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In Google’s hometown, some residents are living on the streets in RVs

There’s a housing crisis in one of the most affluent areas in the country. To make it even more shocking, it’s at the doorstep of one of the world’s most valuable companies: Google.

In Mountain View, Calif., home to Google and its parent Alphabet, housing and homelessness is rampant enough that the city is taking action.

Earlier this year, the Mountain View City Council voted to ban oversized vehicles, such as recreational vehicles (RVs), from parking overnight on city streets. This is expected to be enforced in the coming months.

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RVs parked on a street across from Google headquarters in Mountain View, California on May 22, 2019. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Hundreds of people live in RVs in Mountain View because of exorbitant rents, according to the City. “The concentration of recreational vehicles has been a particularly visible sign of this issue,” a speaker for the city said at a March 19 meeting.

The median rent in Mountain View is now $4,151 a month, according to a report from Bloomberg. That’s almost twice what it was in 2010 and almost triple the national average, the report said, citing data from online real estate company Trulia. The median home value is $1.8 million more than double the $750,000 it was 10 years ago, Bloomberg reported, using data from Zillow.

At the March city council meeting, Mountain View residents and vehicle dwellers talked about the paradox of living in poverty in a place that is home to big tech and the mega-rich.

“I do not want to live in a town where the only people that can afford to be here are very, very rich techies and very, very old retirees like myself,” said one resident during the comment session.

“It’s not a secret that rent is very, very expensive here,” said a student who lived in a car at the meeting.

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RVs sit parked on a street across from Google headquarters on May 22, 2019 in Mountain View, California. As the price of rent continues to skyrocket in the San Francisco Bay Area, a number of RVs have appeared on the streets near the Google headquarters in Mountain View. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“I originally lived in an apartment but due to rent increases I was unable to afford that apartment,” said another student who had lived in their car.

Civil rights attorneys say the proposed ban appears to be designed to push poor residents out of the city, according to a report in the Mountain View Voice. If passed, Mountain View would be “skirting its responsibility to provide for its most vulnerable citizens,” the report said, paraphrasing a comment from a local attorney.

The most recent count done by the Mountain View police department cited 290 vehicles used for living.

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The city has taken measures to correct the issue, but so far, they don’t seem to be having much of an impact. “The magnitude of the regional housing crisis and the complexities of homelessness have resulted in the needle not moving much in reducing the inhabited vehicles seen on Mountain View streets,” a speaker for the city said at the March 19 meeting.

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An RV sits parked next to Google headquarters on May 22, 2019 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

RVs parked long term in the street can also create a pollution problem, such as illegal dumping of raw sewage. Recent Mountain View ordinances would make it illegal to discharge domestic sewage into a curbside gutter or storm sewer.

Fox News has reached out to the Mountain View City Council with a request for comment.

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Navy plans to shoot nuclear missile from new Columbia-class sub

Almost nobody knows where they are at any given time, yet nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines quietly patrol dark domains of the undersea realm in strategically vital waters around the globe, bringing the prospect of unprecedented destruction upon potential enemies — all as a way to keep peace.

Undersea strategic deterrence, intended to ensure a second, retaliatory strike in the event of a catastrophic nuclear attack upon the U.S., ultimately relies upon the accuracy, resilience and functionality of the Trident II D5 missile. Accordingly, missile tube construction, fire-control technology and tests shots of the nuclear weapon are intended to help the Navy construct and prepare its new Columbia-class submarines on an accelerated time frame.

The Navy is preparing to shoot its Trident II D5 nuclear missile from its emerging new Columbia-class submarine as part of a plan to launch the boat’s first patrol ahead of schedule in the late 2020s.

“We will go through the standard strategic weapons testing and eventually do a test shot to prove out the weapons system before it goes on its first patrol,” Capt. John Rucker, Program Manager, Columbia-class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines, said at the Navy League Sea Air Space Symposium.

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The new boat’s first patrol, which had been slated to launch in 2031, is now on track for 2027, Rucker explained.

