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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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  • New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible
    New NATO chief: better ties with Russia possible

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's new secretary-general struck a more conciliatory tone Wednesday on Russia, saying there's a chance now for improved relations between Moscow and the West.

  • 'Canadian Psycho' trial takes photo tour of crime scene
    'Canadian Psycho' trial takes photo tour of crime scene

    Montreal (AFP) - The trial of Luka Magnotta took a grim photographic tour Tuesday of the Montreal apartment where he butchered a Chinese student, and got a peek inside body-parts packages he sent in the mail.

  • 10 most overvalued (and undervalued) housing markets
    10 most overvalued (and undervalued) housing markets

    American property prices are all over the map.

  • 7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free for a limited time ($37 value!)
    7 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free for a limited time ($37 value!)

    Another day, another batch of nifty paid iPhone and iPad apps that are now free downloads for a limited time. Tuesday brought a batch of six solid apps worth nearly $50 combined (some of them are still free), and now we have seven more paid apps worth $37 altogether that are all completely free right now — but only if you hurry! These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they are free at

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Aiming to be "Ultimate Batman Simulator"
    Batman: Arkham Knight Aiming to be "Ultimate Batman Simulator"

    Rocksteady says combination of bigger world, the Batmobile, and showing Batman at the height of his power will make the game one to remember.

  • Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas
    Ukrainians gear up for winter without Russian gas

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — For Alexei Polezhai, who sells water heaters and wood-burning stoves at his two shops in Kiev, sales this fall have been remarkably good considering the dramatic collapse in the rest of the Ukrainian economy this year.

  • Turkey's role in Islamic State fight may hinge on ancient tomb
    Turkey's role in Islamic State fight may hinge on ancient tomb

    By Dasha Afanasieva and Selin Bucak ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks of the Euphrates. ...

  • Hong Kong leader plays waiting game, protesters demand he resigns
    Hong Kong leader plays waiting game, protesters demand he resigns

    By John Ruwitch and Yimou Lee HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's leader is willing to let pro-democracy demonstrations blocking large areas of the city go on for weeks if necessary, a source close to him said, while defiant protesters vowed they would not budge. The city's streets were calm early on Thursday while police largely kept their distance from the tens of thousands of mostly young people keeping up protests, now nearly a week old, in the heart of the global financial hub. ...

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