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Michael McGown

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Another Blow to Privacy -- Now It's Google!

Posted January 26, 2012 | 01/26/12 04:20 PM ET

Google+ has made Google unfriendly.

In its new privacy policy, which all Google users must accept on Mar. 1, Google says in plain language:

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use,...
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It's Really Time to Move Your Money!

Posted September 13, 2011 | 09/13/11 01:13 PM ET

Wouldn't you like to earn 3.00 percent on your checking account?

In March of last year, I wrote an article here entitled Move Your Money to a High Interest Checking Account. My goal was to get folks thinking about how the MegaBanks are nickel-and-diming us into poverty. For...

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John Roll: A Personal Memory

Posted January 10, 2011 | 01/10/11 03:45 PM ET

I still have John Roll's card in my old Rolodex, which dates back to 1979. I first met John when I was directing continuing legal education programs for the National College of District Attorneys, an organization that sponsored training seminars for prosecutors. John was one of several dozen lecturers who...

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Canada Says Goodbye to the Penny

Posted December 15, 2010 | 12/15/10 01:54 PM ET

Canada is saying goodbye to the penny.

I guess it's not a "done deal," but a story I read on December 15 suggests that pretty much everyone in Canada is in favor of getting rid of the penny. After all, the government spends 1.5 cents to manufacture a penny, so...

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Cleaning House the Old-Fashioned Way

Posted December 9, 2010 | 12/09/10 01:20 PM ET

About a year ago, I decided I was tired of buying liquid cleaners that are mostly water. You know what I mean -- the ubiquitous quart squirt bottles filled with pretty colored liquids that overflow the cleaning products aisle at the grocery store. All of them have several things in...

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Move Your Money to a High Interest Checking Account

Posted March 1, 2010 | 03/01/10 06:05 PM ET

My new community bank is paying me 4.01% on the money I have deposited in their fee-free checking account. Have you looked at what your bank is paying you lately?

The last time I checked, MegaBank was paying 0.01% for a checking account, and my old regional bank's rate...

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