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Jun 4, 2014

Understanding MasterCard’s pledge of zero liability

June 4 (Reuters) – In the wake of a spate of data breaches
highlighting the vulnerability of companies that hold consumer
information, MasterCard Inc announced last week it would
apply the same rules to PIN-based debit card transactions as
those used for credit cards: zero liability when fraud is

“Fraud and identity theft have been in the news a lot
lately. We want to give cardholders peace of mind,” says
MasterCard spokeswoman Beth Kitchener. The breach at Target last
year, which affected more than 40 million customers, is still a
top concern for many.

Jun 3, 2014
Jun 3, 2014

Tracing your roots may cost you lots of time and money

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – Many amateur genealogists start digging into their family histories just to see what is out there and then get seriously hooked.

They may be in for an arduous and costly project.

That happened to Janet Judge about six years ago after her children challenged her to identify family members in old photos.

May 29, 2014
May 28, 2014

For richer, for poorer: Preventing wedding money fiascos

May 28 (Reuters) – By December, Holly Ellis and Brendan
Spiegel had nailed down most of the details of their upcoming
July wedding by signing a contract that would take care of just
about everything – from food to flowers to music.

“We were so pleased with ourselves,” says Ellis, a
35-year-old film and video producer from Brooklyn, New York.

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May 15, 2014

How to get compensated for air travel delays

May 15 (Reuters) – Last summer, Mark Wilson waited in a Rome
airline terminal for a connecting flight to London on his way
home to New York. And waited. And waited. By the time he arrived
in London four hours late, the final New York-bound flight had

Wilson was offered a room at an airport hotel, which he
declined. He was also due a $550 cash penalty by U.S. law but
says he never knew about the rule. The money sat unclaimed for
more than two months, until he used the service to

May 12, 2014
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      "Mitch Lipka is editor of and is a veteran consumer columnist, editor and reporter. Most recently, he led a 10-person consumer reporting team at AOL’s personal finance channel, He received the 2010 New York Press Club award for best consumer writing on the web and is the 2011 Best Friend honoree from Kids in Danger for his work covering child product safety. Mitch has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years and has worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Consumer Reports. The opinions expressed here are his own."
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