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Ivy League First in Division I to Scrap Sports Competition

(Bloomberg) — The Ivy League canceled sports competition for the upcoming semester because of health and safety concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first Division I conference in the U.S. to scrap football.

The conference, whose eight members include Harvard University, Yale University and Princeton University, made the move Wednesday, according to a statement.

“No decision has been made about competition in the winter or spring terms, including whether or not we can move fall sports into the spring,” the league’s executive director, Robin Harris, said in an interview. “There won’t be basketball games or hockey games or other sports in the fall.”

U.S. colleges are presenting their plans for the semester that begins in August or September, instituting steps for the safe return of students. They’re also deciding whether it’s too risky to resume the high-contact sport of football, which can bring in sizable revenue for a school

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These big brands actually make costco’s Kirkland products

When Costco customers see the red and black Kirkland Signature label, they know they’re going to get a good product at a great price. But they don’t always know who’s making it.

Store brand products like Kirkland are typically manufactured by third parties, not the store itself. Many of these behind-the-scenes companies are actually famous retail titans, so you can save big on your grocery bill without losing quality.

While plenty of the names behind Kirkland Signature products are public knowledge — some printed right on the box — others remain a closely guarded secret. More than a few rumors have popped up from people claiming to be in the know.

Here are the names we can confirm and the myths we can debunk, assuming no recent supplier swaps:

Confirmed.

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Reddit moderators spent years asking for help fighting hate. The company may finally be listening

For years Jefferson Kelley watched hate bloom in his treasured online spaces.

When Kelley, a Reddit moderator, booted hateful users off threads where Black people discussed sensitive personal experiences, racial slurs piled up in his inbox. Crude remarks about women filled the comment sections under his favorite “Star Trek” GIFs. The proliferation of notorious forums, including one that perpetuated a vicious racist stereotype about Black fathers, stung Kelley, a Black father himself.

Kelley and other moderators repeatedly pleaded with the company to back them up and take stronger action against harassment and hate speech. But Reddit never quite came through.

Then, all of a sudden, that seemed to change. When Reddit announced last week it was shutting down a noxious pro-Trump group that had violated the site’s rules for years, Kelley could scarcely believe it.

Reddit’s move to overhaul content policy and ban some 2,000 subreddits, or forums, is one

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Why Investors Should Keep an Eye on Changing Sales Strategies

In the first half of 2020, most car manufacturers are seeing decreased sales.

General Motors (NYSE:GM) recorded a 7% decrease in total vehicle sales in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2020 compared to the year-ago quarter, with sales falling 34% year over year in the second quarter. Ford (NYSE:F) saw a 21% decline in wholesales and a 15% decline in revenue year over year in the first quarter, with sales falling by a third in the second quarter compared to the prior-year quarter. Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU) reported a 15% decrease in revenue in the first quarter compared to the prior-year quarter. Even Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) second-quarter deliveries fell 4.9% compared to the year-ago quarter, despite the much-awaited opening of its Shanghai Gigafactory.

One reason for the decreased sales is likely lower income from high unemployment numbers. However, another big contributor is the fact that most car sales are made

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Facebook Removes Pages And Accounts Linked To Roger Stone

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Facebook said that it has removed more than 100 accounts and pages linked to Roger Stone and his associates for violating their policy against coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Stone, who has longtime ties to President Donald Trump, is scheduled to begin serving a 40 month prison sentence next week. In a post on his Instagram account before it was shut down, Stone asked the president to grant him clemency.

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The company said that 54 Facebook accounts, 50 pages and 4 Instagram accounts were removed.

“Almost all the Facebook accounts were fake accounts used, among other things, to establish, manage, and amplify the pages in this network,” according to an analysis conducted for Facebook by security research firm Graphika (Read their report here). “Many of them displayed profile pictures taken from other online sources. The remaining handful of accounts, on both Facebook

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10 Best Personal Finance Courses

If you want to learn how to make smart financial decisions, save more and eliminate debt, you’re in luck. Today, there are plenty of online personal finance classes offering money-management lessons.

Still, “people need to keep in mind that online personal finance courses should be seen as an education resource and not specific personal financial advice,” says Drew Feutz, a certified financial planner at Market Street Wealth Management Advisors in Indianapolis. “The information learned from taking a personal finance course should be applied within the context of your own financial situation, rather than following everything that is taught 100% to a T.”

“Some things that you learn about in a personal finance course may not be applicable to you or may not be appropriate to implement in your own life,” Feutz adds, noting that too often, people read or hear something from a personal finance expert or a course that

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Facebook blocks accounts linked to Roger Stone, Brazil president

San Francisco (AFP) – Facebook said Wednesday it took down accounts of Roger Stone, a longtime ally of US president Donald Trump, after an investigation uncovered links to a network involved in deceptive activity dating back to the 2016 US election.

Stone’s personal accounts at Facebook and Instagram were among those removed in a crackdown on “inauthentic coordinated behavior” in various parts of the world, the social networking giant said.

Facebook separately targeted fake accounts tied to Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and networks in Canada, Ecuador and Ukraine which disguised their true origins.

The Stone network was uncovered with the help of information unearthed by the Robert Mueller investigation, according to Facebook head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher.

Stone, who has been convicted on charges of lying and witness tampering in a federal investigation, was linked to more than 50 Facebook and Instagram accounts, and dozens of pages involved in

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Congress may slap limits on the next stimulus checks

It’s been more than three months since President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act, the law that provided those $1,200 “stimulus checks” (and direct deposits and debit cards) to give Americans some financial relief from the coronavirus pandemic.

But maybe you could use more help. The outbreak is still raging and is worse than ever in many states. And millions are still struggling to meet expenses and deal with rising debt as unemployment remains high and incomes are squeezed.

So, the question keeps coming up again and again: When will there be another round of relief money?

White House and congressional officials are indicating that day may be getting closer, but they’re also suggesting new payments may come with limits.

Sorry to break it to you, but you may not get any cash this time.

How the next payments could be restricted

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Google, Amazon Funnel Money to Virus Conspiracy Sites: Study

(Bloomberg) — Digital advertising platforms run by Google, Amazon.com Inc. and other tech companies will funnel at least $25 million to websites spreading misinformation about Covid-19 this year, according to a study released Wednesday.

Google’s platforms will provide $19 million, or $3 out of every $4 that the misinformation sites get in ad revenue. OpenX, a smaller digital ad distributor, handles about 10% of the money, while Amazon’s technology delivers roughly $1.7 million, or 7%, of the digital marketing spending these sites will receive, according to a research group called the Global Disinformation Index.

GDI made the estimates in a study that analyzed ads running between January and June on 480 English language websites identified as publishers of virus misinformation. Some of the ads were for brands including cosmetics giant L’Oreal SA, furniture website Wayfair Inc. and imaging technology company Canon Inc. The data exclude social-media and online-video services, so

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10 Best Places to Buy Custom Wall Art (That Won’t Break the Bank)

When you’re putting the finishing touches on your home decor, finding the perfect wall art is often one of the last tasks to get checked off the to-do list. Art is not only an investment, but it can also be very personal, making it difficult to find pieces that resonate with you and match your individual style. If this rings true, then check out these amazing sources for custom wall art. Here, you’ll find personalized line drawings of your family, or a map that reminds you of your favorite vacation, or the night sky captured on the night you got engaged. This custom wall art will help tell your story—plus they make wonderful, personalized gifts for weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and more.

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The Night Sky

The night you first fell in love. The night your child was born. The night you

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