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As a Conversion Optimization Evangelist, Brian spends a great deal of his time speaking and writing about conversion. As the Original Conversion Scientist, Brian has helped dozens of businesses transform their sites through a steady diet of visitor profiling,...
From: Business of Software blog | By: Joe Glover | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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When most people think of debt, they probably conjure up a vision of consumers struggling to make ends meet after making unwise financial decisions. But that actually isn’t the case for most Americans. In fact, like other things, debt in moderation...
From: Consumerist | By: Ashlee Kieler | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks were mixed on Wednesday morning after data showed pending home sales in the U.S. dropped in June. The S&P 500 was up 0.13%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.19%, and the Nasdaq fell 0.14%. Must Read: Warren...
From: TheStreet | By: Keris Alison Lahiff | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Shady car dealers, shoddy home-repair jobs and credit card fees top the list of complaints people have about their interactions with businesses in 2014....
From: CNN | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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We've been overcharged by thousands by a service provider that can't refund the charges immediately, but wants to pay us back over time. We paid via credit card, but doing a chargeback would likely put the provider out of business. What is the right...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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The carpet in my uncle's basement was blue. The walls were added on a few years later, and running water came even after that. His name was Eugene, and he was almost a priest before he wasn't, and then there were gray hairs and a deep, deep laugh that...
From: Lookout Landing | By: Matthias Ellis | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Filed under: Retail, Personal Finance, Shopping, Internet, How to Save Money AlamyA mix of in-store and online shopping habits helps you find the best deals. By Kendal Perez With retail headlines touting the power of mobile shopping and offering ways...
From: Daily Finance | By: U.S. News | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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It doesn’t stop does it?  We all know by now that the savings and rewards cards are trackers and create data on our behaviors that is sold and scored, so here’s another one.  Push folks into high bills for their healthcare, then they need these...
From: The Medical Quack | By: Medical Quack | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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A couple centuries ago, pickpocketing was the scourge of cities around the world. From Dickens’ London to New York City’s famous Five Points, skilled thieves practiced their craft, filching the valuables of passersby without the victim noticing a...
From: The Art of Manliness | By: Brett and Kate McKay | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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You've worked to train your children in money management, but college brings a whole new level of financial decision-making and challenges. So before they are off on their own, review these topics to make sure they're ready. Start with what college costs....
From: TV Squad | By: Nathaniel Sillin | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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I had a pinboard for wedding attire about 300 pins strong, and I had already passed up on a $300 dress online in favor of waiting to go shopping with the fam. But it’s taken me months and months to … read more...
From: Wedding Bee | By: Miss Black Cat | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Federal Reserve wasn't expected to raise rates in July, and didn't, but Wall Street still rallied into the close on Tuesday amid expectations that the central bank would keep borrowing costs unchanged. The S&P 500 rose...
From: TheStreet | By: Keris Alison Lahiff | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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I get exposed to a lot of low-brow native advertising as I puruse the web. If this is the result of intentional, personalized targeting — yikes — I shudder to imagine the profile that these advertisers have concocted for me. I’m constantly being...
From: Chief Marketing Technologist | By: Scott Brinker | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Access to free student loan counseling would have alleviated some of Alton Strange’s turmoil in 2008 when he was laid off during the financial crisis and sought a temporary reprieve on his student loan payments. Strange,...
From: TheStreet | By: Ellen Chang | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks extended modest gains by late morning Wednesday after a steeper-than-expected drop in crude supplies prompted a surge in oil prices.  The S&P 500 was up 0.52%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.54%, and the Nasdaq...
From: TheStreet | By: Keris Alison Lahiff | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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See this story at BrooklynPaper.com.By Harry MacCormackThe Brooklyn Paper94th Precinct Greenpoint–Northside Robbed at the pool A scoundrel cleaned out a man’s locker while he was swimming in the McCarren Park Pool on July 22. The victim told police...
From: The Brooklyn Paper | By: By Harry MacCormack | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Behalf makes short-term loans of under $25,000 to small businesses.
From: Wall Street Journal | By: Yuliya Chernova | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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This week, an interesting NFC Bitcoin payment system th […]
From: Silicon Angle | By: Kyt Dotson | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Under federal law, when someone erases a debt in bankruptcy, their bank is required to update their credit reports to indicate the debt is no longer owed. To ensure this happens, legislators have introduced a new bill that would give credit card borrowers...
From: Consumerist | By: Ashlee Kieler | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Ever notice how all exit signs look the same? In this episode of Call to Action, we speaker to marketer Vincent Barr about visual cues, also known as wayfinding conventions, and how they can be use in landing page design to guide visitors toward your...
From: Unbounce | By: Stephanie Saretsky | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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With price tags in the 5-digit range, couture collections are prohibitively expensive for most of us. But now, Saint Laurent is taking the already exclusive category to the next level. Today, the French fashion house......
From: Glamour | By: Sophia Chabbott | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Filed under: Mortgages, Real Estate, Housing Market, Moving, Credit Score Bill on Capitol Hill/Flickr If you're looking to improve the health of your finances, try moving to North Dakota. Or at least avoid Georgia. Three North Dakota cities made it into...
From: Daily Finance | By: Money Talks News | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Filed under: Personal Finance, Budgeting, Retirement Living, Debt Assistance Getty Images By Nicholas Pell NEW YORK -- As you close in on your retirement, consumer debt can really cramp your style. "You're going to have a lot less stress and a lot more...
From: Daily Finance | By: TheStreet.com | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Steve Noviello, a reporter for Dallas-Fort Worth’s Fox 4 News, learned that someone had checked into his hotel using his credit card number. Read the rest...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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See this story at BrooklynPaper.com.By Max Jaegerfor The Brooklyn Paper76th Precinct Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill–Red Hook Flintlock-up Police say they found a handgun on a guy they arrested on July 26 for allegedly robbing a Lorraine Street resident...
