The end of net neutrality: What it all means

The fight for the future of the internet just came to a head. The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. The repeal passed along a party-line vote. Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, has framed the repeal as getting the government to “stop micromanaging the internet.” The move is supported by the telecom industry, which claims existing regulations threaten to hamper broadband investments and innovation. Technology companies and consumer advocacy groups […]

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OfferUp teams with local law enforcement to keep buyers and sellers safe

The internet is the new shopping mall for modern holiday shopping, but online exchanges done in person can go really wrong. A new program from a local tech startup is going nationwide — aimed at keeping you safe when you’re buying things from strangers. Last week was a perfect example of the kind of exchange the Bellevue tech company OfferUp wants you to avoid this holiday season: A seller lost hundreds of dollars in cash and the shoes he was trying […]

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Are you naughty or nice when it comes to holiday crime prevention?

Lynnwood, Wash.– While the holidays are a festive and happy time– there’s a darker side to the season. We hear David Rose on Washington’s Most Wanted telling us every week about ways criminals are looking to take advantage of us when we’re busy and distracted. And while you might know the obvious stuff– parking in well lit areas and putting your belongings in your trunk– there’s some stuff you might not know too. “This one has a bag in the […]

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Regal Cinemas to start serving Cheetos popcorn

Could there be a better combination than movie theater popcorn and Cheetos? Luckily for moviegoers everywhere, Regal Cinemas is pairing up with the popular snack to serve Cheetos popcorn. The snack is available in 32 oz. cups and will include both Cheetos-flavored popcorn and actual Cheetos. Humanity has peaked. pic.twitter.com/d4kKr0s2YY — Chris Branch (@cbranch89) November 16, 2017 “We’re excited to give moviegoers a chance to experience Cheetos in an unexpected and delicious new way through our first national theater partnership,” […]

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The most and least taxed states – how did your state fare?

In light of the new Republican tax bill, the current tax system has once again come under review. Always a divisive issue, there has been much debate over the optimal tax policy – one that promotes a healthy economy while limiting the deficit and providing citizens with necessary public services. To see how much control the government wields over the economy, economists often look at the ratio of taxes collected compared to gross domestic product (GDP). A high tax-to-GDP ratio […]

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T-Mobile to launch TV service next year

BELLEVUE, Wash. — T-Mobile says it’s launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video. The nation’s No. 3 wireless carrier said Wednesday that it bought cable-TV startup Layer3 TV to help it roll out its upcoming service. T-Mobile’s press release has few details, but promises to address consumer complaints such as “sky-high bills” and “exploding bundles.” T-Mobile didn’t disclose how much it paid for Layer3, which is available in five U.S. cities. 🎉 […]

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Target buys same-day delivery service with an eye on Amazon

Chris Isidore (CNN Money) — Target wants to offer same-day delivery service for online purchases. The traditional brick-and-mortar retailer announced a $550 million purchase of Shipt, which it said will bring same-day delivery to about half of its stores by early 2018. By next year’s holiday shopping season, Target expects to offer same-day delivery from a majority of its stores and in all major markets. Shipt uses a network of over 20,000 personal shoppers to fulfill orders from various retailers, […]

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Tax overhaul could mean major changes to your paycheck

If Republicans succeed in passing a tax overhaul by Christmas, the law could mean major changes for your take-home pay – not all of them welcome. But those changes probably won’t be reflected in your paycheck in time for the New Year. The American Payroll Association, whose members represent 17,000 employers, warned lawmakers Monday that they were creating a “herculean task” for companies and payroll service providers by leaving them such a short time to start implementing the new provisions, which […]

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American Express will no longer require a signature

Starting next April, you won’t need to sign anything to make a purchase with an American Express card. American Express announced the change Monday, saying it aims to create a more consistent and faster checkout experience. “The payments landscape has evolved to the point where we can now eliminate this pain point for our merchants,” said Jaromir Divilek, an executive vice president for Amex. “Our fraud capabilities have advanced so that signatures are no longer necessary to fight fraud.” American […]

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Stream NFL games on your smartphone next year — on any carrier

Next month, you’ll be able to watch NFL games on your smartphone, regardless of your carrier. Verizon signed a new multi-year agreement with the NFL to carry football games on mobile phones. Unlike its previous contracts, Verizon will allow other carriers’ customers to watch the action, too. Starting in January, anyone with a smartphone will be able to watch games airing in their local market. So if you live in Wisconsin, you can watch Packers games. You’ll also be able […]

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