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Morning Brief: Best of Yahoo Finance in 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Best of Yahoo Finance Originals

Meet some victims of the Trump tax plan: The GOP tax bill includes $1.5 billion in tax cuts during the next 10 years. About 80% of individual taxpayers will end up paying less, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. But 5% of taxpayers will end up paying more.

Why Amazon had to buy Whole Foods:  Walmart’s (WMT) success in the food business and push into the online retail space propelled Amazon (AMZN) into a surprising area — physical stores. The Whole Foods deal was 2017’s most high-profile acquisition.

Bitcoin miner: ‘I haven’t paid for heat in 3 years’: As bitcoin prices took off this winter, some say mining cryptocurrencies at home brings them free heat.

Aetna CEO: 2 reasons why health care in the U.S. is so expensive: Aetna’s (AET) CEO Mark Bertolini said Americans have lost hope over their health.

How Waffle House’s hurricane response team prepares for disaster: When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas all eyes were on Waffle House, a popular 24-hour chain of diners. One of the ways the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) measures hurricane damage is by the Waffle House Index.

How the bad guys build fake accounts on Facebook: Yahoo Finance investigated the role fake accounts play on Facebook (FB) by attempting to establish and purchase accounts attributed to people who don’t exist.

How Trump is using the NFL and ESPN as his political tools: President Donald Trump discovered that two of the biggest entities in the American sports world, the National Football League and ESPN, make effective political punching bags.

It’s possible to make six figures reselling used stuff online: Three entrepreneurs who resell items online full-time share their e-commerce experiences.

The high cost of freedom in America: America offers societal freedoms that many believe come with huge, often under-recognized, and hard-to-defend costs.

How a group of marketers jumpstarted a Twitter campaign against Bill O’Reilly: A grassroots social media-based movement may have played a major role in dethroning O’Reilly as the king of cable TV.

Microsoft exec defends introducing a new laptop despite declining PC market: This year Microsoft (MSFT) launched its very first laptop, the Surface Laptop.

3 things Uber employees should know about the company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi: Yahoo Finance got its hands on audio of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick introducing his successor Khosrowshahi.

To check out more of our stories, go to Yahoo Finance

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