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Believing these Social Security myths could make you poorer in retirement

Believing these Social Security myths could make you poorer in retirement

Finance
If you're like many retirees, your Social Security checks will account for a large portion of your retirement income. But how well you understand the ins and outs of these benefits could make a big difference in how much you receive over your lifetime. To that point, 69 percent of baby boomers — a generation of individuals who are either in or approaching retirement — expect Social Security to be a "major" source of retirement income, according to a recent report from the Insured Retirement Institute. ...
Patients criticised for rating GPs' looks on social media

Patients criticised for rating GPs' looks on social media

Health
Patients have been criticised for taking photos and videos of doctors and then asking people online to rate how attractive they find them.Social media posts of doctors are being shared without their consent, the British Medical Association's annual meeting heard.Such posts "violate" their privacy, the meeting in Brighton was told. Delegates voted in favour of a motion condemning patients for sharing private appointment recordings online. 'Insidious'Dr Zoe Greaves, a trainee GP who proposed the motion, said in most cases patients who posted photos and videos of their doctors without consent were doing so for baby scans or a child's first GP appointment.But some posts were "far more insidious", she said, like those rating doctors on their attractiveness, a...
Political ads on social media must be transparent – Electoral Commission

Political ads on social media must be transparent – Electoral Commission

Technology
"Urgent" action is needed to make online political advertising more honest and transparent, the UK's election watchdog has said.The head of the Electoral Commission, Sir John Holmes, said voters "need to know who is targeting them and how".He wants digital ads to carry the name of the party or campaign behind them so voters know the source of any claims.The government said it would launch a consultation on making the proposals law "in due course".Election leaflets have to carry the name and address of the candidate's agent and who is paying for it - and the Electoral Commission wants online ads and messages on social media to be the same.Sir John told BBC News voters "can have faith in the democratic process as it stands" but, he added, "what we are seein...
Book excerpt: Jaron Lanier's 'Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts'

Book excerpt: Jaron Lanier's 'Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts'

Technology
Excerpted from "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now" by Jaron Lanier. Published with permission. ARGUMENT ONE - YOU ARE LOSING YOUR FREE WILL WELCOME TO THE CAGE THAT GOES EVERYWHERE WITH YOU Something entirely new is happening in the world. Just in the last five or ten years, nearly everyone started to carry a little device called a smartphone on their person all the time that’s suitable for algorithmic behavior modification. A lot of us are also using related devices called smart speakers on our kitchen counters or in our car dashboards. We’re being tracked and mea- sured constantly, and receiving engineered feedback all the time. We’re being hypnotized little by little by technicians we can’t see, for purposes we don’t know. ...
David Beckham breaks social media silence after Victoria Beckham split rumours

David Beckham breaks social media silence after Victoria Beckham split rumours

Entertainment
The rumour-mill went into overdrive today regarding reports that David and Victoria Beckham were on the brink of splitting up.The pair who have been married for 19-years found themselves at the centre of speculation.But a rep for fashion mogul and former Spice Girl Victoria, 44, shut down the claims.In a statement to Daily Star Online, the rep said: "If I spent all my time responding to ridiculous Beckham gossip and rumours there wouldn't be enough hours in the day. What nonsense." GETTY UNITED FRONT: David Beckham breaks silence following Victoria Beckham divorce claims WENN SLAMMED: Victoria Beckham's rep shut down split claims The Mirro...