A rule change in the 1980s opened competition in long-distance phone service, leading to years in which seemingly every other advertisement on TV begged consumers to “switch” their provider. A similar force is being unleashed on banks, and a Minneapolis tech startup is the reason why. ClickSwitch Holdings Inc. for the past two years has signed up about 325 banks, credit unions and alternative financial firms to use a service it developed — a combination of software backed by a human service bureau — that lets their new customers move their entire banking relationship with the click of a mouse button or tap on a screen. To some banks, the 40-person company is triggering an arms race. “An executive at a very large bank told me, ‘We want to move forward but we don’t want to be the bank that started the switching war,’ ” said Cale Johnston, founder and chief executive of ClickSwitch. As in other industries, banking is being … [Read more...] about Minneapolis fintech company makes it easier to move bank accounts around
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Levi Sumagaysay Mercury News Published 7:40 PM EDT Sep 21, 2018 Christine Blasey Ford knew her life would be turned upside down when she decided to identify herself as the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers, so, her friends said, she deleted all of her social media accounts. Despite those efforts, the Palo Alto University psychology professor’s fears have come true since she came forward over the weekend: Her lawyers say she’s facing harassment and death threats. Supporters and opponents have found pictures of her on the web and converted them into memes. And her Palo Alto home address was tweeted, forcing her to move out. In the age of the internet, what’s to keep the same thing from happening to any victim of sexual harassment or assault who decides to come forward? Can they — or anyone — completely erase their online presences to protect themselves? “The extremely short and brutal … [Read more...] about Can anyone ever really scrub their online presence?
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 20: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 20, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear again before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday to respond to the allegation of sexual assault by accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who was also invited to testify, but has requested an FBI investigation first, that have endangered his nomination to the Supreme Court. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., with Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, left, joined by former students from Holton Arms School, speaks to reporters in support of professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual attack, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) BETHESDA, MARYLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: The entrance to the Holton Arms School is shown on September 18, … [Read more...] about Christine Blasey Ford got doxed. Can anyone ever really scrub their online presence?
By KAREN YOURISH, LARRY BUCHANAN and DEREK WATKINS SEPT. 20, 2018 It’s easy to lose the larger narrative of the Trump-Russia story given the relentless pace and complexity of the news. Stepping back to view the timeline from beginning to end reveals how these parallel threads — contacts, hacking and social media fraud — often crossed during the election. Campaign aides who denied knowledge of Russian contacts were later revealed to have either known about them or pursued them, though none ever told the F.B.I. Each line below represents a single event, action or statement. Direct contacts with Russians by Trump officials JUNE 16, 2015 Trump announces candidacy Time 2016 Russian social media fraud Russian hacking Denials of wrongdoing by Trump and associates MAY 26, 2016 Trump clinches nomination NOV. 8, 2016 Trump wins election Federal investigation of Russian meddling JAN. 20, 2017 Inauguration This timeline was created by … [Read more...] about A Timeline Showing the Full Scale of Russia’s Unprecedented Interference in the 2016 Election, and Its Aftermath
The Philadelphia pawnshop at the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Brooklyn Street wanted $16 to cash my paycheck. The Money Mart near Ninth and Market would charge $24 to give me my money. Luckily I have a bank account, so I didn’t have to fork over part of my pay last week to get cash. But some residents regularly pay fees ranging from 2 percent to cash payroll checks to 10 percent for personal checks because they lack bank accounts. Some experts predict that check-cashing outlets will go the way of the dodo bird as more people switch to moving money digitally. But the industry has shown recent revenue growth and has no shortage of customers. Roughly 4 percent of area households are “unbanked,” meaning they don’t have checking or savings accounts, according to a 2015 survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. An additional 19 percent in Greater Philadelphia are considered “underbanked” because they have bank accounts but still use … [Read more...] about How to find low-cost bank accounts in Philly