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US says 115000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration

US says 115000 could lose Obamacare insurance over immigration
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration …
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In just a year Obamacare goes from top Congress issue to barely mentioned
Was it really only a year ago that we were gearing up for the big unveil of Healthcare.gov where the uninsured could seamlessly go online and shop for health care as they would their vacation travel? It was last September when Republicans sparred with …
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In one year, Obamacare goes from top congressional issue to barely mentioned
With so many other issues at center stage this fall, the health-care law is simply not on voters' minds. Our colleague Aaron Blake noted this month that polls show voters are generally unhappy with the country's direction, but few cite Obamacare as the …
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Facebook’s Mentions app for celebrities is now available in over 40 countries

Facebook’s Mentions app for celebrities first launched for users in the US last month, but if you’re a notable figure outside those borders and wanted to get in on the action then you might now be in luck. That’s right, Mentions is now available to users in more than 40 countries, providing you’re a verified public figure with a page on the social network. Unfortunately, a spokesperson for the company couldn’t clarify exactly which 40 countries. Ultimately, while on the surface of things it bears a passing resemblance to the standard Facebook app, it’s geared around allowing famous people to more easily post content…

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RIP Flash: Why HTML5 will finally take over video and the Web this year

Erika Trautman is the CEO of Rapt Media. Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, HTML5 is making Flash obsolete. The HTML5 versus Flash debate has been a hot topic among Web developers for years – and even more so since Steve Jobs published his now infamous 2010 letter touting HTML5 as the future and Flash as “no longer necessary.”…

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Offline over the weekend? Read all the tech news you missed right here

Weekends are better than weekdays. Everyone knows that. Sometimes though, one of the downsides of weekends is that it can be hard to keep up with all the comings and goings in the tech world. Never fear though, that’s why we’re here. So, take a few minutes, make yourself a coffee and point your eyes below for all the best tech news and features from The Next Web and beyond over the last two days. News from The Next Web over the weekend: Coursera Launches Android App Innovative Photo Hardware-app Combos Shake Up Macworld/iWorld ReKoMe for iPhone Will Recognize Pictures…

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Titanfall, the game that will ruin all other shooters and win over customers for the Xbox One

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Titanfall launched earlier this week with a year’s worth of hype behind it and was received with much excitement from the gaming community. Gamers flooded online as it launched at midnight in the US, taking the game’s dedicated servers offline seemingly immediately. Call of Duty changed the way we thought about first person shooters and Titanfall comes from some of the greatest minds that birthed the original franchise at Infinity Ward. Developer of Titanfall, Respawn Entertainment was born with ex-senior executives Jason West and Vince Zampella from Infinity Ward at the helm. Titanfall is Respawn’s first self-created title, which is an…

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Business Latest: Financial crisis is over

Business Newest: Monetary disaster is in excess of
From shares becoming up double-digits this year to a booming housing restoration to the Fed preparing to scale back its bond-getting program, it seems the disaster is ultimately in excess of. What that signifies for you and your portfolio. Read much more. OBAMACARE Expertise:&nbsp…
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Healthcare | Month-to-month bills and concrete consequences will keep the Obamacare
It&#39s the really specificity of all individuals variables that helps make the present disaster distinct from what has long gone just before. It&#39s straightforward to overlook what happened at Benghazi most of us experienced in no way listened to of it just before the assault. The sneaky IRS subterfuge, unlawful and …
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Consumer Reports Poll Finds Over One Third of Consumers More Confused on Health Law Since Start of Open Enrollment

Yonkers, NY (PRWEB) December 11, 2013

One month after the start of open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act, a new survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center shows that many American consumers now feel more confused about the law, the insurance marketplaces and how the ACA will impact them.

The nationally representative survey asked consumers whether they felt better or less informed about the law over the last month. Participants were also asked to identify whether statements describing elements of the law were true or false.

Key findings of the Consumer Reports survey of Americans’ understanding of the new health law include:

Less understanding of the law. Overall, 38% of respondents indicated they felt LESS informed over the course of the past month.

Incorrect beliefs about features of the law. Nearly half (48%) thought the ACA established a government-run health plan. Thirty-six percent thought the new law allowed the government to control their selection of doctors, and 30 percent believed the law set up government panels that would dictate decisions about end-of-life care. In contrast, one-quarter or less of respondents correctly identified these as false statements.

Lack of reliable information source. Ninety percent of respondents selected at least one barrier to the attainment of reliable information about Obamacare. They were inclined to spread the blame areas among several actors: conflicting news reports (52%), complexity of the law itself (52%), biased information coming from Congress (50%), uncertainly about whose opinions on the laws should be trusted (48%), conflicting information in TV ads (47%), biased information coming from the White House (44%) and biased information coming from state officials (38%).

“The American health insurance system has long been the world’s most complicated, and now consumers are being asked to understand an entirely new set of rules and procedures in addition,” said Nancy Metcalf, who covers health insurance and the new health law as a Consumer Reports senior editor. “No wonder they feel confused and unsure where to turn for reliable information. But with open enrollment underway and HealthCare.gov working more smoothly, consumers need help so they don’t miss out on getting the right coverage for themselves and their families.”

Consumers who need coverage in place by Jan. 1 must enroll by Dec. 23. Open enrollment runs through March 31, 2014.

