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Daily Talker: Health Care Companies Want To Know What You’re Buying

Your doctor, hospital, or insurance company want to know more about you — like whether you stop paying for a gym membership, go to a fast food restaurant, or buy a pack of cigarettes.

According to Bloomberg News, some hospitals are starting to use information collected by data brokers to create profiles on their current and potential patients. The goal is to identify who is more likely to get sick, so they can intervene ahead of time.

06/27/2014

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Daily Talker: Will You Watch The World Cup At Work Today?

The head coach of the USA World Cup soccer team is giving you permission to miss work today to watch the match against Germany.

The official US Soccer Twitter feed sent out a fill-in-the-blank note signed by coach Jurgen Klinsmann you can give to your boss.

06/26/2014

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Daily Talker: Do You Agree With The Decision To Put Casino Vote On The Ballot?

Massachusetts’ highest court says voters will be allowed to decide whether to keep the state’s casino gambling law.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that a measure calling to repeal the 2011 law can appear on the November ballot.

06/25/2014

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Daily Talker: Source: Story Of 3-Year-Old Being Tossed From KFC “Didn’t Happen”

The story of a disfigured 3-year-old girl being asked to leave a KFC in Jackson, Mississippi may have all been a hoax.

Victoria Wilcher’s face is badly scarred after three pit bulls attacked her. Her story went viral last week, after the child’s grandmother claimed a restaurant employee said Victoria’s face was scaring other customers.

06/24/2014

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Daily Talker: Should There Be Ties In Soccer?

The United States was seconds away from earning a berth in the knockout stage at World Cup, clinging to a 2-1 lead deep into injury time against Portugal.

But the Americans had to settle for a 2-2 tie as Varela scored on a header in the fifth extra minute to keep Portugal alive in the tournament.\

06/23/2014

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Daily Talker: Study Says Summer Means More Road Rage

Summer officially starts on Saturday — which means warmer weather, vacations, and according to one study, more road rage.

Safeco Insurance found that about 3 in 10 drivers say they are more likely to tailgate, use the horn, yell, or gesture at other drivers in the summer. Those figures go up to around 40 percent on Friday afternoons and during holiday travel weekends like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

06/20/2014

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Daily Talker: Union Challenging MBTA Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

The union that represents MBTA drivers says it will go to court over the T’s new policy on cell phones.

The Boston Carmen’s Union says firing drivers just for carrying a cell phone on the job presumes they are guilty, and makes management the sole judge and jury.

06/19/2014

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Daily Talker: Move To All-Electronic Tolling Means No More Free Ride

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is moving towards all electronic toll collection on bridges, tunnels, and the Mass Pike. That means some drivers who got a free ride, won’t anymore.

The WBZ I-Team has learned a toll of at least 40 cents will soon be added to the ramps at the West Newton interchange of the Mass Pike. Currently, drivers could get on at exit 16, then get off at exit 17 in Newton for free.

06/18/2014

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Daily Talker: Uber Says New Rules Would Shut Down Service In Cambridge

Tuesday night, the Cambridge License Commission will vote on a series of regulations that could shut down ride-sharing services like UberX and Lyft.

According to a blog post from Uber, the new rules would include a $50 minimum price for any non-taxi car ride no matter the distance or time of the ride, a ban on requesting rides on-demand from anything other than a taxi, and prohibit the use of devices like phones and tablets in calculating fares.

06/17/2014

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Daily Talker: Should The Federal Government Regulate Smartphone Map Apps?

More and more people are using mapping programs on smartphones to help them get around and to avoid traffic jams. Now federal regulators say they want some oversight over these apps.

According to the New York Times, the Transportation Department is asking Congress for this authority, saying it already has authority over navigation aids. Language in a new transportation bill would allow the government to set restrictions on apps, and order changes if regulators determine they are unsafe, in the same way mechanical features are regulated.

06/16/2014

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