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As usual I'm watching the healthcare scene, especially the CVS/Aetna merger. I'm also buying a new Google phone instead of upgrading my Apple phone.
CNBC.com The Justice Department has approved CVS' $69 billion merger with Aetna. The deal combines CVS' pharmacies with Aetna's insurance business, blurring traditionally distinct lines in hopes of lowering costs. The DOJ recently cleared health…
francine hardawayThis is interesting. For the first time I'm looking at another plan besides United Health to see if I can get better benefits and care. I'm not as price sensitive as many people, but I'm a knowledgeable consumer.
Senate Democrats on Wednesday plan to force a vote on a health-care measure in an effort to put Republicans on the record against pre-existing condition protections ahead of the midterm elections. Democrats say the vote will highlight that…
francine hardawayNo wonder Pres. Trump wrote an OpEd in USA Today. I hate it when they play games and politics with health care. For next year my benefits have gone down and my premiums have gone up --I've already heard from United Health.
If it seems like seeing people vape on devices that look like USB flash drives came seemingly out of nowhere, you're absolutely right. It's the ubiquity of the e-cigarette, known as the Juul, that has led its manufacturer to achieve a milestone…
francine hardawayThis must be the combination of people with cigarette habits, people with MJ cards, and people who just want to look cool.
Colin P. Clarke
– Oct 9, 2018, 11:57 PM
Although the Islamic State has lost nearly 98 percent of the territory it once controlled, the group is ripe for a comeback in Sunni-majority areas of Iraq and Syria. The main reason is its existing war chest, coupled with its skill at developing…
francine hardawayHere's something we're not following because we're distracted. We didn't get rid of ISIS after all.
– Oct 9, 2018, 11:26 AM
More than a dozen high profile tech executives, including famous venture capital investors Marc Andreessen and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are part of a newly announced advisory panel for a $500 billion Saudi mega-city project. The panel was…
francine hardawayThis will be the next distraction
When Samsung revealed the Galaxy Note 9 back in August, it showed off new AI-powered camera features, like flaw detection and a scene optimizer to tune the exposure and color of a shot before you've captured it. When Apple launched the iPhone XS…
francine hardawayI ordered this phone and I think I'm going to give it a try as my main carrier. First of all, I like the Google ecosystem, and second, Siri is so much worse than Google Assistant. Text messages will be my issue.
The New York Times
– Oct 10, 2018, 2:00 AM
More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every desk. No one really believed them, so few tried to stop them. Then before anyone realized it, the deed was done: Just about…
francine hardaway'Putting a computer in everything turns the whole world into a computer security threat '
On social media, the country seems to divide into two neat camps: Call them the woke and the resentful. Team Resentment is manned—pun very much intended—by people who are predominantly old and almost exclusively white. Team Woke is…
francine hardawayAmong the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.” It is. It inhibits conversation.
By Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria, Economist, and Brian Reinbold, Research Associate Macroeconomists have long been interested in understanding time series trends in aggregate hours worked. Long-term trend changes in per capita hours worked across…
francine hardawayHigh taxes on wages and salaries can discourage people from working.
I'm guessing you are scoffing in disbelief at the very suggestion of this article, but bear with me. A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than 20 years we'll all have stopped owning cars, and, what's more, the internal…
francine hardawayI like this article because it comes from the UK, not the US.