert condo after he had stayed for a month, we noted that at last the condo in question was a vacation home, not her regular home. No, that actually happened...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
smile
frown
What if there were an AirBNB for cars? FlightCar is a startup that aims to connect lonely cars in long-term airport parking with travelers in need of short-term wheels. This seems like a great idea….except, like many “sharing economy” businesses,...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
smile
frown
It’s pretty great when your customer complaint over social media receives a swift, decisive response from the target company. What is not so great is when that response is to boot you and your elementary-school-age children off a plane before takeoff...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
smile
frown
Banks can figure out the source of a major credit card breach long before the targeted company announces that something went wrong, and that site shares the scary news with the rest of the world. Have you used your credit card at a Goodwill Industries...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
smile
frown
The fried chicken Oreos that made the rounds online recently weren’t real. That news may have either delighted or disappointed you, but in recent years, there has always been another novelty Oreo flavor around the corner. Today we rounded that corner....
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
smile
frown
Do you need to write a complaint letter, but don’t know where to begin? As long as you can type a few facts in a box, you can produce a simple, classy, and easy-to-read complaint letter that should get the job done. On the federal government’s USA.gov...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
smile
frown
Hey, remember reader Karen, who had trouble convincing Comcast that they had somehow locked her out of all online access to her accounts? She spent more than two weeks fighting her own one-woman Battle of Kabletown, finally getting the attention of the...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
smile
frown
The Internet has an endless appetite for two things. The first is people sharing more information than they had intended with companies that use that information to target advertising. The second is cat pictures. Yet what if there were a way to use cat...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
smile
frown
Shopping at Costco is pretty great, but that doesn’t mean you should bring your dog along on your shopping trip, then leave it in your vehicle with the temperature outside in the 90s. The same goes for your very young and very old loved ones. Come...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
smile
frown
A gas leak and poison monoxide poisoning in the workplace are not at all funny, and we’re glad to hear that workers at Evol in Boulder, Colorado are all okay after they had to evacuate their building. It turned out that the building had dangerous levels...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
smile
frown
An AirBNB “guest” is taking advantage of gaps between the site’s policies and California rental law to squat indefinitely in a Palm Springs condo. Does that sound like a sharing economy nightmare? It is. The one bit of good news is that the “host”...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
smile
frown
For humans, the 50th anniversary is the golden anniversary. For fast-food restaurants, it’s apparently the “give everyone free shakes” anniversary, since that’s how Arby’s is celebrating its 50th year in business tomorrow. Print out this coupon...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
smile
frown
Sure, Oscar Mayer’s P3 Protein Packs are nothing but healthy-ish Lunchables for adults, and that’s fine. Still, have you ever looked at the kids’ version of Lunchables and said to yourself, “I wish that this had less meat and cheese and more...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Monday, July 21, 2014
smile
frown
The woman suspected of shoplifting last night at a Macy’s store in California may be a little confused about how this whole “shoplifting” thing works. Police say that a loss prevention officer spotted the woman slipping items into her purse, and...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Monday, July 21, 2014
smile
frown
There have been no recorded illnesses yet from batches of yellow peaches and nectarines, white peaches and nectarines, black plums, and pluots that may be contaminated with the nasty foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The company has announced...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Monday, July 21, 2014
smile
frown
Whole Foods has joined Wegmans in recalling items that they sell in their stores that were made from fruit that’s part of a massive recall due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Items like fruit tarts and mango-peach salsa using...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, July 24, 2014
smile
frown
A common strategy when comparison shopping is to use the unit prices that are often available on the shelf to help consumers. This is a pretty solid strategy…except, apparently, at reader MZ’s local Target, where the retailer doesn’t feel the need...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, July 24, 2014
smile
frown