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How the U.S. seeks to protect children’s privacy online

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – TikTok is under investigation for allegedly violating a settlement reached with U.S. authorities last year that resolved charges the popular app broke rules governing how children’s personal information is treated online.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which enforces the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, and the Justice Department, which often files court actions for the FTC, have opened a preliminary investigation into the matter involving the China-based video-sharing app.

Under rules dating to 1998 legislation, COPPA requires websites to get parental permission to collect data on children under the age of 13. Websites or online services are also expected to ban third parties from collecting the data.

COPPA also applies to mobile apps, gaming platforms and internet-connected toys, among others.

Under pressure from the FTC, TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, agreed in early 2019 to pay a $5.7 million civil penalty for violating COPPA by

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Coolest Classics In The Motorious Online Car Show

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These cars are in the running to win $1000!

The Motorious Online Car Show is attracting some of the coolest cars, and car owners, we’ve met in a while. With most of us cooped inside, it’s great to connect with our readers in this unique way, and give gearheads a chance to win $1000, or select prizes by segment. In an effort to give everyone a chance to enter, we’re going to keep it rolling to give everyone a chance to enter, and share their cars with friends and family so they can go vote on it for People’s Choice.

To motivate you to enter your car, here are some of the cars from the Classics segment that we love.

1956 Ford Fairlane

This Ford Fairlane is no stranger to car shows. It has been freshly painted, has a rebuilt 292 to 312

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Failed brands try to fashion a new life online

Laura Ashley - Naomi Baker/Getty Images
Laura Ashley – Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Other than being fashion failures, what do Laura Ashley, Karen Millen, Coast, Oasis and Warehouse have in common?

Despite collapsing and closing all their stores, the brands are surviving online after being bought by a mix of trade buyers or indeed rivals. These brave – or perhaps crazy – businesses are hoping that the brand DNA is strong enough to lure shoppers to their respective websites and convince them to spend.

Other than Laura Ashley, which is still trading from stores for now, all of the aforementioned brands have been bought by Boohoo.

The timing is seemingly in their favour, as click-and-collect in shops might become less popular with more people working from home and able to accept deliveries. Plus, with over a quarter of shoppers now planning to spend more online after the lockdown restrictions are lifted, according to Global Data, it is

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National Security Law Expands Online Reach of Hong Kong Police

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Hong Kong’s new National Security Law gives the city’s police enhanced powers and greater reach into cyberspace.

The Special Administrative Region’s government put into effect Article 43 of the new law on Monday night when it gazetted a range of new measures. Its objective is “preventing, suppressing and imposing punishment for any acts and activities endangering national security.”

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“It is in effect moving the ‘Great Firewall’ of China right into Hong Kong,” said Charles Mok, a Hong Kong lawmaker, who represents the IT sector. The Great Firewall is a shorthand description for the mainland Chinese system which only allows government-authorized content to circulate within the country, and which corrals private sector companies into helping the state block and censor undesirable content.

Under the new powers, Hong Kong police can require the publisher of any offending online message to take down

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Harvard is keeping classes online this fall, placing it among the 8% of US colleges planning to do so. Here’s the list so far.

A graduate gets ready to pose for a picture at the empty campus of San Diego State University, after the California State University system announced the fall 2020 semester will be online, May 13, 2020.
A graduate gets ready to pose for a picture at the empty campus of San Diego State University, after the California State University system announced the fall 2020 semester will be online, May 13, 2020.

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  • Harvard University announced Monday that it will only conduct classes online for the coming academic year, though it will allow some students to live on campus.

  • Other universities and colleges across the US — including the country’s largest four-year public university system, California State University— are opting for online-only courses in the fall 2020 semester.

  • The coronavirus could resurge in the fall, bringing a new wave of infections.

  • Here are the schools that aren’t planning to return to campus this fall.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After a semester of remote courses and online graduations, some colleges and universities are deciding not to return for in-person classes this fall.

Harvard announced

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The Six Best Compost Bins to Buy Online, According to Thousands of Reviews

Once you’ve learned the basics of how to compost, the next step is investing in a quality compost bin. Indoor compost bins are designed to simply store your food scraps until you can transfer them to an outdoor composter, which is where they will actually start to decompose. And having the right one is crucial to making this environmentally friendly practice a regular habit that gets the best results. Not only does composting provide you with a nutrient-rich treatment for your plants, but you’ll also significantly reduce the amount of food waste your household puts in the trash. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are also sustainability benefits: “Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.”

It’s worth investing in a dedicated bin for composting in your home or garden because these products much more convenient

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How to Weigh the Pros and Cons of Online Loans

Note that the situation for student loans has changed due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and relief efforts from the government and many lenders. Check out our Student Loan Hero Coronavirus Information Center for additional news and details.

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Whether you use a budget-tracking app or deposit checks to your bank account through your phone, chances are you’ve moved at least some of your financial life online. So if you’re looking to borrow money, you might wonder: Should you consider online loan lenders?

Online loans can be a good way of securing needed cash. But before you act, here are some pros and cons of online loans, as well as tips on securing a loan via the internet.

Pros and cons of online loans

Online personal loans may be taken out for a number of reasons, including consolidating debt, making home improvements, paying for a special

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Buy now, pay whenever? Lockdown lift for online shopping loans

By Nikhil Nainan

(Reuters) – Browsing online during lockdown, Jessica Friend spotted a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses she liked, but the price tag made the 30-year-old Ohio resident think twice.

What persuaded her to click ‘buy’, Friend said, was the short-term credit offered by Afterpay, which split the $260 payment into four interest-free instalments.

Afterpay is among a handful of alternative credit firms which offer small loans, mostly to online shoppers, and make their money by charging merchants a 4%-6% commission.

These buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) firms have benefited from a shift to online shopping during the coronavirus crisis in countries including the United States, where state aid has also boosted retail sales.

“I’m more inclined to use them because they make it easier to afford to get the things I want all at once … and when I want to splurge on something,” Friend said of the loans.

Some investors are

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An Easy, No-Frills Option for Online Banking

Although the word “bank” was once synonymous with a physical location, the reality is that more and more banks occupy only digital space. Varo, founded in 2015, is one of the many options available to today’s bankers — if they’re willing to forgo the ability to visit an actual bank building, that is.

Like other online-only banks, Varo offers deposit and checking accounts with low fees and high interest-earning rates, making it an attractive alternative to more traditional banking.

However, Varo doesn’t offer small business banking, credit cards, loans, or other extras that may be necessary for some customers, and the way it handles cash deposits is clunky and costly.

If you’re in the market for a new personal bank account, read on to learn whether or not Varo might be a fit.

In this review:

Varo Bank Review: The Pros and Cons

Here’s what we loved about Varo —

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Get a grip on our data-driven world with this $40 online bootcamp

Get a grip on our data-driven world with this $40 online bootcamp
Get a grip on our data-driven world with this $40 online bootcamp

TL;DR: Learn how to handle the world of data with The Complete Big Data and Power BI bundle for $39.99, a 91% savings as of July 5.

It’s clear in today’s business landscape that companies live and die by how quickly they respond to trends. But keeping up with market fluctuations and changes in the supply chain are not easy tasks by any means. These things take the expertise of an entire team, starting with data analysts. The ability to wrangle big data and use it to fuel decisions is a highly sought after skill and as a result, folks that possess it earn a pretty penny.

The good news is you can get a grip on this data-driven world, and even start the journey to a new career, with this Complete Big Data and Power BI Bundle.

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