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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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  • Early Glance: Gold companies

    Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 10 a.m.: Barrick Gold Corp. fell $.05 or .4 percent, to $13.40. Gold Fields Ltd ADS rose $.04 or 1.1 percent, to $3.65. GoldCorp. fell $.05 or .2 percent, ...

  • Washington school shooter Jaylen Fryberg's personal struggles revealed on social media
    Washington school shooter Jaylen Fryberg's personal struggles revealed on social media

    Social media posts penned by the shooter in Friday’s rampage at a Washington State high school portray a head-over-heels teenager who grew more and more tormented when the relationship fell apart.

  • Ford profit falls in third quarter on truck costs
    Ford profit falls in third quarter on truck costs

    Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 will be a lot lighter and more efficient when it goes on sale later this year. But for now it's a serious drag on profits. Net income dropped 34 percent to $835 million ...

  • Ukraine's key election fails to spark enthusiasm
    Ukraine's key election fails to spark enthusiasm

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Gazing across the Maidan square, Evelina Martirosyan recalls how euphoric she was as she joined protests that changed Ukraine's history. Since the revolution this year that toppled a despised president, her dreams of a better future have been blunted by war and near economic collapse.

  • NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror
    NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror

    NEW YORK (AP) — A brazen daylight hatchet attack against a group of police officers on a busy New York street was a terrorist act by a reclusive Muslim convert who ranted online against America but had no clear ties to international extremists, the police commissioner said Friday.

  • Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents. The Free Syrian Army is a term used to describe dozens of armed groups fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad but with little or no central command. They have been widely outgunned by Islamist insurgents such as Islamic State. ...

  • Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'
    Queen sends her first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'

    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — though she kept things traditional, signing off with "Elizabeth R."

  • The ‘soul’ of the Civil Rights Movement: How James Brown brought the power of music to politics
    The ‘soul’ of the Civil Rights Movement: How James Brown brought the power of music to politics

    New documentary uses never-before-seen footage to look at the lesser known stories of the “Godfather of Soul”

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