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J.K. Rowling had a heartwarming response to this struggling 'Harry Potter' fan

When she's not busy hammering trolls into the ground on Twitter, J.K. Rowling likes to take time to interact with her fans. She's previously comforted people on Mother's Day and Christmas, and reached out directly to people who tweeted at her to ask for help and advice. And on Monday, …

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business news

Facebook’s content issues are creating a ‘tailwind’ for Amazon’s ad business (AMZN)

Amazon’s advertising business may be benefiting from social media content issues elsewhere, says Jefferies analyst Brent Thill. Amazon’s ads won’t be affected by questionable content found on social media. Amazon’s e-commerce and digital ad synergy is a killer combination, Thill said. Thill expects Amazon’s already growing digital ad market share …

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economy

Facebook is sliding on report FTC looking into its use of personal data (FB)

Markets Insider Shares of Facebook are sliding Tuesday morning following a report the Federal Trade Commission is probing the company’s use of personal data.  The FTC is looking into whether the social media giant “violated terms of a consent decree over its use of personal data,” Bloomberg says, citing a person …

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American homes are more affordable than they’ve been in 40 years — but that could change sooner than you think

Buying a home in America is the most affordable it’s been since 1980, according to new data from Trulia. Mortgage rates have dropped, which increases long-term affordability for homeowners. Only three of the 100 largest metros — Denver, Miami, and Portland, Oregon — have become less affordable since 1990. Rising …

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economy

The 2018 spring equinox has arrived — here’s what it is and how it works

NASA/Flickr The vernal or spring equinox of 2018 happens Tuesday, March 20. Earth’s rotation does not cause equinoxes. Equinoxes occur when Earth’s tilted axis is perpendicular to the sun’s rays. During an equinox at Earth’s equator, the sun appears almost directly overhead. The year’s spring equinox, also called the March or …

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