Disney+ user accounts are already getting hacked

The launch of Disney+ thus far has been something of a mixed bag. On one hand, Disney was able to get 10 million users to sign up for its fledgling service, an impressive figure no matter how you look at it. On the other hand, the service’s debut was not without its share of frustrations as users experienced a range of technical difficulties when it came to actually accessing Disney’s…

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TikTok’s owner may launch a cheaper rival to Spotify and Apple Music next month

The way Alex Zhu — who today heads up the video app TikTok that’s taken the teen and 20-something demographics by storm — tells the service’s origin story, it involves a train ride and a eureka moment. Back in 2014, Alex had co-founded Musical.ly, which trod similar ground as TikTok does today with the short-burst videos that users create in which they do everything from lip-syncing songs to dancing, showing…

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Stop Using Public USB Ports to Charge Your Phone

Battery power is one of those things that’s always at a premium, especially when you’re traveling and need to use one of the precious few power outlets at the airport to keep your device charged. This week, the LA County District Attorney’s office put out a warning to remind everyone of one way you shouldn’t keep that device charged: a public USB port. We warned people about using public USB…

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Amazon is opening its own grocery store. Here’s the biggest problem with it

It’s official. Amazon is opening its own grocery store, separate from the Whole Foods banner it acquired two years ago. The tech giant will open a supermarket in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles next year. The announcement was made after Amazon posted job openings on its website. The news was first reported by CNET. The store will allow Amazon to carry products such as Coca-Cola that are banned…

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What Is a Roth 401(k) – Retirement Plan Rules & Limits

For years, the traditional 401(k) plan has been the most popular workplace retirement account. However, there’s a new alternative that’s been growing steadily in the past decade: the Roth 401(k). According to data from global advisory, broking, and solutions company Willis Towers Watson, 70% of employers who have a 401(k) plan offered a Roth version in 2018, up from just 46% in 2012. If your employer is one of them,…

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The best shows on Netflix right now

Netflix has a treasure trove of terrific movies that you can stream right now, but if you’re looking for more than just a two-hour commitment, it’s also got a boatload of great TV shows you can delve into to keep yourself occupied for days — or even weeks — on end. If you just finished a good series and need a new one to fill the void, Netflix is the…

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Health websites are sharing sensitive medical data with Google, Facebook, and Amazon

The news: Popular health websites are sharing private, personal medical data with big tech companies, according to an investigation by the Financial Times. The data, including medical diagnoses, symptoms, prescriptions, and menstrual and fertility information, are being sold to companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Oracle and smaller data brokers and advertising technology firms, like Scorecard and OpenX. The investigation: The FT analyzed 100 health websites, including WebMD, Healthline, health…

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Apple just released an app that tracks your heart, hearing, and menstrual cycles

Apple’s new standalone app, called Research, is an effort to collect information on three common aspects of people’s health. We’re gonna science this: As the name suggests, the app is meant to collect user data and send it to research partnerships that Apple has set up—three of them, each of which will focus on a separate issue. The first, on women’s health, links the company with Harvard’s public health school…

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By 2022, Only These 12 States Will Tax Social Security Benefits

Americans rely on their Social Security benefits to cover a big portion of their expenses in retirement. Yet even though people have payroll taxes withheld from their paychecks throughout their careers to pay for Social Security, some retirees then have to turn around and pay federal income taxes on their benefits. Adding insult to injury, a handful of state government tack on their own state income taxes on Social Security….

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US Army Using Chinese Made App TikTok For Recruiting

Military recruiters are always looking to tap into new fads to recruit younger people into the military service and in our advanced technology age that includes social media and gaming. On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a bad idea they are tapping into everything that teenagers like and enjoy, and it’s a great opportunity to reach them one on one but what happens when some of the apps that…

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World’s largest Starbucks opens Friday in Chicago. What to know about the Reserve Roastery

CHICAGO – The largest Starbucks in the world opens Friday in the Windy City. The location will open Nov. 15 on Magnificent Mile as the company’s sixth and final Reserve Roastery, an immersive, theatrical experience dedicated to roasting and brewing small-batch coffee from around the world. Somewhere between a shrine to beans and a Willy Wonka’s of coffee, the Roastery features three coffee bars, a cocktail bar and a selection…

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Twitter says it may warn users about deepfakes—but won’t remove them

The news: Twitter has drafted a deepfake policy that would warn users about synthetic or manipulated media, but not remove it. Specifically, it says it would place a notice next to tweets that contain deepfakes, warn people before they share or like tweets that include deepfakes, or add a link to a news story or Twitter Moment explaining that it isn’t real. Twitter has said it may remove deepfakes that…

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