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- Headlines | Fix bad WiFi without spending a dime. Our five-step guide will help you speed up your Internet connection and eliminate wireless ‘dead zones’ while you’re stuck at home.
- Headlines | Biden has the power to make the CFPB more aggressive thanks to Trump. Analysts expect the CFPB under Biden to follow a similar model to what the agency pursued under Obama and Cordray in terms of calling out predatory practices and assessing hefty penalties. Here are some issues…
- Headlines | Four online safety myths that parents should know. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, children are spending more time online than ever before, chatting on gaming platforms, posting selfies on Instagram and making TikTok videos for friends (and the rest of the world) to see. But…
- Headlines | How private Is my pay app?. Virtual peer-to-peer payments are the currency of the pandemic. Pay apps say they need access to certain personal information, including names, Social Security, and bank account numbers. They also collect information about activity in the…
- Headlines | Biden faces economic mess and plans emergency cleanup. The Democratic president-elect pledged to begin repair work immediately. On a newly launched website — buildbackbetter.com — he said he will move to provide emergency aid to state and local governments, extend unemployment benefits, bail…
- Headlines | FCC forces T-Mobile to pay $200 million fine for Sprint’s fraud. T-Mobile has agreed to pay a $200 million fine to resolve an investigation into subsidiary Sprint, which was caught taking millions of dollars in government subsidies for "serving" 885,000 low-income Americans who weren't using Sprint…
- Headlines | How to make sense of your (dozens of) credit scores. Businesses pay Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion to provide them with your credit scores—based on your credit history—to decide whether you're a good credit risk. But a bank uses different criteria than a landlord or utility…
- Headlines | Recession’s silver lining: Households are doing better than expected. Despite the pandemic’s economic devastation, which has tipped millions of people into unemployment, many American households are in relatively good shape. Since April, consumer savings have increased, credit scores have surged to a record high…
- Headlines | To limit tech, some say a new regulator is needed. Even as the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Google for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in search and search advertising, a growing number of legal experts and economists have started questioning whether traditional antitrust…
- Headlines | The police can probably break into your phone. At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states now have tools to get into locked, encrypted phones and extract their data, according to years of public records collected in a report by Upturn,…
- Headlines | Google antitrust case centers on consumer choice. The suit likely won’t result in a big breakup of Google, but it could change how you search the Web on your phone.
- Headlines | ‘Fast fraud’ surges on payment apps. People are getting defrauded as they turn to Square’s Cash App and PayPal’s Venmo to do more online banking in the pandemic.
- Headlines | Teachers can look inside students’ homes now. Remote learning has brought school home for students during the pandemic, turning a living room or bedroom into a makeshift classroom. But many families worry this means giving up home privacy for their children’s access…
- Headlines | Congress accuses four tech giants of monopoly tactics. Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google engaged in anti-competitive, monopoly-style tactics to evolve into four of the world’s most powerful corporate behemoths, according to congressional investigators who called in a wide-ranging report released Tuesday for sweeping…
- Headlines | Ransomware attacks take on new urgency. Attacks against small towns, big cities and the contractors who run their voting systems have federal officials fearing that hackers will try to sow chaos around the election.
- Headlines | Cleaners demand safeguards from booking service Handy. Workers for a home services company say they face sexual harassment and unfair fees. A civil rights group is asking California regulators to step in.
- Headlines | Telehealth expansion eyed beyond pandemic. During the coronavirus pandemic the use of telehealth visits has taken off after Medicare temporarily relaxed restrictions that predated the smartphone era. But permanently expanding telehealth access will involve striking a balance between costs and…
- Headlines | CFPB penalties decline as enforcement actions go small. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s enforcement actions, under Director Kathy Kraninger, have slowed down compared to former Director Richard Cordray’s tenure. Monetary penalties and consumer redress amounts have also declined under Kraninger, in part because…
- Headlines | Privacy concerns about cellphone apps designed to track Covid-19. A global wave of experimentation in using smartphones to combat the spread of covid-19 has stumbled over privacy concerns, security glitches and slow program rollouts, leaving dozens of initiatives, including in the United States, with…
- Headlines | Start-up culture collides with mental health concerns. The therapy-by-text company made burner phones available for fake reviews and doesn’t adequately respect client privacy, former employees say.
- Headlines | Why robocalls are still a thing—and why there’s hope they’ll end. Efforts to end the scourge of unwanted robocalls have been ongoing for years, but they have ramped up in recent months. The FCC last year approved a rule that allows US carriers to provide robocall-blocking…
- Headlines | Going cashless during COVID makes life even more difficult for the unbanked. The coronavirus pandemic has caused people to shift away from cash transactions for fear of coming in contact with coronavirus on the surface of dollar bills and coins they receive in change. Out of an…
- Headlines | The Coronavirus will ruin your credit score. Banking interests have sought to block a measure that would temporarily ban negative items from appearing on credit reports for the duration of the pandemic. “Consumers that lose their jobs or are economically devastated from…
- Headlines | Facebook, Google absorb U.S. lawmakers’ jabs in rare Big Tech hearing. Google and Facebook took the sharpest jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday in a much-anticipated congressional hearing with four of America’s most prominent tech CEOs in the…
- Headlines | Misinformation on the virus is proving highly contagious. As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight for the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures.
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