While the test-shot will, of course, involve an unarmed missile, it will function as a critical step in preparing the nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarine for decades of undersea strategic deterrence. Rucker said the Navy is now building a special system in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to test the missile systems which will be ready as soon as next year.

“They are doing all of the qualifications right now and are on track to finish in July,” he added.

The Trident II D5s have both been maintained and upgraded in recent years, a scenario which makes it possible for the Navy to literally integrate the exact same weapons system into the Columbia-class as is now arming the existing Ohio-class.

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“Maintaining that commonality reduces risk and helps maintain the schedule,” Rucker said.

Research, prototyping, science and technology work and initial missile tube construction on Columbia-class submarines have been underway for several years. One key exercise, called tube-and-hull forging, involves building four-packs of missile tubes to assess welding and construction methods. These structures are intended to load into the boat’s modules as construction advances. Rucker said that the Navy recently awarded a new missile-tube construction deal in April. The Columbia-class will have 16 launch tubes rather than the 24 tubes currently on Ohio boats, yet the Columbias will be about 2-tons larger, according to Navy information.

While the Navy may ultimately engineer a replacement for its 1980s-era Trident II D5, the missile is being modernized with improved electronics, firing circuitry and targeting technology to arm the emerging Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines. When the time comes to build a new sub-launched nuclear-armed missile, its design and configuration will largely be based upon the existing Trident, Pentagon sources have told Warrior. This is, in part, due to the long-term reliability the weapon has shown for decades.

One substantial upcoming variation, according to Pentagon sources, may be efforts to engineer the Trident warhead such that it can carry the emerging Low-Yield Submarine-Launched weapons called for in the Nuclear Posture Review.

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A new, life-extended variant of the weapon, called the Trident II D5LE, was first installed in 2017, arming the fleet with an upgraded weapon slated to serve well into the 2040s and beyond. The three-stage ballistic missile can travel a nominal range of 4,000 nautical miles and carry multiple independently targeted reentry bodies, according to Navy and Lockheed information.

The firepower of a Trident II D5 is substantial. According to the “United States Nuclear Forces, 2018,” report from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, each Trident can carry up to eight warheads, bringing an average load-out of approximately 90 warheads per submarine. (Hans Kristensen, Robert Norris)

The Navy is working with Lockheed on a number of key technical upgrades to both modernize and sustain the nuclear weapon. This has included work on the missile’s Mk-6 guidance system, with a specific focus on the weapon’s electronic modules. These adjustments, developers have explained, make the weapon much more precise.

As part of the technical improvements to the missile, the Navy has been upgrading what’s called the Mk-4 reentry body, the element of the missile that houses a thermonuclear warhead. The life-extension for the Mk-4 reentry body includes replacing components such as the firing circuit. The new Mk-4A variant, according to Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, has an enhanced fuzing and firing unit bringing improved targeting.

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Navy and industry engineers have also been modernizing the guidance system by replacing two key components due to obsolescence – the inertial measurement unit and the electronics assembly.

The Navy has also, in recent years, been working with the Air Force on refurbishing the Mk-5 reentry body. Navy officials say the Mk-5 reentry body has more yield than a Mk-4 reentry body, adding that more detail on the differences was not publicly available.

The missile also has a larger structure called a release assembly which houses and releases the reentry bodies. There has been an ongoing effort to engineer a new release assembly that will work with either the Mk-4 or Mk-5 reentry body.

Within the last several years, the Navy has acquired more than 100 Trident II D5 missiles in order to strengthen the inventory for testing and further technological development. The 130,000-pound Trident II D5 missile can travel 20,000-feet per second, according to Navy figures.

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“Every single person on my staff that is working on this is contributing to something that will change the future of this country and maintain the way of life we are accustomed to today,” Rucker said.

The new submarines are expected to serve all the way into the 2080s and beyond.