From: The Brooklyn Paper | By: By Max Jaeger | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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I whispered to my husband, “Are we insane? A $115 doll? Shouldn’t she be behind glass? What if her hair gets matted?"
From: The Billfold | By: Hayley Krischer | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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The service has reportedly hit 10 million users
From: Time | By: rolandattimeinc | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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A video published Tuesday purported to expose the industry of selling fetal tissue as part of an ongoing campaign against Planned Parenthood by an anti-choice front group. Image: The Center for Medical Progress / YouTube The post Anti-Choice Group Posts...
From: RH Reality Check | By: Teddy Wilson | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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If you don’t think you need an emergency fund, think again. No matter how financially prepared you are, life has a way of throwing curve balls that you never expect. Those “unexpected expenses” are the reason many financial professionals suggest...
From: The Simple Dollar | By: Trent Hamm | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Last week it was announced via KrebsOnSecurity that Ashley Madison, a website/app that helps married people cheat on their spouses, was compromised, with hackers threatening to systematically release the names, passwords, profiles and credit card information...
From: TV Squad | By: Robert Weiss | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Filed under: Banking, Personal Finance, Credit Cards, Financial Services, Financial Education Alamy By Valerie Young NEW YORK -- Tired of getting hit over the head with costly credit card fees? You may find it tough to avoid them altogether -- a recent...
From: Daily Finance | By: TheStreet.com | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Filed under: Value Investing, Stocks, Warren Buffett, Investing Nati Harnik/AP By Kathy Kristof Picking stocks, always a tricky prospect, has gotten a lot tougher lately. A prolonged bull market has brought U.S. stocks near record highs, stretching price-earnings...
From: Daily Finance | By: Kiplinger | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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In U.S., normally, a debit card and a gift card can be used in "credit" mode. Does that mean that normally, such a debit card and a gift card can be accepted wherever a credit card is? Thanks.
From: Money Stack Exchange | By: Tim | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dozens of retailers are seeking to void nearly $6 billion of U.S. antitrust settlements with Visa , MasterCard and American Express after learning that opposing lawyers exchanged confidential information, potentially tainting the...
From: Business Insider | By: Jonathan Stempel | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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 Uber knows who you are, your email address, and your credit card number. As consumers, we willingly offer up and share all of this information with the company because the data is what makes Uber so great – enabling them to deliver a service as complex...
From: TechCrunch | By: Eli Portnoy | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Nina survives the streets of Denver as a street fighter. She goes to bars and positions herself near men she senses have the capacity to take advantage of women. Never throwing the first punch, they usually make an aggressive move by grabbing her after...
From: San Francisco Chronicle | By: By Tony DuShane | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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In today's world where almost everything is stored online, it seems strange for a day to go by without hearing about some kind of hacking scandal or fraudulent data breach. Protection against fraudulent charges is now considered one of the most important...
From: Lemondrop | By: CompareCards | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Choosing the right credit card can be a stressful process. With an overwhelming amount of choices out there, it's difficult to know which best suits your needs. Personal finance and credit card comparison site NerdWallet selected the best credit cards...
From: Business Insider | By: Kathleen Elkins | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Examiner Sharon Levine of Lowenstein Sandler looks at how shoppers are treated in retail bankruptcies.
From: Wall Street Journal | By: Sharon Levine | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Consumer borrowing is growing at a pace not seen since the financial crisis, while business lending is down. We run the rule over the health of the UK economy...
From: Telegraph | By: Szu Ping Chan | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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In today's technology-saturated era, kids are more connected than ever. And comedians have certainly taken note, incorporating discussions of children and screen time into their stand-up routines, talk show interviews and video projects.   Here are...
From: That's Fit | By: Caroline Bologna | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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It goes without saying that people in the top echelons of society -- you know, members of the one percent -- have a lot of advantages when it comes to getting ahead in life. They have all kinds of people helping them grow their money, manage their (many)...
From: Ecofabulous | By: LearnVest | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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"Deny everything. Admit nothing. Blame others. Make counter-accusations." That, in a nutshell, is the Planned Parenthood strategy for surviving the revelations that far from being a non-profit they are a rapacious and conscienceless entity that would...
From: Red State | By: ( | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Privacy's a rarity these days, and your beloved social media sites are largely to blame for that. But there are things you are doing on those sites that are making the situation even worse. Before you ever hit "share" again, make sure you're not posting...
From: GeekSugar | By: Lisette-Mejia | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stock futures looked to extend Tuesday's surge in equities as investors awaited an announcement on interest rates from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday afternoon.  S&P 500 futures were up 0.25%, Dow Jones Industrial Average...
From: TheStreet | By: Keris Alison Lahiff | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Updated from 6:56 a.m. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know for Wednesday, July 29: 1. -- U.S. stock futures were rising modestly ahead of the Federal Reserve's FOMC announcement on a busy day for corporate earnings. European stocks rose...
From: TheStreet | By: Nora Morrison | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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A sex-obsessed tech services manager is accused of charging nearly $500,000 on his corporate credit card for online strippers....
From: New York Daily News | By: JASON MOLINET | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Tourists and business travellers visiting Germany are often surprised when they reach to pay for their beer, metro tickets or even a large restaurant bill that their credit cards are not welcome. Habits, however, are slowly changing as younger consumers...
From: The Local Germany | By: TheLocal | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Filed under: Google, Apple, Computer Industry, Mobile Technology, Investing Charles Sykes/Invision for MasterCard via AP Life without a wallet is starting to be a very real possibility in the U.S., and the ability to make mobile payments on your phone...
From: Daily Finance | By: Travis Hoium | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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