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FACEBOOK-PROTECTING YOUR DATA — Facebook is under fire again, accused of sharing private messages and other user information with other companies. What can users do to protect their data without walking away from Facebook altogether? By Mae Anderson. SENT: Thursday, 700 words, photos.
FINLAND-REINDEER TECH — Reindeer herders in northern Finland’s remote snow-covered forests are turning to tech to keep track of their flocks, fitting Rudolph and Co. with special collars and using a mobile apps to track their movements. The up-to-date location data is a valuable time and money saver for herders, who previously spent weeks searching for the animals in the sub-zero wilderness. By James Brooks. SENT: Thursday, 630 words, photos.
IRAN-CARPETS — As the Trump administration works to unravel Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with word powers, the producers of the country’s famed Persian carpets fear they will lose vital markets. By Amir Vahdat and Mohammad Nasiri. SENT: Thursday, 780 words, photos.
NERDWALLET-MILLENNIAL MEDICAL DEBT — Adults in their late 20s and 30s face medical collections at a higher frequency than older Americans, a study finds, possibly due to lower incomes, lower insurance rates and insurance with high shared costs. Their median amount in medical collections was also higher, peaking at age 27 at $684. Figuring out how to pay medical debt can be challenging at any age — but there are ways to tackle it. By NerdWallet columnist Sean Pyles. SENT: Thursday, 840 words, photos.
MEXICO-DOMESTIC WORKERS — Mexican society is re-examining the role of domestic workers and the working conditions for its mostly female labor force. Labor laws are set to improve for the workers under new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office Dec. 1. And the recent Netflix movie “Roma”, portraying Mexican family life both good and bad, has broken the awkward silence around the relationships. By Amy Guthrie. SENT: Thursday, 1,400 words, photos.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-HIRING STRATEGIES — As business owners struggle to fill job openings, they’re changing their company culture to attract talented candidates. So owners are offering job candidates perks or benefits including flexible hours, training and professional development, bonuses and the chance to work at a location they choose. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 900 words, photos.
ELON MUSK-TUNNEL — Elon Musk unveils his underground transportation tunnel, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur’s answer to what he calls “soul-destroying traffic.” By Amanda Lee Myers. SENT: Wednesday, 1,130 words, photos, video.
ON THE MONEY-MEDICAL BILLS — Relief from medical debt doesn’t top the typical holiday wish list. But help with unexpected medical bills could be a welcome gift for millions of Americans. Here are some tips for helping a loved one with their medical expenses — and potentially lowering your own tax bill along the way. By Matthew Perrone. SENT: Wednesday, 630 words, photos.
NERDWALLET-SALT CAP — A new rule caps the state and local taxes you can deduct on your federal tax return. That could make more of your income taxable this year, but finding out if the cap affects you, pouncing on other tax breaks, bunching your charitable contributions and planning for a new tax world could help. By Tina Orem, NerdWallet. SENT: Wednesday, 680 words, photo.
ECONOMY-FALLING STOCK MARKET — Employers are hiring, consumers are spending and the economy is growing briskly. And yet the stock market has been free-falling, shrinking the wealth of households and companies and spooking investors. Does this mean a recession is imminent? Not in the view of most economists. But a bear market in stocks, if prolonged enough, would make a recession likely sooner rather than later. By Josh Boak. SENT: Tuesday, 1,200 words, photo.
And: ELECTION 2020-TRUMP-ECONOMY — Forget Robert Mueller. The greatest threat to President Donald Trump’s re-election bid may not be the slew of investigations closing in on his Oval Office but a possible economic slowdown. And the president knows it. By Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: Tuesday, 950 words, photo.
SOCIAL MEDIA-COMBATTING MISINFORMATION — Tech companies have been spending millions of dollars trying to combat online misinformation and foreign efforts to influence U.S. elections, yet a report released by the Senate this week shows that the meddling continues. While the companies have made progress, adversaries are finding new ways around restrictions and distinguishing misinformation and propaganda from legitimate news can be tough. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: Tuesday, 1,100 words, photos.
NERDWALLET-MILLENNIAL MONEY-HATE CREDIT CARDS — Millennials have fewer credit cards than other generations, but that doesn’t mean they dislike them. Two events explain why this generation could not access credit and how they used other products instead. SENT: Tuesday, 720 words, photo.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-SOCIAL MEDIA — Russia’s sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media was more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and “blur the lines between reality and fiction” to help elect Donald Trump in 2016, according to reports released by the Senate intelligence committee. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: Monday, 1,200 words, photo.
With: TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-SOCIAL MEDIA-KEY TAKEAWAYS — Some takeaways from two reports illustrating the breadth of Russian use of social media to influence U.S. elections. Among other things, both reports show that misinformation on Facebook’s youth-oriented Instagram may have had broader reach than the interference on Facebook itself, while neither ads nor automated “bots” were as effective as posts generated by human agents. By Matt O’Brien and Barbara Ortutay. SENT: Monday, 600 words, photos, graphics.
GIFT GUIDE-GADGETS THAT BREAK THROUGH — Sometimes, it feels as though tech companies are making products to fill a phantom need, one that’s not really there. But occasionally, a product does break though. The latest Apple Watch, for instance, has several features that will be useful to the elderly and less-active individuals. Amazon has a digital video recorder aimed at cable cord-cutters. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: Monday, 980 words, photos.
CHINA-FORCED LABOR — Behind locked gates in China, ethnic minority Muslims are sewing sportswear that can end up on U.S. college campuses and sports teams. By Dake Kang, Martha Mendoza and Yanan Wang. SENT: Monday, 3,000 words, photos. An abridged version has also moved.
NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-MONEY MYTHS — The famous “marshmallow test” doesn’t predict what we thought, and buying experiences isn’t always superior to buying stuff. When looking at our own money decisions, the safe bet is to rely on common sense. SENT: Monday, 820 words, photo.