Day: July 1, 2020

How to Get the Best Prices on Everything, Every Time You Shop

When it comes to snagging a discount, there’s a best time to buy nearly everything at a lower price, but sometimes you can’t wait for an end-of-season sale or holiday promotion. This doesn’t mean you are stuck paying full price, though. There are several shopping strategies you can use any time of the year to get a better price.

“Never take a price at face value,” says Trae Bodge, smart shopping expert at TrueTrae.com, a personal finance blog. “Whether I’m shopping in-store or online, I always hold out hope that a lower price is available, whether I can find a coupon or cash-back offer or there is a better price elsewhere. Thanks to technology, it takes under a minute to find out.”

Follow these nine steps to ensure you get the lowest available price on almost everything you’re buying.

— Scrutinize prices.

— Know where to find coupons.

— Consider

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U.S. senator to change anti-child porn bill over Google, Facebook encryption concerns: draft

By Nandita Bose

(Reuters) – U.S. legislation aimed at stopping online child sexual abuse material is likely to be amended to address concerns of platforms like Google and Facebook that the proposed law goes too far to weaken privacy protections for ordinary users, according to a draft of the bill seen by Reuters.

Tech companies, currently protected from lawsuits over content posted by users, feared the original bill would hurt their ability to offer protections like end-to-end encryption. That technology scrambles messages so they can be deciphered only by the sender and intended recipient, a feature critical to the online privacy of billions of people.

In a new draft authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, The Eliminating Abuse and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2019, or EARN IT Act, makes compliance with a set of controversial “best practices” voluntary instead of mandatory for companies such as

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Music’s winners (Lil Baby) and losers (John Lennon) for this Godforsaken 2020, so far

Lil Baby has the year's most-streamed album to date. <span class="copyright">(Paras Griffin/Getty Images)</span>
Lil Baby has the year’s most-streamed album to date. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Quick — who won at this year’s Grammy Awards?

If 2020 has broken your brain like it’s broken ours, you might have trouble remembering that the Grammys even happened this year.

But music’s premier awards show really did go down in late January, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was about to banish artists from stages — and make everything that happened before that feel like ancient history.

Billie Eilish was the night’s big success story: only the second artist in history to sweep the four major categories and the youngest ever, at age 18, to take the prizes for album and record of the year. (She’s 47 now.)

Recovering this lost knowledge the other day led us to wonder who else in music could be described as victors in this wretched year, when the only thing competing with

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California’s Big Privacy Law Gets Teeth

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  • Enforcement of the California Consumer Privacy Act began July 1, after a six-month grace period on enforcement.

  • The CCPA gives California residents more control over data held by private companies, and many companies have extended the same controls to all U.S. residents.

  • Consumer Reports research shows that people trying to use the mandated controls often run into confusing red tape, and some ultimately give up on the process.

At the beginning of this year, a new law gave consumers in California unprecedented rights to control how companies use and sell their data—and many firms extended those rights to all Americans. But until today, California’s attorney general could not bring the hammer down on companies that didn’t comply.

The landmark California Consumer Privacy Act provided companies with a six-month grace period before enforcement started, and thousands of companies have scrambled

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Facebook Cracked Down On Extremism. It Only Took A Major Boycott And Multiple Killings.

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had banned hundreds of accounts and dozens of groups dedicated to the far-right “boogaloo” movement, which has been linked to multiple extremist plots and killings in recent months. Facebook touted its action as “the latest step in our commitment to ban people who proclaim a violent mission from using our platform.” 

Other social media companies took similar actions against hate speech and extremism this week. Reddit announced that it banned about 2,000 of its online communities for violating its content policies, including the subreddit The_Donald, which had about 800,000 members who supported President Donald Trump.

YouTube de-platformed several far-right extremists from its service, and the streaming service Twitch temporarily suspended Trump’s account for “hateful conduct.”

