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  • Microsoft adds rebate program to lure users. Microsoft Corp. is discussing possible Web search partnerships with No. 2 provider Yahoo Inc. But on Wednesday the frustrated software giant also unveiled a strategy to buy one searcher at a time. The company is offering
  • Administration plan to protect student lenders. The government yesterday outlined a financial rescue plan for student loan companies, offering to buy federally subsidized loans that lenders such as industry giant Sallie Mae said had become unprofitable. The action is intended to
  • Cell phone users may get break on fees. The government is quietly negotiating to help cell phone customers avoid expensive fees when they cancel contracts with wireless companies, The Associated Press has learned. Cell phone companies routinely charge customers $175 or more for quitting
  • FTC rounds up phone fraudsters. The Federal Trade Commission today, in cooperation with more than 30 international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, announced the largest telemarketing fraud sweep ever coordinated by the agency. Through “Operation Tele-PHONEY,” the FTC has
  • Senators reach deal on foreclosure plan. Key senators announced Monday a bipartisan agreement on the broad elements of a plan to avoid foreclosures and speed the refinancing of mortgages for roughly 500,000 troubled homeowners without taxpayers footing the bill. The deal, full
  • Debt-squeezed Gen X saves little. At age 30, Bryan Short has, by any standard, achieved professional success since graduating from Boston College and law school at the College of William and Mary. Yet despite his job as a Washington mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer,
  • 38 charged in phishing scams. Thirty-eight people were charged yesterday with stealing names, Social Security numbers, credit card data and other personal information from Internet users as part of a global crime ring. The Romanian-based phishing scams sought to rip
  • Need a better mortgage? Call Uncle Sam. On Capitol Hill this week, lawmakers are set to continue to grapple with the best response to the rising tide of home foreclosures. But the Bush administration says it has a solution in place: A
  • Cities with the worst pain at the pump. Gas prices in Texas are among the cheapest nationwide, but that doesn't mean commuting by car there is light on the wallet. Indeed, though the cost of gasoline does matter, other factors, including distance, congestion,
  • Not so 'fairy tale' weddings. The fairytale weddings that many couples have yearned for are starting to come back down to earth -- leveled by everyday problems like house payments and rising gas and food bills. The wedding industry has
  • Study: Consumers look, don't buy, online. Forget the hype about online shopping. Americans may use the Internet to research their purchases - but the information they find there doesn't necessarily clinch the deal. And when it comes to actually laying out
  • Peer-to-peer: New source of college loans. If your federal student loan doesn't cover all your expenses and banks are making it harder to get private loans, who can you turn to? How about strangers? That's what some students are doing at
  • Flying the fee-filled skies. What will they think of next? Pay toilets? A seat belt fee? Airlines, strapped by spiking fuel prices, a weakened economy and softening demand, are on the prowl for revenue, and coming up with an
  • A new lease-purchase on life. The timing was all off for Catherine McAlpine and her family. She and her husband, Richard Eig, bought a house on a double lot in their Rockville neighborhood in September 2006, at the high-water mark for
  • FHA changes driven by surprise finding. Who have better credit scores on average - home buyers with higher or lower incomes? Inside the country's fastest-growing home-mortgage program, the surprising answer is: People with lower incomes have slightly higher FICO scores. That
  • Fraudulentos "rescates" inmobiliarios. La constante amenaza de enfrentar un embargo hipotecario obliga a muchos propietarios de vivienda a buscar alternativas que en algunos casos los exponen a estafas y a la eventual pérdida de su bien má
  • El futuro económico de tu familia. El manejo adecuado del dinero es un paso fundamental que te asegurará tu futuro financiero. Por ello, es importante que tomes decisiones financieras inteligentes y que ahorres. Hoy en día, sólo el 51 por
  • Sallie Mae glitch affects students' credit scores. A computer error at student lender Sallie Mae resulted in about a million of its customers being erroneously reported for several days as delinquent on their loans, causing their credit scores to plunge before the
  • Senator wants FTC to join Countrywide investigation. A top Senate Democrat on Wednesday asked the Federal Trade Commission to join other government and court agencies investigating Countrywide Financial, (CFC) the nation's largest home mortgage lender. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of

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