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Cezary Podkul,  and   Cindy Liu (for ProPublica) 14 September 2022
This story was originally published by ProPublica.   Tens of thousands of people from across Asia have been coerced into defrauding people in America and around the world out of millions of dollars. Those who resist face beatings, food deprivation or worse.   The ads on the...

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IANS 09 September 2022
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK's longest-serving monarch, has died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years, the BBC reported.   Her family gathered at her Scottish estate after concerns grew about her health earlier on Thursday.   The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and...

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IANS 08 September 2022
As Apple was streaming its iPhone launch event, tens of thousands of viewers were glued to a fake Apple crypto livestreaming on YouTube with Tim Cook on stage.   The Apple crypto livestreaming on YouTube had an old interview with Cook and the user who ran the video aimed to grab the...

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Andy Kroll  and   Justin Elliott (ProPublica)  and   Andrew Perez (The Lever) 07 September 2022
ProPublica co-published this story with The Lever.   Emails and interviews reveal privacy-obsessed electronics magnate Barre Seid’s long history of backing efforts to attack climate science, fight Medicaid expansion, and remake the higher education system in a conservative...

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IANS 07 September 2022
Footage showing that some residents in the earthquake-hit Chinese city of Chengdu were stopped from fleeing their compounds due to a Covid lockdown has sparked anger and disbelief online, a media report said.    People in Chengdu said they were told to stay inside through a...

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IANS 06 September 2022
Chinese conglomerate ByteDance has laid off hundreds of employees from its video gaming division, the media reported on Tuesday, as the government cracks down on the Internet and gaming industry with strict regulations.   The South China Morning Post reported that ByteDance, owner of...

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IANS 05 September 2022
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was on Monday announced the victor of the contest for the Conservative Party leader, defeating former Chancelllor of Exchequer Rishi Sunak, and paving the way for her to become the next UK Prime Minister.   Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions...

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Twitter is now facing privacy probes in the European Union (EU) after the whistleblower complaint from its former head of security, Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, created a storm worldwide.   Zatko's complaints had references to European regulators, alleging that Twitter misled or intended to...

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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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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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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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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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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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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 Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on Thursday fined ride-hailing company Didi Global $1.18 billion after a year-long probe that found the company breaking data security and personal information protection laws.   Senior executives Will Cheng Wei and Jean Liu Qing were each...

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