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Digital tracking: Why you should care

Digital tracking: Why you should care

Some companies, empowered by the click-through habits of consumers, exploit the information by selling it to data brokers. BY TIM JOHNSON TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom […]

Big employers embracing health plan status quo

Big employers embracing health plan status quo

BY JAY HANCOCK KAISER HEALTH NEWS/TNS The shrinking unemployment rate has been a healthy turn for people with job-based benefits. Eager to attract help in a tight labor market and unsure of Obamacare’s future, large employers are newly committed to maintaining coverage for workers and often their families, according to new research and interviews with […]

WHAT’S YOUR SCORE?

WHAT’S YOUR SCORE?

Lack of knowledge about playing the credit game costs Black Americans billions of dollars in higher interest rates, fees, and other costs. FROM THE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Sharae Newton (not her real name) has made many mistakes that damaged her credit score. They include running up debt as a college student, especially student loans. […]

Lawsuit: Bank stuck mortgage borrowers with extra fees

Lawsuit: Bank stuck mortgage borrowers with extra fees

BY JAMES RUFUS KOREN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS As Wells Fargo & Co. continues to be hit with fallout from its sham-accounts scandal, the bank is facing allegations that it put the screws to customers in yet another way: by slapping them with fees for delays in processing mortgage applications. A former Wells Fargo mortgage banker […]

Small businesses sold twice as many items during Amazon’s Prime Day

Small businesses sold twice as many items during Amazon’s Prime Day

BY ANGEL GONZALEZ SEATTLE TIMES/TNS SEATTLE – Amazon.com said small independent merchants operating on its website sold 40 million items during its recent Prime Day discount extravaganza, twice as many products as such merchants sold last year. In a blog post on Amazon’s website, Amazon executive Peter Faricy said hundreds of thousands of small businesses […]

Late payments driving rise in fixed-loan delinquencies

Late payments driving rise in fixed-loan delinquencies

BY TIM GRANT PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/TNS The prices of new and used cars keep rising every year, which means consumers are borrowing more to make the purchases — and the monthly payments for cars and car-related expenses are squeezing many household budgets to the maximum. New cars now cost an average $35,000, compared with an average […]

Google, YouTube detail new anti-terrorism efforts

Google, YouTube detail new anti-terrorism efforts

BY LEVI SUMAGAYSAY MERCURY NEWS/TNS SAN JOSE, Calif. — YouTube is stepping up its fight against online terror and abuse, laying out four new steps it’s taking amid recent terrorism-related incidents around the world. The moves also come a couple of months after advertisers began pulling their ads from YouTube and other Google properties after […]

Can your iPhone tell if you’re depressed?

Can your iPhone tell if you’re depressed?

BY ALISON BOWEN CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS A new iPhone app developed by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers aims to track and predict mood episodes through keystrokes. Created by psychiatrist Alex Leow and Peter Nelson, the idea for BiAffect came about when Nelson’s 24-year-old son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a brain disorder that causes unusual […]

McDonald’s drops sponsorship of Olympics

McDonald’s drops sponsorship of Olympics

BY ROBERT CHANNICK CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS McDonald’s and the International Olympic Committee are ending a long-standing commercial partnership three years early. The fast-food company is leaving the Olympics’ top sponsorship program immediately, giving up category-exclusive global marketing rights that were set to run through the 2020 Olympic Games. McDonald’s became a top-tier partner in 1996 and […]

Shooter kills 5 at business near Orlando

Shooter kills 5 at business near Orlando

BY DAVID HARRIS AND MICHAEL WILLIAMS ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO — Five employees were killed in a shooting at Fiamma, a business on North Forsyth Road near Hanging Moss Road near Orlando, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday morning. The shooter — a former “disgruntled employee” who was fired in April — then killed himself, […]

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