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Following Facebook, Google Plans to Use Your Name and Pic in Ads Endorsing Products Without Explicit Permission

endorsements by you Back in law school, we learned that a company could not use your name and likeness in advertising without your permission. That however, has not stopped Facebook (much) from doing so after settling a lawsuit this past August. Following Facebook's lead, Google just announced that it will soon begin using your ratings and comments about products and services made at certain Google websites in advertising, along with your picture and name. Both companies are tucking language in their fine print to allow this, and you have to opt-out in the privacy settings if you don't like it. This is instead of getting your explicit permission and paying you for the use of your likeness. How do you feel about this? Add your comments here or read others'.

10 Things Assisted Living Facilities Won't Tell You

house At some point as we get older many of us will need some extra assistance with everyday tasks. Assisted living residences offer that bridge between home and a nursing home. Like all industries, they have some dirty little secrets revealed here.

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Black Friday Price Predictions

It is just seven weeks before the best bargain shopping day of the year will be upon us. Dealnews looks into its shopping crystal ball to make price predictions on how low certain hot items will be advertised for this coming Black Friday (Nov. 29). Included are HDTVs, tablets, smartphones, laptops, and more.


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Mouse Print* -- The Fine Print that Allows Google to Use Your Name in Ads

mouse print As noted in our top story this week, Google could soon use your name and photo in ads for products. We show you exactly how they changed their terms of service and how you can opt-out. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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5% off Amazon and Dept. Stores thru 12/31

If you have a Chase Freedom credit card, be sure to activate it for this quarter's 5% deal. You will get 5% in points back for purchases at Amazon and traditional department stores (Walmart, Target, warehouse clubs, and electronics stores EXCLUDED). Bonus 5% back ends after you spend $1500 at designated stores.

$10 off a $25 Purchase @Macy's

Columbus Day (Monday ONLY until 1pm local time), Macy's is offering $10 off a $25 purchase with this printable coupon.

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Shop Smart, Consumer Reports' sister publication, has a list of new shopping tools, apps and sites designed to appeal to the bargain hunter and price shopper.


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