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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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  • High School Football Player Gives Inspiring Postgame Interview
    High School Football Player Gives Inspiring Postgame Interview

    It's no secret that some professional football stars haven't exactly behaved like great role models recently, so it's refreshing to meet a young player who seems to be heading in the right direction. Apollos Hester is a wide receiver on the East View High School football team in Georgetown, Texas, where they take football pretty seriously. Hester's team was able to win Friday's game with an amazing comeback (the score was 42-41).

  • Ebola toll passes 2,800 but 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria: WHO
    Ebola toll passes 2,800 but 'contained' in Senegal, Nigeria: WHO

    An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been largely contained in Senegal and Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, but the disease is still spreading elsewhere and has now killed over 2,811 people in the region. Senegal and Nigeria, the most recent of five nations to record cases of Ebola, implemented strict measures to isolate the ill and track down further possible cases -- steps that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have failed to impose, allowing the disease to take hold in cities and rural communities. ...

  • Boehner says unemployed ‘don’t really want’ jobs. How bad a gaffe for GOP?

    The Republican Party’s top leader in Congress is catching flak for a comment that appears to call the jobless lazy – a comment that has rekindled an old challenge for the party: appearing insensitive or uncaring toward Americans who are poor or in financial difficulty.

  • Golf-Gleneagles in fine fettle and ready to host Ryder Cup

    By Sam Holden LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The greatest tournament in matchplay golf graces Scotland, the home of the game, for only the second time when Gleneagles marks its 90th anniversary by hosting the Ryder Cup from Sept. 26-28. Gleneagles was named the best golf resort in the world for the third year running at the 2014 ULTRA awards and follows Muirfield in 1973 as the only Scottish venues since the biennial tournament between the United States and Europe - originally Britain and Ireland - began in 1927. ...

  • U.S. SEC to pay $30 million-plus in largest whistleblower award

    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An anonymous tipster living abroad will be receiving more than $30 million, in the largest whistleblower award ever doled out by U.S. securities regulators as part of a program that aims to incentivize insiders to report wrongdoing. The Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday that the whistleblower provided crucial information that helped investigators uncover a "difficult to detect" ongoing fraud. ...

  • Asian Games 'Medal Ceremony Girls' join beauty battle
    Asian Games 'Medal Ceremony Girls' join beauty battle

    North Korea has its "Army of Beauties", but the rival South is fighting back at the Asian Games with its "Medal Ceremony Girls".

  • Syrian Kurds in Turkey recount Islamic State terror
    Syrian Kurds in Turkey recount Islamic State terror

    Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - They look like mere shadows under the trees, but then the red dust clears and the huddled shapes reveal themselves as a handful of the tens of thousands of Kurds fleeing the Islamic State group in Syria.

  • Lady Gaga sheds quirky image for jazz album with Tony Bennett

    By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music's unlikeliest pairs, launched a jazz album on Monday that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool. "Cheek to Cheek," on sale on Tuesday after a launch concert in the ornate Renaissance setting of the Grand-Place in Brussels, features jazz standards by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and others a distant world away from Lady Gaga's 21st century. ...

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