After floating the idea to raise the corporate tax rate, US President Joe Biden now wants to increase taxes for rich investors to cover his massive infrastructure plan.
Reports about new capital gains tax hikes shook US stock markets on Thursday, sending major indices lower. The Biden administration could potentially increase the capital gains rate to 43.4% for households earning at least $ 1 million.
RT’s Boom Bust spoke to Joseph Gissy, founder and CEO of Strategy Marketplace, to discuss how the move may affect the stock market.
He said Biden was “going after the individual investor, kind of a wealthy investor,” adding that successful stock market players may pay around 50% more in taxes from their capital gains.
“This will clearly put us in the lead for the highest corporate and the highest individual income tax on capital gains in the entire world,” Gissy said.
The analyst believes that the recent rally in the stock market has not completely burned out, but investors still should be cautious, in part because of these increased tax rates on the horizon.
It’s been rumoured for months but it now seems WhatsApp is getting one step closer to releasing a major change to its immensely popular chat app. As spotted by the ever-reliable team at WAbetainfo, WhatsApp is now officially testing the ability to make pictures and videos self-destruct. This feature, which is very similar to what Snapchat has offered for a number of years, means the moment an image or video is opened on the recipient’s device it will then magically disappear and self-destruct as soon as it’s closed.
Screenshots have been posted online showing how it will work with WhatsApp explaining that this option allows users to send photos and videos more privately. However, WhatsApp is also warning users that, although photos and videos can only be viewed once, there’s nothing to stop the recipient from snapping a cheeky screenshot of whatever has been sent.
In a message displayed on the app, WhatsApp says: “When you turn on this setting, recipients can only open your photo or video one time before it disappears. Keep in mind, they can still take screenshots before it’s gone.”
That means anyone thinking of sending something that could embarrass them in the future might want to be wary before hitting the message button.
With the thought that an image will disappear it’s easy to see how users might be tempted to send more sensitive or explicit photos across the platform and that could be an issue if these can be stored by anyone receiving them.
Snapchat has combated this problem with users instantly sent an alert if a screenshot of their message is taken but it’s currently unclear if WhatsApp will follow with a similar safeguard.
According to WAbetainfo, this destructing message feature is still under development but with it now being pushed pout to beta testers it could launch sooner rather than later.
This update comes as WhatsApp fans have been issued another warning about the chat app with some users being targeted by a promise to turn the service pink.
Unfortunately, this is not a new colour option for WhatsApp users. Instead, it’s a scam designed to wrestle complete access to your smartphone from you.
With access to everything stored on your device, hackers could steal contact information for friends and family – allowing them to send them the link and continue to spread WhatsApp Pink, copy photos and videos from your device, siphon credit card information and other personal details, and much more.
WhatsApp users have highlighted the new scam to bring awareness to the ploy, which is currently being used by cyber crooks worldwide.
Internet security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia highlighted the latest scam, posting on Twitter: “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of WhatsApp Pink. Complete access to your phone will be lost.”
Cassie Randolph has put ex Colton Underwood’s coming out as gay at the back of her thoughts, as she’s on a gorgeous family vacation in Mexico.
Cassie Randolph is having a “beautiful life,” spending time with loved ones on a family vacation and escaping all of the news about her ex, former Bachelor Colton Underwood, coming out as gay. The 25-year-old speech therapist has headed south of the border with her siblings, as they’re staying at the seaside Private Paradise Villas in Cozumel, Mexico. Cassie posted an Instagram stories video on Apr. 15 of her brother, 20-year-old surfer Landon Randolph, holding a cup of coffee as she followed him down an open air staircase, then along a patio that led straight to a private dock along the Gulf of Mexico.
Cassie, 25, next showed Landon and her look-alike actress sister Michelle Randolph, 23, on the dock in their swimwear, ready to hit the water. A cabana covered with a thatched frond roof was visible, as the former reality star continued her POV video all the way down some metal steps and into the water, turning her camera around to show the view of the other resort villas. In both posts, the song “Beautiful Life” by Pink Sweat$ played over the videos. In a photo, Cassie could be seen hugging her sister at sunset.
In another video, the siblings could be seen going for a swim at sunset, courtesy of Michelle’s IG account.
