• The new, $50 Chromecast with Google TV offers a sizable upgrade over previous models.
  • Unlike older versions, the new Chromecast can play apps right from the device, rather than having to rely on casting from a separate smartphone.
  • A handy voice remote is also included, and the Chromecast is capable of 4K, HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision.
  • On the downside, I’ve run into some minor glitches, and a few key apps are currently missing HDR support.
  • Still, at $50, the new Chromecast presents a good value and is a worthy competitor to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and Roku Streaming Stick+.

When it comes to streaming devices, Google’s Chromecast has always been a bit of an odd man out. Instead of offering app support directly from the device, traditional Chromecast models allow you to wirelessly stream apps from a smartphone or computer to your TV. 

Though that feature is

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  • Google unveiled the Pixel 5 on Wednesday, its next flagship smartphone and competitor to the iPhone.
  • The announcement comes after Google revealed the name of the device in August.
  • Google’s Pixel line doesn’t have as big of a presence in the market as it rivals from Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, but the company often uses the phones to introduce new Android features.
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Google on Wednesday introduced the Pixel 5, its newest high-end smartphone meant to go head-to-head with the upcoming iPhone 12 and Samsung’s Galaxy S20 phones.

The phone will be among Google’s first 5G smartphones, starting at $700 alongside the cheaper $500 Pixel 4a 5G. It’s a notable departure from last year’s Pixel 4, as the company is focusing more on value and core features like camera quality and battery life. Google’s previous flagship phone introduced flashy new motion-detection features but was

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  • Kylie Jenner’s cosmetics company confirmed that it was one of the companies affected by the Shopify data breach earlier this month.
  • Two Shopify employees may have exposed customer contact and order details from 200 merchants, Shopify said on September 23.
  • Kylie Cosmetics said it was “deeply disappointed” to learn that the breach affected its customers, but remains “confident” that customers can still use its site.
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Kylie Jenner’s makeup company has warned customers that their data — including parts of their credit card numbers — may have been exposed in a Shopify security breach.

Two “rogue” Shopify staff members stole order records and may have exposed customers’ names, email and postal addresses, and order details from less than 200 merchants, the Canadian e-commerce giant said on September 23. Kylie Cosmetics was among those affected, the beauty brand announced on its website.

The breach may

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When the pandemic-related stay-at-home orders went into effect in March, we lost a part of our income. But our spending dropped, too, so we didn’t feel the need to worry about our finances at first. 

We thought the loss of some of our income was temporary and that things would get back to normal much sooner than they have. But of course, that hasn’t proven to be true. Luckily, we’ve been able to keep our grocery spending in check. In fact, we have found that we spend the same amount on groceries as we did pre-COVID, although we are now eating three meals a day, seven days a week at

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  • The Commission on Presidential Debates — the independent body that sets the rules for the debates — came out with a statement on Wednesday announcing that there will be format and rule changes following Tuesday night’s debate.
  • “Last night’s debate made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” they said in a statement.
  • “The CPD will be carefully considering the changes that it will adopt and will announce those measures shortly.”
  • No specific changes were included as possible options, such as muting microphones.
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The Commission on Presidential Debates released a statement on Wednesday announcing that there will be format and rule changes following Tuesday night’s contest, which was marred by shouting and cross talk.

The CPD is the independent body that sets the rules for the debates.

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  • During Tuesday’s debate, President Donald Trump kept interrupting former Vice President Joe Biden, something remarked upon by moderator Chris Wallace.
  • ‘Well, frankly you’ve been doing more interrupting,’ Wallace said to Trump at one point.
  • The rule-breaking is nothing new for Trump, but it was apparently unprecedented in a debate, as widely commented on by cable news throughout the post-mortem. (Aside from, of course, the 2016 debates.)
  • White-collar rule-breaking going unpunished has become a persistent feature of American capitalism in the 2000s, as famously captured by the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, when no CEOs faced prosecution.
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Tuesday night’s presidential debate is already historic for the immediate and widespread criticism it inspired. CNN’s Dana Bash instantly called it a “s—show” while Jake Tapper called it a “hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck.”

But even those strongly worded criticisms don’t

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Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) has fallen about 17.6% from its peak at the beginning of September at $14.13 but is still up over 268% year-to-date. But the problem is PLUG stock is still plagued by one fundamental problem. The company is still losing money head over feet and draining cash flow.

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The company has a lofty and often cited goal of making $250 million in EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) profits by 2024 year-end.

But you should expect to see large losses until then.

Focus on Profits in 2024

This goal is four and one-quarter years from now. That is an eternity in the stock market. Expect to see more cash outflow from negative free cash flow and more capital raises until then.

And, as I pointed out in my last

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  • The New York Times reported President Donald Trump only paid $750 in federal income tax the year before his presidency and in his first year in office.
  • Business Insider compared the reported federal income tax paid by Donald Trump to the tax returns released by other recent presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, and Joe Biden. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The New York Times reported this week that President Donald Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017. This is much lower than the amount former President Barack Obama paid in 2011, the year before his second election, and the income taxes paid by other previous presidential candidates. 

As the conversation about Trump’s taxes continues after The New York Times’ investigation, Business Insider took a look at what previous presidential candidates paid around the time they were running for president. 

To

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InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips

Fuel cell pioneer Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) seeks to function as an integral part of the hydrogen economy of the future. PLUG stock is a pure play in this niche market, and the company is well known among traders seeking to cash in on the clean-hydrogen, zero-emission fuel-cell economy.

It hasn’t always been an easy ride for PLUG stock holders. It’s no secret that the share price has declined sharply in the past. On the other hand, patient shareholders have enjoyed robust gains in 2020 so far, even amid a global pandemic.

Even in a solid year, though, PLUG shareholders have had to cope with wild bouts of volatility along the way. There’s been no shortage of news developments for Plug Power, but it’s often difficult to predict how the market will react in the short term.

The best

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The global contract cleaning services market size is expected to reach USD 468.2 billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 6.1% from 2020 to 2027, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The increasing awareness about hygiene and safety at the workplace has encouraged business organizations worldwide to hire third-party cleaning service providers. Additionally, to ensure good health of the employees and consequently uplift their productivity, companies worldwide are increasingly availing green cleaning services from providers that use non-toxic and non-hazardous products for cleaning the premise. Thus, the growing inclination towards green products is further anticipated to boost the demand for cleaning services over the forecast period.

Key suggestions from the report:

  • The market is majorly driven by the growing need to provide a clean and safe workplace and thereby improve employee productivity
  • The floor and carpet cleaning
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