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Bezos, Musk, Zuckerberg fortunes grow by nearly $1 TRILLION during pandemic…

As millions battle poverty and turn to foodbanks for their next meal, a group of American financial elites have seen their personal fortunes rocket to unimaginable new heights…

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Bezos, Musk, Zuckerberg fortunes grow by nearly  TRILLION during pandemic…

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As lockdowns plunged struggling Brits into poverty and has them relying on food banks, a handful of billionaires saw their personal fortunes rocket.

Coronavirus has ravaged the world and families across the globe are living on the breadline.

But for 614 billionaires in America, their bank balances have increased by a mega $931 billion since the virus first took hold.

The economy has tanked so far this year with millions of jobs on the line and budgets for many tighter than ever.

In the UK, food banks are being used more than ever – with figures showing a 61% increase in food parcels being given out.

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Fertility App Told FACEBOOK When Women Were Ovulating…

Flo Health accused of improperly sharing data with Facebook, including whether users were ovulating…

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WASHINGTON WSJ —The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement with Flo Health Inc., the developer of a widely used period and fertility-tracking app, over allegations that it improperly shared personal data with Facebook and others, including whether users were ovulating.

The data shared by Flo Health often allowed online ads to be targeted to those users, despite Flo Health’s promises that the information would be kept private, The Wall Street Journal found in a 2019 article.

The FTC’s vote on the proposed settlement was 5-0, the agency said Wednesday. The proposed settlement with the FTC, if it becomes final following public comment, would require Flo Health to obtain an independent review of its privacy practices and get users’ consent before sharing their health information, the agency said. The company also must notify consumers of the FTC charges that it shared consumers’ personal information without their consent, commissioners said.

In a statement, a Flo spokesperson said the company cooperated with the FTC, adding, “We are committed to ensuring that the privacy of our users’ personal health data is absolutely paramount.”

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Tiny-house sales boom…

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  • In 2020, the tiny-house movement saw an increase in interest and a boom in sales thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Insider spoke to experts about what they think the movement needs to achieve this year for tiny houses to become a legitimate housing option.
  • Zack Giffin, the host of “Tiny House Nation,” said the movement’s main goal in 2021 is to convince more states and municipalities to legalize tiny houses across the country.
  • To do that, experts say, the movement must market itself as a great option for singles and couples with no children, it must rebrand itself as an affordable housing option, and it must distance itself from RVs and camper vans. 

When the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country in 2020, Nick Mosley didn’t know what would happen to his tiny-house construction business. 

In March, his business, California Tiny House, was operating out of a 12,000-square-foot warehouse in Fresno, California. Mosley braced for the worst, knowing he wouldn’t be able to market his company at festivals or offer tours for the foreseeable future. 

However, rather than see a downturn, Mosley was inundated with emails and phone calls from people inquiring about tiny houses. By December, Mosley had expanded his warehouse to 22,000 square feet and hired four more staff members to meet the demand and to keep his employees safe.

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The tiny-house movement is changing. picture alliance / Getty

It ended up being a record year for the company, which built 30 tiny houses in 2020 alone. It was a direct impact of the coronavirus, Mosley said, as new groups of people became interested in the growing movement. 

“The pandemic created a new need or created a new customer base that may not have been there previously,” he told Insider. “There are a lot of people that need backyard offices so that they can work from home but have separation from their family. There are college students that don’t want to be in dorms because they’re not socially distanced.” 

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THE PURGE CONTINUES… NYC to terminate all Trump contracts

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will terminate business contracts with President Donald Trump after last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.

The Trump Organization is under city contract to operate the two ice rinks and a carousel in Central Park as well as a golf course in the Bronx.

The Trump Organization profits about $17 million a year from those sites, de Blasio said.

“I’m here to announce that the city of New York is severing all contracts with the Trump Organization,” de Blasio said.

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