Facebook to pay UK publishers for content with January launch of News tab

Facebook is launching its News tab in the UK in January in a move that’s expected to see the company pay news publishers tens of millions of pounds annually to license their articles, The Guardian reports. In an article announcing the launch, Facebook says it also aims to help publishers expand their audience, potentially benefiting both their subscriber numbers and ad revenue.

For news publishers, the most important aspect of the service will likely be the payments Facebook says it will make to include their content. Although Facebook is declining to say how much money it’s expecting to pay as part of the scheme, The Guardian reports that some publishers are expecting to make millions of pounds a year from the service, at a cost to tens of millions of pounds to Facebook overall.

The social media giant says it’s already partnered

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to leave telecom agency on January 20

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, says he is leaving the telecommunications regulator on Inauguration Day.

President-elect Joe Biden will choose a new Democratic head for the agency. A new administration typically picks a new chairman.

Pai has presided over a contentious FCC over the last four years. He undid net neutrality rules that barred internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T from favoring some types of online traffic over others in 2017 and championed other deregulatory efforts. He has also worked to free up spectrum for cellphone companies so they can roll out 5G, the next-generation wireless standard that promises faster speeds, and cracked down on Chinese telecom companies as national security threats.

The incoming FCC is likely to try to reinstate net neutrality rules and focus on closing the “digital divide,” getting internet service to Americans who don’t have it because it’s not available or they

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Comcast will raise prices for TV and internet in January, report says


Get ready to pay more for Comcast services in the new year, a report says.

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Nationwide price hikes for Comcast’s cable TV and internet service are coming Jan. 1, according to a Wednesday report by Ars Technica. Both standard monthly rates and hidden fees not shown in advertised pricing will reportedly see increases.

TV customers will see a price increase of up to $4.50 a month on the “Broadcast TV” fee, as well as a $2 bump to the Regional Sports Network (RSN) fee, Ars Technica says. That adds up to paying as much as $78 more per year. Currently, the Broadcast TV fee is reportedly between $7.90 to $14.95, depending on the market, while the RSN fee maxes out at $8.75 a month in most areas.

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Spain’s vaccination plan to kick off in January

MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says a national COVID-19 vaccination plan will be launched in January.

Sánchez said the vaccine will be administered at 13,000 locations across Spain and “a very substantial part of the population” can be vaccinated in the first half of next year. Further details will be announced on Tuesday.

Sánchez said Spain’s 14-day cumulative rate of cases per 100,000 of population has fallen below 400.

Spain on Monday began demanding a negative PCR test for COVID-19 for most people arriving in Spain by air or by sea. The measure covers arrivals from 65 countries, including most of the European Union.

Meanwhile, the northeastern region of Catalonia on Monday eased some of the tight restrictions on bars and restaurants and cultural events introduced in mid-October. Although a 10 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew remains, Catalan bars and restaurants can have customers up to 30% capacity indoors and

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Paid Apple TV+ subscribers to receive $4.99 credits until January

Apple is providing credits to customers who paid for access to Apple TV+, with paid subscribers set to receive $4.99 per month between November and January 2021.

Emails have started to be received by Apple customers who have signed up for Apple TV+’s paid service, declaring they will be receiving the equivalent of their subscription fee back for a three-month period. Eligible accounts, namely any Apple TV+ subscribers paying for access, will receive a store credit to their Apple ID each month in the period, which can be used towards other Apple services, the App Store, or a future Apple TV+ subscription.

The value of the credit will be $4.99 per month in the United States, and will be the local equivalent cost of the monthly Apple TV+ subscription in other territories.

The credit is a “thank you for being an Apple TV+ subscriber,” the email advises,

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Bitcoin climbs above $16,000 to its highest level since January 2018 as crypto rally pushes forward | Currency News | Financial and Business News

  • Bitcoin soared above $16,000 early Thursday morning, breaking above the support level for the first time since January 2018.
  • The world’s largest cryptocurrency has rallied in recent weeks on a wave of market volatility and growing adoption.
  • The latest uptrend kicked off in October after PayPal announced it would allow users to buy, sell, and hold bitcoin. It’s broken several key psychological levels since.
  • Watch bitcoin trade live here.

Bitcoin surged above $16,000 for the first time since January 2018 on Thursday as the token continued its climb to new heights.

The world’s largest and most popular cryptocurrency leaped as much as 3% from its 24-hour open to an intraday high of $16,157 early Thursday morning. It quickly erased most of the gains and traded just below the support level at around 8 a.m. ET.

The rally follows similarly rapid leaps for the coin throughout the month.

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Bitcoin surges past $15,700 to highest value since January 2018

Nov. 5 (UPI) — The price of Bitcoin continued on an upward path Thursday, increasing in value by $1,472.28, or more than 10% in a single day and reaching a high of $15,755.52.

The price of the crypto token has been rallying for several weeks, increasing by more than 30% in value in the past month, and more than doubling in value since the year began.

Some investors and speculators believe that cryptocurrency can provide a shelter from inflation as governments around the world are flooding their citizens with coronavirus stimulus cash, experts said Thursday.

“Bitcoin’s creation was in part due to fears that increased fiscal stimulus is devaluing currencies globally,” Simon Peters, a cryptoasset analyst at eToro told CNBC. “As a result, when central banks announce extensive plans to pump money into economies, many investors in the crypto community take this as a major bitcoin buy signal.”

Bitcoin is

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Horizon Technology Finance Announces Monthly Distributions for January, February and March 2021 Totaling $0.30 per Share

FARMINGTON, Conn., Nov. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: HRZN) (“Horizon”) (the “Company”), a leading specialty finance company that provides capital in the form of secured loans to venture capital backed companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and sustainability industries, announced today that its board of directors has declared monthly cash distributions of $0.10 per share payable in each of January, February and March 2021.  These monthly distributions, payable as set forth in the table below, total $0.30 per share. Since its 2010 initial public offering, Horizon has paid a total of $145 million in distributions to its shareholders.

Monthly Distributions Declared in Fourth Quarter 2020

Ex-Dividend Date

Record Date

Payment Date

Amount per Share

December 16, 2020

December 17, 2020

January 15, 2021


January 19, 2021

January 20, 2021

February 17, 2021

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Bitcoin Price Closes Above $13K for First Time Since January 2018 Driven by a Flurry of Good News

Daily closes since Q4 2019 with candlestick wicks removed.

Bitcoin closed above $13,000 Saturday for the first time in over two and a half years following a week of positive news for the leading cryptocurrency.

  • Bitcoin had last closed above $13,000 on Jan. 15, 2018, six weeks after bitcoin closed above $13,000 for the first time on its way to an all-time high of $19,892, according to Coinbase market data.
  • Through late June and early July in 2019, bitcoin briefly traded above $13,000, revisiting that price level on Wednesday through Friday, but still failing to close above it.
  • This week, news that PayPal is allowing its customers to buy and sell certain cryptocurrencies, along with recent investments in bitcoin by Square and MicroStrategy, has given the leading cryptocurrency a strong tailwind. Just yesterday, JPMorgan analysts wrote that bitcoin has “considerable upside potential.”
  • Bloomberg Intelligence set $13,000 as a breakout price target for bitcoin in a July report that called
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