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A famed hip-hop producer for DMX claims he hasn’t been paid royalties in nearly a decade. Michael Gomez, who worked under the name DJ Shok with the Yonkers-based Ruff Ryders on Grammy-nominated DMX records like 1999’s “. . . And then there was X,” says in a suit he’s been trying to get the funds since at…
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The highest paid TV actress just explained how to negotiate pay

‘When you’re asking for a raise, you’ve got to be willing to walk out the door if you don’t get what you want.’

Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo is the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama, with her new two-year-deal with the show earning her £414,000 per episode – that’s over £14 million a year.

But according to the 48-year-old actress, this was a long time coming – reportedly fighting for equal pay for years.

That’s right. Earlier this year, the actress told the Hollywood Reporter that even as the show’s main character – you now, playing Meredith GREY in GREY’s Anatomy, she had to fight behind the scenes to be treated as an equal to her male co-stars.

‘They could always use [Patrick Dempsey] as leverage against me – ‘We don’t need you; we have Patrick’ – which they did for years,’ she explained of her male co-star, referring to his exit from the show as a ‘defining moment’. ‘I don’t know if they also did that to him, because he and I never discussed our deals,’ she explained. ‘But there were many times where I reached out about joining together to negotiate, but he was never interested in that.’

She continued: ‘At one point, I asked for $ 5,000 more than him just on principle, because the show is Grey’s Anatomy and I’m Meredith Grey. They wouldn’t give it to me.’

Eventually getting her pay rise in the end, she is now calling for other women to rise up, giving her own advice on how to negotiate a pay rise.

‘The only time you ever really have power in asking for anything is if you’re willing to walk away,’ she explained. ‘When you’re asking for a raise, you’ve got to be willing to walk out the door if you don’t get what you want.’

She continued: ‘Be 100 percent honest. No, no, no, no, no, wait, wait — 98 percent honest. One hundred percent honest with yourself, 98 percent honest with the rest of the world. In being honest, it’s best to sort of start with the positive. Find something positive and lead with that, and then get into the more truthful parts of it.’

Her final piece of advice? ’Stop trying to be perfect. Nobody’s fucking perfect. I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect, and no one can expect us to be. The closest we can get is to be true and respectful to each other. Be okay with your flaws. We all have them. Stop trying to speak perfect, look perfect, act perfect. Men don’t try to be perfect.’

Here, here, Ellen Pompeo.

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Gucci Mane Finally Paid The IRS $800 Grand In Back Taxes

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You can be the most gangsta dude alive, but if you owe Uncle Sam them taxes that’s ya ass (just ask Al Capone). Gucci Mane is well aware of this fact and according to Page Six, the ATL rapper has finally paid the IRS $ 823,358.50 in back taxes.

If you’re thinking “but he just got out of jail, how he owes that much money?” Turns out that Guwop was owing the IRS for income he got in 2008, 2010, and 2011 (no leniency for having paid his taxes in 2009?). Either way we’re glad that Gucci’s put that drama behind him now that he’s a married man and doesn’t need anything tripping up his progress in life.

That being said, we’re kinda surprised Gucci didn’t just pawn a few of his chains or sell a few cars and get out of that debt a lot sooner, but to each his own.

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Transitioning out of Dress Codes Altogether

I’ve always paid attention to what I wear – I specifically remember the floral tie and pegged pants I wore to my first dance, where I awkwardly box-stepped with a girl, shout out to Junior Capers and the Tredyffrin/ Easttown school district–but I didn’t really think about it in relation to others’ clothing deeply until I started going to work. In a cubicle. Wearing a tie I stole from my dad.

Most weekdays since then (for over a decade) I’ve left my house in the morning to work in a traditional office, and worn what I’d like to consider thoughtful business casual. The boundaries of business casual are rarely clear and tend toward the khakis-and-polo side of things. As Derek wrote, “Not as interesting as casualwear could be; not as sharp as the traditional coat-and-tie. It’s just vanilla bland.” It’s one of those areas where we’re technically free to wear nearly anything but unwritten rules often keep us boxed in, or else we’ll raise the eyebrows of our Kirkland polo-d co-workers. I mostly wear OCBDs (lighter cotton weaves in summer), cotton twill or wool flannel trousers, and extra-casual sportcoats (like Engineered Garments or Camoshita might make) or a cardigan.

Last week, though, I started working from home close to full time. My new situation has a lot of benefits – I can access snacks at any time – but it’s made me wonder whether my business wardrobe is obsolete. I have a decent desk setup with natural light, I literally do not have to leave the house; who am I getting dressed for?

Of course, many men work mostly on their own terms, don’t have an office, and cope just fine. I asked a few guys who’ve been working this way for awhile how they approach dressing for the home office.

The Tailored Uniform Approach

Mitchell Moss is an editor and writer working for a church in Cincinnati, but he lives and works in an older house outside of Nashville. He likes tailored clothing, mostly Italian, and doesn’t let the lack of a conference room and water cooler stop him. “I usually wear open collar shirt and sportcoat, and jeans or dress pants. I’m almost always in tailoring. That’s how I like getting dressed.”


