Fraudsters profit as more file taxes online

(Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)

Former employees allege company should have done more to protect consumers from tax fraud.

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The city’s first equity crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal

The city’s first equity crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal

Organizers raised roughly $220K to open a large restaurant complex in Penn Quarter this spring

Silent Circle pivots to corporate security with new products

Silent Circle pivots to corporate security with new products

After the Sony cyberattack, the Blackphone maker is setting its sights on corporations.

Neustar poised to lose major contract

FCC staff recommends a $450M contract that the Sterling firm has held for 18 years go to rival Ericsson.

Dell: Stop “dropping bombs,” start backing entrepreneurs

Dell: Stop “dropping bombs,” start backing entrepreneurs

He built the multibillion-dollar company that bears his last name from scratch - but would he have succeeded in today’s world?

Main Street Morning: Soda or juice?

Main Street Morning: Soda or juice?

Our rundown of news affecting start-ups and small businesses.

Tinder is not so gentle with matchmaking prices for older users

Tinder is not so gentle with matchmaking prices for older users

The app has caught flak for charging people older than 30 more for its new premium service.

Columnists

Michelle Singletary

Michelle Singletary

Protection is in the hands of the one whose identity is being targeted

Consumers need to be vigilant in making sure their personal data is secure.

Barry Ritholtz

Barry Ritholtz

What do falling oil prices mean for the U.S. in the short and long term?

The immediate impact is negative, but the longer-term effects are more positive.

Allan Sloan

Allan Sloan

Taking stock of pension funds and the trouble they’re in

Two sets of numbers explain why pensions went from fat and happy to undernourished and desperate.

Thomas Heath

Thomas Heath

Northrop employee reads tea leaves, sees millions, in Keurig coffee machine

Northern Virginia entrepreneur leaves 100k job tending satellites for dream.

Market News

Asia stocks gain after ECB upgrades growth ahead of US jobs

Asia stocks gain after ECB upgrades growth ahead of US jobs

Asian stock markets were higher on Friday as investor sentiment was boosted by the European Central Bank’s growth forecast upgrade and expectations for a solid increase in U.S. employment.

Wonkblog

Asia’s housing bubbles look a lot like the U.S. housing bubble did

Asia’s housing bubbles look a lot like the U.S. housing bubble did

The global economy still hasn’t figured out how to grow without bubbles.

Why America fell out of love with golf

Why America fell out of love with golf

How America’s slow-going, expensive, old-fashioned pastime fell apart.

Republicans more confident than Democrats they’ll survive the apocalypse, poll finds

Republicans more confident than Democrats they’ll survive the apocalypse, poll finds

Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much -- including how the world will end.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring secret

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring secret

The Facebook CEO said he always poses one simple question to himself when hiring someone new.

Millennials make ideal public servants

Millennials make ideal public servants

And there’s a lot we can be doing to maximize their time in government.

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Get There

Why it’s nearly impossible for you to sue your credit card company

Why it’s nearly impossible for you to sue your credit card company

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking a closer look at mandatory arbitration clauses, which large financial firms often stick in the fine print for credit cards, payday loans and other consumer products.

Education Department cuts ties with five of its debt collectors

Education Department cuts ties with five of its debt collectors

After years of public criticism over the aggressive practices of some of its debt collectors, the agency is canceling contracts.

The Switch

The FTC wants to know how companies are tracking you across computers and smartphones

The FTC wants to know how companies are tracking you across computers and smartphones

The government’s de facto online privacy watchdog will look into cross-device tracking.

‘Rock Band’ is coming back this year

‘Rock Band’ is coming back this year

“Rock Band” is coming back, which means you’ll have a game to actually play in the same room as your friends again.

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