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  • New moneymaking websites like Etsy, Poshmark, TaskRabbit, and Airbnb have created tremendous opportunities: These online marketplaces let you sell, rent, or do freelance work directly for others.  But how much money can you really make?

    The Sharing Economy

    It used to be that if you had stuff to sell – anything from homemade crafts to handyman services to renting out your boat – you’d list it in the classified ads. That’s changing – fast.  Just as online classifieds like Craigslist spelled doom for newspaper ads, newer sites and apps threaten Craigslist by providing what Craigslist doesn’t – a community where both buyers and sellers are rated by other users, and where service providers are often background-checked and insured.

    But what’s really changed is the efficient sharing of resources: Only use your car 30 minutes a day? Why not rent it out the rest of the time through a site like Getaround? And how often do you really use that Skil Saw? Name your rental price on SnapGoods.com. There

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  • You’re not imagining things; your Facebook feed has a lot more ads. To make a profit, the company needs you to click them, so the ads have become much more prominent and invasive. But is there anything you can do to tame Facebook ads? 

    Facebook’s Built-In Controls – Not Great

    We’ve trained ourselves not to see the ads on the right side of the Facebook page, but when they appear in your newsfeed, it’s much harder to ignore them.  The bad news: Facebook has no built-in tools to completely remove them from the newsfeed. If you find one ad repetitive or offensive, there is a drop-down menu on the upper righthand corner of the post that lets you indicate “I don’t want to see this,” but in future newsfeeds, you’ll just get an ad from another company. There are, however a few ways to rid yourself of the ads outside Facebook’s controls.

    Better Solutions

    Social Fixer is a browser add-on (software that attaches to your browser and works with it) that gives you a ton of features to manage Facebook.

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  • The more screen real estate you have, the more productive you are.  Accountants, video editors, and graphics professionals all know this, and they set up two computer monitors so they can see all their open windows.

    But if you already own a tablet, you don’t have to buy a new $150 LCD monitor to create a dual-monitor set up.

    An app on your tablet combined with software on your computer work together to create a connection over Wi-Fi – no cables necessary.  Your tablet becomes the second screen for the computer; your mouse cursor moves from one screen to the next, and you can drag & drop any files from the computer screen to the tablet screen (this is best demonstrated in the video above).

    For a Windows computer and an iPad, MaxiVista is a popular program.The app costs $10. You download it onto your iPad, and then get the free software for your computer from their website. I like MaxiVista because it is incredibly easy to install. Performance depends on the strength of your Wi-Fi

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  • Poles most worried about their independence in at least 23 years: poll

    Poles are more worried about their national independence than at any time since at least 1991, soon after the collapse of communism in the region, and 80 percent name Russia as the main threat, a survey shows. Most of those surveyed would like NATO to increase its military presence in Poland, according to the CBOS poll, quoted by local media. The survey showed 47 percent saw a risk to national independence - the highest level in the poll's history dating back to 1991 - as a result of the Ukraine crisis. In December last year, before tensions in Ukraine escalated, the survey showed one in seven Poles saw a risk to independence.

  • The Constitution outside the courts: Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security
    The Constitution outside the courts: Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security

    Lyle Denniston examines how a move by the acting head of Social Security that ended a tax return withholding practice has constitutional implications.

  • TEENAGE GIRL'S BOYISH FIGURE IS OFTEN DECEIVING TO OTHERS

    DEAR ABBY: I'm a 14-year-old girl with a problem. Because of my buzzed short hair, slim hips and flat chest, I frequently get mistaken for a boy. It really bothers me because, despite my haircut and body shape, I have a feminine face and I wear women's clothes and makeup. I'm not too much of a tomboy. Sometimes when someone addresses me with a male pronoun or in some other way mistakes me for a male, I'm too nervous to correct them. Is there a clever or witty way to correct the mistake? -- NOT A BOY IN BROOKLYN, N.Y. ...

  • Plane spotted in Iran is registered to Utah bank

    An airplane that mysteriously ended up in Iran is registered to a Utah bank under an arrangement for aviation ownership that has prompted two warnings from a government watchdog in the past year. The Bombardier ...

  • Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings
    Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

    By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths. Striking close to the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the 7.2 magnitude quake sent people scurrying out of homes and hotels, causing brief panic from the Pacific coast to states in central and eastern parts of Mexico. At least 127, mostly adobe homes were damaged in Guerrero. Some people in Mexico City fled homes in panic when the quake hit.

  • William and Kate hit the beach on Sydney visit
    William and Kate hit the beach on Sydney visit

    Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate got to grips with Australia's beach and bush lifestyles on Friday, watching a life-saving display and a sheep-shearing demonstration as part of their tour Down Under with baby son George. The young royals have received a warm welcome in Sydney, the first stop of their 10-day Australian tour, with thousands flocking to their official reception at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday. Thousands more craned for a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the Royal Easter Show on Friday, where the glamorous couple viewed agricultural exhibits. The pair are popular in Australia -- where William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II is head of state -- and have been lavished with bouquets and gifts from the crowds, including many for eight-month-old George, who also travelled with them to New Zealand.

  • US arrests about 80 immigrants at Texas camp
    US arrests about 80 immigrants at Texas camp

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — At least 80 immigrants suspected of entering the United States illegally have been arrested in a makeshift encampment in South Texas.

  • Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to poison
    Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to poison

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange, officials said.

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