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Wi-Fi used most at Patna rly station, mostly to watch porn
Patna railway station tops the chart in terms of internet search using the free Wi-Fi service, though the maximum searches were for porn sites, a railway official said on Monday.
 
"More than any other railway station in the country, where free Wi-Fi service was launched, the Patna railway station is on the top in the country for using internet search, particularly serach for porn sites," an official of RailTel, a mini-Ratna public sector undertaking (PSU), said.
 
After Patna, Jaipur railway station is second to use internet search, followed by Bengaluru and New Delhi.
 
"It was revealed from our records of use of data by users," the official said.
 
Patna station, under Danapur Division of East Central Railway, is be the first station in Bihar to have free Wi-Fi facility. This railway station is one of the crowded ones with more than 200 trains passing through it daily.
 
According to RailTel officials, people are using free Wi-Fi for Youtube at Patna, followed by Wikipedia. "More than anything, porn sites have been watched and downloaded by the people at Patna railway station."
 
Some people have been using free Wi-Fi to download apps, and Bollywood and Hollywood films also.
 
At present, RailTel is providing 1 gigabite Wi-Fi at the Patna railway station but planning to increase to 10 gigabites due to slow speed of internet in view of more use of it by the passengers as well as youths, who regularly spend hours to enjoy free internet.
 
Free Wi-Fi service was launched last month at Patna, along with three more railway stations, across India. These stations are Patna in Bihar, Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Ranchi in Jharkhand.
 
To date free Wi-FI facility has been launched at 23 railway stations in the country. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the government plans to introduce the service at all major railway stations in the country in the next three years.
 
"By this year-end, free Wi-Fi facility will be launched at 100 major railway stations. We will achieve our target of 400 stations in three years. Once in place, it will be the largest public Wi-Fi system in the world," Prabhu said.
 
The service was commissioned by RailTel, in association with Google, for providing high-speed internet to rail commuters at these places.
 
The service has been provided under 'Railwire', the retail broadband distribution model of Railtel.
 
Mumbai Central was the first railway station in the country to enjoy free Wi-Fi facility.
 
Last year, Google India and Indian Railways joined hands to introduce high-speed Wi-Fi network at 400 stations in the country.
 
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Facebook signs up for EU's Privacy Shield data treaty
Social networking giant Facebook has agreed to adopt a new European Union (EU) data accord that allows personal information to be transferred to the US, potentially sparking yet another privacy row, the media reported.
 
Facebook has quietly signed the Privacy Shield -- a controversial treaty that allows US technology companies to transfer EU citizens' details abroad. It will apply to certain advertising data and its new Workplace service for businesses, the Telegraph UK reported on Saturday.
 
Privacy Shield, a replacement deal that was designed to provide extra safeguards for Europeans, came into force in July. Google and Microsoft have already adopted the treaty.
 
Facebook signed up at the end of September, although only two aspects of the social network use it. 
 
The first is Workplace, a special version of Facebook that allows company employees to communicate, which was launched last week.
 
The other is its "Ads and Measurement" technology that uses customer data supplied by other companies to target adverts.
 
Other user data is not covered by the treaty, although it can be transferred to the US under secondary legal measures, the report said.
 
"We have signed up two important parts of our business to the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework - Facebook at Work and our relevant Ads and Measurement services," a Facebook spokesman confirmed the report. 
 
Facebook's adoption of the treaty is significant because the prior US-EU agreement, Safe Harbour which was abolished by the European Court of Justice as a direct result of legal action against the social network by privacy campaigners. 
 
However, it is likely to lead to further scrutiny of the Privacy Shield deal from Facebook's critics, the report stated.
 
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Super PAC to Billionaire: We Need More Money to Save a Republican Senate

To understand how Donald Trump's comments and alleged mistreatment of women are stoking the anxiety of other Republicans, look no further than the private appeal sent Wednesday to a billionaire from a super PAC backing Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey.

 

Without a last-minute infusion of money, Republicans could lose the Senate, the Prosperity for Pennsylvania PAC wrote to Joe Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs and who last month pledged at least $1 million to Trump's presidential campaign after initially bankrolling his primary opponents.

 

"There are real concerns moving forward," read the memo sent to Ricketts by Joshua Novotney, a PAC representative. "Trump has taken a real hit this week and that could have an effect on down ballot races." Novotney inadvertently copied a reporter on the email.

 

To maintain Senate control, Republicans can likely afford to lose no more than three of the seats they hold in the six or seven races considered toss-ups, including Toomey's. Polls have indicated a tight race between Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty, with the FiveThirtyEight website showing McGinty up by less than one percentage point.

 

"We need to keep spending parity with the Dems and focus on negative ads to give Sen. Toomey the victory," Novotney wrote to Ricketts' aides. "This is a very winnable race even with the presidential polls currently showing Trump down. Our internal poll that had Pat tied showed Trump down 10."

 

In Pennsylvania, where the last polls show Hillary Clinton with a solid lead, Toomey has remained on the fence about endorsing Trump, recently saying: "I had hoped that Donald Trump would persuade me to be an enthusiastic supporter, that had been what I'd hoped…But at this point, I remain unpersuaded."

 

Some big Republican donors yesterday called on the party to cut its ties to the presidential nominee given the revelations about his behavior around women. House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he will focus on maintaining his GOP majority and no longer will campaign for Trump.

 

All that would seem to give congressional candidates an opportunity to seek donations that would otherwise have gone to the top of the ticket. Novotney, in an interview, said that wasn't the intention of the Pennsylvania PAC's note to Ricketts. The super PAC, he said, is not trying to use Trump's drop in the polls to rally donors.

 

"That's no strategy of ours," he said. "We reach out to people who are known large donors to Republicans."

 

The PAC has spent more than $1.25 million against Toomey's challenger, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

 

Ricketts didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about his plans. During the primaries, he supported Trump's opponent, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Then, after Ricketts' wife gave $3 million to an anti-Trump group, Trump took to Twitter claiming the family has "a lot to hide!" The couple eventually gave another $2.5 million to the anti-Trump group. Then, in a surprising turnaround last month, Ricketts pledged $1 million to a pro-Trump super PAC.

 

Aside from its revelations about the state of the election, Novotney's email also illustrates the loose rules governing campaign finance. Unlike traditional political action committees, super PACs can accept donations of unlimited size, but are supposed to be independent groups that don't coordinate spending with the campaign of any candidate. Yet the note claims a special relationship with the Toomey campaign.

 

"We are the blessed Super PAC by Sen. Toomey," Novotney wrote. " I am his former senior aide and finance director, and I am working with his former chief-of-staff, cc'd on this email. We appreciate any consideration and help Mr. Ricketts can give."

 

Candidates are legally allowed to encourage donors to give to particular super PACs, and often anoint groups run by former aides - even as the two sides are generally not allowed to coordinate their spending.

 

Larry Noble, the former top lawyer for the Federal Election Commission, said the arrangement was within the rules.

 

But "calling a super PAC that is ‘blessed' by the candidate and run by his former staff ‘independent' shows how ludicrous the FEC's current coordination rules are," said Noble, who is now general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a group that advocates for stricter enforcement of campaign finance regulations.

 

Novotney ended his email with a personal touch: "On a side note, I am a big fan of Mr. Ricketts since the family bought the Cubs. My grandfather was a catcher for the Cubs in '49. Always been my team."

 

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