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leather wallets, loose change pose danger for new apple card

Apple tried to make the new Apple-branded credit card attractive, copying the heft and sleekness of higher-end cards like the Chase Sapphire. But cardholders are discovering that with such a design, they’ll have to give it special care. Leather wallets and loose change pose danger for new Apple Card, for instance. In fact, Apple says its Apple Card shouldn’t come into contact with other credit cards for fear of scratching the titanium card’s white finish. Apple issued special instructions this week: Keep away from “hard surfaces or materials.” Your leather wallet or jeans pocket “might cause permanent discoloration.” Don’t let it touch another credit card or “potentially abrasive objects” like coins or keys. There’s also a two-step cleaning process involving microfiber cloths and isopropyl alcohol and a list of inappropriate cleaners. The Apple Card…

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film on factory is first netflix project endorsed by obamas

A documentary about an Ohio auto glass factory that is run by a Chinese investor debuted Wednesday on Netflix as the streaming service’s first project backed by Michelle and Barack Obama’s new production company. Filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert said they learned of the Obamas’ interest after “American Factory” was shown at the Sundance film festival and they were pitching the film to Netflix. They were told the Obamas had screened it days earlier. They’re ecstatic about the support, and in an interview Wednesday were quick to dissuade anyone from the idea that the film is delivering a message either for or against any politician. “They got what we were trying to do, which is to tell a story that sort of transcends the year-to-year politics,” Bognar said. Bognar and Julia Reichert,…

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weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses

The major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace Weedmaps announced Wednesday that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California’s efforts to rein in its vast illegal market. State regulators and licensed businesses had been pressuring the company to ban unlicensed businesses. Allowing untaxed, unregulated product on the site alongside the taxed marijuana of licensed and regulated stores undercut the legal market, they said. “That is a huge win,” said Ryan Kunkel, whose Have A Heart dispensary chain operates in Washington, Oregon and California. “Our biggest competitor in every jurisdiction in California is black-market Weedmaps. It’s not the tax rates, it’s not the regulations — it’s Weedmaps’ efforts to prop up unlicensed operators.” Jerred Kiloh, a licensed dispensary owner in Los…

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why streaming services are the new credit card rewards binge

When it comes to credit card rewards, it’s not all about gas, groceries and restaurants anymore. Issuers are moving beyond suburban staples to include millennial-friendly categories such as transit and streaming subscriptions. The trend toward streaming rewards, in particular, is hard to miss, with cards from American Express, Chase and Wells Fargo now featuring streaming as a bonus category. But what’s behind this explosion? For starters, streaming is wildly popular. As of 2017, more than half of U.S. households subscribed to paid video-streaming services, according to Deloitte’s digital media trends survey . But experts say it’s also about issuers forging early connections with younger consumers and ensuring that they remain customers. “The strategy is simple: If a consumer opens a credit card when young, the (issuer) can build a long-term relationship with the…

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how tech titans listen in on voice recordings

VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS COMPLICATE THE PRIVACY ISSUE When you speak to a virtual assistant on your mobile device, wearable, computer or smart speaker, it’s easy to assume that it’s a truly private conversation between just you and the assistant. However, numerous revelations in recent weeks and months will, for many people, have cast significant doubt on that theory. Many big-name tech companies have been listening in, albeit reportedly only in a select few, carefully justified instances. Do we have reason to be worried? TECH GIANTS CAUGHT WITH THEIR HANDS IN THE COOKIE JAR For years, user privacy has been a major issue in the tech sphere. This has undoubtedly been exacerbated by the Cambridge Analytica scandal that engulfed Facebook last year and saw the social media company come under fire for its handling of…

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google employees call for pledge not to work with ice

Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It’s the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant’s workforce. A group of employees called Googlers for Human Rights posted a public petition urging the company not to bid on a cloud computing contract for CBP, the federal agency that oversees law enforcement for the country’s borders. Bids for the contract were due Aug. 1. It is not clear if Google expressed interest. The company did not return a request for comment. More than 900 Google employees had signed the petition. Citing a “system of abuse” and “malign neglect” by the agencies, the petition demands that Google not provide any…

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