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Is Your Whole Life Going on View on Facebook?

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Facebook and Carrier IQ have been making news lately. How does this news impact you? Here's what you need to know.

Facebook Timeline is now available to everyone. The Timeline was announced back in September but wasn't available to everyone until now. The Timeline is an update to your profile. If you choose to switch to it now, you'll have seven days to review and decide which items you've posted should be hidden and to adjust your privacy settings. If you don't publish your timeline during the review period, it will automatically go live at the end of the seven days. The Timeline is opt-in, so you shouldn't find your profile automatically updated.

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The App Trap: How It Adds Up

 

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By Emily Driscoll

Apps may seem harmless and helpful, but you may not realize how app collecting can really start to dent your wallet if you aren't careful.  I know what you're thinking: "Get real, it's a measly two bucks."  But two bucks can really start to add up, especially around this time of year when we're being deluged with holiday ads and it's easy to get caught up in the holiday-and mass spending-spirit.

Here's how apps can lead you down a slippery slope of spending and why you should take a long pause before downloading.

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Donating to Charity This Holiday Season? Read These Tips First.

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During the holiday season, there are many charities asking for donations to help the less fortunate. While there are many legitimate charities that do good work, there are also some phony ones. Here are some tips to help you make sure that your donation benefits the people and organizations you intended.

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Shopping on Black Friday? Check out these tips before you go.

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Black Friday offers lots of bargains as well as deals that aren't much of deal. Here are a few tips to help you find the best bargains.

  • Check out the ads. Thanksgiving newspapers will be loaded with circulars. Sign up for email newsletters/alerts. Check out businesses Facebook pages and Twitter feeds for deals and coupons.
  • Compare prices between stores online and off.
  • For online deals, don't forget to check the total price including shipping and taxes.
  • For bundled items, check out the individual prices and make sure you need all of the items.
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Want to Know the Real Cost of that College Education?

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Thanks to a new law, it may be easier for parents and students to calculate the real cost of college. As of October 29, 2011 all colleges and universities which receive federal aid, must have posted on their websites a net-price calculator. These calculators will help provide a rough estimate of the cost of college not an exact figure. While some calculators are relatively simple, others require lots of data to give a more precise estimate.

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Coming Soon - Free Text Alerts to Avoid Overage Charges

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The CTIA-The Wireless Association, Consumers Union, and the FCC announced on 10/17/11 new guidelines that will help consumers avoid "bill shock" from overage charges. Until your carrier implements the free alerts, following these tips can help you avoid "bill shock.".

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