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Liz Reyer: Clarifying roles on a struggling work team that may not have them

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Q: I was recently given responsibility for a somewhat struggling work group at my company. I had worked with them previously, but not closely. In my first month I've been concerned about the lack of understanding of their roles -- some of them had never even seen their job descriptions -- and resistance to change as I put more structure in place...Read more

Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook into a behemoth whose power he underestimates

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When it comes to business, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is undeniably a visionary.

He made a big bet that paid off on photo-sharing app Instagram, charged full bore into mobile when others stood pat, and recognized early on the fortune that could be made in advertising by mining all aspects of his users' lives down to the square footage ...Read more

United Airlines to let passengers on overbooked flights bid on price to give up seats

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In response to the notorious dragging of a seated passenger in April, United Airlines is set to launch a program that lets passengers on overbooked flights make a bid on how much compensation they will take to give up their seats.

The bidding program would be new to United, but a similar program was pioneered among major carriers by Delta Air ...Read more

Uber CEO apologizes to London: Company 'got things wrong along the way'

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In a letter of apology to Londoners on Monday, Uber's new chief executive moved to repair his company's reputation after the city's transport authority said it would scrap the ride-hailing service's operating license.

Dara Khosrowshahi issued a letter to London's Evening Standard newspaper acknowledging that the San Francisco company "got ...Read more

Lyft rolls out 24-hour phone support for drivers

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Among the biggest frustrations of ride-hailing drivers is finding a way to get in touch with on-demand transportation companies when they have a question or a problem. And among the biggest problems for on-demand transportation companies is frustrated drivers.

To help keep its drivers content, Lyft announced Monday that it will...Read more

Target raises entry-level pay to $11 an hour, sets sights on $15

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MINNEAPOLIS -- With a tightening labor market and a holiday hiring spree underway, Target Corp. said Monday that it will raise the minimum wage of all hourly workers to $11 starting in October.

It will bump the rate to $15 an hour by the end of 2020, becoming one of the nation's first major employers to set a date to hit that mark.

Executives ...Read more

Microsoft replacing Skype for Business with Teams

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SEATTLE -- Microsoft is ending Skype's foray into business communications, packaging its communications tools into Microsoft Teams, the company's challenge to workplace collaboration startup Slack.

Skype for Business, the company's voice and video-chat software, will be replaced in Microsoft's Office 365 bundle by Teams, Microsoft said Monday ...Read more

Even after a brutal hurricane season, airlines are doing just fine

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Only days after monster storm Irma made landfall in Florida, canceling and delaying thousands of flights, the head of the world's largest airline appeared unfazed, voicing glowing optimism about the future of air carriers.

Speaking at an industry conference in Washington, D.C., Doug Parker, chief executive of American Airlines, said the effect ...Read more

Equifax breach has broad consequences, important lessons

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WASHINGTON -- For as many as 143 million consumers whose personal data was stolen in the breach of the Equifax credit bureau, here's how criminals might take advantage:

They might try to buy a gun in your name. Or get a second mortgage on your house. They could lease a car by impersonating you, and crash it. They might steal your tax refund ...Read more

'Kingsman' hits target, 'Lego Ninjago' disappoints as franchises hit and miss at box office

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LOS ANGELES -- R-rated thrill rides continue to rule the box office with 20th Century Fox's profane spy sequel "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" and New Line Cinema's horror flick "It" dominating the top spots.

A sequel to the 2015 hit "Kingsman: The Secret Service," the $104 million film debuted just below analysts' predictions of $40 million to $...Read more

'No Progress' in NAFTA talks, Canadian labor leader says

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OTTAWA, Ontario -- The head of Canada's largest private-sector union said there's been "no progress" in North American Free Trade Agreement talks and that he expects the U.S., Mexico and Canada to eventually abandon them.

The U.S. hasn't presented detailed written proposals at the third round of talks being held in Ottawa, Jerry Dias said ...Read more

Americans should be wary of Cuban humanitarian fund

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After Hurricane Irma's devastating 72-hour pass through northern Cuba, the Cuban government took a novel approach to storm relief: It posted a Cuban bank account number on social media where donations can be sent.

Even though the Cuban Foreign Ministry provided the code to facilitate donations to an account at the government Banco Financiera ...Read more

The Mortgage Professor: Impending changes in home equity conversion mortgage program

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My email inbox has recently been crowded with messages from seniors who are anxious about impending changes in the home equity conversion mortgage program. Many of them are wondering whether they should try to finalize a HECM before Oct. 2, when the changes go into effect.

The bad news is that, by the time they read this, it will be too late ...Read more

Susan Tompor: Cool personal finance apps that just might save you money

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With many millennials turning to their smartphones to pay up, instead of digging into their wallets for cash, it's little surprise that everyone from startups to big banks want to smack a financial app on all those mobile wallets.

Splitting the cost for tickets for an upcoming football game or concert is super easy with apps like Venmo, Square ...Read more

Latest target of North Korean hackers: bitcoin exchange platforms

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WASHINGTON -- Broadening their criminal repertoire, North Korean hackers are seeking to loot exchange platforms for bitcoins and other digital currencies, a researcher for the cybersecurity firm FireEye says.

Luke McNamara, a senior cyberthreat intelligence analyst with the Milpitas, Calif., firm, said the hackers targeted three bitcoin ...Read more

SEC hack threatens a bedrock of US capitalism: transparency

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WASHINGTON ––The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says its database of company filings has significantly increased corporate transparency. But a hack that led to the theft of market-moving secrets is the latest sign that technology also brings dangers the SEC is struggling against.

The breach adds to a growing list of SEC ...Read more

Sprint, T-Mobile closing in on merger deal, reports say

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sprint and T-Mobile are again reportedly close to agreeing to tentative terms for a merger.

Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported Friday that SoftBank Group Corp, which controls Sprint, would own 40 percent to 50 percent of the combined new company, which would be dominated by T-Mobile majority owner Deutsche Telekom.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise to cut 5,000 jobs, 10 percent of its workforce, report says

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is planning to lay off at least 5,000 employees, or about 10 percent of its workforce, according to a business media report.

Bloomberg reported Thursday that the job cuts, which will occur in the U.S. and abroad, are expected to begin before the end of the year. HP Enterprise did not immediately respond to a ...Read more

Trump positioned to slap potentially crushing tariffs on solar industry

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. trade officials on Friday empowered President Donald Trump to impose tariffs that could cut off the solar energy industry from the cheap foreign-made panels that have driven its explosive growth.

The tariffs under consideration are meant to protect a small number of American solar-panel manufacturers reeling in the face of ...Read more

The Journey: Don't get KO'd by nursing home costs

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When boxer Mike Tyson famously said, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth," he probably wasn't thinking about nursing home costs.

But those costs can decimate a retirement plan in a very ugly fashion, and what's truly frightening is the lack of consensus there is on how to avoid such a fate.

Insurers are offering hybrid ...Read more