So no sweatpants. “The slob thing? I cannot do that. Tailored clothing – it’s what I’ve spent money on for years, and didn’t buy it just to hang it there. Plus I get on instagram in the morning, and a lot of accounts I follow are in Europe, and have already posted cool outfits – it gets me excited about wearing a jacket again.”

In the two years he’s had this work style, Mitchell says he’s gotten more casual and wears ties less often. “I do wear jeans a lot more – almost every day now. Wearing a tie with jeans just feels weird. Part of my philosophy is trying to keep it real: ‘OK dude you’re working from home.’ I have a very strong utilitarian streak in me, I live in the real world – and there’s no point in putting wear and tear on nice pants.” Plus he does have to set up and break down for photo shoots sometimes, which is better to do in jeans, and shoes he won’t scratch.

What does he do in the summer swelter of the South? “At the extremes of the seasons, when it’s hot, I will forego a sportcoat. No shorts! Don’t quite go that far.”

The Approach That Changes Day to Day

Eric Cano runs a fashion casting agency – that is, he connects brands with the right-looking people for photo shoots or runway shows. Striking out on his own a couple of years ago after a long time working for a single company, he’s changed his style with his role and the shifting sands of men’s style. “I don’t have to worry about what I look like. I consider myself a fashion person, but on any given day I can kinda wear whatever I want. I don’t really have to put a suit on, which is a shame because I have so many.”


When he was in ad sales, wearing tailoring felt like it fit the role. “My uniform was sports jacket, woven shirt, nice pants, and shoes. I’d show up to meetings with Nike, it was kind of my calling card to be the guy in this market in a suit, meanwhile it was just a sports jacket. Asking a company to do a media buy, it would have felt funny showing up in a tshirt, jeans, and Jordan Is asking someone to spend that much money – a navy blazer justified what I was asking for. I don’t know, maybe people thought I was a narc.”

Now he balances his interest in fashion with the different demands he has every day: sometimes meeting clients or models, sometimes spending the day at his home office or co-working space answering emails.

“I want to be comfortable, and functionality is great, but I still want to look nice. When it’s my first time meeting someone other than email, want them to think ‘Oh, that’s what he looks like, that’s really sharp.’ Then next time we meet I’ll be in sneakers and a trucker jacket.”

When I talked to Eric (over the phone), he was in post-gym-wear – snow boots, sweatpants, and a bubble jacket. “I’m meeting people for dinner later, I’ll probably get out of the sweatpants. I’ll wear good jeans, a knit, nice shoes, and call it a day.” Eric, who’s in his 30s, told me he likes Dior Homme for jeans but also Levis 511s or 501s, recently picked up a shawl cardigan from Martin Margiela, which he’s been paying attention to, he estimates, since 2003.

He’s always liked black boots, and guesses he has 40 pairs. Recently he’s been wearing Balenciaga biker boots or Dries Van Noten chelseas. “Work hard, buy nice things. On sale of course.”

The Sophisticated Traveler Approach

Gus Walbolt works as an artist’s licensing agent and business consultant–selling his publishing business in the early 2000s afforded him the opportunity to set his own work style, which includes a couple of phone calls a day in his home in Walnut Creek, California. “Then off to gym; it’s one of the advantages of selling your company.”


While in publishing, he witnessed the casualization of the workplace in the 1980s and 90s. “When everyone still dressing up a lot, I still got questions– ‘Gus, why do you get so dressed up – it’s your company, you don’t have to dress up.’ But it’s all about showing style. In the 1990s my uniform was a double-breasted blue blazer, jeans while traveling, and gray flannels when I arrived. And I wore a tie. During that time, because we were selling art-based products, I felt it was important to project style. I thought it was necessary to show that I understood style in order to sell style and design.”

Nowadays Gus, who’s in his 60s, mixes his tailored taste with modern dressed-down looks, mixing the vibes perfected in global style capitals. “When I started working for myself, I started wearing what I wear today: American jeans, English shoes, and Italian shirts. Maybe LVC 1954 jeans, an Italian collared shirt, a casual sport coat – like Ring Jacket, Japanese made in an Italian style.”

In the last year, Gus has started to favor cardigans rather than sport coats all the time. “Cable-knit cardigans, maybe with pockets; not so much grandpa cardigans, a stand-up rather than shawl collar, with a scarf.”

“Every now and then, my wife goes ‘Everything’s so casual, don’t wear a jacket; can you wear something else?’”

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Keeping It Well in Austin: The City Will Now Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Looks like in addition to keeping it weird, Austin is trying to keep it well.

At least that’s what the Austin City Council is attempting to do by being the first city in the southern United States to pass a law requiring private businesses to offer paid sick leave.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2018, employers with more than five employees must offer workers one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Employers with five or fewer employees will be subject to the same law, but it will not go into effect until Oct. 1, 2020.

To help protect employers, the law also includes caps on the amount of leave workers can earn: 64 hours for companies with more than 15 employees and 48 hours for companies with 15 or fewer employees.

