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People with lots of unpaid medical bills could be getting a break on their credit scores. Fair Isaac Corp. says it is changing its FICO calculations to lessen the impact of medical debt that is already in collection. Median scores could rise by as much as 25 percent. We look into why they treat medical debt differently. Plus, the London-based system for setting the price of silver is getting scrapped next week for a new electronic-based method. How will this affect the price-setting mechanism for gold, the Gold Fix? 
Medical debt

Why medical debt is different from other debt

New FICO score calculations will lessen the impact of unpaid medical bills.
Posted In: medical costs, debt, credit score

Here's a... uh... final note for... uh... today

Turns out men say "uh" more as they get older, and women say "um" less.
Posted In: language

Fixing the fix: Price-setting precious metals in London

After a series of benchmark rigging scandals, London's gold fix looks tarnished.
Posted In: gold, silver, price fixing, precious metals, London

In online dating, one company is the big matchmaker

IAC/InterActiveCorp owns, OkCupid, Tinder,HowAboutWe and more.
Posted In: online dating, IAC, Tinder,

Who has better online privacy? The U.S. or EU?

The EU approach to privacy is like a blanket. In the U.S., it's a patchwork quilt.
Posted In: privacy, online privacy, big data, European Union

ISIS gains control of key infrastructure in Iraq

ISIS militants now have control of the country's largest dam.
Posted In: Iraq, middle east, New York Times

Weekly Wrap: Blame geopolitics

A conversation about the week that was.

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