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Tim Golden  and   Sebastian Rotella (ProPublica) 14 September 2021
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   A long-suppressed FBI report on Saudi Arabia’s connections to the 9/11 plot has revealed that Saudi religious officials stationed in the United States had more significant connections to two of the hijackers than has been previously...

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Peter Elkind, Jack Gillum  and   Craig Silverman (ProPublica) 07 September 2021
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   WhatsApp assures users that no one can see their messages — but the company has an extensive monitoring operation and regularly shares personal information with prosecutors.   When Mark Zuckerburg unveiled a new...

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IANS 03 September 2021
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been fined 225 million euros ($267 million) for breaking the European Union's (EU) data privacy rules.   According to The Verge, Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) announced the decision in an 89-page summary, noting that WhatsApp did not properly...

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IANS 01 September 2021
Sri Lanka has declared an economic emergency, after a steep fall in the value of the South Asian country's currency caused a spike in food prices.   Authorities say they will take control of the supply of basic food items, including rice and sugar, and set prices in an attempt to...

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Global growth rebound has solidified, but spread of delta variant poses risks, Moody's Investors Service said in its latest assessment of global economy as the pandemic continues.   According to the credit ratings agency, G-20 economies are expected to grow by 6.2 per cent as a whole...

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Jenny Deam  and   Bianca Fortis (ProPublica) 30 August 2021
A May 1 decision by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to only track breakthrough infections that lead to hospitalization or death has left the nation with a muddled understanding of COVID-19’s impact on the vaccinated.   Meggan Ingram was fully vaccinated when...

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Megan Rose (ProPublica) 25 August 2021
The chaotic collapse of the Afghan military in recent months made starkly clear that the $83 billion U.S. taxpayers spent to create and fund those security forces achieved little. But a new report this week by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction also reveals the...

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Justin Elliott  and   Robert Faturechi (ProPublica) 12 August 2021
Billionaire business owners deployed lobbyists to make sure Trump’s 2017 tax bill was tailored to their benefit. Confidential IRS records show the windfall that followed.   In November 2017, with the administration of President Donald Trump rushing to get a massive tax overhaul...

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Cezary Podkul (ProPublica) 30 July 2021
Bots filing bogus applications in bulk, teams of fraudsters in foreign countries making phony claims, online forums peddling how-to advice on identity theft: Inside the infrastructure of perhaps the largest fraud wave in history.   A Bronx man allegedly received $1.5 million in just...

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Paul Kiel, Jeff Ernsthausen  and   Jesse Eisinger (ProPublica) 26 July 2021
A new ProPublica analysis of a trove of IRS documents revealed that the richest 25 Americans pay a tiny fraction of their wealth in taxes. But even if you use the most conventional yardstick — income — the wealthiest still pay low rates.   The very richest Americans win at the tax...

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A fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has hit France which is spreading at "lightning" speed, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said and also announced tougher sanctions on non-compliance with the health pass rules.   "We are seeing a wave faster than all the previous ones," Attal...

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Robert Faturechi, Justin Elliott  and   Ellis Simani (ProPublica) 13 July 2021
Owners like Steve Ballmer can take the kinds of deductions on team assets — everything from media deals to player contracts — that industrialists take on factory equipment. That helps them pay lower tax rates than players and even stadium workers.   At a concession stand at Staples...

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Justin Elliott, Patricia Callahan  and   James Bandler (ProPublica) 29 June 2021
Roth IRAs were intended to help average working Americans save, but IRS records show Peter Thiel and other ultrawealthy investors have used them to amass vast untaxed fortunes.   Billionaire Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal, has publicly condemned “confiscatory taxes.” He’s been a...

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Moneylife Digital Team 28 June 2021
Between January 2015 and May 2021, there were more than 3,100 attacks worldwide against community leaders, farmers, workers, unions, journalists, civil society groups and other defenders, who have raised the alarm about irresponsible business practices. More than 40% of these attacks were...

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Prominent tech figure John McAfee, who founded the leading antivirus software provider McAfee, has been found dead in his cell in Spain, the media reported.   According to The Guardian, McAfee was found dead hours after the country's highest court approved his extradition to the US,...

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The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that it will examine if Apple and Google constitute a duopoly on mobile devices given their control over app stores.   Alongside its existing examination of Apple over the App Store, the CMA has begun investigating whether...

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Jesse Eisinger, Jeff Ernsthausen  and   Paul Kiel (ProPublica) 09 June 2021
ProPublica has obtained a vast cache of IRS information showing how billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Warren Buffett pay little in income tax compared to their massive wealth — sometimes, even nothing.   In 2007, Jeff Bezos, then a multibillionaire and now the world’s...

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In a massive internet outage, several popular websites including leading news portals on Tuesday went off the grid globally, including Reddit, Spotify, Twitch, GitHub, Hulu, HBO Max, CNN, the Guardian, the New York Times, the BBC, the Financial Times and more.   The technical glitch...

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As Twitter fights new IT rules in India amid an intense scrutiny of its platform, a local court in Russia has fined Twitter 19 million rubles (about $259,000) for its failure to remove banned content, including calls for unauthorised protests, increasing fines on the company to 27.9 million...

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Renee Dudley  and   Daniel Golden (ProPublica) 27 May 2021
Five months before DarkSide attacked the Colonial pipeline, two researchers discovered a way to rescue its ransomware victims. Then an antivirus company’s announcement alerted the hackers.   On 11 January 2021, antivirus company Bitdefender said it was “happy to announce” a startling...

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