Austin joins other cities like Minneapolis, New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C. and eight states — Arizona, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington — that guarantee paid sick leave.

But as the only city in Texas to pass this policy so far, Austin could face the same fate as Milwaukee, which passed a city-level law in 2008 only to have a state law prohibiting mandated paid sick leave override the ordinance. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker argued the city’s paid sick leave policy was a barrier to creating jobs.

The benefits of having a sick day are not limited to the health benefits of, you know, getting well. It also decreases the spread of germs to co-workers — helpful considering the particularly awful flu season we’ve enjoyed this year — and could be essential to workers living paycheck to paycheck.

So to the rest of the South, wash your hands and try to stay well, y’all.

Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s grateful every day to work at a company that offers paid sick leave.

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USA Gymnastics Paid McKayla Maroney to Keep Quiet About Alleged Sexual Abuse, Lawsuit Alleges

USA Gymnastics paid McKayla Maroney, a member of the Fierce Five that won Olympic gold at the 2012 Olympics, to keep quiet about sexual abuse she allegedly suffered by team doctor Larry Nassar, which began when she was 13 years old, a new lawsuit claims.

Maroney signed a confidentially agreement in October 2016, attorney John Manly said Wednesday. It came months after an investigation by the Indianapolis Star reported that USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body, had allegedly failed to act appropriately in reporting sexual abuse complaints to police.

Read more: Aly Raisman Opens Up About Sexual Abuse by USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar

Maroney was not coerced into the signing the agreement, but “this kid had no choice. She couldn’t function, she couldn’t work,” Manly said, according to ESPN. “They [USA Gymnastics] were willing to sacrifice the health and well-being of one of the most famous gymnasts in the world because they didn’t want the world to know they were protecting a pedophile doctor.”

In a statement USA Gymnastics said that the “concept of confidentiality was initiated by McKayla’s attorney, not USA Gymnastics.” At the time, Maroney was represented by California attorney Gloria Allred. USA Gymnastics said that Allred approached the organization requesting a confidential mediation, which resulted in a “settlement agreement that included a mutual non-disclosure clause and a mutual non-disparagement clause.”

Under terms of the confidentiality agreement, Maroney was not allowed to publicly speak about her sexual abuse complaints, Manly said. In return, she received payment, and would be fined if she violated the agreement. About a year after signing, she decided to break the agreement, when she took to Twitter to accuse Nassar of abusing her.

USA Gymnastics responded to Maroney’s Twitter revelation with a supportive statement at the time: “USA Gymnastics admires the courage of those, like McKayla Maroney, who have come forward to share their personal experiences with sexual abuse.”

Read more: Report: USA Gymnastics Failed to Alert Authorities About Sexual-Abuse Allegations

Manly said confidentiality agreements involving children who have been sexually abused are against the law in California. The lawsuit alleges USA Gymnastics violated the law in drawing up the agreement. USA Gymnastics disagrees, noting in the statement that “The settlement in 2016 was in accordance with state law, despite what has been alleged.”

Read more: Who Is Larry Nassar, the Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Aly Raisman Accuses of Sexual Abuse?

The lawsuit alleges that Nassar began sexually abusing Maroney when she was 13 years old, while she attended a training camp at the national training facility — the Karolyi ranch outside of Houston, Texas. The suit also alleges that Nassar took photos of her while he was abusing her. An attorney for Nassar also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Nassar pleaded guilty to federal charges of child pornography in early December and was sentenced to 60 years in prison. At his sentencing hearing, Maroney and her mother, Erin, both submitted victim impact statements.

“Larry Nassar deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. Not only because of what he did to me, my teammates and so many other little girls – He needs to be behind bars so he will never prey upon another child. I urge you to impose the maximum sentence upon him,” Maroney wrote.

Read more: USA Gymnastics President Resigns Amid Organization’s Sexual Abuse Scandal

Maroney’s teammates from 2012, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, have also alleged that they were sexually abused by Nassar.

He still faces dozens of sexual assault charges in Michigan from gymnasts and student athletes at Michigan State University (MSU), where he served on the faculty before being fired in September 2016. He left USA Gymnastics shortly before that.

USA Gymnastics is also named in many of those suits. In December, USA Gymnastics sought to dismiss a suit filed in Grand Rapids, Mich. involving 141 victims who sued Nassar, MSU, and the gymnastics organization. USA Gymnastics (USAG) argued that the statute of limitations had expired in most cases, and that they were not responsible for Nassar’s behavior if the assaults occurred in his home, at MSU or elsewhere.

In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to the state sexual assault charges; sentencing is scheduled for Jan 16.

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MSNBC Paid Woman Who Said Chris Matthews Harassed Her

An MSNBC spokesman has confirmed a report saying a news channel staffer had been paid and left the job after complaining she was sexually harassed by ‘Hardball’ host Chris Matthews nearly two decades ago.

