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Amazon, Facebook and Google to face another House inquiry News 

Amazon, Facebook and Google to face another House inquiry

Big tech firms will appear Thursday on Capitol Hill once again. House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velazquez invited Amazon, Alphabet’s Google and Facebook to face questions from her committee on how the companies may be interfering with small businesses. The hearing was originally reported last month by the Washington Post. The companies have already face investigations from the House Antitrust Subcommittee, the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department. Ticker Security Last Change Change % AMZN AMAZON.COM INC. 1,754.60 +1.49 +0.09% GOOGL ALPHABET INC. 1,309.15 +12.97 +1.00% FB FACEBOOK…

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Why is American internet access so much more expensive than the rest of the world? Technology 

Why is American internet access so much more expensive than the rest of the world?

When NYU economist Thomas Philippon moved to the United States from France in the 1990s, he noticed everything from laptops to internet access was cheaper in America. But over time, as the access industry consolidated, prices slowly rose and now Americans pay more for data than almost every other country worldwide. In his new book, The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets, Philippon sets out to examine why that happened, and why there’s so little competition in American markets. I don’t often directly recommend books on the…

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Facebook is secretly using your iPhone’s camera as you scroll your feed Technology 

Facebook is secretly using your iPhone’s camera as you scroll your feed

iPhone owners, beware. It appears Facebook might be actively using your camera without your knowledge while you’re scrolling your feed. The issue has come to light after a user going by the name Joshua Maddux took to Twitter to report the unusual behavior, which occurs in the Facebook app for iOS. In footage he shared, you can see his camera actively working in the background as he scrolls through his feed. The problem becomes evident due to a bug that shows the camera feed in a tiny sliver on the…

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13 Mind-Blowing Things Artificial Intelligence Can Already Do Today News 

13 Mind-Blowing Things Artificial Intelligence Can Already Do Today

By now, most of us are aware of artificial intelligence (AI) being an increasingly present part of our everyday lives. But, many of us would be quite surprised to learn of some of the skills AI already knows how to do. Here are 13 mind-blowing skills artificial intelligence can already do today. 1.Read Is one of your wishes to save time by only having to pay attention to the salient points of communication? Your wish has come true with artificial intelligence-powered SummarizeBot. Whether it’s news articles, weblinks, books, emails, legal…

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Trump Says U.S. Will Change Vaping Age to ’21 or So’ News 

Trump Says U.S. Will Change Vaping Age to ’21 or So’

As the United States grapples with the ongoing crisis of rising use of vape products among teens and youth, President Donald Trump said that new restrictions will bump the age limit for e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. Or so! “We’re going to be coming out with a very important position on vaping. We have to take care of our kids most importantly. So we’re going to have an age limit of 21,” Trump said Friday while speaking to reporters before adding, “or so.” Trump went on to claim that the…

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Can You Pay a Credit Card Bill With Another Credit Card? News 

Can You Pay a Credit Card Bill With Another Credit Card?

Falling deeply in debt on a credit card with a high interest rate might tempt you to whip out a second card to pay off the bill. But can you really do that? “The short answer is ‘no,’” says Paul Golden, director of media relations for the National Endowment for Financial Education in Denver. Golden says credit card companies typically will not allow you to use one credit card to directly pay the debt on another card. That reluctance is largely due to fees associated with processing. “It’s very expensive…

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Amazon Prime Memberships Are $40 Off Right Now for Active Military & Veterans News 

Amazon Prime Memberships Are $40 Off Right Now for Active Military & Veterans

At this point, my Amazon Prime dependency is incurable. Do actual stores still exist? Someone lemme know, because I get everything — holiday presents, furniture, groceries, deodorant — delivered straight to my door in 48 hours or less. Now, in honor of Veterans Day on November 11, the e-commerce giant is giving the gift that keeps on giving: seriously cheap membership prices for active and former military. Amazon said it’s slashing the annual fee from $119 to $79. That’s a whopping 30% off for US veterans, active-duty, Reserve, and National…

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Starbucks’ red cups are back for the holidays. Here’s how to get a free reusable one News 

Starbucks’ red cups are back for the holidays. Here’s how to get a free reusable one

It’s officially time to hang lights, decorate the tree and enjoy an eggnog latte: Starbucks red cups and holiday drinks are coming back. On Thursday, the national coffee chain will switch gears from all things pumpkin spice to focus on peppermint mochas, eggnog lattes and the decorative red cups they come inside. Four different designs will be available this year, featuring red, white and green patterns that look like holiday wrapping paper. The official names of the four cups are Polka Dots, Merry Dance, Merry Stripes and Candy Cane Stripes….

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Nearly 90% of the world’s internet users are being monitored News 

Nearly 90% of the world’s internet users are being monitored

A new report claims, surprise, social media isn’t really that free. Instead, it’s full of bad faith actors manipulating elections and government officials surveilling users. The report, 2019 Freedom on the Net, comes from “independent watchdog organization” Freedom House. And after reading the whole thing (PDF), that still feels like it’s underplaying the growing tire fire that is social media. While the ongoing efforts to interfere with elections are a huge concern, the breadth of surveillance is just as disturbing. According to the report, 40 of 65 countries it studied…

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Netflix is getting a button to skip Trump jokes Technology 

Netflix is getting a button to skip Trump jokes

Comedian Seth Meyers is partnering with Netflix to introduce a button where you can select whether to skip his jokes about US President Donald Trump, as reported earlier Monday by CNN. For his special — Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby, which is coming to Netflix on Nov. 5. — you’ll be able to skip over all political jokes in much the same way you can skip intros, Netflix confirmed. The comedian hosts Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC, as well as previously hosting SNL. He told CNN that because he…

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