It’s great that Cassie is having fun in the sun with her brother and sister in Mexico, because back in the U.S. things sure took a dramatic turn with Colton. She was his final choice in season 23 of The Bachelor, though Cassie wasn’t ready for marriage and Colton was a loud and proud virgin. The pair ended up dating for a year before breaking up in May 2020. It was followed by what Cassie claimed was a summer of stalking and harassment by the 29-year-old former football player. She was granted a restraining order against him in Sept. 2020, even providing evidence that Colton allegedly put a tracker on her car.
The former reality star came out as gay in an Apr. 14 interview on ABC’s Good Morning America with host Robin Roberts. While Colton discussed the positive aspects of finally having the weight off of his shoulders, after “coming to terms” with his sexuality earlier in 2021, he admitted in an extended segment on ABC’s Nightllne that he really did love Cassie and feels awful for how things ended between them.
Colton said that because he loved Cassie, “It only made it harder and more confusing to me. I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I just wish that I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.” He admitted to Robin, “I don’t know if I ever will get the chance to sit down and talk with her. I would like to. I would like to say sorry for how things ended.”
Colton told Robin about the period of his life following his May 2020 split from Cassie, “I messed up. I made a lot of bad choices. I made mistakes at the end of that relationship, and I ruined the good memories we had by my actions and what I did to hold on to being straight because I didn’t want to look myself in the mirror,” he admitted. “So for that, I’m extremely, extremely sorry.” So far Cassie has not responded publicly to Colton’s coming out.
The former NFL player turned “Bachelor” star said he came to terms with his sexuality during this past year.
WASHINGTON — Colton Underwood, who headlined season 23 of “The Bachelor,” told Robin Roberts in an interview that aired Wednesday morning that he is gay.
“This year’s been a lot for a lot of people and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or what they’ve been putting off in their lives,” Underwood said during the “Good Morning America” interview. “I’ve ran from myself for a long time, I’ve hated myself for a long time. I’m gay. I came to terms with that earlier this year, and have been processing it, and the next step in all of this was sort of letting people know.”
The 29-year-old recounted in the interview how he got into a place with his personal life that was “dark” and “bad,” but now he’s “the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”
Most of the country was first introduced to Underwood when he was a contestant on Becca Kufrin’s season of “The Bachelorette” in 2018, when he made it to the final four.
The former NFL player was then cast as “The Bachelor” in 2019. His virginity became a frequent topic on the show and his “fence-jumping moment” was one of the reality show’s most memorable moments.
During the show, he met Cassie Randolph and the two ended up dating until April 2020. Randolph eventually filed a temporary restraining order against Underwood, which she later dropped, according to E! News.
Underwood previously spoke about questioning his sexuality in his book, “The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV.” In the book, he said going on “The Bachelor” and dating Randolph helped him realize he was straight.
During the “Good Morning America” interview, Underwood spoke about his relationship with Randolph and shared a message to her.
“I’d like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up. I made a lot of bad choices.”
Underwood added that he was in love with Randolph, which only made things more confusing for him.
“I loved everything about her and it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what my emotions were in going through that relationship with her was because I obviously had an internal fight going on,” Underwood explained. “I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused. I wish that it wouldn’t have happened the way that it did. I wish that I had been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.”
JUST IN: Former “Bachelor” star @Colton Underwood speaks his truth and comes out to @robinroberts: “I’m gay. And I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it… I’m the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.” https://t.co/PoYJUAPBpA pic.twitter.com/isP7SptUu7
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2021
Today’s Outriders Xbox update can be downloaded right now but comes with a big patch notes warning.
As shared by the development team on Twitter, this week’s Outriders update looks to remove performance issues and reinstate crossplay.
But from recent reports, it also has another big side effect that gamers will want to know about.
According to those who have downloaded the patch, it appears that the Outriders Inventory wipe glitch is still kicking.
Not only that, but the problem might have even spread to other parts of the game, having started as a multiplayer glitch.
So if you have downloaded today’s new Outriders Xbox patch, be aware that there could be an increased chance of losing your stuff.
Being a looter shooter, most weapons and gear will become outdated fairly quickly, being replaced by better gear as you go up the ranks of World Tiers and Levels.
The good news is that these issues will be fixed and that most lost gear will be restored. But having lost that stuff, by the time you get it back, it probably won’t have the same worth.
Having said that, the loss of some top mods would put anyone in a bad mood, and according to People Can Fly, there will be limits on what can be restored to players.