The spokesman said Sunday the woman approached CNBC executives in 1999 to report Matthews made inappropriate comments about her in front of others. CNBC is a sister company of MSNBC.

The company declined to identify the comments, other than to say they were inappropriate and never meant as propositions. The spokesman said Matthews was formally reprimanded at the time.

MSNBC said the payment was “separation-related compensation,” which means the payment was tied to the woman leaving her job.

Attempts to reach Matthews on Sunday were unsuccessful.

The Daily Caller first reported the allegations.

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Here’s How to Get Paid to Go On a Scavenger Hunt Around Town

If it’s a Sunday, you might catch Khiem Nguyen in his bedroom, lacing up his sneakers.

No, he’s not going on a run or heading off to his swing-dance lessons — though he does that, too.

He’s getting ready to tackle some errands.

His plan of attack: Start at the mall, head to the shopping plaza — you know, the one with Best Buy and Target — then round out the day picking up groceries at Publix.

You might be wondering why Nguyen, 30, has so perfectly planned his errands. Well, it’s because he’s an avid Shopkick user and has earned nearly 98,000 kicks in the past four years, which translates to more than $ 400 in gift cards.

Let me explain…

What is Shopkick?

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Shopkick isn’t just another rewards app.

Just ask Nguyen. He’s tried a number of these things — even before he joined The Penny Hoarder as a social-media video strategist.

But Shopkick is the only rewards app he’s stuck with — for four years now.

Here’s how it works: You download the app. (It’s free.) Create an account and share your location. Then bam. You’ll see all the ways you can earn kicks, which translate to gift cards.

For example, 6,250 kicks will get you a $ 25 Amazon gift card.

You can also snag T.J. Maxx, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and Starbucks gifts cards — among others.

Uhm, so, how can I start earning some kicks?

How to Earn Kicks (and Gift Cards) Using Shopkick

You can earn kicks at physical stores or online, if you’d rather not leave the couch.

Earning In-Store Kicks

There are four ways to earn kicks at nearby stores. Sometimes retailers offer all four options; other times you might only have one.

Either way, here are the four methods — two of which don’t require you to buy anything. (Nguyen’s favorite tactics!)

1. Walk-Ins

This is a super easy way to earn kicks. You simply open the app and walk into an affiliated store.

2. Scans

Earn kicks by scanning barcodes.

Shopkick will present you with a list of items. It’s your job to find these around the store. Think of it as a scavenger hunt.

This is one of Nguyen’s favorite ways to earn points. For him, it feels like a game — a challenge. Sometimes he even wanders the aisles of Target with a friend and scans items along the way.

He’s also noticed a budding Shopkick community since he’s started using the app. Some users will leave items’ barcodes turned outward, toward the aisle, making it easy for other users to scan.

And then there’s the occasional weird instance when two Shopkick users meet in an aisle.

Nguyen recently ran into an elderly couple when he was scanning a bag of dog food. The separate parties looked at each other then smiled when they realized they were both in the aisle for the same reason.

3. Receipts

If you do decide to buy something from a Shopkick-affiliated retailer, see if that item’s eligible for kicks.

For example, buy some Aleve from CVS and earn 200 kicks. Or snag Jif peanut butter from Publix and earn 150 kicks.

Just take a photo of the receipt. You know, just for kicks.

4. Linked Cards

You can also link your credit and/or debit card. It’s free (and secure). Then, when you use your card, you can earn kicks.

For example, you can earn one kick per dollar spent at T.J. Maxx.

Earning Online Kicks

Now, let’s get to the online part — the part where you don’t have to leave your house.

This works similarly to the linked cards method. When you shop through Shopkick’s portal at a participating retailer, you can earn kicks per dollar spent.

Here are a few offers available now:

  • Two kicks per $ 1 spent at Apple
  • Eight kicks per $ 1 spent at
  • Eight kicks per $ 1 spent at Groupon
  • Six kicks per $ 1 spent at

When you complete your online purchase, you’ll get your kicks.

Pro Tips From a Shopkick Fanatic

To date, Khiem Nguyen has earned more than $ 400 in gift cards through Shopkick. Heather Comparetto/The Penny Hoarder

After I downloaded the app, I had asked Nguyen to spill his Shopkick secrets. Because I want $ 400.

Here’s what he had to offer:


  • Take advantage of the “Discover” portion of the app. This is one of Nguyen’s favorite before-bed routines. Here, you’ll watch short ads and scroll through lookbooks. For example, watch a short Aleve commercial and earn 10 kicks.

“This, to me, is easy,” Nguyen says as he scrolls through ads. “It’s instant gratification. You watch some ads, and then [Shopkick] makes a nice chime noise, and it says here’s five points! I get addicted to it.”


  • Keep an eye on special promotions. Last year, Shopkick had a Black Friday special, and Nguyen hit up an outlet mall. He basically bounced from store to store and ended up collecting 4,000 kicks.


  • Don’t forget to deal-stack. If Nguyen is earning kicks by buying something, he’ll use his rewards credit card. He’ll also claim gift cards to his most-frequented Shopkick stops, like Best Buy. Then, when he earns a gift card, he’ll use it — and pay the remainder with his linked card.