But this isn’t a sea change in how these platforms address hateful content. Many experts instead see a slow, piecemeal approach by companies who have let extremism and political

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Online Marketplaces, Retailers Must Adapt To Higher Postal Rates

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Retailers, direct-to-consumer brands, marketplaces and marketplace sellers riding the lockdown-induced boom in cross-border e-commerce sales are going to get a massive wake-up call Wednesday as global postal rates into the U.S. start to soar as much as 150% or more.

The Universal Postal Union’s (UPU) decision to allow the U.S. to set its own inbound postage rates — and, in doing so, create a more even playing field for international postal rates which have been intrinsically locked in the past — is a turning point for a cross-border market forecast to rise to $627 billion by 2022, or 20% of e-commerce as a whole.   

For the Trump administration, the UPU’s stand-down is a triumph that ends a market distortion. China’s UPU status as a “developing” country meant it

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6 celebrities who went vegan, and how they get their nutrients on a plant-based diet

Lizzo ended the 2020 Grammys wearing a custom sheer Versace dress.
Lizzo ended the 2020 Grammys wearing a custom sheer Versace dress.

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  • More celebrities are going vegan and sharing their tips on maintaining a plant-based lifestyle. 

  • Notable figures like Lizzo, Jenna Dewan, and Russel Simmons all post accessible content about their vegan meals for their millions of followers to see. 

  • Here is a list of six vegan celebrities and what they eat. 

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Veganism is a dairy-free, meat-free diet and lifestyle fast growing in popularity in the US.

That includes a growing number of celebrities, including Mike Tyson, Billie Eilish, and Peter Dinklage, whether it’s for health reasons, sustainability, or animal rights.

It can be a tricky diet to follow. It’s one thing to cut out meat, milk, and eggs, but then there are animal-based products like chicken stock or certain oils and candy. Cakes and pastries are usually cooked with dairy,

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Four Ways Small Businesses Can Cuts Costs

While running a business is often a juggling act of different roles and tasks, the one constant is the job of managing the capital used to fund it all. Regardless of what larger social or economic issues might be at play at any given time, effectively managing your business’s expenses and investments is the best way to ensure that it can continue to grow and evolve in the future.

While there are a number of items that business owners monitor in order to more effectively allocate their capital, what follows are four areas that any business can target to cut unnecessary or wasteful spending.

Manage Resources Strategically

At its core, owning and operating a small business is about managing resources. From the talent on staff to the equipment and materials used in production, business owners are trained to make sure all of their resources are allocated optimally.

Of course, after

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Target, Sam’s Club and 26 Other Major Retailers Upgrading Their Curbside Pickup

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow, many Americans are searching for safer ways to get their essentials. In response, Target announced on June 25 that it would be expanding its curbside pickup options to include produce, dairy, bakery, meat and frozen products. The update will roll out throughout the year and will be available in more than 1,500 stores in time for the holidays, USA Today reported.

If you want to avoid heading into the store as much as possible, consider shopping at Target and these other major retailers that are now offering curbside pickup, which could be one of the many ways shopping changes.

Last updated: July 1, 2020

1. Ace Hardware

Curbside pickup is now available at select Ace Hardware locations. Some restrictions apply, so be sure that what you want to purchase is eligible for this pickup option.

2. Aldi

In late May, Aldi announced that

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Dogs And July 4 Fireworks Don’t Mix: Check Deerfield Shelters

DEERFIELD, IL — Charlie, Lucy and all the other family dogs making your lives richer are more likely to run away on July 4-5 than at any other time of the year as they flee in terror from the booming fireworks displays commemorating Independence Day.

This year, cities and groups across America, including in Deerfield, have canceled a slew of Fourth of July fireworks displays to discourage large crowds where the coronavirus can easily spread. Charlie and Lucy probably haven’t noticed.

In the past, dog owners have had more control over when or if their pets are exposed to loud fireworks. But now, several cities have reported spikes in the number of people shooting off illegal fireworks since the pandemic began.

In Hartford, Connecticut, for example, illegal fireworks have been popping off for months. The police chief there said dispatchers field about 200 noise complaints a day about bottle rockets,

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