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Facebook users globally on Wednesday were left in shock and awe when celebrities like Lady Gaga, Nirvana and The Beatles filled their main feeds with endless posts with picture, videos and memes. The company later said it was a bug and fixed that.   Several Facebook users also faced...

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The local newspaper industry in the US is backing the proposed Journalism Competition and Preservation Act to force Big Tech to pay publishers for aggregating their news stories online.   The legislation aims to provide news publications a level-playing field, letting them negotiate...

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Andrew Perez (The Lever)  and   Andy Kroll  and   Justin Elliott (ProPublica) 23 August 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   In the largest known political advocacy donation in U.S. history, industrialist Barre Seid funded a new group run by Federalist Society co-chair Leonard Leo, who guided Trump’s Supreme Court picks and helped end federal abortion...

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China's central bank has cut its mortgage rate as officials work to support the crisis-hit property market.   The People's Bank of China (PBOC) lowered the five-year loan prime rate (LPR) by 1.5 percentage points, which matches its biggest cut on record, the BBC...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 19 August 2022
Since its inception in 2010 as a unique identification (ID) for those (poor) without any identity proof, Aadhaar and its proponents have been working to force its linkage with other ID systems, compromising privacy and mismatch due to variations in spelling and various data points. Fin-tech...

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AC Thompson (ProPublica) 18 August 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   In a Q&A with ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson, former intelligence officer and data scientist Welton Chang explains how conspiracy theorists and violent racists fled to smaller platforms. Once there, their remarks festered and...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 August 2022
A Right to Information (RTI) application filed by Sailesh Mishra, founder of the non-profit organisation Silver Innings Foundation, has revealed that 350.2mn million senior citizens chose to avail the senior citizen’s concession offered by Indian Railways between 2017 and...

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Spencer Woodman, Malia Politzer, Peter Whoriskey  and   Nicole Sadek (ICIJ) 16 August 2022
Photos featured in Architectural Digest stories on the homes of the billionaire Lindemann family offer clues to investigators struggling to reclaim lost cultural heritage and shed light on the secretive private antiquities trade.   The January 2021 issue of Architectural Digest...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 12 August 2022
As per the Right to Information (RTI) Act rules, an applicant can pay the fees of Rs10 for filing his application through any of the multiple modes of cash, demand draft, postal order, non-judicial stamp, or online challan.    However, in several cases, the public information officers...

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FBI agents were looking for documents relating to nuclear weapons, among others, in the unprecedented search they conducted of the premises of former US President Donald Trump earlier this week in Florida, according to a stunning news report.   Neither the Justice Department, which...

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Masayoshi Son-led SoftBank Group on Wednesday revealed plans to sell nearly 242 million American depository receipts (ADRs) of Chinese behemoth Alibaba, that will help it gain 4.6 trillion yen ($34 billion) in pre-tax gain from the sale.   The Japanese giant, which saw massive losses...

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Jesse Eisinger (ProPublica) 10 August 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Law professor Lev Menand has a new book out on that strange institution, the Federal Reserve, what it does and how its power and responsibility have grown over time.   Menand is an associate professor at Columbia Law School...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 02 August 2022
Hockey India, which petitioned against the central information commission’s (CIC's) order under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and was given time to reply with the stick that the CIC’s order in the meanwhile stands valid, has withdrawn its petition last week, thus paving the way for...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 August 2022
China's embattled property giant Evergrande has failed to deliver a preliminary debt restructuring plan it had promised by July 31, leading to further concerns about the future of the world's most indebted developer, media reports said.   The real estate company's failure to meet its...

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 30 July 2022
In what can be termed as a brutal assault on the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), which is the nodal authority for drug clearance, says it has no information on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) suspension of the supply of Covaxin...

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Expectedly, the US Federal Reserve jacked up its benchmark overnight interest rate by 75 basis points in an effort to tamp down the bristling inflation genie virtually bursting out of the bottle.   The spike in inflation, highest since the 1980s, with "ongoing increases" in borrowing...

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The Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday dismissed an appeal challenging the central information commission (CIC) order which denied details of the Supreme Court collegium meeting held on 12 December  2018, in connection with the appointment of judges in the apex court.   Chief justice...

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The Supreme Court on Monday asked Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala to move a competent high court with the plea challenging the Election Law (Amendment) Act, 2021, enabling linking data of electoral roll with the Aadhaar ecosystem.   A bench of justices DY Chandrachud and AS...

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Uttam Kumar Verma (The Leaflet) 25 July 2022
The government, by pushing towards privatisation and disinvestments of public sector assets, does not aid public prosperity, especially that of people with disabilities. ——   THE Narendra Modi-led Union Government professes the credo of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’,...

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The Delhi High court on Friday reserved the judgement on an appeal challenging the Central Information Commission (CIC) order which denied details of the Supreme Court Collegium meeting held on December 12, 2018, in connection with the appointment of judges in the apex court.   The...

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