  • Hit up the shopping centers. One of Nguyen’s favorite parts of Shopkick is that they’ve paired with stores that are typically within the same shopping center — or close by. So he can earn tons of kicks if he goes to the center that contains Target, Marshall’s and Best Buy. (Yeah, wherever you live, you know you have one of those.) Malls are also a hub for kicks.


  • Treat it like exercise. Challenge yourself. Nguyen loves turning Shopkick into a game. Hence the sneakers.


  • Aim for the $ 20 or $ 25 gift cards. Nguyen has found that the $ 10 cards aren’t enough, and it might just lead you to buying a crappy item you don’t really want. Rather, the $ 20 and $ 25 cards can cover a decent purchase.

Nguyen says he mostly spends his gift cards at Best Buy. He uses them toward items he’d otherwise feel guilty purchasing.

Right now, he’s building a smart home, and one of his best purchases with a Shopkick gift card, thus far, has been a Philips smart lighting — lights that come on or dim when Nguyen uses a voice command.

“When I have a gift card I’ve earned through Shopkick, I feel justified to buy things like that,” he says.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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DJ Countersued by Taylor Swift for Groping Her Says He Paid Her $1 Last Week

The radio DJ ordered to pay a symbolic $ 1 to Taylor Swift after he groped her during a photo op said he mailed her the money last week.

David Mueller told the Associated Press that he sent Swift a Sacagawea coin and provided proof of payment to the outlet, which he said was sent on Nov. 28.

The former radio host previously told the AP he intended the coin to be a final jab at the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer as the Sacagawea dollar features a prominent female Native American.

“I mean if this is all about women’s rights. … It’s a little poke at them, a little bit,” he told the AP. “I mean, I think they made this into a publicity stunt, and this is my life.”

Mueller sued Swift claiming she falsely accused him of groping her. He sought up to $ 3 million in damages. When Swift countersued, a federal jury in Denver, Colorado, ruled in Swift’s favor.

Swift was named one of TIME‘s Person of the Year, and appeared on the cover as one of the “Silence Breakers” for speaking out about her assault. In the magazine story published Wednesday, Swift said she hadn’t received the dollar.

The singer told the magazine in the interview that she was tired of how court proceedings were going by the time she testified.

“I had already been in court all week and had to watch this man’s attorney bully, badger and harass my team including my mother over inane details and ridiculous minutiae, accusing them, and me, of lying,” Swift said.

She continued, “My mom was so upset after her cross-examination, she was physically too ill to come to court the day I was on the stand. I was angry. In that moment, I decided to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened. This man hadn’t considered any formalities when he assaulted me, and his lawyer didn’t hold back on my mom—why should I be polite? I’m told it was the most amount of times the word “a—” has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court.”

Swift’s straightforward testimony was lauded by many for its strength. When she was asked why the photos she’d taken with Mueller during the assault hadn’t shown evidence of wrongdoing, the singer simply said, “Because my a— is located at the back of my body.”

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Reports: Uber paid hackers to keep data breach affecting 57 million customers quiet

Uber reportedly paid hackers $ 100,000 to remove the data of 57 million customers they stole in a massive 2016 data breach, according to Bloomberg.

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Uber executives concealed the hack for over a year

Names, phone numbers and email address were among the data stolen. Around 600,000 driver’s license numbers belonging to Uber drivers were also compromised in the October 2016 breach.

Social security numbers appear not to have been stolen in the breach.

Uber executives reportedly concealed the hack for over a year and have been terminated, according to BuzzFeed.

Uber’s current CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, criticized the company’s handling of the data theft in a blog postthat said there’s no evidence the stolen information has been misused.

The company released a statement Tuesday on the 2016 attack.

The San Francisco company ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO in June after an internal investigation concluded he had built a culture that allowed female workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push legal limits.

Read more at Bloomberg.


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What we learned (and didn’t) in Week 11: Players about to get paid

Remember that one-year deal Alshon Jeffery took last offseason? Expect him to do much better in free agency in 2018. He’s not alone. This week’s lessons run through guys in position to land big new contracts. – NFL
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“Jane the Virgin” paid the sweetest tribute to Michael, and we’re crying all over again

“Jane the Virgin” paid the sweetest tribute to Michael, and we’re crying all over again

“Jane the Virgin” paid the sweetest tribute to Michael, and we’re crying all over again

Warning! Spoilers from Jane the Virgin Season 4, Episode 4, “Chapter Sixty-Eight,” lie ahead. Read on (and cry) at your own risk…

Jane the Virgin recognized the late Michael once again, and the tribute has us basically crying our faces off — but like, we’re pretty confident that’s always going to be the case. Why? Well, because Michael was perfect. He was an amazing partner to Jane, stepfather to Mateo, and BFF to Rogelio.

For our purposes we’re going to focus on the latter, what could possibly be TV’s greatest bromance. (Yes, I realize and agree that Stranger Things’ Steve and Dustin are total gems. DON’T @ ME.)

