All the ways the government shutdown is hurting the economy

As the partial federal government shutdown inches its way into its fifth week, it’s not just the 800,000 federal workers who have been struggling to stay afloat with no income, businesses across all sectors are also feeling the effects. Here a list of the some of the ways the partial shutdown has been hitting business. Airline Profits Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC earlier this week that the government shutdown has cost them…

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Super Bowl 2019: How to watch online, start time and much more

The matchup won’t be known until after the conference championship games are played, but if you are already making Super Bowl plans, then here’s what you need to know on how to watch football’s biggest game. What: Super Bowl LIII When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Channel: CBS (Note that CNET is a division of CBS) Full coverage: CBS Sports How can I watch the game online? You can…

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Verizon is giving subscribers free robocall and spam protection tools

In an effort to curb the recent epidemic of spam and robocalls, Verizon announced this week that it will be giving all of its customers free access to protection tools (which were previously behind a paywall) starting this March. As Joe Russo, senior vice president of network operations, explains, Verizon added call and spam screening to the Call Filter service at no additional charge for wireless customers over a year…

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New cancellation policy for purchase orders from Amazon

If you are selling products to Amazon, you may have received an email today that significantly changes Amazon’s backorder policy. They are billing this as an “improvement” to their purchasing process. Here is mostly the text from their email: For regular replenishment, staged, or manually placed orders, Amazon will auto-cancel line items on your purchase order 7 days after your expected delivery date, or 30 days after the end of…

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All the Comic Books You Can Get for Free on ‘Free Comic Book Day’

This year’s Free Comic Book Day isn’t happening until May, but we already have a bit of an idea of what will be available come May 4th. Free Comic Book Day recently released a full list of this year’s free comics and it looks pretty fantastic. There are 12 Gold Sponsor comics and 39 Silver sponsors this year, with options ranging from Avengers to Stranger Things. Shops all have different…

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Mother of All Breaches Exposes 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords

There’s no shortage of data breaches these days, but this one should make you sit up and pay attention. The newly discovered “Collection #1″ is the largest public data breach by volume, with 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords exposed. The breach was first reported by Troy Hunt, the security researcher who runs the site Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), where you can check if your email has been…

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Burger King goes after McDonald’s with new Big King XL premium sandwich and GrubHub deal

Days after trolling President Donald Trump about “hamberders,” Burger King is going after McDonald’s – again. This time, the fast-food chain is taking aim at the Big Mac with the launch of its new Big King XL sandwich, which it says “outsizes the competition.” Available at participating restaurants nationwide for a limited time, the Big King XL has 175 percent more beef than McDonald’s Big Mac, according to Burger King,…

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Walmart adds four grocery delivery partners

Walmart has partnered with Point Pickup, Skipcart, AxleHire and Roadie to expand its grocery delivery program across four states. Walmart’s grocery delivery is currently available in more than 800 stores, and plans to be in 800 more this year. To use Walmart’s delivery program, customers go online, place an order and then select a delivery window. From there, Walmart’s personal shoppers select your items and then pass them off to…

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Netflix is starting to share audience numbers that it’s never disclosed before

Well, now we know why Netflix felt comfortable announcing the largest price hike in the history of the streaming service a few days ago. Raising prices would be exactly the wrong move if you were shedding subscribers and your business was spiraling, which is certainly not the case here. The streaming giant just reported its fourth quarter earnings performance after the market close today, which included the announcement that Netflix…

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Twitter has acknowledged a bug that revealed Android users’ private tweets

Twitter just disclosed the existence of the kind of privacy bug you’d normally expect to hear coming out of Facebook, which has been dogged repeatedly by this kind of thing over the years. Now it’s Twitter’s turn, with the social network acknowledging today an issue affecting the “Protect your Tweets” feature associated with some accounts. Turns out, some Android users who enabled that setting — which sets their tweets to…

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Amazon Prime membership has crested 100 million in the US – but it’s unclear how much further it can go

Amazon’s Prime membership program continues to reach a larger percentage of the US population. More than 100 million people have access to Amazon Prime benefits as of December 31, according to a Consumer Intelligence Research Partners survey of 500 Amazon customers. That translates to 62% of Amazon customers getting access to perks like free two-day shipping, Prime Video streaming, and more. Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request…

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Don’t want to pay the Netflix price hike? Check out these 10 free alternatives instead

Another Netflix price-hike? To quote Darth Vader: “Nooooooooooo!!!” If the price of the service was already pushing your streaming budget to the limit, maybe it’s time to look at alternatives? Fear not: As long as you have an internet connection, you can continue to enjoy movie night. Granted, you may not be able to stream Hollywood’s latest, but you can still watch gems such as Lady Bird, The Big Lebowski,…

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