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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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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 01 September 2022
Slamming the central public information officer (CPIO) of the national highways authority of India (NHAI), for blanket denial of information pertaining to a project proposal and the shifting of electrical utilities for it, in Madurai, the central information commissioner (CIC) stated that...

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Moneylife Digital Team 27 August 2022
Dr Prashant Mishra, a cardiac surgeon, who raised the alert on possible fraud in fundraising campaigns for medical treatment, has alleged a likely nexus between hospitals and fundraising platforms. In a series of tweets, he says that employees of crowdfunding platforms suggest hospitals to...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 26 August 2022
During the COVID pandemic, especially the second wave, we found many people benefited from crowdfunding. The money contributed by several people helped needy patients receive in-time treatment and, in some cases, helped the families of the deceased to bring their lives back on track....

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Vinita Deshmukh Vinita Deshmukh 25 August 2022
Suddenly, the department of personnel and training (DoPT), which is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI), is enthused about loosening its purse strings to propel state information commissioners (SICs) and administrative training centres (ATIs) to 'improve...

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V Venkatesan  and   Gursimran Kaur Bakshi (The Leaflet) 25 August 2022
Five years have gone by since privacy was declared an indispensable right of personal freedom and liberty by the Supreme Court.  The Leaflet chronicles the trials and tribulations of this right since then. — Exactly five years ago, on this date, the right to privacy was recognised as...

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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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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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