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“By 2042, Columbia-class submarines will carry 70 percent of the nation’s accountable strategic warheads,” Rucker said.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: Breaking up Big Tech would be ‘illegal’ and harmful to consumers

The former chairman and chief executive of Google said that calls for breaking up the tech giant have “no basis in law” and would harm consumers by pushing up prices and decreasing transparency.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Eric Schmidt, who is stepping down next month from the board of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, pushed back on growing calls from lawmakers in the United States and the European Union to bring Big Tech to heel by forcing companies to unwind mergers and break themselves up into smaller entities.

“I don’t see a basis in law for a breakup. The various proposals for breaking up would [mean] prices increase, which would be a negative consumer harm for sure,” he said.

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As concerns around privacy and the spread of hate speech or misinformation continue to plague Facebook and Google, calls to break them up have increased. Most notably, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has a wide-ranging proposal for the breakup of several major tech companies on antitrust grounds.

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Eric Schmidt, former chairman and chief executive of Google, is seen above. (Photo by Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)

Google was hit with a $57 million fine by France’s privacy watchdog in January for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent” regarding ad personalization for users. Google was also fined an addition $1.7 billion by the EU for abusive advertising practices.

“These platforms are enormously powerful, and they are free to consumers…I would be very careful about directly affecting the structure of the industry because the benefit of broad access to these platforms has brought innumerable benefits,” Schmidt continued in the Telegraph interview.

The billionaire also reportedly expressed concerns about “regulatory bias” in the U.S. and EU as potentially damaging to the competitiveness of Western firms in favor of Chinese tech companies.

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Schmidt’s comments echo recent statements from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who said that breaking up Facebook or other tech giants would not address any of the underlying problems with privacy, security and content moderation.

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Apple’s new Powerbeats are the biggest threat to AirPods

The biggest threat to the dominance of AirPods is coming from within Apple.

The new Powerbeats Pro wireless headset from Apple-owned headphone-maker Beats so thoroughly embarrasses Apple’s AirPods in terms of sound quality, comfort and appearance, that this reporter wonders what the AirPods could do to bring him back into their stiff, white fold.

Beats isn’t known for top-notch sound quality in its products, but the new Powerbeats pack a punch for their size.

Plus, at $250, they’re worth the cost when compared with AirPods, which cost $200 with a wireless charging case.

The Powerbeats Pro is the latest entry into the Powerbeats line — and the first to be truly wireless. Compared with its predecessor, 2016’s Powerbeats 3, the Pro features a slim, compact design that looks much less bulky on the ear.

The rubber hooks fit comfortably over the ear and make the earbuds feel snug and secure. It was a breath of fresh air compared with the first time I put on AirPods, when I constantly checked to make sure that the small white buds weren’t going to fall out.

The Powerbeats are designed for use in the gym, and they withstood rigorous testing. No amount of sprints, jumping rope or sit-ups could dislodge them from my ears, and the connection remained strong even when I left my iPhone at my workout station to walk over to the water fountain across the room.

With the Powerbeats’ IPX4 rating for sweat and water resistance, I was able to comfortably work out without worries that my sweat would find its way into the earbuds and break them. With AirPods and other wireless earbuds like Samsung’s Galaxy Buds, I find myself stopping every few minutes to wipe them off and make sure they are still dry.

Similarly, on a rainy New York day my AirPods remain firmly in my pocket lest an errant raindrop forces me to the Genius Bar for a repair.

With the Pro buds, weather is no factor.

Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” was a joy on the Powerbeats, with its subtle bass popping through and creating a rich texture, while the AirPods sounded much more tinny and flat, with the bass nearly nonexistent.

The sound is also better when cranking the tunes. AirPods, by contrast, can get muddled and distorted when the volume is too high.

The Powerbeats undoubtedly benefit from their rubber ear tips, which help create a seal in your ear canal, allowing for a fuller sound than the AirPods’ loose fit.

The rubber tips that go in your ears come in three sizes, and provide a decent amount of noise blockage before you even turn the earbuds on. Unlike AirPods, where I find myself pausing my podcast whenever a train passes by while I wait on the subway platform, the Powerbeats are able to plow straight ahead.

