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Thousands Of Websites Stick It To Congress

Congress is going to have some troubles getting on certain websites today if they even give it a try. They are going to find that they are blocked at every turn as thousands of websites have blocked the access of Congress to their websites.

The Hill reports that these websites are doing this move as a form of protest against the Patriot Act and the possible re-authorization of the bill.

Those who try to access the sites from the Congressional computers will find that they are redirected to a protest page that urges members of Congress to block the Patriot Act.

The controversial law is currently up for consideration for re-authorization. Many members of Congress feel conflicted about what they should do with their vote on the matter. They may not know what they should do when it comes to how to vote. This is one type of protest that is sure to gather some headlines and possibly get the attention of Congress. It could very well be the push that some members need to open their eyes to what the problem really is.

Many Skout users took to Twitter to show that many are interested in seeing  how Congress will make their decision about the Patriot Act. They may not have to wait for long as it is approaching the deadline when they will have to make a choice one way or the other about this particular law. Get ready for a showdown.

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Skout Helps Me To Meet People Outside Of My Island

I live on a very small island, and I know almost everyone in my area. If I want to see more people, I just go to some fun events on the island. I’m getting sick and tired of the people around my area, so I decided I wanted a change. I recently hooked up high-speed Internet in my home, and I was excited to start using the Internet. I work in a hotel, and I use the Internet every day when I’m on my break. I was finally excited to start using the Internet at home. I recently joined the Skout network.

Many people on my island have joined other popular social media networks, but I heard good things about Skout. Not many people on my island know about Skout, so I thought it was a great way to meet people from other countries. I really wanted to get to know someone from the United States, so I thought Skout would be a great way to meet someone. I signed up for a profile on Skout, and signing up took me only a few minutes. I decided to put up a picture of myself with my family members.

Once my profile was created, I started looking for people in the USA only. I didn’t care which state I found someone in, I just wanted someone new to talk to. I loved Skout from the moment I started using it. I was able to use the “shake to chat” feature because I downloaded the app on my cell phone. Not only am I able to use Skout on my home computer, I’m also able to use it on my new cell phone as well. When I have free time at work, I go on Skout. I’ve even shown people at work how great the Skout network is.

One day I was able to find a nice friend from New York City. The new friend would speak to me through the Skout network until they decided to call me. I got a phone call from my new friend, and we began speaking on a daily basis. Skout helped me to find a genuine friend from the United States, and I hope to pay a visit to them very soon. Of all the social media networks out there, I prefer the Skout network. Skout has helped me to make friends outside of the island that I live on.Find more about Skout on their Twitter page.

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Beyoncé Loves to ChaCha

Although singer Beyoncé Knowles has been more active on social media these days, the star still keeps a relatively low-profile when it comes to her personal life. When she finally shares a glimpse into her private life, fans are able to see her true personality and feel a little more connected to her. It’s always nice to receive reassurance that A-list celebrities are just like the rest of us.

Recently, PRNewsWire and Susan McGalla watched on as the Houston-native shared a video on her Instagram account while wearing a red “Lone Star Beer” t-shirt and an ankle-length orange and plaid skirt. Beyoncé is seen in the short video dancing and twirling around with a huge smile on her face. The song that was playing in the background is called “ChaCha” by the artist D.R.A.M. The upbeat jam makes you want to get up and dance right along with Bey.

Immediately after posting the video, Beyoncé’s Instagram was flooded with commenters who wanted more details on the hip-shaking tune. Sharing the jovial video with the world not only made Beyoncé more personable, it also gave a huge amount of exposure to D.R.A.M. We can only imagine how amazed D.R.A.M. must have been when he heard that the Queen Bey is a big fan of his music.

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Sultan Alhokair – an Angel Investor and Valuable Asset

It takes more than a catchy name or unique idea when it comes to catching the eye of an angel seed investor like Sultan Alhokair.

