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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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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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Stimulus check facts: Eligibility, amount, IRS schedule to send a second rescue payment News 

Stimulus check facts: Eligibility, amount, IRS schedule to send a second rescue payment

The results of next week’s Nov. 3 election will have a huge impact on every aspect of a second stimulus check, one way or another — from what could be in the final bill to how soon the IRS will be authorized to send another check. Eligibility rules could change, which might have an effect on the total sum of your payment, and negotiations, which are currently underway, could speed up and lean one way or another depending on the outcome for Senators, Representatives and the office of US president….

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FDA Approves First Treatment for COVID-19 News 

FDA Approves First Treatment for COVID-19

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Veklury should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care. Veklury is the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA approval. This approval does not include the entire population that had been authorized to use Veklury under…

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New Bill Strips Presidential Authority to Shut Down Internet News 

New Bill Strips Presidential Authority to Shut Down Internet

Two lawmakers, a Democrat and a Republican, have introduced a bill that would limit the President’s authority to shut down the internet. Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) announced the Preventing Unwarranted Communications Shutdown Act on Thursday. The move comes just over a week before an election that many fear could be chaotic and contested. Though it’s never happened in the United States, the President does have the power to shut down the internet according to 1934’s Communications Act. Section 706 of the act allows the…

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