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Google Resists Demands From States in Digital-Ad Probe
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Company is reluctant to surrender some documents in investigation of possible anticompetitive practices

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Google plans to move UK users' accounts outside EU jurisdiction
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Google is planning to move its British users’ accounts out of the control of European Union privacy regulators, placing them under U.S. jurisdiction instead, the company confirmed late on Wednesday.

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Loneliness is on the rise and younger workers and social media users feel it most, Cigna survey finds
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Three out of every five adults, or 61%, report that they sometimes or always feel lonely, according to the Cigna U.S. Loneliness Index.

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IRS sues Facebook for $9B, says company offshored profits to Ireland
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The trial, which Facebook expects will take three to four weeks, could see top executives including hardware chief Andrew Bosworth and Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer called to testify

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Jeff Bezos Commits $10 Billion to Address Climate Change
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The world’s richest man unveiled a fund to help climate scientists and activists, an escalation of his philanthropic efforts.

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SpaceX successfully launches 60 more Starlink satellites but misses booster landing
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SpaceX has launched a batch of 60 Starlink satellites to orbit, marking its fifth overall launch of a group of 60 of the small spacecraft and its third this year alone. This launch brings the total constellation to 300 satellites for Starlink on orbit, extending SpaceX’s lead as the largest commercial satellite operator in the world.

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South Korea switching their 3.3 million PCs to Linux
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The reasoning behind the switch is two-fold. South Korea was looking to reduce its reliance on Microsoft and Windows and cut down on software licensing costs.

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Local Bookstores Have A New Weapon In The Fight With Amazon
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In the book industry, Amazon is Goliath, the giant who overshadows everyone else. But there’s a new David on the scene, Bookshop.org.

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Column: Photographer sues Getty Images for $1 billion after she’s billed for her own photo
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Carol Highsmith is a distinguished photographer who has traveled all over America, aiming to chronicle for posterity the life of the nation in the early 21st century. She’s donating her work to the public via the Library of Congress, which has called her act “one of the greatest acts of generosity in the history of the Library.”

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To Tame Coronavirus, Mao-Style Social Control Blankets China
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Despite their high-tech tools, the authorities are mainly relying on a flood of workers to keep hundreds of millions of people from coming in contact with outsiders.

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U.N. warns that runaway inequality is destabilizing the world’s democracies
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The 400 richest Americans have significantly more money than the 150 million Americans in the bottom 60 percent of wealth distribution. A United Nations report has found pronounced inequality erodes trust in democratic societies.

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Construction Workers Stumble Across Old Pots With 1,300 Pounds Of Ancient Roman Coins Inside
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19 pottery jugs were discovered in the Zaudin Park when the workers digged ditches. The urns were packed with coins showing an emperor on one side and various depictions of Roman stories on the back reported the Spanish newspaper, El Pais.

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'A historic day': Switzerland votes to back new anti-homophobia law
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Critics who believe the law will end up censoring free speech had forced a referendum on the issue.

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Apple fined for slowing down old iPhones
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Apple has been fined 25 million euros (£21m, $27m) for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without making it clear to consumers.

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Latest EU data shows that in the Netherlands 14% of employees work from home. In the USA only 2.8%
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In the latest press relase by Eurostat (statistical office of the European Union) interesting new data shows the share of Europeans who regularly work from the comfort of home office. In 2018. 5.2% of employees aged between 15 and 64 regularly worked from home. The percentage is an average number for all the EU countries . The average share has remained relatively constant at about 5% over the past decade.

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Christina Koch Completes 328-Day Mission in Space
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Setting a record for the longest single spaceflight in history by a woman, NASA astronaut Christina Koch, Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) landed on Earth at 4:12 a.m. EST in Kazakhstan, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan. The trio departed the International Space Station in their Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft at 12:50 a.m.

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Finland to offer new fathers as much paid leave as mothers
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Finland’s woman-led centre-left government plans to give new fathers the same amount of paid time off work as new mothers, nearly doubling paternity leave, it announced on Wednesday.

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Landmark study to transform cancer treatment
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More than a thousand scientists have built the most detailed picture of cancer ever in a landmark study.

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App Used to Tabulate Votes Is Said to Have Been Inadequately Tested
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The app was quickly put together in the past two months and was not properly tested at a statewide scale, according to people briefed on the matter.

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Petrol and diesel car sales ban brought forward to 2035
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A ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest, under government plans.

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Coronavirus cases confirmed in France
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Two cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in France, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said on Friday.

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Boeing has officially stopped making 737 Max airplanes
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The assembly line in Renton, Washington, has stopped building Boeing's bestselling plane, the company confirmed late Monday. Boeing announced plans to temporarily halt production for an undetermined period in December, but it had not previously announced a precise day for the shutdown.

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Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need
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In Finland, the number of homeless people has fallen sharply. The reason: The country applies the “Housing First” concept.

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