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Best of the Blogs, Consumer: Stasi Prisoners Might Have Built Your IKEA Klippan Sofa


Also an Olympic-sized McDonald's is being built in London.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary for consumers from around the Web every Wednesday.

"The thought of IKEA brings up complex emotions in many of us. On the one hand, their furniture is affordable and reasonably attractive, and always seems to fit that spot where you need a shelf. On the other hand, wandering aimlessly through their giant stores is a special kind of retail hell, their furniture tends to fall apart too fast, and, oh, they've been accused of doing strange and devious things like spying on their employees." (For related content, see IKEA: A Labyrinthine Corporate Maze For a Reason.)

The Consumerist
"Nothing says athletes in peak physical condition like a Big Mac and large fries, right? As such, McDonald's (MCD) is building the world's largest McDonald's restaurant in London's Olympic Park for the 2012 Olympics.... A British doctor's group is more upset about the fatty message the Olympics are sending with McDonald's as a sponsor. They want McDonald's to restrict its advertising during the Olympic Games, as well as fellow sponsors Coca-Cola (KO) and Heineken." (Also read State Funding Slashed, Schools Slap Fast Food Ads on Buses.)
Consumer Reports
"Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement last week of a new case of mad cow disease in California, Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, today called on the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration to take new measures to detect and prevent mad cow disease in U.S. beef and dairy cows. According to the USDA, the case exhibited the 'L-type' atypical mad cow strain." (Also read Could a Bottom Before Growing Season Leave Fertilizers Room to Grow?)
"Today is BlackBerry World, a celebration of all things RIM (RIMM). Or, more specifically, one thing RIM: BlackBerry 10, the company's last great hope for a much-needed comeback. But did the company trot out enough goodness today to allay fears over its future? Hard to say. And that's maybe the scariest part of all. There were three tent poles to CEO Thorsten Heins's BB10 presentation: Camera. Keyboard. Flow. All of which looked slick! But also familiar. "
The Verge
"Last year Apple (AAPL) caused a bit of a stir by forcing developers to remove links in iOS apps that allowed for external subscriptions or purchases to be made - unless the same transaction was also available as one of Apple's in-app purchases. A new wrinkle in the policy has developed, with Dropbox confirming that third-party developers incorporating its service are now being rejected under the same rule 'because we allow users to create accounts.'"
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