1. Keep on moving? It’s not your imagination. In some cities, it certainly is a better deal to rent than to buy, according to the nonprofit Urban Institute, as reported in USA Today.
At the top of that list are tech centers like San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle.
On the opposite end, you’ll get more from buying than renting in Miami, Detroit, Chicago and Philly.
If you do want to buy, crystal-clear credit is key, but that’s not always the easiest thing to achieve in the aftermath of the Equifax hack this year, which exposed personal credit information for about million people, including Social Security numbers.
Feeling nostalgic as the year draws to an end? Here is CNN Tech’s list of the biggest hacks of 2017.
2. Meanwhile, another huge leak: This time, information for about 120 million American households was left exposed on the open web, according to a report today by Forbes. Details included addresses, income and mortgage information. Eek.
There were reportedly no identifying names exposed, but with all that other info (and the Internet), do you really need a name to connect those dots?
3. Recall: A child step stool made by Squatty Potty poses a falling risk, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The top step can detach, and two small kids have already had bad spills off the steps.
4. Big food news: According to Bloomberg, some major deals are expected in the food industry between giants such as Kraft Heinz and Conagra as business slumps with more demand for fresh food. (Who’da thunk? You mean, like, eating real fruit and vegetables?)
The industry is shifting as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is now in the grocery game now, too, with the recent acquisition of Whole Foods — and the subsequent proliferation of Amazon Echo Dots in the flower and produce section of my local store.
5. Stop the Santa-nado! Need a few rules to keep over-eager relatives from showering your child with too much useless stuff this year? U.S. News has some ideas about how to stop the Yuletide landslide, without offending the relatives or your own offspring,
Jillian O’Connor, email@example.com
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