Here’s How the Government Shutdown Might Affect You

4th March 2019

Nearly two weeks into the federal government’s partial shutdown, approximately 380,000 federal government employees are temporarily out of work, and hundreds of thousands of critical workers in Border Patrol and the Transportation Security Administration are starting the new year without a paycheck. But government workers aren’t the only Americans feeling the effects of the shutdown, which Democratic leaders are hoping to resolve when they gain control of the House on…

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These 10 States Are in Danger of the Most Rural Hospital Closures

4th March 2019

Hundreds of hospitals in rural America could close if their financial situations do not improve, a new analysis indicates. People in rural communities, frequently burdened by physician shortages and older populations, often face more difficulty than their urban peers in accessing health care. Now, a new analysis from Navigant, a consulting firm based in Chicago, finds that about 1 in 5 rural hospitals – a total of 430 – are…

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

4th March 2019

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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How to Outsmart the Most Common Money Scams

2nd March 2019

Financial scams are on the rise, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s annual Sentinel Data Book report—but there are some simple measures most people can take to avoid being played. Consumers reported nearly 3 million scams to the FTC in 2018, 48 percent of which were related to fraud of some kind. The top types of scams were: Imposter scams, such as catfishing, impersonating government employees or a close relative, etc….

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Amazon plans to open dozens of its own grocery stores in the coming years

2nd March 2019

Two years after making a surprise acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon is about to go even deeper into the grocery business by launching a completely new chain of its own. One that’s separate from Whole Foods and with prices that reportedly would undercut Whole Foods, notorious for its expensive premium items. That news comes via The Wall Street Journal, and marks Amazon’s continued push into the real world of brick-and-mortar retail,…

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Uber and Lyft are reportedly giving drivers cash to buy shares in their respective IPOs

1st March 2019

Uber and Lyft are reportedly going to give money to some of its drivers to enable them to buy stock in the transportation companies’ respective initial public offerings, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier today. Citing people familiar with the matter, the WSJ says both Uber and Lyft will reward some of their more active or long-time drivers with a cash award with an option to buy stock in the…

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Tesla will close most of its stores and only sell cars online

1st March 2019

In a major shift, Tesla announced that it will only sell its vehicles online. The electric carmaker will close most of its stores over the “next few months” and lay off some retail employees. Tesla announced the move at the same time it said it will finally begin to sell its long-promised $35,000 Model 3. Customers who purchase their Teslas online will have up to a week to return the…

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How to protect your tax refund from scammers, identify risks

28th February 2019

Warnings about some guy calling pretending to be from the IRS — and demanding money — are so common, well, they’re practically cliche. How can anyone run a tax scam any more? Oh, they can. Complaints about the IRS impostor phone calls may be declining, but the scam remains hot enough to issue new warnings. “The new wrinkle is that the scammer is stating that he is with the Department of…

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Facebook Harvesting User Data From Heart Rate, Ovulation iOS Apps

28th February 2019

Facebook has been collecting user data under our noses for its ads for some time now, as reports revealed last year. However, some iOS health apps have apparently also been sharing sensitive data such as recorded heart rates, period cycles and even ovulation to Facebook. Here’s what we know about these apps. According to the Wall Street Journal, some health apps have been confirmed to send the user’s inputted health…

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Baidu Is Helping Walmart Deliver Groceries In America

27th February 2019

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) will soon be delivering groceries with autonomous vans powered by Baidu’s (NASDAQ:BIDU) Apollo platform. Udelv, a California-based autonomous vehicle start-up, will deploy the vans for Walmart in a pilot program in Surprise, Arizona. Udelv currently provides driverless deliveries for grocers in Oklahoma City and the Bay Area city of San Mateo. It has completed about 1,200 deliveries to date, and aims to deliver up to 100 autonomous vans…

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Here’s a Secret Reason to Carry a Bandage Strip on Air Flights

27th February 2019

What’s the first thing you do after boarding a plane? There’s locating the right seat, stowing your carry-on as close as possible, putting a bandage strip on the screen in front of you, adjusting the seat… Yes, putting a bandage strip on the screen facing your seat. Or a piece of masking or duct tape. Something opaque, because some leading airlines have admitted that some of those screens facing seats…

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Hackers use stolen password to access TurboTax tax return information

26th February 2019

Hackers accessed tax return information stored with TurboTax using a stolen password from a third party, an Intuit spokesman said Monday. The attack, earlier reported in Dark Reading, didn’t breach the internal systems at Intuit, which owns TurboTax. Instead, attackers took lists of passwords stolen from other services and used them to try to log in to TurboTax accounts, the spokesman said. There, valuable personal information, such as Social Security…

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