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Good news, international Apple fans, the iPhone 6 is coming sooner than you’d have expected

Source: bgr.com – Thursday, September 11, 2014
Just like with any other iPhone launch, Apple will release the phone gradually by starting with certain markets at first, followed by more and more countries in the weeks and months to come. Luckily for international Apple fans who want to buy the device, a second round of pre-orders is about to start, 9to5Mac reports . Continue reading…

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Rand Paul: Scene in Ferguson Resembles “War More Than Traditional Police Action”

Source: reason.com – Thursday, August 14, 2014
Here's Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) responding to the ongoing strife in Ferguson, Missouri following the police shooting of Michael Brown. In an op-ed for Time , he writes : Anyone who thinks that race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention. And the root of the problem is big government. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation. If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot. The outrage in Ferguson is understandable—though there is never an excuse for rioting or looting. There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response. The images and scenes we continue to see in Ferguson resemble war more than traditional police action. Paul goes on to say that "there is a systemic problem with today's law enforcement" and that local police have been militarized thanks to the use of "federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies—where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement." Read the whole thing at Time here. Last night, G

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Report claiming US health care worse than abroad distorts facts but ObamaCare

Report claiming US health care worse than abroad distorts facts but ObamaCare
However, looking at the report's underlying methodology demonstrates the U.S. is, in fact, getting value for its money. What is the basis for the Commonwealth Fund conclusion that we get poorer health care even though we spend more? The report compared …
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Sebelius's claim that Obamacare has brought 'affordable coverage' to 22
The Fact Checker dug into the more recent reports and found that it was based on a single quarterly figure that was not sustained in later quarters. At best, one could claim perhaps a gain of 2 million, but several analysts have raised serious …
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Depsite Hobby Lobby Decision, Obamacare Is Helping More Women Get Access
Prescription contraceptives for women sit on the counter of a drug store on August 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Under new standards issued by the Obama administration, health insurers are required to cover all government-approved contraceptives …
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Less than a month left to enroll for Obamacare

Less than a month left to enroll for Obamacare

People have less than a month to enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for 2014 ends on March 31 and an Austin non-profit is tr…
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YAF’s conclusive poll findings results are dismal for Obamacare’s prospects and big government programs. Just 18 percent of young adults answered that they a…

Pollen launches beta ‘velocity capital’ platform that pays developers after 7 days rather than 60

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If you’re an app developer, you’ll be aware that not only do major app stores take a sizeable chunk of your revenues, the platforms also take their sweet time paying out the cash you’ve earned – 60 days or more in some cases. However, Pollen wants to change that with its platform for delivering cash advances to developers every seven days. The idea is that with more regular access to money, developers can speed up the growth of their business by reinvesting it in user acquisition campaigns or further development of the product. For the privilege of expedited payment, developers will have…

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The Old Reader launches Premium version for users with more than 100 feeds: $3 per month or $30 per year

94788580 520x245 The Old Reader launches Premium version for users with more than 100 feeds: $ 3 per month or $ 30 per year

The Old Reader, a popular RSS service and alternative to Google Reader, today announced a Premium version, which is required for users with more than 100 feeds. The Old Reader Premium will cost $ 3 per month or $ 30 per year, although there is a two-week promotional price (up to 5,000 accounts) of $ 2 per month or $ 20 per year for a minimum of the next two years.

The company says 90 percent of its users can continue using the free service, but the remaining 10 percent will be asked to subsidize them. All functionality will remain available to free accounts, but if you have more than 100 feeds, you’ll be forced to upgrade (there’s a two-week trial period you might want to check out if you’re in this group).

If you do end up upgrading, here are the features you can expect:

  • Full-text search.
  • Faster feed refresh times.
  • Up to 500 Subscriptions.
  • 6 months of post storage.
  • Instapaper and Readability integration.
  • Early access to new features.

The goal is naturally to build a business model for the RSS reader. A service at such scale can’t be maintained for free forever:

Our next goal is to ensure the long term financial viability of The Old Reader. Hosting, development, and support are not inexpensive and while it’s never been our goal to get rich off of this application, long term sustainability and growth will require revenue. So we explored several models for generating revenues including a premium offering and advertising. In the end, we’d like to avoid advertising as we feel it’s too invasive and runs counter to our strong belief in the open web.

If you want to subscribe to more than 100 feeds without paying for premium version, we recommend InoReader and Feedly.

See also – The Old Reader team pulls a 180, announces the RSS reader may remain open to the public and The Old Reader lives: Site will stay open to the public thanks to an unnamed ‘corporate entity’ in the US

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Health Care Exchange Cost Is More Important Than Provider Network

Health Care Exchange Cost Is More Important Than Provider NetworkHealth Care Exchange Cost Takes Priority

Based on the results of a recent consumer survey, more people who are eligible for federal premiums subsidies are worried about how much they are going to pay for health insurance than they are about whether or not a certain provider will included in the health exchange provider network. For this reason, health insurance companies are choosing to narrow their provider networks so they can keep their premiums as low as possible and reduce health care exchange cost.

37 percent of all respondents who are eligible to receive subsidies said that they consider health exchange cost most important when choosing health insurance. That percentage was higher than the 31 percentage of respondents who said benefits were the most important factor when choosing health insurance. The results of this survey led insurers to restrict their provider networks for the plans that will be sold on health insurance exchanges.

Benefits Most Important for People Not Eligible for Subsidies

Interestingly, for people who earn too much money to be eligible for federal subsidies do not look at the health care exchange cost as the primary factor when choosing health insurance. Neither do they believe that the provider network is most important. 37 percent of consumers who will not be receiving federal premium subsidies through the health insurance exchanges believe that benefits are the biggest determining factor for choosing health insurance.

This may be why only six percent of survey respondents will be shopping for health insurance on their state exchanges in 2014. All health insurance plans must cover the 10 essential health benefits to be considered qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act, but if they aren’t receiving subsidies, they may be able to get a better deal outside of the exchange. They may also be able to find plans with richer benefits off exchange as well.

More Benefits at a Better Price

Regardless of whether or not people purchase health insurance through the exchanges, they will be getting more for their money. This is because all plans are required to cover those essential health benefits. So, even if they pay a little more, they are getting a whole lot more benefits. This is also true for people who will be shopping on the health insurance exchanges. While they may have to travel a little further to see a doctor that is participating in the health exchange provider network, they will still be getting more than they were on a pre-ACA policy.

The key to reaping the health care exchange cost savings is to finding a provider that is in network before receiving services. Even if a consumer has to drive for several miles, the savings are worth it, particularly for those who are receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for their premiums.

Some Physician Groups Wary of Low Reimbursements

One of the reasons the health exchange provider networks are restricted is because some physician groups are nervous about the low reimbursement rates from insurance companies operating through the exchanges. 59 percent of the respondents to a second survey of physician groups said the low reimbursement rates would pose a financial risk to their practice. As a result many physicians are taking a wait-and-see approach to the exchanges. While they might not be participating in 2014, it is possible more doctors will participate in subsequent years as they see how the system works.

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