On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
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Visa and Mastercard accused of charging 'excessive fees' 20.10.2020 BBC: Business
Retail groups say the fees charged by credit card firms have almost doubled in two years.
British Airways fined £20m over data breach 16.10.2020 BBC: Business
The fine is the largest ever issued by the Information Commissioner's Office.
Trump’s $200 prescription drug cards look like a bust — and many won’t be sent until after the election 8.10.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump announced late last month that he had authorized sending $200 cards out to Medicare beneficiaries that they could use to pay for prescription drugs. However, Politico is reporting that the plan may not deliver the political jolt the president is hoping for because many seniors won’t even receive the cards until after […]
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Debt collectors have made a killing this year — and now they’re coming for more 7.10.2020 Raw Story
Earlier this year, the pandemic swept across the country, killing 100,000 Americans by the spring, shuttering businesses and schools, and forcing people into their homes. It was a great time to be a debt collector. In August, Encore Capital, the largest debt buyer in the country, announced that it had doubled its previous record for […]
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Chowbus users say hundreds of thousands of customer emails, phone numbers exposed in data breach 7.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Asian food delivery service Chowbus said it had a data breach Monday that compromised the email addresses, phone numbers and mailing addresses of customers.
Debt Collectors Are Thriving This Year — and Now They’re Filing Even More Suits 5.10.2020 Truthout.com
After a pause for the pandemic, debt buyers are back in the courts, suing debtors by the ...
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Debt collectors have made a fortune this year — now they’re coming for more 5.10.2020 Raw Story
Earlier this year, the pandemic swept across the country, killing 100,000 Americans by the spring, shuttering businesses and schools, and forcing people into their homes. It was a great time to be a debt collector. In August, Encore Capital, the largest debt buyer in the country, announced that it had doubled its previous record for […]
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National Review writer pinpoints exactly why Trump’s 2020 campaign is flailing 5.10.2020 Raw Story
Current polling averages suggest that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has a lead of around eight points over President Donald Trump — and that polling lead has been the steadiest of any election in recent history. National Review writer Michael Brendan Dougherty has written up a comparison of Trump’s 2020 campaign to his 2016 campaign […]
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Coronavirus: 'Lockdown was madness but saved us financially' 4.10.2020 BBC: Business
Americans saved at record rates when the pandemic started - but circumstances are changing.
Seagram heiress jailed for bankrolling sex cult 1.10.2020 Raw Story
The heiress of the Canadian drinks empire Seagram was sentenced to more than six years in prison by a New York court Wednesday after pleading guilty in a sex trafficking scandal linked to a cult. The 81-month sentence handed down to Clare Bronfman, 41, was seen as particularly stiff, since prosecutors had themselves only called […]
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Kylie Jenner's cosmetics customers' data compromised 30.9.2020 BBC: Technology
Customers names, addresses, emails and the last four digits of credit cards were among data stolen.
Column: When the phone company and the robocall scammer are one and the same 29.9.2020 LA Times: Business

The FTC has settled with a phone company affiliated with a telemarketer that pitched "bogus credit card interest rate relief."

Trump Taxes: Corruption and Foreign Influence 28.9.2020 Outside the Beltway

The Times investigation sheds more light on what most of us already knew.

The post Trump Taxes: Corruption and Foreign Influence first appeared on Outside the Beltway.

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Federal Reserve plans to keep interest rates near zero at least through 2023 17.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the economic outlook still remains highly uncertain and depends heavily on the ability of the U.S. to get control of the pandemic. “A full economic recovery is unlikely until people are confident that it is safe to re-engage in a wide variety of activities,” Powell said.
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Column: Banks say cardholders can get help during the pandemic. But it may not be easy 15.9.2020 LA Times: Business

Most banks have programs to assist credit card customers facing hardship because of the pandemic. But consumer advocates say not everyone will qualify.

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Citigroup names Jane Fraser as next CEO, first woman to lead Wall Street bank 10.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Citigroup announced that Jane Fraser would succeed Michael Corbat as the bank’s next chief executive, making Fraser the first woman to ever lead a Wall Street bank.
NorthShore health system says personal information of 348,000 people potentially exposed in data breach 9.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
NorthShore University HealthSystem said the personal information of about 348,000 people may have been exposed in a breach involving one of the health system’s vendors earlier this year.
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Column: A new California law is kicking in that will help keep debt collectors at bay 1.9.2020 LA Times: Business

When SB 616 was signed into law last year, it was intended as a safety net for low-income households. The pandemic has changed that.

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The loan company that sued thousands of low-income Latinos during the COVID pandemic 1.9.2020 Raw Story
On an afternoon in mid-June, Analleli Solis was walking home from her brother’s house just down the street when she noticed someone she didn’t know retreating from the front door of her modest brick home. Solis approached the woman, who handed her an envelope. Inside was a lawsuit from Oportun Inc., a personal loan company […]
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The $1-billion bet that people will return to downtown L.A. after COVID 31.8.2020 LA Times: Business

In a downtown missing its office workers, tourists and museum visitors, work on the Frank Gehry-designed $1-billion Grand complex reaches the halfway point.

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