Where the AirPods remain dominant is the portability factor. The Powerbeats come in a comically large charging case that feels like you’re carrying around a Klondike Bar in your pocket.

Unlike AirPods — which have a permanent place in my pocket next to my wallet — I don’t think I would bring my Powerbeats with me anywhere if I didn’t have my backpack to store the case in.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post.

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Air Force preps light attack plane for combat missions in great power war

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Despite the Air Force’s stated intention and the widespread assumption that a low-cost off-the-shelf Light Attack airplane would primarily perform counterinsurgency missions, it seems entirely conceivable that the plane could have limited uses for major power warfare as well.

The Air Force’s Light Attack Aircraft program, including both the Sierra Nevada-Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and Textron AT-6, seeks aircraft optimized for counterinsurgency and other types of warfare wherein the U.S. Air Force largely has aerial dominance. Given this mission scope, the planes are not intended to mirror the speed, weaponry or stealth attributes of a 5th-generation fighter – but rather offer the service an effective attack option against ground enemies such as insurgents who do not present an air threat.

The combat concept here, should the Air Force engage in substantial conflict with a major, technically-advanced adversary, would be to utilize stealth attack and advanced 5th-gen fighters to establish air superiority – before sending light aircraft into a hostile area to support ground maneuvers and potentially fire precision weapons at ground targets from close range. Over the course of history, there have certainly been instances wherein mechanized forces advanced into heavy combat while still maintaining air superiority. Fast-advancing infantry needing to maneuver through a complex battlespace in great power war wherein they will not only need ground-based supportive fire but also close air support similar to that which the Light Attack aircraft can provide.

Following an initial Air Force Light Attack aircraft experiment earlier in the developmental process, which included assessments of a handful of off-the-shelf options, the Air Force streamlined its approach and entered a 2nd phase of the program. The second phase included “live-fly” assessments of the aircraft in a wide range of combat scenarios. The service chose to continue testing two of the previous competitors from its first phase – Textron’s AT-6 and the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano.

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Now, amid some ongoing uncertainty as to the actual Air Force plan for the program, the service appears to be surging ahead with two options; earlier this month, the service announced it would “sole source” A-29 Super Tucanos and Textron’s AT-6 Wolverine. A formal solicitation from the Air Force says, “It is anticipated that formal solicitation will be released in May of 2019, and a contract will be awarded in the fourth quarter of FY19.”

The emerging aircraft is envisioned as a low-cost, commercially-built, combat-capable plane able to perform a wide range of missions in a less challenging or more permissive environment. The idea is to save mission time for more expensive and capable fighter jets, such as an F-15 or F-22, when an alternative can perform needed air-ground attack missions – such as recent attacks on ISIS.

Air Force officials provided these Light Attack assessment parameters to Warrior Maven, during an earlier analysis phase of the program.

-Basic Surface Attack – Assess impact accuracy using hit/miss criteria of practice/laser-guided bomb, and unguided/guided rockets

– Close Air Support (CAS) – Assess ability to find, fix, track target and engage simulated operational targets while communicating with the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC)

– Daytime Ground Assault Force (GAF) – assess aircraft endurance, range, ability to communicate with ground forces through unsecure and secure radio and receive tactical updates

– Rescue Escort (RESCORT) – Assess pilot workload to operate with a helicopter, receive area updates and targeting data, employ ballistic, unguided/guided rockets and laser-guided munitions

– Night CAS – Assess pilot workload to find, fix, track, target and engage operational targets

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A-29 Super Tucano

US-trained pilots with the Afghan Air Force have been attacking the Taliban with A-29 Super Tucano aircraft, a platform which seems well-suited for the Air Force’s intended mission scope. Its integrated weapons and laser-firing technology enable the platform to both lay down suppressive fire in support of advancing infantry as well as pinpoint targets for precision strikes. This mission envelope seems to enable a wide sphere of operational possibilities, to include counterinsurgency and great power challenges.

