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“Best Job on Earth” Paying Lucky Winner $10K/Month to Stay in Luxury Homes All over the World

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A luxury vacation home rental service, Thirdhome, has narrowed down the finalists in their “Best Job on the Planet” competition. The winner will travel the world for three months, sharing their experiences on social media while getting paid $10K per month plus travel expenses. The trip will include stops to as many as 12 of…

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Obama, Oprah, Tom Hanks, and Springsteen Vacationing Together in French Polynesia, Which Hotel Did They Choose?

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How does sailing on a 450-foot yacht off the coast of Tahiti sound? The Obamas, Oprah, Tom Hanks / Rita Wilson, and Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa are doing just that on a luxury yacht owned by David Geffen. The group are island-hopping near Tahiti and according to Travel + Leisure, the itinerary…

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NYTimes on the AmEx-Chase War

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Charles Duhigg over at the New York Times discusses the battle between American Express and Chase for new cardmembers. While much ink has been spilled about the huge success of the Chase Sapphire Reserve and the massive amount of free social media advertising that Chase benefitted from, this article covers the launch of the CSR…

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Emirates A380 Wake Turbulence Causes Plane to Plunge & Flip Over 3-5 Times, “Miraculous Recovery”

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A plane flying in the opposite direction underneath an Emirates A380 operating Dubai to Sydney experienced  extreme wake turbulence causing the Bombardier (Canadair) Challenger 604 to flip over “three to five times”, before plunging 10,000 feet towards the Arabian Sea. Miraculously, the pilots were able to recover the jet and perform an emergency landing in…

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Electronics Ban: Get Ready to Surrender Your Headphones

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The “electronics ban” that prohibit passengers from traveling with electronic devices larger than a smart phone are now implemented across the board. Those traveling from a number of Middle Eastern and African countries to the US will now have to check (or gate check) their laptops and tablets prior to boarding. Initially, the rules appear to…

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Avianca Airlines’ Shareholder Files Injunction to Stop United Deal

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This morning, an injunction was filed by a minority shareholder in Avianca to stop the deal between the airlines controlling shareholder and United.  No word yet on the exact details or justification for the injunction. Back at the end of January, United and Avianca announced that they would work to enhance and deepen their commercial and strategic…

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WikiLeaks Publishes CIA Documents, Includes Travel Tips and Condolences to Flying United

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WikiLeaks has just published a number of documents, dubbed “Vault7,” that relate to CIA’s hacking practices and capabilities. For example, the documents show some of the techniques and exploits discovered and/or used by the CIA, which may be used for hacking Smart TVs, as well as both iOS and Android devices. But also buried in these documents is…

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