In “Chapter Sixty-Eight,” Rogelio and Darci struggle with picking a name for their newborn girl. But Rogelio takes a cue from “Wise Owl” Alba, who tells him: “A name isn’t something that should be chosen at random, Rogelio. It should be something that has special meaning to you and represents a part of who you are.” Key words: SPECIAL MEANING.

Eventually, Rogelio and Darci compromise. Rogelio tells Darci that he’ll agree to Amada — the name suggested by Esteban, Darci’s new love and Rogelio’s arch-nemesis — if he can pick the middle name. Turns out Darci doesn’t even like Amada as a name anymore, but inspiration soon strikes and the pair pick Baby for their, well, baby. Rogelio, then, picks Michaelina as the middle name.


Just, so many tears are flowing right now.

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Later, Rogelio and Darci tell the family the full name they selected.

“Darci and I would like to introduce you all to the newest member of our familia — Baby Michaelina De La Vega Factor,” Rogelio says, and Jane asks if Michaelina is in honor of Michael. “He was my best friend,” Rogelio responds.


And we aren’t alone.

Look, while we *still* might not want to accept that Michael is gone, we do love when Jane the Virgin pays tribute to him —and this is a perfect example.



14-year-old model who died from exhaustion was paid $8 a day

A top Russian child model who died in China from “exhaustion” made just $ 8.27 a day after paying her air fares, hotels and food, it was claimed today. Vlada Dzyuba, 14, missed school to work on catwalks on a “three month contract” to fulfil her dream to become a supermodel. But her case raises acute…
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For Samsung, copying the iPhone was a massive gamble – and it paid off

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Samsung just scored a massive win against Apple in a patent war that seems like it will last forever. It obtained a retrial in one of the cases where Apple scored a significant victory back in 2012. Apple was awarded more than $ 1 billion in damages, in a verdict that practically confirmed what many people, yours truly included, said for years: Samsung copied the iPhone.

But then, Samsung was able to lower the damages down to $ 400 million. And now the judge overseeing the case just said the case has to be tried again.

That’s just brilliant, and it shows that copying the iPhone was the best thing Samsung ever did.

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Keep These Things in Mind if You Want to Get Paid Faster

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Getting paid is an important part of business, but not necessarily the most fun part. Invoicing is not a fun job when you have so many other things on your plate. Still, when you’re a small business owner, getting paid can sometimes be a big battle. Efficiency is key when sending and managing your invoices.

Your strategy is important. Here are a few tips on managing your invoices to ensure you get paid in a timely manner.


Know the Billing Cycle


While it would be a treat if your clients followed your billing cycle, that’s not typically the case. When dealing with larger clients, they may pay on 30-, 60-, or even 90-day intervals. When working on-term with a client, the most common type of invoice will be a recurring invoice.

With a recurring invoice, you and your client will agree on the frequency (weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly) and then you can set your invoices to automatically bill at the agreed upon billing cycle. Once your clients get into this routine, you will get paid much more quickly.


Use online software


Go paperless. In 2016, this should not even be a choice, but going paperless will guarantee you get your money faster. You will be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t want their invoice sent online.

Here are a few examples of online invoicing tools. Any one of these options is great. It’s all about preference and if you want to pay a monthly usage fee or not:

  • Due: Due allows you to send an invoice, track time, project management and credit card payments platform designed to help companies of all sizes with its scalable solution.
  • QuickBooks: QuickBooks is a full-service accounting platform that also provides tools for invoices, online payment, and financial analysis;
  • PayPal: PayPal offers a simple invoicing tool that has some customization and provides for online payments from customers and clients; and

Communicate clearly


In the age of email, it’s easy for miscommunication to occur. You might think you and your client are on the same page, and then they throw you a curveball about any number of things, even if you laid everything out in an email. People sometimes miss obvious things in an email because they are skimming.

Here are a couple problems that can easily be avoided and get you paid faster:

  • Be clear on the terms: When dealing with a client you MUST be very clear with the terms. Before starting any project lay out all terms, including payment intervals, estimated budget, and any other clauses that protect you. Make sure the client signs this agreement so you have a physical copy of it.
  • Send the invoice to the right person: Sometimes you’ll have to send an invoice to the accounting department, but your client might not tell you that. Then lines get crossed and it takes you forever to get paid. Make sure you know if your project contact is the same as your payment contact. This is so important to avoid any unnecessary delays.



Just like most things in life, timing is everything. For example, Sunday is the worst day to send an invoice. It will get buried in your client’s inbox. Try mid- to late-week. From experience, Thursdays seem to be the best day to send an invoice. If you’re sending recurring invoices, say the 15th and 30th of the month, be sure the payment intervals are clear in your contract.

Many clients will pay an invoice within 30 days. This might help their cash flow, but it doesn’t help yours. It is more than OK to ask that your invoices be paid with 14 or 10 days. Just make sure this is in your agreement and the client understands. Over-communicating on this aspect of your agreement is OK as long as you are respectful and professional.



