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2017

March

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  • Push for Internet privacy rules moves to statehouses. As on climate change, immigration and a host of other issues, some state legislatures may prove to be a counterweight to Washington by enacting new regulations to increase consumers’ privacy rights.  Illinois legislators are considering…
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  • Congress is about to give away your online privacy. Congress is poised to roll back FCC privacy protections in a way that could seriously compromise our online lives. The protections require internet service providers to secure consumer data and obtain consumers’ consent before mining…
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  • Congress vote may overturn Internet privacy rules. The rules, which would have required Internet service providers to ask customers' permission to collect, use and sell personal information, were passed Oct. 27, 2016 by the FCC, then chaired by Democrat Tom Wheeler. But Republicans…
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  • Your credit score might suddenly rise this summer. Here's why. The nation’s three major credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — use information from public records about tax liens, civil judgments and bankruptcies when computing people’s credit scores. But sometimes there are mix-ups,…
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  • Por qué no podemos quitar los ojos de nuestras pantallas. En su nuevo libro, Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, el psicólogo social Adam Alter advierte que muchos de nosotros —niños, adolescentes y adultos— somos adictos a los…
  • No todo es Netflix: conoce a la competencia. Hay una razón por la que suele usarse la frase “ven a casa y veamos Netflix” en vez de “veamos Amazon Video, Mubi o Vudu”. Netflix no se convirtió en la opción predeterminada de entretenimiento…
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  • Automation puts jobs in peril. With automation poised to sweep through the economy, some fear that it will kill more jobs than it creates.  But Maxi Cifarelli’s experience is the opposite. She befriended automation, instead of fighting it, and she…
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  • Leashes come off Wall Street. Dozens of federal rules protecting consumers, the environment and more could be eliminated in the coming weeks. The move represents one of the most significant shifts in regulatory policy in recent decades. It is the…

February

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  • Little credit history? Lenders are taking a new look at you. About 45 million Americans lack traditional credit files, and the federal government is looking into whether alternative credit scoring models could bring more of these consumers into the financial mainstream. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau…
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  • Google fights online trolls with new tool. The Internet can be an ugly place — one where the mere act of expressing an opinion can result in a barrage of name-calling, harassment and sometimes threats of violence. Now Google is zeroing in on…