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OFF THE CHARTS-EARNINGS PREVIEW _ Earnings reporting season is about to get underway, and Wall Street is expecting another quarter of big growth. But investors will likely pay little attention to a fifth straight quarter of double-digit gains. Instead, they want to hear what CEOs have to say about 2019 prospects. By Stan Choe. Thursday, SENT: 500 words, photo.
GADGET SHOW-ROBOTS EVERYWHERE _ Robots are becoming increasingly useful in industrial and warehouse settings but have had a harder time finding roles in everyday life, with notable exceptions like robotic vacuum cleaners and consumer drones. But you wouldn’t know it from the array of walking, talking and ping-pong-playing robots at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. By Matt O’Brien and Joseph Pisani. SENT: Thursday, 780 words, photos.
GADGET SHOW-VIRTUAL REALITY-FAILURE TO LAUNCH — Once again, virtual reality (and augmented reality) have been touted as the next big thing and once again, they have failed to take off despite high-profile hardware debuts and splashy ad campaigns. Clunky headsets and a lack of compelling VR software has held the industry back. By Mae Anderson. SENT: Wednesday, 780 words, photos.
SHARING FAKERY — A new study finds that people over 65 and ultra conservatives shared about seven times more fake information on Facebook than younger adults, moderates and super liberals during the 2016 election season. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: Wednesday, 800 words, photo.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK-TAX PREPERATION — Millions of small business owners will be in uncharted waters this tax season as they try to determine if they qualify for a deduction that could exempt one-fifth of their income from taxes. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: Wednesday, 900 words, photos.
With: SMALLBIZ-TAX PREPERATION-TIPS — Some tips for business owners to make this tax-filing season easier. SENT: Wednesday, 400 words.
ON THE MONEY-RIDE-HAILING SUBSCRIPTIONS — Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft have launched subscription plans promising savings for trips to the gym, to work or around town. But customers should figure out if the numbers add up before committing to one ride provider. By Cathy Bussewitz. SENT: Wednesday, 900 words, photos.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-AVIATION-Q&A — The partial government shutdown is starting to affect air travel. Over the weekend, some airports had long lines at checkpoints, apparently caused by a rising number of security officers calling in sick while they are not getting paid. Some questions and answers about the shutdown’s impact on airports and travel. By David Koenig. SENT: Tuesday, 1,000 words, photos.
GADGET SHOW-NEW EXHIBITORS — The companies founded by blacksmith John Deere and candle-and-soap-making duo Procter & Gamble may not be the hip purveyors of new technology they were in 1837. But they’re first time exhibitors at this year’s CES gadget show, along with other unlikely newcomers such as missile-maker Raytheon. What are these companies, and other big brands, looking for in the world’s biggest consumer technology event? By Matt O’Brien and Joseph Pisani. SENT: Tuesday, 700 words, photos.
MILLENNIAL MONEY-HOW TO BUY HAPPINESS — Spend discretionary money in specific ways to increase your happiness. Hint: It often involves other people. By NerdWallet Columnist Gregory Karp. SENT: Tuesday, 840 words, photos.
FINANCIAL MARKETS-VOLATILITY TRIGGERS — Welcome to the brave new world of investing, where every day in the stock market can feel like bedlam. Investors have been careening from fear to relief and back again as they react to morsels of news about the health of the economy and corporate profits, the global trade war and when the Federal Reserve will next raise interest rates. By Stan Choe. SENT: Monday, 1,000 words, photo.
GADGET SHOW-SMART HOME-NO ESCAPE — Want a camera that just takes pictures, a TV that just plays what you want to watch or a microwave that just cooks food? They’re in increasingly short supply as internet-connected “smarts” creep into gadgets everywhere. New features such as voice control and artificial-intelligence-aided autofocus may not seem ominous now, but these gadgets are also likely tracking you and using details of your daily life to help advertisers target you. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: Monday, 1,200 words, photos.
NERDWALLET-LIZ WESTON-MONEY-TASKS-NOW — Take care of these money tasks early in the new year and save yourself time, money and headaches later. Do a little advance work on your taxes; take care of health maintenance early; and adjust your “savings buckets.” By NerdWallet columnist Liz Weston. SENT: Monday, 800 words, photo.