The Temptation of Apple News

26th September 2018

In the years leading up to the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook became the world’s de facto morning newspaper—and everyone wanted to land on A1. With more and more people getting their news on the app and in the news feed, media companies competed in the company’s algorithmic sweepstakes, crafting headlines and story ideas to induce clicks, likes, and shares on the social network. It was often a dirty game: one…

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PayPal WARNING – don’t open this scam email or your computer will get infected

26th September 2018

The inbox message pretends to come from “service@paypal.com” with the subject “PayPal account warning” and a Microsoft Word doc attachment that covertly plants the malicious software (malware) on your desktop. But it’s actually from “noreply@administrationservpaypal-a.tk”, which is a “look-a-like”, typo-riddled website domain designed to trick and confuse victims, according to My Online Security. “Greetings, dear Client! We noticed a lot of frauds performed by machinations with online services of the accounts of…

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New York state makes it illegal to lease dogs and cats

25th September 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will soon make it illegal to finance the purchase of dogs, cats or other companion animals through lease-to-own schemes. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed legislation taking effect in 90 days that will ban the practice of using a pet as security for financing agreements with pet dealers. Animal welfare groups say financing has become popular with some pet dealers as a…

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All The Shows Netflix Has Canceled

25th September 2018

Netflix has become major competition for cable and other streaming networks, and that’s in part thanks to the quality content the subscription service delivers. And while it’s sad to see certain shows go away, the streaming service wouldn’t have room for new shows (Netflix plans to release 700 new shows and movies by the end of 2018 alone) if it didn’t ax others along the way. Since launching in 2007, Netflix…

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Apple’s iPhone XS Has A Great Secret Feature

24th September 2018

Apple AAPL -1.08%’s new iPhone XS (details) and iPhone XS Max (details) are now on sale and, while logic suggests users would be wise to wait for the iPhone XR (details), perhaps the best reason to upgrade has now been revealed… ‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines. In taking the iPhone XS and iPhone XS…

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Social Security Benefits Won’t Go as Far as You Think During Retirement

24th September 2018

As of 2015, there were roughly 65 million people receiving Social Security benefits, according to the Social Security Administration. And of those 65 million, over 60% say their benefits make up at least half of their income. That shouldn’t come as any surprise, as the average American is woefully unprepared for retirement. In fact, one in three Americans has nothing at all saved for retirement, according to a survey from…

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Krispy Kreme Is Giving Out Free Coffee & Donuts for National Coffee Day

24th September 2018

National Coffee Day is the fun middle school English teacher of national food holidays. It’s nice, you like it, but you also don’t expect it to get too crazy. There are confines preventing it from ever getting as weird as, I don’t know, Talk Like a Pirate Day. (That’s a real thing and there isn’t a satisfactory explanation why.) National Coffee Day is predictable and loveable, but ultimately it’s almost…

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How to stop your friends’ Facebook apps from collecting your data

22nd September 2018

You may already be aware of the fact that you’re giving third-party apps and services access to some or all of your data when you use Facebook to sign up for them, but did you know your friends are also giving third-party apps and services access to some of your data when they sign up for them? Yep! Here’s how Facebook describes this feature: People on Facebook who can see your info can bring it…

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Marijuana stock backed by Peter Thiel surges on US import approval

20th September 2018

Canadian pot firm Tilray posted strong gains in trading Wednesday after the Peter Thiel-backed firm gained U.S. federal approval to import marijuana for medical research purposes. Tilray shares closed 38 percent higher after a volatile day of trading that saw the company’s stock climb as much as 90 percent before giving back some of its gains. Trading of the stock was halted on multiple occasions due to volatility. Federal approval…

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FBI investigating American Express foreign-exchange pricing

20th September 2018

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into pricing practices within American Express Co.’s foreign-exchange unit, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation, which is being run out of the FBI’s Washington field office, is in its early stages and is focused on whether the foreign-exchange international payments department misrepresented pricing to clients in order to win their business, the people said. The FBI began its…

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Should Amazon split into two companies?

20th September 2018

Amazon Vice President Nick Denissen on how the technology giant opened an online store where shoppers can purchase products from small and medium-sized businesses. Little Flower Soap Company Founder Holly Rutt on how Amazon has helped her business. E-commerce giant Amazon has been the focal point of a variety of attacks from President Trump and his administration, and one analyst thinks the company should split in two to avoid increased…

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Twitter’s case for keeping Alex Jones is falling apart

20th September 2018

On Tuesday, weighing in on the public pressure to ban Alex Jones and Infowars from Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey called on journalists for help. “Accounts like Jones’ can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors,” Dorsey tweeted, “so it’s critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions. This is what serves the public conversation best.” Journalists complained loudly about being asked to perform…

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