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An Amazon and New York City Valentine’s Day Break Up

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An Amazon and New York City Valentine’s Day Break Up

In mid-2018 the world held its breath for months, only to be fed small amounts of info from time to time regarding which cities were still in the running for Amazon’s second headquarters location.  In November 2018, when announcement day finally arrived the world learned that both Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia would be the new home for Amazon’s HQ2 location.  It was a bit of a shock for most to hear that Amazon would be splitting up its HQ2 location, though a welcomed decision nonetheless.

Fast forward a few months to Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2019 when all the excitement and joy quickly faded and was replaced by confusion and outrage as news broke that Amazon will be scraping its plans to build its second headquarters in one of the proposed locations, Long Island City in Queens, New York.

What had gone wrong in what seemed to be a fairy tale ending to the never-ending saga of the massive expansion of Amazon’s corporate hubs?   25,000 well-paying jobs in addition to the huge boost that was expected to the infrastructure of an ailing NYC borough, in terms of economic health and growth, all just vanished in the blink of an eye.   Politics had definitely played a role in Amazon’s New York decision, from the choosing of the location to the eventual failure of those plans, though to the what extent was the government’s influence in this outcome?

The $3 billion in tax breaks for Amazon, the $10 billion in tax revenue over a 20-year span, and a slew of other benefits the city and state would reap all sounded great, but its never that simple when politics are involved, and these days it seems like those pesky politics have made their way into every facet of american life.

“Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.”, Fox News reports, “was not the main player who led Amazon to cancel plans to build a second headquarters in New York City”, rather it was political wrongdoing by the entirety of the Democratic leaders in the state senate.   It would be difficult to blame just one person for what occurred, even if the individual went on to praise the outcome while displaying complete lack of knowledge of basic economics, but in a world where social media rules and popularity contests win you seats in the senate, it can’t be too far of a stretch to hold individual senators accountable for major mistakes that happen.

It isn’t all bad news, however, as residents of New York can still get their toothpaste and pet food, delivered by Amazon, to their doorsteps in a matter of hours, they only simply lost out on massive job growth and a major boost to the infrastructure and local economy, thanks to their governing officials.

 

 

Cathay Pacific WILL Honor First Class Error Fare Tickets!

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Cathay Pacific WILL Honor First Class Error Fare Tickets!

Happy 2019!

A great start to the year with news that Cathay Pacific Airlines will honor the massive pricing error which led to many people scoring first class airfare for less than $800, which is normally priced at $10,000+!

 

Cathay has confirmed via their twitter account, in a somewhat lighthearted and humorous way, admitting it was a pricing mistake on their end and that they’ve learned their lesson.

“Happy 2019 all, and to those who bought our good – VERY good surprise ‘special’ on New Year’s Day, yes – we made a mistake but we look forward to welcoming you on board with your ticket issued. Hope this will make your 2019 ‘special’ too!
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Cathay Pacific is known as one of the best airlines in the world, especially because their premium product, business/first class, is simply outstanding.

For those who were lucky enough to snag one of these flights, congratulations!

 

 

Quick note, when these error fares do occur, it is strongly advised to not make any further plans or bookings, such as other flights, hotels, or cars until the airline confirms whether they will honor the error fares. It usually takes a couple days for that to happen…once the airline can run the numbers and figure out how big of a loss they will have to take.

 

500 Million New Passports on Marriotts Dime?

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500 Million New Passports on Marriotts Dime?

Last week news broke that 500 million Marriott customers had their personal data exposed resulting from one of the largest hacks in US history, and the fallout is only getting worse.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer says Marriott should be on the hook for the $110 cost of renewing every effected customer’s passport. The reason, the AP reports, is that they are now more susceptible to identity theft to no fault of their own.  Marriott, however, did respond saying it would reimburse individuals if they do experience fraud as a result of the data hack.

 

Marriott urges customers who believe they have been effected by the breach to complete the enrollment process on the website and call center which they’ve set up together with Kroll, the firm they partnered with to deal with the aftermath.

 

 

Marriott’s Massive Data Breach 2014-2018

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Marriott’s Massive Data Breach 2014-2018

Another day, another breach.  Only this time it involves Marriott, a company that claims to live by the Golden Rule and have clear communication with its customers.

One very surprising fact is that their reservation system was being hacked over a lengthy period of 4 years, exposing data on 500 million guests.  Marriott claims it is unclear what data was actually stolen, but can range anywhere from credit card information, and passport data to names, addresses, and phones numbers.

 

How can you protect yourself?

Marriott has partnered with a firm called Kroll to provide customers with a product called ‘WebWatcher’.  Follow the above link to read mor about this.  It is available to anyone who had a Starwood reservation.

According to Kroll, WebWatcher offers:

A monitoring of internet sites where personal information is shared and generates an alert if evidence of your personal information is found. Due to regulatory and other reasons, WebWatcher or similar products are not available in all countries.

For residents of the United States, enrolling in WebWatcher also provides you with two additional benefits: (1) a Fraud Loss Reimbursement benefit, which reimburses you for out-of-pocket expenses totaling up to $1 million in covered legal costs and expenses for any one stolen identity event. All coverage is subject to the conditions and exclusions in the policy; and (2) unlimited access to consultation with a Kroll fraud specialist. Consultation support includes showing you the most effective ways to protect your identity, explaining your rights and protections under the law, assistance with fraud alerts, and interpreting how personal information is accessed and used, including investigating suspicious activity that could be tied to an identity theft event.

 

 

Identity protection, such as LifeLock, can also help stop any subsequent issues that can arise from such unfortunate data breaches, which seem to be happening all too often these days.

Simple steps such as monitoring your credit or changing your passwords can go a long way in the never ending journey to stay safe in the online world we live in.

 

 

Walmart’s Website Crashes As Soon As Black Friday Deals Begin…

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Walmart’s Website Crashes As Soon As Black Friday Deals Begin…

When the clock struck midnight on Thursday, November 22, Walmart let the Black Friday deals loose.  It appears they didn’t accurately predict how many shoppers they would actually have, and as a result the website crashed.

It seems like a case of too many great deals, attracting a myriad of eager deal shoppers and just not enough server support.   Many shoppers were reporting in-stock items showing out-in-stock when they reached the checkout page.  Others have reported their shopping cart pages freezing up and preventing them from completing checkout.  So patience seems to be the key for the early deal seekers this Thanksgiving.

 

Walmart is one of the leaders when it comes to Black Friday deal shopping, and at TheDealExperts we are updating you hourly on the best deals being offered. Be sure to check back!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 

*Alert* CDC Warns Not To Eat Romaine Lettuce Amid New Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak!

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*Alert* CDC Warns Not To Eat Romaine Lettuce Amid New Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak!

The CDC has issued a new warning to US consumers nationwide to avoid eating romaine lettuce. This new outbreak carries a “particularly dangerous type of E. Coli contamination”, which has already infected 32 people across 11 sates, the Washington Post reports.

 

You can read more about this warning here from the WaPo:

The CDC recommends Americans to take precautions with these tips:

  • Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.  

– This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.

– If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.

– Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. 

– CDC is advising that consumers do not eat any romaine lettuce because no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.

  • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

 

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