Progressives want Joe Biden’s inauguration team to be more transparent

Summary List Placement When Joe Biden becomes president Wednesday, it’ll be the high point of numerous inaugural festivities, most of them virtual or made-for-TV because of the pandemic.  But as Biden raises tens of millions of dollars toward this celebration, including from corporate giants with big business before the federal government, his inaugural committee has so far refused to reveal how it’s spending its cash — despite touting a robust political money reform agenda heavy on enhanced transparency. It’s a decision that’s irking several prominent progressive organizations. And they hope Biden will change his mind. In the meantime, Biden’s decision means he’s keeping from public view information about who’s making… Read More

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Trump’s barbarism isn’t just on display at the Capitol, he’s also on a death penalty killing spree.

Summary List Placement America has projected an image to the world over the past couple of weeks as somewhere between a banana republic and a crumbling empire. We’ve got a president poisoning millions of people with lies because he can’t accept he was decisively defeated in a free and fair election. A president who incited a violent insurrection on the Capitol, one of the world’s beacons of democracy. A president who cheered on the barbarism even as his aides begged him to intervene.   But there’s another, less publicized display of Trump’s barbarism happening under our noses. It’s another shameful image of America in 2021, laid bare for all the world… Read More

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WhatsApp says you shouldn’t worry about it sharing personal data with Facebook. Experts say you should switch to ‘highly trusted’ Signal.

Summary List Placement After a change to its terms of service sparked privacy concerns among users, WhatsApp on Monday clarified that its new policy doesn’t affect the privacy of people’s messages with friends or family. The messenger app, which sells itself as a privacy focused service, will next month force its users to agree to let Facebook and its subsidiaries collect their personal data on WhatsApp, including phone numbers and locations.  If users don’t accept the new terms and conditions by February 8, they will be kicked off the app. WhatsApp said in a statement Monday that it wanted to address “rumours going around,” saying the policy update, which takes… Read More

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Some banks are already taking PPP applications. Here’s how to know which lender to use.

Summary List Placement Small businesses weathering the pandemic are on the brink of receiving federal relief.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) is in the process of opening applications for the latest round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans designed to help entrepreneurs endure the crisis. However, the process will look different this year as the federal government tries to right the wrongs of 2020’s program.  The first rounds of PPP loans received strong criticism for not prioritizing microbusinesses, entrepreneurs from underserved communities, or founders of color. The renewed program offers tiered application dates so smaller businesses can apply before larger ones. What’s more, the process is divided by lenders to… Read More

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How one hacker’s push to secure the internet became a crucial part of Mac, Linux, and Windows operating systems

Summary List Placement Jason A. Donenfeld is relentlessly curious about everything, from ancient cities to cutting edge cryptography. When he’s not developing WireGuard, known as the most secure VPN protocol in the world, the security researcher enjoys exploring the vast network of centuries-old limestone tunnels beneath Paris. Donenfeld, who is 32, originally came to Paris in 2010, after landing a summer gig writing shape packing algorithms, and then moved to the city fully in 2012, working as a vulnerability researcher. His work finding vulnerabilities for companies led him to doubt the security of popular VPN protocols. He thought the dizzying complexity, bloated implementations, and often outdated cryptography made for a… Read More

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My husband and I use a 2-part strategy to handle raises and bonuses, and it’s making all the difference in our retirement savings

Summary List Placement My husband and I learned a lot about what to do with raises and bonuses from reading personal-finance articles. So when our incomes started to rise, we had some strategies in mind. The first important step we took was setting my husband’s 401(k) contribution as a percentage of his income rather than a fixed amount. That way, when his income rose, so too would his retirement contributions. As our incomes have gone up, we’ve kept our monthly spending about the same, so we’re able to put more money into our savings accounts. Sign up to get Personal Finance Insider’s newsletter in your inbox » Figuring out how… Read More

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