Consumer Reports has designed a free, new online tool called http://www.HealthLawHelper.org to cut through the clutter and confusion and deliver personalized, tailored results for consumers about how the Affordable Care Act affects them, no matter what their insurance status, including those whose plans were recently cancelled because they don’t meet the new law’s requirements. By answering a few simple, anonymous questions (age, insurance status, family size, income etc), consumers will receive a results page outlining the different options available to them and any next steps they may need to take, based on the information they provide.

HealthLawHelper.org will also alert users not only to possible financial help in paying for private health insurance, but will also tell them if they or any family members might qualify for other programs such as Medicaid or CHIP.

The tool is also available in Spanish at http://www.AseguraTuSalud.org and has been optimized for mobile devices.

Metcalf is also blogging on a new topic related to Obamacare every day. All this content can be found at http://www.ConsumerReports.org/cro/health/insurance/health-care-countdown/index.htm.

Consumer Reports Poll Methodology

The Consumer Reports National Research Center’s national representative telephone survey about consumer understanding of the Affordable Care Act between November 8-10, 2013 included 1,000 U.S. residents (18 and older) and was fielded by vendor ORC International. Respondents, who were screened to meet national demographics, were asked their understanding of the provisions of the 2010 ACA one month following its rollout in October of 2013. The margin of error is + / – 3.0 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

For a copy of the survey report, contact Joe Duraes or Kara Kelber.

Consumer Reports is the world’s largest independent product-testing organization. Using its more than 50 labs, auto test center, and survey research center, the nonprofit rates thousands of products and services annually. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 8 million subscribers to its magazine, website and other publications. Its advocacy division, Consumers Union, works for health reform, product safety, financial reform, and other consumer issues in Washington, D.C., the states, and in the marketplace.


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Google forces CyanogenMod to pull its one-click installer from the Play store over violation of developer terms

installer devices 520x245 Google forces CyanogenMod to pull its one click installer from the Play store over violation of developer terms

Well that didn’t last long. CyanogenMod today announced it has pulled its one-click installer from Google Play. The Google Play Support team informed the startup that its app is in violation of Google Play’s developer terms and advised it to “voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively.”

CyanogenMod says it complied with Google’s wishes but is waiting on a more favorable resolution. Unsurprisingly, the startup is unhappy with the development.

Here’s its side of the story:

To those unfamiliar with the application, it has a single function – to guide users to enable “ADB”, a built in development and debugging tool, and then navigates the user to the desktop installer. The desktop application then performs the installation of the CyanogenMod on their Android device.

After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback was that though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it ‘encourages users to void their warranty’, it would not be allowed to remain in the store.

CyanogenMod says that before the app was pulled, it saw “hundreds of thousands of installations” which the startup argues is proof there is “demand for more choice, and that the need for an alternative Android experience exists.” Nevertheless, the fact that the Google Play option is apparently gone is bad news for CyangenMod: the startup itself admits that while sideloading has long been an option on Android, it is “a hassle” that “adds steps to the process.”

The one-click installer lasted just over two weeks on Google Play. It was released on November 12 and was pulled on November 27. One has to wonder why it was ever approved in the first place, given that its life was so short.

We have contacted Google for more information about the removal. We will update this story if we hear back.

For its part, CyangenMod says it is submitting its app to the Amazon and Samsung app stores. In the meantime, you can still sideload the installer as before.

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GitHub restores Mozilla-Central repository after temporarily shutting it down over fileserver issues

github 520x245 GitHub restores Mozilla Central repository after temporarily shutting it down over fileserver issues

The GitHub repository Mozilla-Central and all of its forks were disabled yesterday with no explanation. We got in touch with both GitHub and Mozilla after the problem was pointed out on Hacker News, and it has now been resolved.

“The Mozilla-Central repository has been restored after a temporary problem prompted Github to shut it down,” a Mozilla spokesperson told TNW in a statement. “This community-supported repository is not used for building any Mozilla products. All Mozilla products are built from Mozilla’s servers which are called hg.mozilla.org and git.mozilla.org. At no time was any of Mozilla’s production infrastructure impacted by this Github action.”

The issue was first pointed out as a submission on Bugzilla in the hopes of tracking down the root cause, and ensuring that the production replacement repositories would not run into the same issue. GitHub support responded at the time with the following information:

Sorry about that – our ops and systems folks are taking a look now, but it looks like the size and particularly unique nature of mozilla/mozilla-central are causing fileserver issues for us at the moment. The team is looking at options to resolve this and we’ll follow up as soon as we have more information for you.

We have also contacted GitHub for more information. We will update this article if we hear back.

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Democrats Sharply Divided over Iran Deal

Source: www.breitbart.com – Monday, November 25, 2013
President Barack Obama's controversial deal easing sanctions on Iran is causing new rifts among Senate Democrats in a caucus struggling to hold itself together in the wake of the Obamacare fiasco.  Democrats in the upper chamber who usually are unified in their views are reeling, following Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement that a deal with the Iranians had been reached. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) seconded her colleague Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who criticized the administration's deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told NPR's Diane Rehm Monday that the Senate would look at strengthening sanctions against Iran when the upper chamber returned from Thanksgiving recess. "We will take a look at this to see if we need stronger sanctions," Reid said, noting that the issue would go to the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations committees. He told Rehm that the committee chairmen, Sens. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), respectively, "will do what they are supposed to do. They will study this, they will hold hearings if necessary, and if we need work on this, if we need stronger sanctions I am sure we will do that. So I look forward to input from both the majority and minority when I get back there, and we will move forward appropriately." When asked about Israel's alarm over the agreement, Reid responded: "I would be concerned too. I am concerned a thousand of mil

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