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These are the highest-paid authors

According to Forbes, the top 10 highest-paid authors of 2018 are: 1. James Patterson ($86 million) 2. J.K. Rowling ($54 million) 3. Stephen King ($27 million) 4. John Grishmam ($21 million) 5. Jeff Kinney ($18.5 million) 5. Dan Brown ($18.5 ...

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Google+ to shutdown sooner

TECH TALK After inadvertently giving app developers access to information of about 52.5 million Google+ users, Google recently announce it will shutdown its social network four months sooner than it had originally planned. In October, Google said it was closing ...

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Business news roundup

Johnson & Johnson’s internal documents show it kept information about asbestos in baby powder from regulators and the public. REUTERS > There’s a seven-story vending machine that dispenses cars in Indianapolis. No kidding.  INDIANAPOLIS STAR > A year after the ...

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Tips for avoiding charity scams

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As calls for donations increase, keep these tips in mind to avoid losing your well-intentioned money to a scam. Recognize common scam periods. While scams and other ploys can arise at any time, they often increase while emotions are running ...

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The biggest holiday financial myths

A recent Coinstar survey, conducted among 2,000 adults by Atomik Research, uncovered some of these hidden attitudes toward the holidays. Myth No. 1: Regifting is in poor taste If you think regifting is a tacky solution to lightening the financial ...

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These are the world’s best employers

According to Forbes, the world’s best employers for 2018 are: 1. Alphabet (IT software and services) 2. Microsoft (IT software and services) 3. Apple (Technology hardware and equipment) 4. Walt Disney (Media) 5. Amazon (Retailing) 6. CNOOC (Oil and gas ...

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Instagram crackdown on fake accounts

Social media platform Instagram recently announced it will be cracking down on third-party apps that provide fake likes, comments and followers. Instagram officials said the “machine learning” technology will help identify accounts that use third-party services and remove inauthentic activity. ...

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Business news roundup

Here are the six cars that General Motors will stop making by the end of 2019. CNN BUSINESS > It’s the latest sign that the era of the industrial conglomerate is over. United Technologies is spinning off its elevator and ...

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Make the most of your health savings account

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With these tips and insights, you can reap the most benefit from your health savings account. Familiarize yourself: Make sure you know how to check your balance and use the money toward your next prescription refill or doctor visit. If ...

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A number to know: Amazon jobs

25,000 Amazon recently announced New York City and Arlington, Virginia, will become the new homes of the online retail giant’s second headquarters and will bring 25,000 jobs to each city. READ MORE AT THE NEW YORK TIMES >

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Younger viewers bailing on traditional TV

According to recent Nielsen data, the number of younger viewers (ages 18 to 34) using traditional TV continues to drop. According to the data, the number of younger viewers dropped from 19.8 percent in 2017 to 16.8 percent in 2018. ...

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Companies with marketing experience on their board grow faster, researchers say

A study by the National Association of Corporate Directors found that only 4 percent of board members believed marketing experience was valuable at the board level. Does that make sense when companies want to grow? Do companies grow better with ...

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These are the top 10 wealthiest Americans

THE LIST According to Forbes, the top-10 wealthiest Americans for 2018 are: 6. Larry Page, Google ($53.8 billion) 7. Charles Koch, Koch Industries ($53.5 billion) 7. David Koch, Koch Industries ($53.5 billion) 9. Sergey Brin, Google ($52.4 billion) 10. Michael ...

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