Sen. Elizabeth Warren “loves” markets — just not ones without competition. Within the last month, the Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate has unveiled proposals to address the consolidation of power in the technology and agriculture sectors, which she says is hurting consumers and competitors. But are Big Tech and Big Ag the only industries Warren would like to break up? Maybe not. In a 2016 speech at the Open Markets Institute, an anti-monopoly think tank, Warren said that the concentration problem is “hiding in plain sight all across the American economy” and called on government to address it. She also mentioned several specific industries — in addition to tech and agriculture — that federal regulators should address. In another Open Markets speech in 2017, Warren called for “a new breed of antitrust enforcers,” who would more strictly enforce the existing monopoly rules and apply closer scrutiny to … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Big Tech and Big Ag. What industries could be next?
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If you think your Facebook news feed is more clogged with political ads than ever this year, it’s not just you: the 2018 election is shaping up as the biggest one yet for digital political communication, with campaigns, super PACs, and outside groups spending increasingly more money to blanket the internet and social media with ads. The ads that are popping up all over your computer, tablet and phone screens are taking more forms than ever, too, from short clips to longer videos made for the web, and shareable reminders to donate money to ominous attacks on an opponent. So far in the 2018 cycle, Minnesota’s competitive federal candidates, along with the outside groups that back them, are making significant investments in those online ads: DFL Sen. Tina Smith’s campaign, for example, has spent $260,000 on contracts with one California firm for digital consulting and advertising, and has put some 900 ads on Facebook over the past few months. Outside groups, like the … [Read more...] about Not just Russians: Minnesota’s political campaigns are spending a ton on Facebook and Google to influence your vote, too
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Hiawatha Bray Globe Staff September 18, 2018 You’ve heard it a thousand times: You won’t save much money by replacing traditional cable TV with Internet video streams.Don’t be so sure. A survey of 500 “cord cutters” from the personal finance website LendEdu found they claimed an average saving of $115 a month — nearly $1,400 a year. Many cord cutters combine free TV broadcasts with a few carefully selected Internet video streams, to get all the entertainment they want. Advertisement Could you do the same? It depends. Get Talking Points in your inbox: An afternoon recap of the day’s most important business news, delivered weekdays. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here First, this assumes you’ve got a strong over-the-air signal to receive the major national broadcasters and local … [Read more...] about What does $50 a month buy you on TV? It could buy plenty
ACCRA, Ghana — It had been 12 years since Rita Sarpong went home to Ghana. She’d missed siblings’ weddings, the births of nieces and nephews, even the death of her father, sacrificing time with her own family so that she could help frail, aging Americans stay at home with theirs.Almost up to the moment she boarded the plane, Sarpong was working nearly around the clock. A home health aide, she cared for a 90-year-old retired insurance agent with severe arthritis by day. Then at night, she drove from Newton to Wrentham to look after a woman in her 80s who was prone to falling. Related Links Stranger in the house That made for 104 hours a week of work that was equal parts tedious, stressful, exhausting, and essential. After she reached Logan Airport, dragging three suitcases loaded with gifts for her family — mainly used clothes from her closet — Sarpong collapsed in her seat. For the next nine hours, as food carts rolled by carrying lunch, dinner, … [Read more...] about PIPELINE FROM AFRICA: Recent immigrants do much of the low-paying, back-breaking work of caring for frail Americans at home. Back home, they’re seen as success stories.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Hiawatha Bray Globe staff August 27, 2018 They say it’s the Golden Age of Television. But it’s our gold, and some of us would rather hang onto it.Millions of viewers have given up on traditional cable or satellite TV; “cutting the cord,” as it’s known, can save you a nice piece of change if you do it right. Or you could end up spending as much as you did on your old TV service, and even much more. BRING ON THE BROADBAND For many cord-cutters, it begins with broadband. Much of the best TV is online these days, so you can bypass cable or satellite services if your Internet services is good enough. Unfortunately, about half of Americans have access to only one high-end broadband provider, so there’s little competition to keep them honest. Also, many have to make do with sluggish DSL services over old-school phone lines. To … [Read more...] about How to cut the cable cord and still be able to watch TV