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Week of July 17, 2017 (see last week)

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Who Can You Trust (and Not Trust) Your Data With?

privacy The Electronic Frontier Foundation just issued its annual report (full report pdf) about which companies will not give up your personal data without a fight when a government entity asks for it. How and when companies reveal data to the U.S. government is transparent at some companies, but not at others. Here is a summary of company ratings, along with a list of the most/least trusted ones.

United Airlines May Pay You In Advance to Give Up Your Seat So They Can Resell it for More Money

United Airlines United has figured out a way to make more money. If you bought a reserved seat at a deeply discounted price on a popular flight, five days ahead of your flight they may offer you up to $250 via voucher to switch to a different flight the same day. That will allow United to resell your cheap seat for more money.


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Drink Coffee and Live Longer?!

coffee Two new studies were released last week that suggest that drinking two or three cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of dying from circulatory and liver diseases. Men benefited more than women, but women also showed improvement in longevity.

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Mouse Print* -- Report: Amazon Still Advertising Phony Discounts

mouse print Most people probably view as a very reputable company. So, it is inexplicable why they continue to engage in deceptive sales practices making people believe they are saving more than they really are. That story is in Mouse Print* this week.

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Bargain of the Week

Amazon Prime Day Preview and Savings Tips

While MrConsumer will probably never spring for an Amazon Prime membership, tens of millions of shoppers have. Prime Day begins officially at 6pm Eastern time on July 10 and continues all day on the 11th. Some deals have begun already. Here are a number of articles offering tips on ways to save the most during Prime Day and a preview of some of the sale items: site 1, site 2, and site 3 (leaked deals).

See also: Hot Deals

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Best Vacuums for Allergy Suffers

Consumer Reports singled out these six vacuum cleaners as having particularly good filtration systems to help allegy suffers. Most of these are good at picking up pet hair as well.

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