Here’s the latest news from developers People Can Fly on the current Inventory issues:
“Since the recent patch, we have seen an increase in reports of this issue and are investigating it urgently.
“We still intend to run a one-off mass restoration so anyone affected by this will still see their items restored. Here are our intentions for this restoration:
Restoration should take place on a specific day and should be a one-time event
The exact date is TBC but we’re hoping for this to occur in the coming week(s)
We will update you when we have confirmation of date and timings
We will only be able to restore the most valuable tiers of items lost, e.g. Epics and Legendaries.
We will be unlikely to restore an inventory full of blue gear.
The restoration should be additive to your inventory. It should not replace your current inventory.
Restored items may not be have the exact same stats as the lost items
“Note that restoration will not be possible for items that were acquired but where the game connection was terminated before an autosave could complete as those items would never have made it into your server inventory/our logs. Such suspended autosaving is noticeable when the yellow autosave icon stays active for a longer period of time.
“For any individual restorations that were missed, or that occur in future, we plan to equip our teams to help on an ad hoc basis.
“Please note that these are our intentions that we are providing here for transparency. While we will try our hardest to make things right, we, unfortunately, cannot make guarantees for the specifics of the above or the timeline of this, as we may run into technical difficulties that delay our work.
“The Accolades Wipe issue is something we’re again looking into whether we can run as part of such a one-off restoration or whether we will need to tackle these cases on a one-to-one basis. Accolades are a more complex piece of data per profile than a piece of equipment, so working through a solution here is taking a little more time.”
Liverpool are reportedly confident Mohamed Salah will stay at the club ahead of the summer transfer window, amid speculation linking the Egyptian star with a move to Real Madrid. Meanwhile, there’s an update on Kylian Mbappe’s future, and Thomas Muller has suggested he could follow in Thiago Alcantara’s footsteps, as Express Sport brings you the latest transfer news on Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah stance
Liverpool remain convinced that Mohamed Salah won’t be leaving Anfield any time soon.
Salah has frequently been linked with interest from Real Madrid, and transfer speculation was ramped up earlier this season when former Egypt striker Mohamed Aboutrika claimed his compatriot was not happy at the club.
But the Premier League club are confident Salah will see out his contract, which expires in 2023 – and are optimistic he will stay longer, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
“Liverpool are convinced that they can keep Mohamed Salah,” Romano wrote in his column for Benchwarmers.
“Soon they will have to talk about his contract expiring in June 2023, but there is no problem with the club.”
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Mbappe priority amid Reds transfer talk
One player Liverpool have freuquently been linked with in recent times is PSG star Kylian Mbappe.
The 22-year-old World Cup winner has long been expected to join Real Madrid if and when he leaves the Parc des Princes.
But he has also spoken of his admiration for Liverpool – and the feeling is mutual, with Klopp a confirmed fan of the forward.
However, Mbappe has not held talks with the Reds, despite rumours to the contrary.
That’s again according to Romano, who said Mbappe’s current focus is on extending his Paris-Saint Germain contract, which is due to expire at the end of next season.
“Kylian Mbappe has not started any negotiations with Liverpool so far despite the rumours,” wrote Romanon in his Benchwarmers column.
“To date, the priority is to negotiate with Paris Saint-Germain for the renewal of his contract.”
Muller hints at following in Thiago’s footsteps
Thomas Muller has suggested he could follow in the footsteps of Thiago Alcantara, who joined Liverpool last summer.
Muller broke into Bayern Munich’s first team in 2008, and has become synonymous with Bundesliga giants’ success ever since.
Android users need to stay on alert and not download a bogus, official-looking app that could seriously cost them. Security experts are warning that a fake version of the hot new app on the block – Clubhouse – is being circulated. Clubhouse is a VIP messenger app that celebrities such as Elon Musk, Oprah and Kanye West have helped surge in popularity and demand.
While Clubhouse has been in the public eye a lot, getting access to it is not easy – with new users needing an invite. And the exclusive nature of the app is something scammers are trying to capitalise on.
As outlined in a study by ESET, a fake version of the yet-to-be released Android version of Clubhouse is being spread via an official looking website.
The website, which looks very similar to the official Clubhouse page, features a ‘Get it on Google Play button’.
However, instead of directing people to the official Android app marketplace anyone that clicks on this button will instead get a fake app loaded with the BlackRock trojan downloaded onto their device.
