Trump administration withdraws rule forcing airlines to disclose baggage fees

US airlines are no longer required to disclose hidden baggage fees as soon as people start the ticket-buying process, the Department of Transportation announced this week. The news coincides with Delta Air Lines’ announcement that it’s going to start charging basic economy passengers baggage fees for flights after December 6th.

The DOT, in following with the Trump administration’s general disdain for Obama-era policies, is withdrawing the rule that requires airlines to disclose fees, saying that they have “limited public benefit,” as first reported by The Hill. The Obama administration proposed the rule would provide greater transparency for airline consumers. The move drew harsh criticism from Democratic members of Congress, some of…

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Patreon is shifting processing fees from creators to supporters

On December 18th, Patreon will be changing how it handles service fees. Currently, Patreon takes five percent of whatever creators make on the site but because of various processing fees that also apply, creators actually lose seven to 15 percent of…
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Steam no longer accepting bitcoin due to ‘high fees and volatility’

Steam is no longer accepting bitcoin as a payment method, game company and distributor Valve announced today. The company is attributing its decision to cryptocurrency’s “high fees and volatility.” In a blog post, Valve explained that bitcoin transaction fees have gone up to nearly $ 20 per transaction last week, “compared to roughly $ 0.20 when we initially enabled Bitcoin.” Those fees then have to be shouldered by gamers making purchases on Steam, and the total cost to consumers could be even higher if the value of bitcoin dips in the meantime.

Even if the value of bitcoin were to go up while the user completes the transaction, and Steam has to refund the difference to the user, the transaction fee must be paid by the user again for the…

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Wink announces Lookout, a $199 home security system without monthly fees

Following the recent onslaught of home security systems from Nest, SmartThings, and Ring, Wink is throwing its name into the game and announcing Wink Lookout. The Lookout kit will cost $ 199, which is more in line with Ring’s pricing, but it doesn’t ask for any monthly subscription fees. That’s both a plus and a minus.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s look at the kit. It comes with the Wink Hub 2 ($ 99), two open/close door and window sensors ($ 29 each), one motion sensor with adjustable sensitivity ($ 39), and one siren and chime with a built-in ring of LED lights and 10 selectable sounds ($ 39).

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Mobile Card Reader Roundup: How to transition your small business to a portable POS and save on fees

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As a small business owner, accepting credit cards can make or break your business. But instead of paying a fortune for a payment gateway, we’re rounding up a list of the top point of sale solutions to process credit card (and in many cases Apple Pay) transactions with ease.
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