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Beware of Scammers While You Wait for Your Coronavirus Stimulus Check

Photo: ShutterstockThe coronavirus outbreak has made the U.S. economy so topsy-turvy that the president has been working with Congress to issue relief checks to many of us. We’ll share the details of that program as soon as they’re official, but in the meantime, make sure you don’t get duped by a scammer, OK?Ahead of the…

Comcast Is Offering 60 Days of Free Internet for Low-Income Families Right Now

Image: ShutterstockLow-income families can potentially get two months of free internet from Comcast in response to the coronavirus outbreak.The internet is being offered through its Internet Essentials program, an existing Comcast program that offers the same internet for $9.95 a month to those families.Through the new promotion starting Monday, new Internet Essentials customers will be…

Tip Your Service Workers Especially Generously Right Now

Photo: Getty ImagesYou know to wash your hands, stay home if you’re not feeling well, and resist the urge to hoard hand sanitizer. But there’s another task you can complete if you’re feeling fine and proceeding with a mostly normal daily life: Tip generously.For every company that announces its employees will work from home for…

How to Get a Credit Card When You’re Already in Debt

Photo: ShutterstockSo you have credit card debt. Not only that: You could really use the financial wiggle room that another credit card could provide. What’s a cash-strapped individual to do? The sheer existence of debt doesn’t exclude you from taking on more credit if you request it. If you’re in a jam, one of these…

How to Prepare for a School Shutdown

Photo: ShutterstockAs the coronavirus that has captured the world’s attention continues to spread, school districts across the United States—particularly in areas with confirmed cases of the virus—are considering the possibility of shutdowns. And working parents of young children are asking themselves what in hell they’re going to do with their kids, if the schools close.…

Can You Negotiate a Credit Card Signup Bonus?

Photo: ShutterstockLast fall, the Delta Skymiles American Express card announced a new look and new perks for cardholders. It offered substantial signup bonuses for the entire suite of cards if you signed up a few months before the changes took effect. But when January rolled around, some of those card signup offers for new customers…

Google searches are showing rival business directories in Europe

The company appeared to have tested this in Germany before rolling it out to a wider audience that includes the UK.There's no certainty this will prevent another antitrust case against Google. The competing directories are clearly visible, but they're ultimately dwarfed by Google's own info. Also, these may be a little too familiar. Yelp and…

Yelp is adding a ‘contact-free’ delivery option to its apps

In addition, Yelp is committing $25 million to help small restaurants and bars that are struggling financially due to the public's social distancing. The funding will come "primarily" in the form of free advertising, products and services, however, rather than pure cash. Yelp said it will give restaurants with delivery or takeout options $100 in…

Tesla must pause production at its Fremont factory to shelter in place

Originally, Alameda County declared Tesla an essential business, a county spokesperson told The Los Angeles Times. But when asked what made automobile manufacturing essential during a pandemic, the spokesperson said, "that's a good question," and noted that we are in "uncharted waters right now."The factory employs more than 10,000 workers, and as of the end…

The UK’s biggest phone store chain is closing all of its outlets

In a statement, Dixons Carphone says that it expects around 1,800 people to take new jobs with the company. It expects to make 2,900 people redundant as a consequence of the closures, around 60 percent of those affected. The hope is, with the closures and associated cost-savings, the company can stop losing money on its…

Magic Leap is reportedly trying to find a buyer

Facebook took a meeting with Magic Leap but reportedly isn't interested in buying it right now, as the social network is still trying to make its Oculus investment work. Johnson & Johnson declined to comment. The company's other investors include NTT Docomo, AT&T and investment funds in Saudi Arabia and Singapore.Led by CEO Rony Abovitz,…

US House votes to extend FISA surveillance

But the bill would do more than just extend the provisions' validity. Since surveillance laws tend to raise privacy concerns, the bill would add new restrictions to the FISA court overseeing requests for surveillance warrants. It would also bring changes to FISA wiretaps in response to the backlash the feds got for wiretapping former Trump…

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BBC Sport’s five things to do today

Read this...We all dream of representing our country on the international stage, right? Meet the team competing as 'England' in 2020... by chanceWatch this...Kids interrupting work was something of a novelty two weeks ago but now it is part of our daily routine, as Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford knows all too well... Media playback…

Elizabeth Warren campaign open sources its organizing tools

The campaign will have "more to say" in the weeks ahead about what it did with technology.It isn't unheard of for American candidates to rely on software for election runs, but developing open source tools is relatively rare. It may become more common, mind you. The Warren team noted that Spoke alone saved the campaign…

Some Tesla factory employees still had to work after the production shutdown

Local officials have confirmed that Tesla stopped making electric cars in California on Monday, March 23rd, in compliance with a shelter-in-place order brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic. But dozens of workers had to report to the company’s automotive factory to finish processing the final batches of cars this week, according to an email…

Apple updates Safari’s anti-tracking tech with full third-party cookie blocking

Apple on Tuesday released a major update to its Safari Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP), the privacy feature that allows the company’s web browser to block cookies and prevent advertisers from snooping on your web habits. According to Apple’s John Wilander, the WebKit engineer behind the feature, Safari now blocks all third-party cookies. That means that,…

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