Tech Q&A: Streaming TV and the need for speed

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Q: I'm thinking about dropping cable TV but keeping cable internet service for streaming TV.

Right now, the speed of my Comcast Xfinity X1 Triple Play internet service is 87 megabits.

That's enough to support a mesh Wi-Fi system, in which three Eero Wi-Fi devices create a single wireless network throughout my home, as well as three wired ...Read more

Retailers can't move fast enough to chase shoppers online

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PITTSBURGH -- The idea of spending a leisurely few hours of the weekend at the mall -- browsing aisles for a new pair of jeans and shoes and hitting the food court -- is going out of style.

The latest in a growing list of retail casualties, mall-staple and teen apparel company rue21 Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last week,...Read more

Jennifer Van Grove: Cocktail time? App sends a bartender at your behest

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While most people won't find themselves in the position of needing to secure a bartender on short notice, those who do can turn to on-demand alcohol delivery company Saucey to send one straight away.

This week, the startup added push-button bartender service to its inventory, meaning amateur party planners or corporate hosts can book a ...Read more

Retirement adviser rule will go into partial effect, but changes are still possible

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WASHINGTON -- A controversial Obama-era rule for retirement advisers, delayed by a review ordered by President Trump because of strong Republican and financial industry opposition, will partially take effect next month, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said.

But Acosta indicated that he has problems with the rule and that there still could be ...Read more

Justice Department sues Fiat Chrysler over diesel emissions

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DETROIT -- The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for building and selling diesel engines that violate the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.

The federal government said Fiat Chrysler created software that acted as what's called a defeat device for emissions testing ...Read more

Target will pay $18.5 million in settlement with states over 2013 data breach

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Target Corp. will pay $18.5 million to 47 states and the District of Columbia as part of a settlement over a 2013 data breach that compromised tens of millions of customers' credit and debit card information.

Alabama, Wisconsin and Wyoming were not part of the settlement announced Tuesday.

As part of the settlement, the Minneapolis-based ...Read more

Target reaches $18.5 million settlement with states over data breach

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. will pay $18.5 million after reaching a settlement with 47 states over its 2013 data breach.

The agreement is the largest multistate data breach settlement to date. It requires Target to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program.

The Minneapolis-based retailer has already put in ...Read more

Ailing California city bets on a marijuana gold rush

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ADELANTO, Calif. -- In a plot of desert surrounded by Joshua trees and old factories, developer James Previti watches as construction workers build the roof of a concrete building that from afar looks like a future Costco.

Previti has spent years developing homes around the Inland Empire. But this is something new for him: a 30-acre ...Read more

Helpware: System Mechanic gives your PC a tune-up

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If Norton Utilities is the gold standard in PC maintenance software, Iolo's System Mechanic gets the silver. It's a contender but lacks Norton's name recognition and reputation. Still, System Mechanic boasts many of the same features as Norton Utilities and it's good at what it's supposed to do.

System Mechanic, which costs $50 and is now ...Read more

Rural residents fight to keep their land from a growing web of pipelines

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Norm MacQueen would seem to fit the profile of a property owner comfortable with an oil and gas pipeline running through his land. A retired oil refinery employee, MacQueen worked under risky conditions for more than 20 years as a pipe fitter and a welder.

But early last year, MacQueen learned that an oil company, Sunoco, ...Read more

Turning Emmy voters' heads: Netflix, Amazon help redefine campaigning, drawing a range of reactions from rivals

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Navigating the maze of rooms and displays at Netflix's massive new Emmy campaigning space in Beverly Hills -- Look! The bikes from "Stranger Things"! Tituss Burgess' wardrobe closet from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"! -- "Orange Is the New Black" actress Taryn Manning finally arrived at her own show's exhibit, which included a wall adorned with (...Read more

Your Office Coach: Worker loses mother and job

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Q: I have apparently been fired because I took time off to help my dying mother. For seven years, I was employed by a physician who frequently praised my work. Six months ago, when my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, "Dr. Parker" approved my taking an unpaid leave of absence to care for her.

Before I left, Dr. Parker gave me a goodbye hug...Read more

Liz Reyer: How to deal with others' missed deadlines

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Q: I've been assigned to a project and am responsible for a specific part of the work. People upstream from me are not getting their work done on time, but my timelines are not changing. What can I do to be successful -- or at least not be the scapegoat?

--Alain, 35, director of quality assurance

A: First of all, even though you can't move ...Read more

Diane Stafford: Freelance isn't free: Watch this play out in the gig economy

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On the theory that trends move in from the coasts, a law that went into effect May 15 in New York City needs national notice.

The city's new Freelance Isn't Free Act addresses no-pay and slow-pay problems for freelancers in the growing gig economy. It's believed to be the country's first such law.

An estimated 4 million workers in New York ...Read more

Rex Huppke: Bosses must become vacation evangelists

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In the nearly six years of this column's glorious existence, I've never shied from offering controversial workplace opinions.

Today will be no different: I think vacations are a good thing.

Yeah, I said it -- let the hate rain down on me from the two or three people who might disagree. I feed on your outrage, suckers.

I went back to the very ...Read more

Health insurers plan higher premiums as exasperation with Trump grows

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WASHINGTON -- Health insurers across the country are making plans to significantly raise premiums or leave Affordable Care Act marketplaces as exasperation grows with the Trump administration's erratic management of the program.

Meanwhile, state insurance regulators -- Democratic and Republican -- have increasingly concluded they cannot count ...Read more

Arconic, hedge fund strike peace deal

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PITTSBURGH -- Arconic and Elliott Management announced Monday they have resolved their bitter proxy fight, with the specialty metals part maker agreeing to put three more representatives of the activist hedge fund on its board of directors.

Arconic also agreed to elect its entire board annually and do away with a requirement for a supermajority...Read more

Ford ousts CEO as auto industry faces transformation

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In the latest sign that driverless cars and other revolutionary new technologies are shaking automakers to their roots, the chief executive of Ford Motor Co. just got tossed.

The replacement of Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, who had been running a new unit focused on cutting-edge transportation, is a big deal for Ford. But with ...Read more

Ford names new CEO amid management shake-up

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DETROIT -- Ford confirmed on Monday that, in a wide-ranging reshuffling of the company's top management, Jim Hackett will become the automaker's new CEO. The move brings the three-year tenure of Mark Fields as chief executive to an abrupt end.

In comments Monday Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford praised the tenure and achievements of Fields but...Read more

Trump administration gets delays on decision over legal challenge to Obamacare aid for the poor

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WASHINGTON -- A federal court Monday granted the Trump administration more time to decide how to handle a lawsuit challenging federal healthcare aid for low-income Americans who rely on Obamacare health plans.

The move may put off a showdown over the assistance, which health insurers and many experts believe is crucial to sustaining insurance ...Read more


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