Based in Boston, this financial analyst works with Valia Investments. Together, they look over hundreds of business plans, trying to find the ones with that certain ‘it’ factor.

Start up companies rely on Angel Investors like Alhokair for seed money. Without it, new companies would rarely get the cash flow required to cover their start-up costs.

But what does Sultan Alhokair, who graduated from Northeastern University, look for when he’s deciding what to invest in? There answer is more complex than one would possibly expect.

There must be a well thought out business plan. This is the only way to get a feel for the business and its founders. A business plan will tell any investors if the founders have researched their product thoroughly. It will also show if they’ve researched their competition.

Because every business has competition. If you don’t, then you haven’t thought things through enough and need to go back to the drawing board. Even if your company provides a unique product or service, at some point, you’re going to have competition. And when that happens, you need a game plan.

Also included in that business plan should be some type of time line. It’s perfectly fine if a business has a finite period of time, as long as the founders not only realize it, but disclose their limited time span to any potential investors.

If, however, the founders don’t foresee an end, then they need to project where they expect their business to be in five years, in ten years, and even up to 20 years. All while keeping in mind the consumer’s never ending quest for the next best thing.

When you consider this isn’t even half of what a business plan should entail, the entire process seems quite daunting. However, this is where someone like Alhokair can be invaluable.

Not only would he provide much needed dollars, but his advice, his experience, his overall knowledge would be simply invaluable to someone starting a new business. By putting forth a well thought out plan, with full disclosure, Angel Investors can look it over, give honest opinions and assist in smoothing out the rough edges. You can look-up Sultan Alhokair and follow his Twitter feed.

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CFB Orders PayPal to Pay Up

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a federal consumer watchdog agency with regulatory power, has ordered the payment processing company PayPal to pay $15 million in refunds and $10 million in fines. According to Ray Lane of the CFPB, PayPal violated law when it signed up customers for its “Bill Me Later” credit program (hp.com).

The CFPB claims the company used deceptive practices to lure customers into signing up for credit and even signed up some without their consent. When new customers signed up for PayPal accounts, many found themselves unwittingly enrolled in the credit program. In addition, the CFPB insists that credit payments were not posted promptly and numerous billing disputes were mismanaged. In addition to paying $25 million in combined fines and refunds, PayPal has also been ordered to improve its disclosures. In the future, the company will have to be more explicit about its credit offers.

The California-based company rolled out its PayPal credit program in 2008. Those who used “Bill Me Later” after that date and who are subject to a refund will be contacted by the company in the near future.

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President Obama Hits One Million Followers On His Twitter Account

Before he leaves office in a couple of years, President Obama will have one element regarding his legacy. Beneful marked that Obama is official in the record books has having the fastest twitter account to reach one million followers. The feat was accomplished yesterday afternoon at the rate of 3314 followers joining his account per minute. This is a notable achievement or a President which has been widely challenge in the polls attacking his lack of popularity. The Twitter data reveals that President Barack Obama is still widely viewed as a popular President and personality. The President has helped his public image by making himself available to a number of main stream media events and talk shows which has never been seen by a United States President or World Leader before. Bill Clinton brings to memory the last time the country saw a world leader on a talk show.

The Twitter data also reveals that many people are still very interested in what this President thinks as he goes about his day running the country. The Obama administration has been very vanilla in terms of maintaining control of the professionalism of the office. There has been very little drama coming from the Obama White House and that has been rare for a number of recent Presidents. Twitter also enables people to have direct access to the President in a manner of speaking. Obama Twitter Account Sets World Record

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Why Dan Price Of Gravity Payments is Giving All His Employees $70,000 a Year

Price Learned a Valuable Lesson From His Dad At An Early Age

When Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments, decided to cut his own salary and give his all his employees the same salary, people around the country took notice. Some people asked why a guy that makes close to a $1 million a year would give it up to pay his employees $70,000 a year. Other people applauded Price’s decision, and they wanted to know more about Price and his company. When the news that Gravity was hiring hit the press, over 3,500 people applied for the handful of jobs that were available.

