US economy added 638,000 jobs in October as unemployment falls to 6.9% Jobs 

US economy added 638,000 jobs in October as unemployment falls to 6.9%

The U.S. economy added 638,000 jobs in October, pointing to a slowdown in the labor market’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic as government relief faded while new cases increased. The Labor Department’s payroll report, released Friday, also showed the unemployment rate unexpectedly slid to 6.9% from 7.9%. Economists surveyed by Refinitiv expected the report to show that unemployment dropped to 7.7% and the economy added 600,000 jobs. “That we added more jobs than expected and that the drop in the employment rate this time was not partly due to Americans…

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Facebook will announce presidential election result in Facebook and Instagram notifications Technology 

Facebook will announce presidential election result in Facebook and Instagram notifications

Facebook plans to put the name of the winner of the US presidential election at the top of Facebook and Instagram once it’s been projected by a majority of media outlets, the company says. The company also will label presidential candidates’ posts with a link to its voting information center, according to Facebook spokesperson Tom Reynolds. The company plans to “show the candidate’s name in notifications at the top of Facebook and Instagram that say ‘A Presidential Winner Has Been Projected — <name> is the projected winner of the 2020…

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Election counts continue. The results could dramatically shape a second stimulus check News 

Election counts continue. The results could dramatically shape a second stimulus check

An estimated 160 million people voted in Tuesday’s election, with mail-in ballots still being counted across the US. Whenever they’re finalized, the results might have a big impact on issues like the Supreme Court, the shape of economic recovery and the path of negotiations to pass a sorely needed economic relief bill. The final makeup of seats in the House of Representatives and Senate, plus the office of the presidency itself, could heavily influence whether that stimulus package contains a new stimulus check of up to $1,200 for eligible adults…

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7 Amazon Prime benefits for holiday shopping News 

7 Amazon Prime benefits for holiday shopping

The holidays are quickly approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to get your shopping done. With Black Friday right around the corner, there are already early deals on Amazon, so if you have a Prime membership, now’s a good time to take full advantage of your benefits. While you probably know you can get free two-day shipping as a Prime member, did you know you can also get packages sooner, or schedule a delivery date that’s more convenient for you? Or that you can get exclusive deals with Alexa on your Amazon Echo? Amazon…

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Mercury Insurance launches programs for Californians at risk from wildfire News 

Mercury Insurance launches programs for Californians at risk from wildfire

Mercury Insurance has announced the launch of two programs to help Californians better protect their homes if they live in wildfire-prone areas. Under the first program, homeowners who take one or more steps to harden their homes against wildfires or who live in a community recognized by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as a “Firewise USA” site will be eligible to receive discounts of up to 18% on the wildfire premium portion of their policy. In the second program, homeowners who have a California Fair Access to Insurance Requirements…

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Beware a New Google Drive Scam Landing in Inboxes Technology 

Beware a New Google Drive Scam Landing in Inboxes

SCAMMERS JUST FOUND a new phishing lure to play with: Google Drive. A flaw in the Drive is being exploited to send out seemingly legitimate emails and push notifications from Google that, if opened, could land people on malicious websites. The scam itself is nothing new—messages asking you to click on dodgy links are as old as the internet itself—but could catch a lot of people off guard. The smartest part of the scam is that the emails and notifications it generates come directly from Google. On mobile, the scam…

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Google launches VPN service so Google One users can browse more privately News 

Google launches VPN service so Google One users can browse more privately

One of my favorite things about being a Google Fi subscriber is the service’s built-in VPN service; it’s a neat added layer of security, especially when connected to public Wi-Fi. I’ve also wondered why Google hasn’t made this service available more widely — but no more. Google today announced it’s bringing its VPN service to Google One subscribers on the 2TB plan or higher — the ones starting at $10 a month. This goes for families too — you can share VPN access with up to 5 family members at no extra cost….

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T-Mobile expands its faster midband 5G network, nearly doubling its coverage News 

T-Mobile expands its faster midband 5G network, nearly doubling its coverage

T-Mobile has announced another expansion of its 2.5GHz midband 5G network, which is now available in dozens of new cities, nearly doubling the coverage of its last major midband rollout from the end of September. With today’s expansion announcement, T-Mobile says that it now has midband 5G support in nearly 410 cities and towns in the United States. The new expansion comes just after the launch of Apple’s new 5G-compatible iPhone 12 lineup, which is expected to vastly increase the number of 5G devices in the US. T-Mobile’s 5G network combines…

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Microsoft Teams usage jumps 50 percent to 115 million daily active users News 

Microsoft Teams usage jumps 50 percent to 115 million daily active users

Microsoft saw some big growth in Microsoft Teams at the beginning of the pandemic, and it has kept accelerating over the past six months. During an earnings call with investors today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reveled Microsoft Teams now has 115 million daily active users. That’s a more than 50 percent rise from the 75 million that Microsoft reported almost six months ago. It’s difficult to compare Microsoft’s numbers to its rivals, though. Both Zoom and Google report daily active participants, which means a single user could be counted multiple…

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Watch Facebook, Google, and Twitter’s CEOs defend the law that created social media to Congress News 

Watch Facebook, Google, and Twitter’s CEOs defend the law that created social media to Congress

The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google will appear before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday in big tech’s latest showdown with Congress. The Senate hearing will have a narrower, more policy-centric scope than other recent high profile tech hearings, focusing specifically on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That short law might sound obscure, but it’s the key legal shield that protects internet companies from liability for the user-generated content they host, from Facebook posts and tweets to Yelp reviews and comments sections. Recent big tech hearings have…

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