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Millennials Have Become the Target for Scammers, Better Business Bureau says.

The Better Business Bureau says Millennials are becoming the target for scammers and their scam tracker is a quick way to find out if someone is trying to scam you.

Reports are rapidly increasing from young adults claiming to be scammed or effected by identity theft. Millennials appeal to scammers because more often there aren’t any negatives on their credit reports. And growing up with the internet, young people are more willing to provide their personal information online.

“Please stay away from anybody online who’s promising you goods or services but needs your personal information cause most likely that is a scam,” said President of the Better Business Bureau, Steve Bernas.

An easy way to find out if something is a scam is the scam tracker that BBB.org offers on their website. The scam tracker provides a list of scams by searching keywords in just moments. The Better Business Bureau can only prevent people from getting scammed. If the scam has already occurred you’re at a lost.

Staying safe on social media is just as important for your personal life as it is for your business. Take heed to these 3 P’s of social media safety!

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Paul McCartney’s Beatles Catalogue finally comes home!

After more than half a century Sir Paul McCartney will finally own the rights to his own music.  “The song publishing business can be quite lucrative” McCartney told Michael Jackson back in the 80’s, while the two were collaborating.  Jackson quipped to McCartney I’m going to own yours!”.  A few years later when ATV music came up for sale, Jackson purchased it for $47.5 million, acquiring about 250 Lennon-McCartney songs as part of the 4,000 song library owned by the company.  The deal soured McCartney’s and Jackson’s friendship, as Sir Paul felt he and Lennon had been taken advantage of as youngsters and his friend, Michael Jackson, was now in a position to right an old injustice.  Jackson didn’t see it that way, claiming it was “just business” and the two drifted apart.

The Beatle was non-too happy to see his music being used for commercials.

In 1995 Jackson sold half of ATV to Sony and together the two formed Sony/ATV Music Publishing, with Jackson and Sony each owning 50 percent of the company.  A few years before his death, Sony made a deal with Jackson, to help him with his financial troubles in exchange for half of his 50% of the company, giving Sony 75% ownership of the music catalog.  Last year (2016), Sony announced it’s intention to purchase the rest of the company from Jackson’s estate for a whopping $750 million.  Putting Paul McCartney even further away from his dream.

Copyright laws to the rescue!  

The US Copyright Act of 1967 states – for songs published before 1978, rights can be reverted back to the original author after 56 years.  The Beatles released their first album in 1963, and their first single “Love Me Do” was released in 1962, making it 56 years old in 2018.  In 2015 McCartney began the steps to reclaim his music, including filing a lawsuit for them.

This summer Paul McCartney secured the rights to his music in a private settlement with Sony.  So, a big win for one of only two surviving Beatles, who has been on a journey to own the rights to his own music for nearly 50 years!

 

Bathroom Break Required

by Alex Arata

I’ve never been a terribly confident person. Now, sure, if my close friends ask me for the millionth time to do my tried and true Alanis Morissette impression, I’m not going to waiver. Compare that, however, to getting up on a stage and performing, or introducing myself to a classroom full of strangers, or co-anchoring an entire election night’s worth of coverage, and you’ve got a situation that’ll leave my hands shaking. Despite all this, I actually somehow put myself in that last position. On real, live radio, I signed up to co-host five hours’ worth of impromptu discussions, candid interviews, and–oh God, the horror–ad libbing. In my mind, I’d be facing my worst fears–or so I thought.

Okay, so everyone has an opinion, or at least most of us do. I am particularly noted as commonly having strong ones. However, I worked hard the night of the election to remain unbiased. I tried not to code my language or reveal something in the tone of my voice, and in the early stages of the night, I thought I was doing a pretty good job. It wasn’t like the candidate I truly and honestly feared, was going to win… right?

Wrong, apparently.

I learned a lot more than I had expected whilst covering this election. And one of those things is sometimes, if what you’re covering is going to make you lose your cool, you simply have to go to the bathroom on one of your fleeting breaks, have a three minute cry, and then get back to work. This was a valuable lesson for me, and one I plan to hold on to. After a half hour, my nerves were overcome, but my emotions were another story altogether. What I took away from this experience that night is that, if I can just hold it for a little while (and keep holding, and keep holding even longer if I must), there’s nothing wrong with an emotional release–as long as I still get the job done.

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Election Night Anchors starting to the far right:  Alex Arata, Dylan Buchweitz and National Desk anchor Maggie McCoy.