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Walmart just tapped Handy to assemble furniture and mount TVs for customers

Handy and Walmart are announcing a new partnership today that will connect customers at 2,000 Walmart stores with Handy men and women who can put together their new purchases. Walmart will start featuring small cards next to televisions and furniture that quotes a price for assembly or television mounting. Show More Summary

As Facebook’s stock plummets, analysts warn of new “enhanced risks”

It’s been a rough weekend for Facebook. Ever since the company suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform, admitting that the Trump-affiliated data firm misused millions of people’s personal data, Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has been in hot water. Show More Summary

Affirm financing is now available in brick-and-mortar stores

Affirm, a point-of-sale lending startup, has popularized the use of online installment loans to pay for big-ticket purchases like sofas and mattresses. Now the company is bringing its technology into brick-and-mortar retail, starting with a dozen existing merchant partners, including Peloton and Simply Mac. Show More Summary

Should You Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Make?

It can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but talking about salaries can help ensure everyone makes what they are worth. Here’s what to consider before broaching the topic. Asking someone how much money they make is pretty high up on the list of things that most of us were raised to believe is taboo and impolite. Show More Summary

Now Twitter will ban most cryptocurrency ads

The move comes after Facebook and Google cracked down on cryptocurrency ads earlier this year. Twitter will reportedly prohibit a range of cryptocurrency ads within the next two weeks, reports Sky News. The ban will affect cryptocurrency ads related to initial coin offerings (ICOs), cryptocurrency wallets, and token sales. Show More Summary

“SNL” Covers As Many White House Firings As It Can In One Sketch

A tumultuous week at the White House gets the “Saturday Night Live” treatment in a jam-packed opening sketch (featuring Bill Hader as The Mooch). What: A sketch that perfectly captures a White House with worn-out exit doors from all its recent departures. Read Full Story

AT&T/Time Warner Case Will Be A Court Drama For The Trump Era

A federal district court in D.C. will hear arguments this week on whether the telecom giant’s bid to buy TW violates antitrust law. Not to mention whether the president’s distaste for CNN may muddy the legal waters. On October 22, 2016,...Show More Summary

Oculus Rift users have been locked out of VR all day

Software malfunctions. Hardware breaks. There’s all kinds of reasons why. But the folks over at Facebook-owned Oculus have to be a little red-faced today. That’s because, TechCrunch writes, every single Oculus Rift–the company’s high-end virtual reality headset–locked up today due to a problem with software certification. Show More Summary

Travis Kalanick is back with a new job-focused investment fund

The new fund, called “10100” (pronounced “ten-one-hundred”), will target job-creating companies in the real estate and e-commerce spaces, the ex-Uber CEO said in a tweet Wednesday: Some news… — travis kalanick (@travisk) March 7, 2018 The responses to the tweet are piling up on Twitter. Show More Summary

The “RBG” Doc Will Make You Want a Tattoo of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The word “iconic” gets thrown around a lot these days, but here is someone who thoroughly deserves it. What: The first trailer for RBG, a forthcoming documentary about the Supreme Court Justice who has achieved living legend status. Read Full Story

Report: Uber might be looking for a new billion-dollar loan

Uber is apparently on the hunt for a leveraged loan. The company has reached out to loan investors for $1.25 billion, according to new report from Bloomberg. The rumor follows a deal with SoftBank that left Uber with a blended valuation of $54 billion. Show More Summary

Why you should buy a house with bitcoin

Got a few bitcoins lying around and feel like you need a new crib? You’re in luck. A new report from Tampa, Florida-based real estate company Re/Max Action First argues that cryptocurrencies are the new black in the trillion-dollar real estate market. Show More Summary

These Companies Are Financing The Return Of Nuclear Terror

With saber-rattling back in style, it’s a profitable time to invest in nukes. “They are capitalizing on chaos,” says ICAN. A new report from ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and PAX is calling out the 20 biggest...Show More Summary

This Venture Fund Invests In Deaf-Owned And Deaf-Run Companies

The Communication Service for the Deaf’s Social Venture Fund wants to support companies that create work opportunities for people who are hearing impaired. Melody Stein and her husband Russ co-own and operate Mozzeria, a wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District. Show More Summary

Bros dominate VC, where 91% of decision-makers are male

Last year just 2% of venture capital dollars went toward startups founded by women. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that women comprise just 9% of the decision-makers at U.S. venture capital firms, according to a new Axios analysis based on Pitchbook data. Show More Summary

Snap’s stock takes a beating after reports of another huge round of layoffs

Snap is reportedly about to lay off even more of its staff. According to a new report from Cheddar, which cites anonymous sources, the planned layoffs will be its biggest to date. Though an exact number wasn’t given, one source told Cheddar the cuts affect less than 10% of the company’s engineering staff. Show More Summary

Amazon is giving a Prime discount to Medicaid recipients

Amazon is making it easier for Medicaid recipients to access Amazon Prime. The company said this morning it is offering a discounted Prime membership program to individuals with a valid Medicaid card, cutting the membership fee from the usual $10.99 per month to $5.99 per month. Show More Summary

No fair: Florida is trying to opt out of Daylight Saving Time clock changes

Because the Sunshine State apparently doesn’t get enough Sunshine, Florida lawmakers today overwhelmingly approved a bill that could allow it to stay in Daylight Saving Time all year long. The bill, which was already approved by the state’s assembly, has won broad approval in the state Senate, with a 33-2 vote. Show More Summary

Good news for ancient Android phones! Facebook’s Messenger Lite has video chat

Got one of those creaky old Android phones? You know, the kind that is barely capable, or not capable at all, of running modern apps? Well, it probably runs Facebook’s Messenger Lite, the tech giant’s messaging app for folks who haven’t upgraded their devices in a few years. Show More Summary

This Is The Funniest Takedown Of “Ready Player One” You Will See

TV writer Demi Adejuyigbe breaks down what the movie is really all about, in the form of a hilarious song. What: A funny little ditty that lets some of the air out of Ready Player One. Read Full Story

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