Bloomberg Quint: Google Ban Fails to Stamp Out Short-Term Payday Lending Apps. “In August, Google announced a global crackdown on Android apps that offer short-term loans, saying it wanted to protect consumers from what it called ‘deceptive and exploitative’ terms. But five months later, payday-style applications offering fast money for one or two weeks are still easy to find in many countries on Google Play, the company’s marketplace for Android apps. Some charge interest rates that can exceed 200% annualized.”
The Register: Opera hits back at ‘short seller’ whose report claimed its ‘predatory’ microloan droid apps could hurt, er… investors. “In response to the report, Julia Szyndzielorz, a senior public relations manager at Opera, said: ‘We believe Hindenburg has issued this report with the attempt at creating a situation to short Opera shares.’ She told us: ‘The Company believes that the report contains numerous errors, unsubstantiated statements, and misleading conclusions and interpretations regarding the business of and events relating to the Company.'” None of those errors, statements, etc. were apparently included in the response given to the Register. I’m going to keep an eye on this, as I was a huge Opera fan back in the day.
BBC: YouTube’s top earners: Eight-year-old Ryan tops list with $26m. “An eight-year-old boy who reviews toys has been named as the highest earning YouTuber, for the second year in a row. Ryan, of Ryan’s World, earned $26m (£20m) in 2019, up from $22m in 2018, according to an annual top-10 ranking by Forbes, based on estimated earnings between June 2018 and June 2019.”
Federal Reserve Board: Federal Reserve Board launches new Twitter account highlighting research published in the Board’s working papers and notes series, other staff articles, and conferences. “The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday launched a new Twitter account aimed at increasing access to the research done by the more than 400 economists and other research staff at the Board.”
How-To Geek: How to Track Stocks with Google Sheets. “One of the lesser-known functions in Google Sheets is GOOGLEFINANCE, which allows you to track current or historical financial securities data on the stock market. Here’s how to use it.”
Vermont Public Radio: Deciphering The True Cost Of College: Online Tool Aims To Help Students Predict Payment. “One of the first things students embarking on a college search learn is just how expensive college tuition can be. The sticker price for a single year’s tuition at private colleges and universities can top $50,000, not including costs such as books and on-campus room and board. But what students also quickly learn is that, between grants, scholarships and need-based financial aid, many students don’t pay the sticker price…. So how is a potential college student supposed to know what a school will charge them before they apply?”
BusinessWire: Suretypedia Converts to a #Crowdsourced Platform (PRESS RELEASE). “Suretypedia, the free encyclopedia for surety bonds, launches a major upgrade to https://www.suretypedia.com/, which provides a brand new interface and allows surety experts to contribute articles, update information and submit forms on its vast encyclopedia of surety bonds. The new home page provides users a dashboard to easily navigate the thousands of dedicated surety bond pages, browse featured articles, news, upcoming events and legislative updates affecting the surety industry.”