A-29s are turboprop planes armed with one 20mm cannon below the fuselage able to shoot 650 rounds per minute, one 12.7mm machine gun (FN Herstal) under each wing and up to four 7.62mm Dillion Aero M134 Miniguns able to shoot up to 3,000 rounds per minute.

Super Tucanos are also equipped with 70mm rockets, air-to-air missiles such as the AIM-9L Sidewinder, air-to-ground weapons such as the AGM-65 Maverick and precision-guided bombs. It can also use a laser rangefinder and laser-guided weapons.

The Super Tucano is a highly maneuverable light attack aircraft able to operate in high temperatures and rugged terrain. It is 11.38 meters long and has a wingspan of 11.14 meters; its maximum take-off weight is 5,400 kilograms. The aircraft has a combat radius of 300 nautical miles, can reach speeds up to 367 mph and hits ranges up to 720 nautical miles. Its range of 300 nautical miles positions the aircraft for effective attacks within urban environments or other more condensed combat circumstances.

AT-6 Light Attack

The Textron Aviation AT-6 is the other multi-role light attack aircraft being pursued by the Air Force. Like the A-29, the aircraft’s weapons and communication technologies position it for a wider swath of combat missions than may have initially been intended for the program. The AT-6 uses a Lockheed A-10C mission computer and a CMC Esterline glass cockpit with flight management systems combined with an L3 Wescam MX-Ha15Di multi-sensor suite which provides color and IR sensors, laser designation technology and a laser rangefinder. The aircraft is built with an F-16 hands-on throttle and also uses a SparrowHawk HUD with integrated navigation and weapons delivery, according to Textron Aviation information on the plane.

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FBI warns on Chinese embassy scam, losses total tens of millions of dollars

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The Oregon office of the FBI issued an advisory this week on an ongoing scam that has resulted in losses totaling tens of millions of dollars.

The office posted an advisory, “Building a Digital Defense Against the Chinese Embassy Scam,” based on a public service announcement from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

The scam has been effective. Over a 15-month period, victims have reported losses totaling $40 million, the IC3 reported earlier this year. The average loss is $164,000 per victim.

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In one version of the scam, victims are contacted – often in a Chinese dialect – by a “spoofed” phone number, text or chat application. The scammers claim to be from the Chinese embassy or consulate. Sometimes victims are told it’s a shipping company and are told to claim a package.

In other variations of the scheme, a scammer says the victim’s passport, social security card, or credit card was found in a package or on a “suspicious person.” Other scammers pose as Chinese credit card companies demanding outstanding payments and tell victims to work with Chinese law enforcement to fix the problem.

The scammers then ratchet up the ruse by transferring victims to “investigators,” who suggest that they wire funds to accounts in China or Hong Kong. In some case, victims may be asked to pay by credit card or virtual currency.

“If the victims do not cooperate, they are threatened with deportation, loss of assets, and/or jail,” the IC3 said in its PSA. “If victims do not have the requested funds, the scammers may ask them to obtain a loan. They may also be requested to check in daily via an online chat application until payment is made,” the FBI said.

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Ransom demands are also made in some cases. Scammers may claim that the victim’s relative was kidnapped. “The criminal actors are then able to extort money from both original victims and their families,” according to the FBI.

Most of the victims have names of Asian descent and were often students or visiting university faculty from China, the FBI said.

To verify if the caller is legitimate, the FBI suggests finding a publicly available number associated with the caller’s purported organization or company and then independently calling that number back yourself.  Also, “be cautious if you are asked to keep a situation or matter secret. This is a red flag,” the FBI said.

The Chinese government has stated that it will not contact people by phone “for personal information, parcel pick-up, bank account information, or to answer inquiries from local Chinese law enforcement,” the FBI said.

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4 places to look for your unclaimed money

Somehow, money gets lost. We leave cash in odd places. Given how hard we work for money, it’s hard to believe how easily we misplace it.

