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Bonne année, Google, Facebook! France to tax tech giants from 1 Jan

Nation becomes the latest to go it alone as EU talks stall France will start levying charges on tech giants from 1 January 2019, making it the latest nation to go it alone on a digital sales tax.…
Topics: Google, Social Media, Facebook, France, Taxes

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Trump is undermining the WTO, but he should be using it against China

The meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G-20 summit meeting in Argentina failed to yield a new trade deal, it did, however, yield a 90-day truce. But Trump has already signaled that if there is no "real deal"...
Topics: China, Argentina

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"President Donald Trump is planning to roll out an unprecedented structure for his 2020...

"It’s a stark expression of Trump’s stranglehold over the Republican Party: Traditionally, a presidential reelection committee has worked in tandem with the national party committee, not subsumed it" (Politico).
Topics: Donald Trump

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Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk

The chairman of Huawei challenged the United States and other governments to provide evidence for claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as the company launched a public relations effort Tuesday to defuse fears that threaten its role in...
Topics: Huawei

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Judge rules police did not have a duty to protect students in Parkland shooting

A federal judge has ruled neither the Broward County Sheriff's Office nor the local school district had a constitutional duty to protect students during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, this past...
Topics: Police, Sheriffs

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Animal Cruelty to be 120 Times More Expensive in India - Reports

The Indian Government is cosnidering a proposal to enhance the penalty structure under the Prevention to Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 in a bid to revamp the animal welfare laws.
Topics: India

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Boeing and J&J Both Offer New Incentives for Investors After Big Losses

These two members of the thirty Dow Jones industrial average index have been under siege and are now fighting back.
Topics: Boeing

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iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: What iPhone should you buy? - CNET

How does Apple's most affordable 2018 iPhone compare to the discounted iPhone 8 Plus of last year?
Topics: Iphone, Mobile Technology, Apple

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Zanco S-Pen wants to be the Swiss Army knife of smartphone accessories

It’s a stylus, a Bluetooth headset, a voice recorder, a 360-degree action cam, and a laser pointer. It’s even actually a phone. From the startup that brought you the insanely small insane tiny t1 feature phone comes what could very well be the...
Topics: Mobile Technology, Bluetooth, Laser, Startup

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AI chip startup Graphcore closes $200M Series D, adds BMW and Microsoft as strategic investors

UK AI chip startup Graphcore has announced a $200 million Series D round today that’s jointly led by an existing investor, European VC Atomico, along with new investor Sofina, an investment holding firm. Graphcore says the Series D values...
Topics: Startup, Microsoft

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'Last Christmas' Artist Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! 'Memba Him?!

English singer/songwriter Andrew Redgeley was half of the '80s pop group Wham! (alongside George Michael) and released songs like 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go' and 'Everything She Wants' ... but most notably their holiday hit 'Last Christmas.' Guess
Topics: Christmas

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A woman on Twitter is abused every 30 seconds

And it’s even worse for women of color. That shocking statistic comes from a study conducted by Amnesty International and AI software startup Element AI. In the study, called Troll Patrol, Amnesty International and Element AI looked at data...
Topics: Twitter, Social Media, Amnesty International, Startup

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‘We’re dying for this:’ Russian propaganda campaign targeted White Helmet rescue workers

Amid a flood of reports of Russian interference in US democracy and around the world, the investigative site Bellingcat issued a report Tuesday detailing the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign about the White Helmets, a rescue group operating...
Topics: Kremlin, Syria

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From a chances of a recession to interest rates: 5 things to know about your money in 2019

The odds of a recession are heating up, but experts say a downturn is more likely to hit in 2020 than 2019. Even so, higher interest rates won't help.        

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Republicans are ‘stumbling into an embarrassing end of their dominance’ as shutdown looms:...

MSNBC reporter Garrett Haake surveyed the scene on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and concluded that between President Donald Trump’s insistence on $5 billion for a border wall, and the inability and unwillingness of Congress to deliver said funding,...
Topics: MSNBC, Donald Trump

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Judge doesn't hold back in Michael Flynn sentencing

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan really spoke his mind during the sentencing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Tuesday. Flynn was going to be sentenced, but after his attorneys requested a delay, Sullivan agreed to wait until March to...

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"Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is appointing Republican Rep. Martha McSally to the Senate,

"McSally narrowly lost a race this year to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema for Arizona's other Senate seat, which opened after Sen. Jeff Flake opted against seeking re-election" (CNN)>
Topics: Senate, CNN

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Algorithmic catastrophe: How news feeds reprogram your mind and habits

According to a Pew Research poll, 45% of U.S. adults get at least some of their news from Facebook, with half of that amount using Facebook as their only news outlet. Algorithms on social media pick what people read. There's worry that social media...
Topics: Polls, Facebook, Social Media, Algorithms

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Glenn Greenwald: Congress Is Trying to Make It a Federal Crime to Participate in Boycott of Israel

Twenty-six states have laws preventing state agencies from contracting with companies or individuals aligned with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. BDS is an international campaign to pressure Israel to comply with international law...
Topics: Glenn Greenwald, Israel

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Christopher Steele Admits He Was Hired To “Challenge Validity” of 2016 Election Results

This broke a few days ago apparently but it’s worth posting now as former FBI Director Jim Comey plays Sergeant Schultz (look it up, millennials) and claims to know nothing about about how the Steele dossier made its way through the FBI or who...
Topics: FBI

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Advertisers Drop Tucker Carlson After His Claim Immigrants Make U.S. 'Dirtier'

Americans are getting fed up with Tucker Carlson’s white nationalism and advertisers are beginning to take notice. A few days ago, we reported that Tucker Carlson's show had lost major advertiser Pacific Life after he claimed that immigration...
Topics: Immigration, Fed

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WikiLeaks May Sue Conspiracy Theorist Louise Mensch

WikiLeaks has offered to sue anti-Trump neoconservative provocateur and former conservative UK MP, Louise Mensch, after she tweeted that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden "committed espionage of military secrets under Putin's direct...
Topics: Wikileaks, United Kingdom, NSA, Edward Snowden, Military, Vladimir Putin

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Even Obamacare Haters Think Friday's Court Ruling Is Terrible

These conservatives sound just as critical of the decision as the liberals do.
Topics: Obamacare

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Apple Music Connect Will Be Shutting Down In 2019

Musicians and bands already have their own social media pages like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram where they post updates like tour dates, new album releases, new music videos, and so on. Apple attempted to create its own social network with Apple...
Topics: Social Media, Facebook, Instagram, Entertainment Videos

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