The follow-up is no one’s favorite part of the invoicing cycle, but some clients just need a nudge to remember to pay you. This might be uncomfortable at first, but sometimes it’s essential to get your money. If a client misses a payment due date here are some follow-up suggestions:

  • Resend the invoice: The first step is to simply resend the invoice with a friendly email reminder. This is easy if you use one of the online invoicing tools mentioned above;
  • Call: If you don’t get a response after your friendly email reminder it’s perfectly OK to call the client. It’s very easy to miss or even ignore an email. If you call, chances are better for you to get paid even while you’re on the phone with them. Typically, they have probably been swamped with other things and aren’t being negligent; or
  • Legal Action: Worst case scenario, your client turns out to be a crook who dodges your email and phone calls and you have to take legal action to get paid. Hopefully, this is rare, but it’s there if you need it.



John Boitnott writes about startups and finance at Inc., Entrepreneur, and BusinessInsider. He is a journalist and digital strategist who has worked at TV, print, radio and Internet companies for 23 years. He’s an advisor at and has also written for Fortune, NBC, Fast Company, USA Today and Venturebeat.

Due is a payments, eCash, online invoicing, time tracking, global payments, and digital wallet solution for freelancers, small business owners, and companies of all sizes.

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Netflix paid an incredible amount for Jerry Seinfeld’s new specials and show

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Jerry Seinfeld’s very first Netflix special debuted yesterday, following a long line of comedy exclusives which call the streaming service home. The hour-long event, called Jerry Before Seinfeld, is the first of two exclusive specials the legendary comedian is providing for Netflix, and combined with the rights for the next season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the leading streaming company is paying an absolute mint.

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Barack Obama Gave Trump A Letter With Advice, Cheeto Clearly Paid No Attention

Barack Obama gave Donald Trump plenty of advice in the Inauguration Day Letter he gave the newly elected President. It should come as no surprise that Cheeto clearly paid no heed to the sterling advice.

The letter has recently become public, and it reads like a perfect outline on how not to f*ck up your epic new gig as POTUS.

Obama offered this particularly poignant passage:

Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions — like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties — that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.

Considering Trump fired James Comey for daring to investigate possible Russian collusion in our election and that he pardoned the racist ex-Sheriff Arpaio, he must have missed that part of the letter.

Read the full letter below. Obama, forever and always Presidential.

Dear Mr. President –

Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.

This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don’t know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.

First, we’ve both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It’s up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that’s willing to work hard.

Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It’s up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that’s expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.

Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions — like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties — that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.

And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches.

Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.

Good luck and Godspeed,



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How a couple with three kids paid off $55K of debt in 2 years

Becoming debt-free isn’t easy, especially when you’ve got a family to raise. The thing is, it’s super easy to accumulate debt. After all, you need that big SUV once you bring home your newest bundle of joy and you need that in-store financing offer to purchase all the furniture to fill up that new home.

Oh, and let’s not forget that you need to take out those student loans in order to get your dream job so you can afford to provide for your family.

Our story is no different from most. Even though we were able to avoid going into debt to afford our wedding ceremony in 2009, that didn’t stop us from accumulating other debt.

Read more: How to create and stick to a budget that works for you

How we tackled $ 55,000 of debt in 2 years

Our grand total of consumer debt was $ 55,365 in March of 2013 — and in comparison to most of the late twenty-year-olds we knew, we were doing really well financially.

The only problem was that we were a one-income family, pregnant with our second child. After running the numbers, I realized that we weren’t going to be able to afford for me to continue staying home with our children with the current amount of debt payments we had every month.

After a lot of late-night discussions, my husband and I finally decided that we were done with relying on debt — and that the only way to keep our dream life a reality was to get aggressive in paying off all the money we owed.

In the months that followed, we managed to pay off two of our four debts — the two credit cards — but we still owed more than $ 30,000 when we welcomed our second child into the world.

And not going to lie, it was a struggle after he was born. Even though we had more money in our budget since we had paid off two debts, we only had a few hundred dollars in our savings account after a medical emergency drained the rest of our funds

Read more: Debt 101: Everything from dangers to avoid to the best ways to pay it off

Making tough choices

This resulted in us living a completely different lifestyle than we pictured.

I had to make our own bread, and we ate more rice, beans, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches than I care to remember. We had to make some serious changes and sacrifices — like me walking dogs while hugely pregnant in the sweltering heat of Georgia summers. My husband had to work every side job he could find — everything from changing out light bulbs to building cabinets.

For months after our second child was born, I tried in vain to figure out a way to pay off our Tahoe loan (which stood right at $ 18,000) as quickly as possible, but I finally had to admit defeat in March of 2014.

Through our various side hustles, and by cashing out a few of my childhood savings bonds, we finally had enough money set aside to pay for a car in cash.

Read more: 33 ways to make extra cash each month

The last payment

Even though getting rid of our fully-loaded and super nice Tahoe for a well-used Sequoia without all the bells and whistles was hard, it freed up more money in our budget than we could ever imagine.

