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‘Fortnite’ is finally coming to the Play Store and its creator Epic wants to break how Google taxes apps in the process

“We have asked that Google not enforce its publicly stated expectation that products distributed through Google Play use Google’s payment service for in-app purchase” writes Isobel Asher Hamilton for businessinsider.com. This was done explicitly to circumvent Google’s 30% tax, which CEO Tim Sweeney told Business Insider was “disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform.”. According to Google 9to5’s sources, Epic would sidestep the tax by using “Fortnite’s” in-game currency V-Bucks rather than Google payments. Source: businessinsider.com

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When is a credit card payment considered late?

“Below, CNBC Select breaks down when a credit card payment is considered late and how you can prevent late payments” writes Alexandria White for cnbc.com. A credit card payment can’t be considered late if it was received by 5 p.m. on the day that it was due, according to the CARD Act.But how much you’ll be dinged for a late payment depends on the kind of credit card you have.When you’re juggling multiple bills each month, it can be easy to forget when a credit card payment is due.It can…

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No Demand for a State Digital Currency in Japan: Central Bank Governor

“Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said that there is no public demand for a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in the country” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. Still, when it comes to global stablecoins such as Facebook’s Libra, Kuroda said the bank would take a more cautious approach.Meanwhile, countries worldwide are increasingly researching public and private digital currencies and stablecoins.Nevertheless, the Bank of Japan has been conducting technical and legal research on this matter in order to stand ready when the need for CBDC 13 may arise in…

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Follow these 6 steps to keep your payment info safe while online shopping this holiday season

“Any time you’re shopping online, you should first make sure the device you’re using is up to date” writes Anna Hecht for cnbc.com. To defend yourself against what is sometimes referred to as “digital mugging,” you must practice caution when shopping online.Now that the holidays are fast approaching, and given that many (if not all) of us will be shopping online, it’s important to know the basics about protecting your payment information online.Why are people so quick to enter their personal information and hit save when shopping online?.  Source: cnbc.com

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5 ways to be free of credit-card debt by the end of the year

“The good news is that credit-card debt isn’t a financial death sentence” writes Tanza Loudenback for businessinsider.com. Having credit-card debt isn’t always a sign of irresponsible spending habits.Americans of all ages are mired in credit-card debt.Paying the minimum payment on your credit-card won’t make any significant dent in your total debt load. Source: businessinsider.com

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Exclusive: Facing U.S. sanctions, Venezuela offers suppliers payment in Chinese yuan – sources

“PDVSA, Venezuela’s central bank, and Venezuela’s information ministry did not respond to requests for comment” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. China’s central bank, the Peoples’ Bank of China, did not respond to a faxed request for comment.China National Petroleum Corp, one of the largest foreign investors in Venezuela’s oil sector, in August stopped lifting crude from Venezuelan ports due to worries about sanctions.But hyperinflation and U.S. sanctions, which prohibit American companies from doing business with Venezuela’s public sector, are complicating those methods.Paying suppliers in yuan would allow Venezuela to…

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OnePlus Disclosed A Data Breach Exposing Personal Details Of Online Store Customers

“OnePlus has issued a security notice to customers that have used its online store, informing them that their order information has been accessed by an unnamed third party in a security breach” writes Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee for mashable.com. Many customers on the forums expressed annoyance that this was happening again, with their data being vulnerable due to poor security. Given the possible severity of the breach, many customers expected more immediate action.What has been exposed would be more than enough to launch phishing attacks, and OnePlus acknowledges this possibility in…

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Mortgage points and how they can cut your interest costs

“Discount points is another term for mortgage points” writes Bankrate Com for seattletimes.com. That would lower your mortgage rate by .25 percentage points, so a 4 percent mortgage would become a 3.75 percent one.In most cases, one point gets you .25 percent off the mortgage rate and costs the borrower 1 percent of the total mortgage amount.Discount points can be deductible as mortgage interest on a primary residence or on a second home, even if it’s being rented out.It’s important to consider how long it will take to recoup the…

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