Here’s what to expect from Apple’s WWDC 2020 event

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Apple’s WWDC kicks off June 21. But rather than the company’s traditional developer conference held in a large, packed event space, the COVID-19 era has forced Apple to take one of its most important events of the year entirely online.

But don’t expect Apple (AAPL) to pull its punches in terms of news. You can count on the tech giant to make a host of major announcements including the debut of the latest version of iOS, and maybe even a few surprises.

Here’s what you can expect from WWDC 2020.

The first ARM-powered Macs

Apple has been rumored to be working on its own processors for its Mac and MacBook lines of computers for some time. And according to Bloomberg, the firm will finally make the move at WWDC. 

The company first began using Intel chips in its systems in 2006 after transitioning away from its PowerPC architecture. Intel’s chipsets

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SBA Releases New EZ PPP Loan-Forgiveness Application

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Needless to say, it’s been a roller coaster ride for business owners over the past couple of months understanding how to navigate the CARES Act, but there are now signs the ride may be coming to an end.

On Wednesday of this week, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released a revised, and hopefully a final, forgiveness application for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including a new EZ application that appears many business owners may qualify for.

Also, just the day before, the SBA issued a new Final Interim Rule with guidance for determining payroll costs and owner compensation forgiveness under the new 24-week covered period.

These new rules and procedures were in response to the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act of 2020 that became law on June 5. The biggest changes in that law being the extension of the eight weeks to a new 24-week covered period, and a reduction

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Online shoppers have lost millions to fraud during lockdown: ‘Enormous vulnerability’

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Make online shopping a safe experience for the whole family. (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s another Saturday afternoon during lockdown, and you’re back on Amazon, filling your cart with household items and groceries. You haven’t been able to make your typical Target and Walmart runs lately, so you’re stocking up virtually instead.

Online shopping: everyone does it so it’s pretty harmless, right? Well, not always. Fraud is a possibility any time you shop online, according to Experian. And during a worldwide pandemic or even the holiday season, you’re especially vulnerable to hackers, phishers, and identity thieves. Covid-related fraud has already robbed a cumulative $13.4 million from unsuspecting Americans, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

That’s because

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How to Shop Online Safely During the Pandemic

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Even as stores reopen in many parts of the country, people are still shopping online more than ever. And that includes using new sites set up by their favorite small businesses attempting to stay afloat through perilous economic times.

But be careful, experts warn, because cybercriminals are flocking to e-commerce sites, too. Their favorite crimes include opening fake accounts at retail sites and hijacking real ones through identity theft.

Online fraud was already on the rise before COVID-19, largely thanks to the rollout of chip-and-signature technology, which has made the in person credit-card fraud of the past a lot tougher to pull off.

Account takeovers jumped 72 percent in 2019, to 13 million cases, according to the most recent figures from the security firm Javelin, which tracks financial crime. Losses from consumer fraud in the U.S. hit $16.9 billion

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The best credit cards for new homeowners of 2020

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If you just bought a house, these credit cards can make settling in a little easier.
If you just bought a house, these credit cards can make settling in a little easier.

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A new house, condo, or apartment is cause for celebration. It might also cause some financial stress, depending on how much is left in your bank account after the settlement. And the bills don’t end there. If you’re a new homeowner, you might be looking for ways to help you save money on home-related expenses after you move in. Furniture, renovations, and emergency repairs can quickly add up. 

While experts advise that people shouldn’t apply for new lines of credit before

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Finding Affordable Health Care Now

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As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic took hold this spring, more than 38 million Americans lost their jobs, and an estimated 27 million workers and their families found themselves without health insurance, too. Nearly half of Americans got their coverage through an employer-sponsored plan in 2018, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

But as the coronavirus continues to affect communities across the U.S., it’s more important than ever to have health insurance. And if your income has taken a blow, you may have greater access to affordable coverage than you did while you were working. Kaiser estimates that 79% of those losing employer coverage are likely eligible for subsidized coverage through Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

As you compare your options, consider factors including the premium, deductible, co-payments, out-of-pocket maximum and level of prescription-drug coverage. You may also have choices among plan types. High-deductible plans typically have … Read More

Top French court upholds $56 million Google privacy breach fine

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By Mathieu Rosemain

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s top administrative court upheld a 50 million-euro fine ($56 million) imposed last year on Alphabet’s Google for breaching European Union online privacy rules, it said on Friday.

Although representing a tiny fraction of Google’s financial resources, the penalty sent ripples through Silicon Valley and is still the biggest fine imposed for such a breach.

A spokeswoman for Google said in a written statement on Friday Google would review possible changes.

“People expect to understand and control how their data is used, and we’ve invested in industry-leading tools that help them do both,” the statement said.

“This case was not about whether consent is needed for personalised advertising, but about how exactly it should be obtained. In light of this decision, we will now review what changes we need to make.”

The French regulator CNIL in January last year found the world’s biggest search

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Black women face obstacles when starting their own business. Yet everyone benefits if they succeed

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Entrepreneur Bianca Miller-Cole
Entrepreneur Bianca Miller-Cole

Bianca Miller-Cole is a personal brand expert, business mentor and best-selling author 

Emotions and racial tensions are running high. This is not the first time that racial tensions have resulted in protests, but this time feels very different. The protests have been wide-spread and we have seen people across the world uniting in a call for change. Whether it is a country, state or individual, our eyes have been opened to local and global stories of hate crimes, police brutality or feelings of misrepresentation and prejudice which have created a lack of opportunity for people simply because of the colour of their skin. 

Corporate brands, global leaders and brands have joined in the conversation with many taking the stance that they will contribute via better diversity and inclusion moving forward. Initiatives like ‘Pull Up for Change’ have asked major brands to address the role they play by

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Targeting Bolton, Justice Dept. Again in Alignment With Trump’s Desires

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Attorney General William Barr at the White House on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Attorney General William Barr at the White House on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — Hours before the Justice Department asked a judge to order President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton to halt publication of his memoir, senior department lawyers and the White House Counsel’s Office were still debating whether to take that step, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.

The Trump administration had already filed a lawsuit seeking to seize Bolton’s $2 million payday because he did not complete a government review process to screen out any classified information from his manuscript. But some officials feared it was far too late to block the book’s distribution, so any attempt was doomed to fail and would make the government look inept.

Trump, however, was making clear that he wanted an aggressive response — even suggesting Bolton should face criminal charges. Ultimately,

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Fashion and Beauty Brands Start Grants for BIPOC-Owned Businesses

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And many are accepting applications right now.

According to CBS News, 40% of Black-owned enterprises might not make it through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Center for Responsible Lending estimated that 90% of small businesses owned by people of color “have been, or will likely be, shut out” from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Ashley Harrington, the organization’s director of federal advocacy and senior council, told CBS News in April. (You may remember how, quite controversially, the PPP initially sent loans to companies like Shake Shack and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, some of which were then returned due to public outcry.) A survey of Black and Latinx business owners and workers conducted by Color of Change and UnidosUS found that many weren’t receiving the aid they asked for from the Small Business Administration, if they received any aid at all, the New York Times reported.

In light of

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