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IRS app tracks refund, gives tax tips

The Internal Revenue Service has released a new smartphone app to help people track their tax refunds and get daily tax tips from the agency. The app, call IRSToGo, launched Monday. It is free and available at the Android and Apple marketplaces.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 26, 2011; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Finances, Gadgets, Mobile  
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Bank of America site suffers outage (updated with BofA response)

Bank of America's Web site and online-banking services went down this morning and remain inaccessible for some users. Twitter updates with the "#bofa" hashtag suggest this outage began before 8 this morning. The site wouldn't load about noon; more recently, it's been appearing exceedingly slowly, as if it were on...

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 14, 2011; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Finances, The Web  
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Hackers knock MasterCard, Visa offline for WikiLeaks cutoff (updated)

I hope you weren't planning on looking for a new credit card or finding an ATM at MasterCard's site this morning. The credit-card firm's Web presence has been largely unreachable for the past few hours after a coordinated attack intended to punish it for refusing to process donations to WikiLeaks....

By Rob Pegoraro  | December 8, 2010; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Finances, Policy and politics, Recommended reading, Security  
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Mint Data offers an interesting, iffy peek at spending

Intuit's Mint personal-finance Web application has become a simpler, less-stressful replacement for desktop financial-management programs like its own Quicken or Microsoft's (discontinued) Money. This site has also allowed Mint to amass an impressive warehouse of data about the spending habits of its users -- which the company says it anonymizes...

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 28, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Finances, Productivity, The business we have chosen  
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