And through even more hustling and throwing every extra penny we had at my student loans, we finally paid off the last of our $ 55,365 of debt in 2015 — just before our third child was born.

Making this happen wasn’t easy, and I wish I could tell you that there was some magical checklist we followed to accomplish what at times seemed impossible.

The truth is, it took a huge commitment to get out of debt — but it was absolutely worth it.

If you want to become debt-free, here are a few things you will absolutely have to do:

  1. Agree to stop using debt: You will literally never become debt-free if you keep racking up new debt. 
  2. Make a plan: It doesn’t matter if you decide to follow the debt snowball method or the debt avalanche method. Just pick one and make a plan to follow it. 
  3. Figure out WHY: Write down why you want to become debt-free, so when the hard sacrifices are required, you’ll remember why you’re doing this. 
  4. Track your progress: This will not only keep you motivated but also help keep you organized. 
  5. Give grace: It’s not easy becoming debt-free — so remember to give yourself grace if things move slower than expected or mistakes are made. Just pick up where you left off and keep going!

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Key and Peele Paid Von Miller’s Fine for Imitating ‘Three-Pump’

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Hingle McCringleberry would agree.

When Denver Broncos Von Miller was fined $ 11,567 by the NFL for celebrating suggestively after he sacked Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford back in 2015, comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele decided to get involved. Because Miller imitated the three-pump celebration from their wildly

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On This Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, Commit to Get Paid What You’re Worth

This year, Black Women’s Equal Pay Day falls on July 31.  This is the day when black women finally earn what the typical white male earned by December 31, 2016; meaning, black women had to work more than a year and a half to earn what most white men earned in only a year. 

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This stark reality reflects the continuing pay gap that black women experience, earning just 63 cents to the dollar of white men compared to the 80 cents to the dollar earned by women overall. 

The implications of this pay inequity are tremendous and expands exponentially over time.  It’s been estimated that the typical black woman will lose over $ 877,000 strictly due to pay inequity throughout her career. 

While there are many reasons why this inequity exists, not the least of which is the continuing reality of institutionalized discrimination, one of the ways that black women can chip away at this gap, is to strengthen their salary negotiation skills. 

Here are five tips to actively advocate for more earning power and ultimately, get paid what you’re worth.


 1. Commit to Negotiate  

Some 70% of women completely skip the negotiation process all. For many, the job search process can itself be so daunting that getting to this stage in the game feels like a welcomed finish line.  But keep in mind, you got the offer because after an exhaustive search, you’ve risen to the top.  Realize that once the offer has been extended, the power dynamic has officially shifted.  The pursued has now become the pursuer.  This will likely be the most powerful negotiating position you will enjoy throughout your relationship with the organization.  So seize the moment.  Take advantage of this window of opportunity and push for what you know you deserve.


2. Do Your Homework

It’s critical to get a realistic assessment of the ballpark you should play in.  Do your homework by using websites like, or in order to get a sense of what others in your industry and in your geographic area, with your level of experience and credentials earn for the same work.  And to get a more nuanced understanding of organizational culture before you say yes, use the intelligence provided by which gives you insights on employee experiences at the organization you’re considering.   Certainly, no level of compensation is worth placing yourself in a toxic organizational environment that could be damaging to your career in the long run.


3.When Talking Numbers, Don’t Be the First to Blink

Try your best to avoid being the first to talk specific numbers.  That means to the extent possible, avoid divulging your current salary.  And if asked what you’re looking for in terms of compensation for your new role, say something general like, “I take into consideration a number of factors beyond salary when making decisions around job opportunities.  But as far as salary is concerned, what range will you be working within?”  Ultimately, you want them to be the first to mention the range that they have in mind.  Generally speaking, the person who gives this critical bit of information first, tends to be at the disadvantage.


4. Avoid the Rush to Yes

Too often when a salary offer is made, the immediate reflex is to just say yes.  Instead, just say thank you.  Then take a moment to remind them of one or two of your stand out specifics regarding your background, experience, or expertise.  With that reiterated, counter their offer with a more aggressive salary range, making sure that your range is in-line with your prior research.  In other words, ask for more and remind them why you’re worth it. And then STOP SPEAKING.  Wait for a response.  This is where the true negotiations begin.  The process could take days of back and forth to get a number you’re both happy with, and that’s perfectly fine.  In fact, if they say yes too quickly, it’s likely you didn’t ask for enough.


5. Remember, More than Money is on the Table

Once you’ve agreed to a number you’re happy with (or even if they can’t fully get to what you’re looking for), know that more than salary is on the table.  Now’s the time to ask for additional vacation time, flexible work schedules, opportunities for bonuses, professional development support and more.  Remind yourself that what you’re negotiating is an entire package, not just a salary.  So think broadly about what you want and need to feel satisfied, fulfilled, and happy in your new position. Then commit yourself to push to make it happen.



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Ivanka Trump Must Be Pissed That Women in the White House Are Paid Less Than Men

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Apparently It’s Possible to Get Paid Too Much Money

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