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Tom Friedman, Special to the Register
Published 7:00 a.m. CT Oct. 10, 2020


USPS Hawkeye District Manager Jim Herrmann says the postal service is prepared for the expected increase in absentee ballots

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I don’t know about you, but I am getting close to the point where I do not want to turn on the television. 

It’s not the reruns or the regular programming that has me shying away.  It is the political ads that are running, constantly running.  It doesn’t matter if it is the morning news, the 10 p.m. news or any program in between.  You just can’t escape the negativism that is bombarding us.

When a negative ad came on recently for the umpteenth time, talking about a candidate that wants to tax me more, or take away social security or health care or my right to something or another, a thought hit me. 

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Yelp will now place an alert on company pages when that business has been accused of racism, as part of a new plan to combat the discrimination on the app.

Customers who use the business review website or app to look up a business will be shown a warning that says “Business accused of racist behavior.”

Yelp vice president of user operations Noorie Malik wrote in an Oct. 8 blog post that the company’s decision was motivated by a spike in reports of racist behavior from business owners following a wave of anti-racist activism spearheaded by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Also Read: TikTok Creators in Crisis: Is the Culture of the ‘Perfect App’ About to Disappear?

Earlier this year, Yelp introduced a public attention alert feature that warned users if a business’ page was receiving an unusual influx of traffic or negative reviews (an online technique known as review

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What’s the news: For the fourth year in a row, T-Mobile topped the prestigious J.D. Power U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study for businesses of all sizes — large enterprises, small/medium and very small businesses.

Why it matters: All business customers deserve to be as happy as T-Mobile’s business customers.

Who it’s for: Businesses of all sizes — from the 5-worker farm in rural America to the 100,000-employee multinational with people all over the country.

Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR years running. T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today announced for four years in a row, businesses of all sizes have ranked the Un-carrier #1 in wireless satisfaction in the annual J.D. Power U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study. T-Mobile also achieved the highest score across large enterprise and small/medium size businesses in ALL six study factors: performance and reliability, customer service, sales representatives and account executives, offerings and promotions, cost of

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a plane sitting on top of a car: A Tesla Model 3 owner said he's had a "nightmare" trying to get an accidental in-app purchase refunded. Tesla

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A Tesla Model 3 owner said he’s had a “nightmare” trying to get an accidental in-app purchase refunded. Tesla

  • A Tesla Model 3 owner is struggling to get a refund after accidentally buying an upgraded driver-assistance feature for more than $4,000, CNBC reported. 
  • The owner, Dr. Ali Vaziri, said his phone was in his pocket when he unknowingly spent $4,280 through the Tesla app. 
  • Vaziri put out calls to his local Tesla store and the company’s customer service number, but Tesla has not refunded the purchase.  
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A benefit of Tesla ownership is that the electric-car maker beams out over-the-air software updates, allowing owners to upgrade their car’s performance and add other features without setting foot in a dealership or buying a newer model. But being able to level up your Tesla on a whim comes with drawbacks — at least for

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J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study (Graphic: Business Wire)

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J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study (Graphic: Business Wire)

TROY, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 8, 2020–

In March of 2020, as virtually every aspect of routine business was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, one critical piece of technology kept the world connected without interruption or slowdown: the mobile phone. Accordingly, business wireless customers have responded with the highest-ever customer satisfaction scores for wireless carriers in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study, SM released today. However, as deferred billing that amassed under the Keep America Connected pledge comes due, some of these high scores may be compromised.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Business Wireless Satisfaction Study (Graphic: Business Wire)

“Wireless has been a lifeline for business customers during the pandemic, and

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Michael Plummer, Jr. is President/CEO/CTO of Our Town America, the nation’s premier New Mover Marketing franchise.

Advertising your business on a variety of platforms is a great way to tell people about your brand, but data shows that giving a free one-time-use offer remains one of the top ways to attract new customers.

Fall marks the perfect time to evaluate the different deals your business provides to consumers before the hectic holiday season rush begins. In 2019, 92% of consumers used coupons when shopping, according to a Statista survey of 1,000 people.

A coupon can increase foot traffic and pickup/delivery orders for your store, which can lead to higher sales and revenue. Using coupons and free one-time-use offers, such as new mover offers, can help build customer loyalty, raise brand awareness and provide a quick infusion of cash for your business. It allows you to control the special

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ESPOO, Finland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Basware (Nasdaq: BAS1V) has launched an updated developer website, which contains all Basware APIs – P2P and Network – in one site. From invoice sending and receiving to master data imports and invoice transfer, the enhanced site documents 20+ APIs so that customers, developers, partners and third-party system integrators can develop integrations faster and with less effort.

“We believe open APIs form a foundation for building a holistic ecosystem,” says Dr. Matt Lees, Director, Platform Solutions at Basware. “API usage has been growing steadily and we see that our customers are starting to adopt APIs at an increasing speed. Basware offers flexibility by providing several integration methods as well as integration services and in-house delivery competencies. We will continue to expand the capabilities of our APIs and introduce more process APIs and some self-serving capabilities, such as a monitoring API, in the future.”

Easily accessible via

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  • Susie Moore is life coach and advice columnist who’s been featured on Good Morning America,, and The Wall Street Journal. She helps entrepreneurs get hired by getting into the media. Sign up for her free workshop on how to get publicity for your business right here.
  • When used effectively, social media can be a powerful tool to access and sell to audiences instantly.
  • Moore shared six tips on leveraging and revamping your social media profiles to better connect with customers.
  • Start by reviewing all of your profiles. From there, you can tweak and update your profiles based on customer feedback and personal review. 
  • Don’t shy away from consistently engaging with your customers in meaningful ways — respond to comments, share screenshots of testimonials, and create a schedule you stick to.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

As a business coach, it’s incredible to observe the opportunity that social

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Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square is now home to the city’s newest public safety initiative for bicyclists: bike lanes protected with plastic curbs and bollards.

The street is one of the most heavily traveled routes in all of Chicago, with nearly 500 accidents in less than five years, according to Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st). Chicago’s traffic safety data shows two-thirds of crashes from 2014 to 2018 on Milwaukee Avenue involved people walking and biking. The $320,000 bike lane expansion project funded by the Chicago Department of Transportation is expected to dramatically lower that number.

“Almost 500 crashes in five years is not sustainable. That’s not healthy, particularly as we see an uptick in increased cycling during this pandemic, an uptick that we want to see stay,” La Spata said Friday afternoon at the unveiling of the enhanced bike lanes.

“That said, it was imperative, not only to restructure our

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Alibaba Cloud has become the dominant cloud provider in China and nearing profitability, but future growth will largely revolve around moving up the services stack for artificial intelligence and analytics workloads.

The upshot from Alibaba Group’s investor sessions this week is that the e-commerce giant is surging as shopping habits change and it has a portfolio that touches commerce from many angles. Its Alibaba Cloud unit is what Amazon Web Services is to Amazon.

And like AWS, Alibaba is starting to see Alibaba Cloud as a future profit engine. Alibaba CFO Maggie Wu said that the cloud unit will turn profitable within fiscal 2021. 

“The company expects cloud to become EBITA profitable in fiscal 2021, and is targeting AWS-like profitability long term,” said Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein in a research note. “Moreover, ARPU is growing significantly faster than customers, implying customers are moving ‘up the stack.'”

Alibaba CEO Yong Zhang

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