The real interesting fact about this story is, Price will also receive $70,000 a year just like all his employees. That news sent a shock wave across the country. Why would a successful businessman give up the big bucks for his employees? Why would a CEO cut his pay so much that he might be forced to sell his house? The answer is a simple one. Price values integrity more than money. His dad taught him that no amount of money was worth giving up his integrity.

Price expects his employees to value integrity the same way he does. This is a value that Sam Tabar and Bloomberg also prize very highly.

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AnastasiaDate: Russian Dating Website

If you are looking to date, chat, or have a chance at a romantic connect then Anastasia Date is the website for you. Men can chat with beautiful Russian women and browse through their profiles. This website is safe and allows you to chat with girls that you normally wouldn’t. This allows the user to see if there is a connection by chatting, emails, and webcams. This is a great way to interact with singles to try and find the one that is right for you. You can scroll through and view the beautiful girls’ profiles from Ukraine and Russia.

There is a search feature available that allows the user to see girls within a certain mile radius, whether or not they have children, age, and whether or not they smoke or drink. Reading the profile will allow you to know if the girl’s personalities will match up with yours. This allows you to find a girl that has the same qualities and morals as you do. Men can create a profile for free. To create a profile a username and password must be made. The user creates a profile that tells about their selves. The user can then search thousands and thousands of profile to find the girl that peaks their interest. Then the only thing the user has to do is email the girls and connect with them.

Anastasia Date also provides great accommodations and features that can assist users with travels including food and lodging, sending gifts like flowers and cards, and they have a translator tool that can help with language barriers. Couples that have met on Anastasia Date have been successful and many people recommended Anastasia Date to their friends and family members. Start searching now and find that special someone with qualities like yours and start having fun.

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FCC Stands Against Broadband Data Caps

The FCC has been nothing but exemplary when it comes to dealing with big telecom lately. They are fighting against the status quo of the incumbent service providers to defend net neutrality and keep the industry competitive. Their latest challenge appears to be usage caps broadband providers like Comcast have been running trials on.

Internet Service Providers have long claimed that data caps keep their networks uncongested. This isn’t actually the case though. Most networks are robust enough to handle much more capacity than they currently host. It appears that cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner with ties to the dwindling income of pay TV are limiting bandwidth to cut down on video usage.

Companies like YouTube and NetFlix are the biggest threat to pay TV providers. Access to these services has been at the center of the net neutrality debate since the beginning. Data usage caps would ultimately limit access to these services.

Recent legislation has made broadband internet a Title II public utility. Infringing on net neutrality by imposing data caps would certainly be enough to get the attention of the FCC and linkedin users.

Many telecom companies seem to think they are exempt from playing by the rules. Tom Wheeler and company at the FCC have shown they are more than willing and able to prove them wrong.

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Swedes Reject Julian Assange’s Appeal

WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange is not giving up his fight against his arrest warrant for alleged rape and sexual assault.

All legal arguments were exhausted in Swedish courts. Monday, the Supreme Court of Sweden rejected Assange’s appeal noting “the undue delay caused by inaction” of the prosecution, or “de facto detention (Assange) without due process for nearly three years.

Boraie Development covered the story, and Assange says he will take his fight to “international bodies.” This means Assange and legal team will take case to the U.N. Human Rights Council.

On open warrant remains since 2010, after two Swedish women accused Assange, one for rape and the other sexual assault. Assange claims these are trumped up charges in order to get him in custody and send him back to the U.S.

Assange denies the allegations and says sex with both women were consensual.

Assange has taken refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador since 2012 to avoid extradition to the Nordic country.

Assange agreed in March to being questioned in London, after the Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny proposed this solution.

Assange refuses to go to Sweden for fear of being extradited to the United States where an investigation is underway on the publication of WikiLeaks. Thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents were leaked to the public.