I’m talking about back wages, old 401Ks, bank failures, utility deposits, unclaimed life insurance, FHA refunds, undelivered tax refund checks – the list goes on and on, amounting to billions of dollars.

In my home state of Arizona, more than $1.5 billion sits in unclaimed property, waiting for rightful owners to collect their cash.

One of my editors helped her mother find over $5,000 that belonged to her mother’s parents who died in the 1990s. She found two life insurance policies, retirement benefits, and rebates from utilities sitting unclaimed in her grandparents’ names for more than 20 years.

While you’re rooting around for cash, here are seven clever sites that can help you save money.

The best part: it’s free. And it’s yours. Helping everyday citizens claim lost money is one of the duties of the U.S. Treasury Department. You don’t need to hire a dubious service or spend money to make money. You are entitled to those funds. If anyone asks for payment to help you find unclaimed property, ditch them.

They’re not the only ones trying to trick you out of money, of course. There’s been a trend of fake crowdfunding scams that you should know about before “investing.”

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Here are effective ways to track down those dormant dollars.

1. Start your search for missing money in your home state

Finding money is pretty simple, but your search depends on where you live. Each state has an independent treasury website, which has a special search function for unpaid dues. For example, if you live or lived in North Carolina, you can go to www.nctreasurer.com, click the “Claim your NC Cash” tab and select “search for your unclaimed property.”

Each site is a little different, but follow the step-by-step instructions, enter your information, and the database will do the rest. As always, use a secure network; this is precisely the kind of data that cybercriminals love to gather and use against you.

To find the link for your state’s treasury website, go to Google and type unclaimed funds + state name. Make sure the treasury site is real (it should have a “dot-gov” address). There are plenty of scammers on the internet, and phony websites are definitely in the realm of possibility.

Pro Tip in a Tip: If you have a name that is frequently misspelled or has variations that are often confused (Schmid, Schmidt, Schmitt), search those misspellings on the unclaimed fund’s sites as well.

2. Next, search for unclaimed property nationally

If you’ve lived or done business in many states, I recommend using MissingMoney, which is designed to connect you to the correct treasury departments.

MissingMoney is a free government search site. All the site asks for is your name and your resident state(s). Living in several places does complicate your search, so you may have to sift through the results; you will likely find other residents with the same name. But MissingMoney helpfully aggregates all this financial data in one place.

3. Check the IRS for unclaimed tax refunds

If you think the IRS might owe you money, you can file a claim to the IRS to update them about your new address. Additionally, if an employer withholds funds from you, the IRS gives you up to three years to submit a claim to collect the money you are owed.

If you haven’t moved, and you’re just curious where your refund is, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can explain exactly where it is and when you should expect to receive it.

4. Look for retirement funds

Every retirement plan is different, and things can get complicated if you move from one company to another. As a former employee, it’s your task to see whether past benefits or retirement savings can be transferred or cashed out. Similarly, pension plans and retirement benefits are controlled by different governmental sectors. If you need to search for what money you are entitled to, you can find either online.

The National Registry of Unclaimed Retirement Benefits will help you find money being held from prior employers, while the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation can assist in your search for money tied into pension plans.

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How to collect those funds

Each website details how to collect your earnings, and you can expect to complete paperwork and to provide proof of your identity. You may even need to have signatures notarized. The time to collect depends on each government agency; it can take a couple of weeks or a couple of months, but it works.

Make it an annual practice to search for unclaimed funds. Do it on an anniversary, your birthday, Fourth of July, or some other important day that you’ll remember each year.

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Trump rolls out tool to submit suspicions of ‘political bias’ on social media

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President Trump’s administration rolled out a tool on Wednesday for highlighting social media accounts that may be subjected to unfair censorship because of “political bias.”

The administration “is fighting for free speech online,” the White House tweeted on Wednesday. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!”

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The move follows months of sparring between Trump and social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and Google. Trump has repeatedly accused these platforms of censoring conservative voices, which the companies have vehemently denied. The president has even threatened to regulate the platforms through government intervention.

Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in April after claiming he had lost followers on Twitter, which the president attributed to political bias.

The president called the meeting with Dorsey to discuss, in part, “protecting the health of the public conversation ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections,” Twitter said in a statement.

The Trump administration’s new tool is a portal where people can submit information about suspected instances of censorship or retaliation on social media. It’s on the Web at http://www.wh.gov/techbias

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“SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH,” the tool says. “Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear “violations” of user policies. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.”

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Amazon re-training employees after mistakenly blocking religious ads

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Amazon is retraining its staff after incorrectly blocking several Christian sellers from advertising online for crosses, Bibles, and religious symbols and statements.

After one person who has sold “Christian Fashion Gifts” on the platform for two years had an ad blocked, the seller asked Amazon why.

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In an email, the company said the content of the ads — which included images of Christian apparel with biblical quotes on them — violated its new policy, adding that other sellers with similar language about religion would soon get taken down as well.

“The other sellers who are currently advertising religious related products are doing incorrect practice, which may lead to their account suspension,” Amazon’s rep told the seller in an email last week.

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An Amazon spokesperson told CNBC the move was made in error. Amazon did not respond to inquiries from Fox News seeking comment.

“Our long-standing policies have not changed,” the company said, adding that its employees are now being re-trained.

But the “Christian Fashion Gifts” seller’s situation isn’t unique.

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A number of different sellers have written on Amazon’s seller forum detailing nearly-identical interactions with the company. One was told Amazon was “working to stop all advertising of religious items” in February and told that crosses, Bibles, and similar products could be restricted from advertising for promoting a “specific religion.” Another from April said rosaries were blocked because they are “religious in nature.”

Amazon states on its ad policy page that the company “prohibits content that advocates or demeans a religion. Ads may contain references to a specific religion or faith in a historical or fictional context if the primary purpose is to entertain.”

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India investigates Google for suspected Android abuse

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India’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google used its Android platform to block rivals, New Delhi’s latest move to try to tamp down American tech behemoths.

The investigation launched by the Competition Commission of India resembles a case last year in which the European Union fined Google $4.87 billion for what it said was abuse of its dominant Android mobile operating system to boost its own business, according to an Indian government official with knowledge of the matter.

The case is another example of antitrust authorities in many parts of the world taking cues from the EU, which has been investigating Google for nearly a decade.

“We have consulted the EU and the U.S. on the matter, and decided to move forward with the investigation as primary scrutiny suggests abuse by Google,” said the official, who declined to be identified.

The EU last year ordered Google to stop making phone manufacturers pre-install its search app and the Chrome web browser if they want to pre-install Google’s Play store, the dominant way to download Android apps.

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“Android has enabled millions of Indians to connect to the internet by making mobile devices more affordable,” said a Google spokesman. “We look forward to working with the Competition Commission of India to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less,” the spokesman said.

The Indian authorities expect to complete the investigation in the next few months, during which they would summon Google executives, said the official. The probe was earlier reported by Reuters on Friday. Further details about the complaint leading to the investigation couldn’t be determined.

CCI Chairman Ashok Gupta declined to comment on the matter. CCI Secretary P.K Singh didn’t answer calls and emails seeking comment. A spokesman for the Indian Finance Ministry declined to comment.

The CCI last year fined Google 1.36 billion rupees ($19 million) for what it said was an abuse of its role as the country’s top search engine to favor its own services.

Hoping to match China’s success at sheltering and promoting its domestic tech titans, Indian policy makers have been discussing ways to restrict American tech companies in what many consider the world’s biggest untapped tech market.

Amazon.com Inc . has grown rapidly in India, where it is investing $5 billion. Walmart Inc.last year bought Flipkart, India’s biggest domestic online shopping firm, for $16 billion, its largest acquisition ever. Facebook Inc. and its WhatsApp messaging service, along with Netflix Inc. and Google’s YouTube, are among the country’s most used apps.

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