This is an especially nasty piece of malware that can steal victims’ login details for 458 services. Popular apps targeted by BlackRock include Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Outlook and eBay. While financial apps including Coinbase, Cash App along with apps for major banks such as BBVA and Lloyds Bank have also been targeted.
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The dangerous malware threat was discovered by ESET malware researcher Lukas Stefanko.
Speaking about the threat, Stefanko said: “The website looks like the real deal. To be frank, it is a well-executed copy of the legitimate Clubhouse website. However, once the user clicks on ‘Get it on Google Play’, the app will be automatically downloaded onto the user’s device. By contrast, legitimate websites would always redirect the user to Google Play, rather than directly download an Android Package Kit, or APK for short.”
There are a number of red flags that the alleged Clubhouse Android app website is a fake one.
The clearest sign that this is all part of a scam is the fake app users end up downloading. Instead of it being called Clubhouse it is labelled ‘install’.
Stefanko said: “While this demonstrates that the malware creator was probably too lazy to disguise the downloaded app properly, it could also mean that we may discover even more sophisticated copycats in the future”.
Another sign the website that offers the alleged Clubhouse Android app is bogus is that it does not use the secure HTTPS protocol which all major websites adopt.
Tom Lysemose Hansen, CTO at Norwegian app security company Promon, added: “Smartphone users (and Android users in particular) should be on the lookout for common tell-tale signs that indicate a website is not legitimate. These can include not being secure (if the webpage starts with HTTP instead of HTTPS) or if the domain looks strange (in this case it was .mobi instead of .com used by the legitimate website).”
Advising people on how to stay safe from such threats, ESET recommended a number of top security tips…
• Use only the official stores to download apps to your devices.
• Be wary of what kinds of permissions you grant to applications.
• Keep your device up to date, ideally by setting it to patch and update automatically.
• If possible, use software-based or hardware token one-time password (OTP) generators instead of SMS.
• Before downloading an app, do some research on the developer and the app’s ratings and user reviews.
The first of two Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha tests will be kicking off this year, and gamers can choose to opt-in right now.
However, with so much buzz surrounding the return of the remastered classic, Blizzard is also warning that fake D2 Alphas are being shared online.
According to Blizzard community development lead Adam Fletcher, misleading information regarding fake Diablo 2 Resurrected giveaways are being shared online.
The purpose of these new scams is unknown but are likely being set up so they can steal data from those thinking they are legitimate.
Fletcher shared the warning on Twitter, telling gamers that the only way to join the Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha is to sign up on the official website.
So any offers of getting early access or getting an Alpha code in any other way should be ignored.
Fletcher posted this week: “Just a heads-up to everyone interested in Diablo II: Resurrected and the Tech Alpha…
Don’t fall for scams. I’ve seen numerous places state they are running contests or giving away access. That isn’t true. Best way to get in is to opt-in on http://Diablo2.com!”
And it’s likely that more scams will surface in the lead up to the official Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha release date.
There has been no word on when the first tests will be taking place, or how long they might last
To opt-in and have a chance to play the Alpha, gamers will need to set up a Battle Net account.
But it’s unclear at this point which platforms will host the upcoming testing phase, and if it will be limited to PC platforms.
Diablo 2 Resurrected is scheduled to launch this year, meaning we should see the first Alpha test pop up in the coming months.
The best part of the new announcement is that D2 will be launching later this year on Windows PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
That’s a huge number of platforms to cover and means there will be plenty of room for the community to grow and play the game on whatever platform they think best.
“Diablo II was a pivotal game for Blizzard and millions of players around the world. With Diablo II: Resurrected, we’re excited to bring this classic back to PC and also to consoles – with cross-progression on supported platforms – so that players can relive their memories, or experience Diablo II’s timeless gameplay for the first time, on their platform of choice,’ said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment.
“With the new high-resolution audio and video in Diablo II: Resurrected, the game is as fun and engrossing today as it was twenty years ago.”
For those who would prefer a more nostalgic experience, players will be able to freely switch back-and-forth between the modern graphics and the original experience at any time with the press of a button.
And while Diablo II: Resurrected may look like an all-new game, Diablo II’s signature gameplay and systems are completely intact, quirks and all, adding a few highly requested quality of life improvements, such as a shared stash.