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Proposal Would Give EU Power To Boot Tech Giants Out of European Market

Slashdot - 54 min 18 sec ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The EU wants to arm itself with new powers to take on big technology companies, including the ability to force them to break up or sell some of their European operations if their market dominance is deemed to threaten the interests of customers and smaller rivals. EU Commissioner Thierry Breton told the Financial Times that the proposed remedies, which he said would only be used in extreme circumstances, also include the ability to exclude large tech groups from the single market altogether. In addition, Brussels is considering a rating system that would allow the public and stakeholders to assess companies' behavior in areas such as tax compliance and the speed with which they take down illegal content. "There is a feeling from end users of these platforms that they are too big to care," said Mr. Breton, who is leading the overhaul of digital rules in the bloc. "[Under] certain conditions we may also have the power to impose structural separation." The new EU legislation would increase Brussels' powers to scrutinize the way technology companies gather information on users, following concerns raised by independent researchers that the voluntary disclosures groups make are often misleading or partial. Mr. Breton confirmed that the EU would not remove the limited liability that companies have for the content published on their platforms. "The safe harbor of the liability exemption will stay," he said. "That's something that's accepted by everyone." Mr. Breton said draft legislation will be ready by the end of the year. Proposals are being finalized, and once they are agreed they will go through the European Parliament and the European Council.

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UK coronavirus alert level set to rise after surge in infections

This Is Total Essex - 1 hour 24 min ago
The decision has been made to avoid 'significant excess deaths'
Categories: Essex News

Trump Pushes To Reap Biometric Data From Immigrants, Americans

Slashdot - 2 hours 19 min ago
Six million would-be U.S. immigrants face expanded collection of their biometric data, including iris scans, palm-, and voice-prints, facial recognition images, and DNA, under a proposed federal rule. The Department of Homeland Security also for the first time would gather that data from American citizens sponsoring or benefiting from a visa application. Bloomberg Law reports: Years in the making, the biometrics immigration rule has garnered more than 160 comments since its Sept. 11 publication. The 30-day comment period closes on Oct 13. A final version could be in place by Inauguration Day. Immigration and privacy advocates have voiced concerns over who will have to comply with the new requirements, why President Donald Trump is making this push so late in his term, and what it means for a federal agency already claiming a lack of resources. The 300-plus-page plan updates current biometrics requirements so that "any applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or individual filing or associated with an immigration benefit or request, including U.S. citizens, must appear for biometrics collection without regard to age unless the agency waives or exempts the requirement." The DHS estimates an additional 2.17 million new biometrics submissions will be collected annually, an increase from the current 3.9 million, under the rule. The DHS already collects fingerprints from some visa applicants. The new rule would expand that biometrics-gathering to iris images, palm- and voice- prints. The agency wants authority to require or request DNA testing to prove familial relationships where kinship is in question. The DNA data could be stored indefinitely, under the proposed rule. The DHS essentially has until Dec. 20 to review and respond to public comments and draft a final proposal, said Doug Rand, who worked on technology and immigration policy in the Obama White House and then joined the Federation of American Scientists. "They're really running out of time. And the fact that you'd put out a final regulation on such a far-ranging new policy that touches the lives of millions of people, you're opening up to huge legal vulnerability because any plaintiff can point to the comment period of only 30 days."

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India orders 180-day sprint to wire 46,000 villages

The Register - 2 hours 23 min ago
At least one WiFi access point and five FTTP connections in each

India’s government has ordered a broadband building blitz that will see all 45,945 villages in the State of Bihar connected by optic fibre before March 31st, 2020.…

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Boris Johnson's son Wilfred was christened a catholic, Westminster Cathedral confirms

Mail Online - 2 hours 48 min ago
Westminster Cathedral in London confirmed that the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys.
Categories: UK News

Italian couple who spotted each other from neighbouring balconies reveal they are to marry

Mail Online - 2 hours 53 min ago
Michele D'Alpaos,38 and Paola Agnelli, 40, who fell in love after meeting from their balconies during lockdown, have confirmed they are getting married
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Quibi Reportedly Weighs Selling Itself Less Than 6 Months After Launching

Slashdot - 2 hours 59 min ago
According to The Wall Street Journal, the mobile streaming service Quibi is exploring strategic options including a possible sale. "It is also considering raising more money or going public through a merger with a specially formed company that could help it fund deals," adds CNET. From the report: It declined to comment directly on the report, but Quibi said in a statement that it "has successfully launched a new business and pioneered a new form of storytelling and state-of-the-art platform." It added that CEO Meg Whitman and founder Jeffrey Katzenberg "are committed to continuing to build the business in the way that gives the greatest experience for customers, greatest value for shareholders and greatest opportunity for employees."

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PAUL THOMAS on... the impending second wave

Mail Online - 3 hours 3 min ago
'Don't be blinded by the science, Prime Minister - have a look at the SUMS'
Categories: UK News

The infection that could be more deadly for students than coronavirus

Mail Online - 3 hours 7 min ago
Student Ben de Souza from Burgess Hill, West Sussex, had contracted a particularly aggressive form of meningitis B, a strain responsible for most cases of bacterial meningitis.
Categories: UK News

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: It's hard watching brain surgery... just think what it's like to do it

Mail Online - 3 hours 9 min ago
CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: First, do no harm, warned the fore- father of all doctors, the Greek physician Hippocrates. It was all very well to say that in 400BC...
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US Congress urges Boris Johnson to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece

Mail Online - 3 hours 22 min ago
In a letter to the Prime Minister, eighteen members of the House of Representatives urged Britain to open talks 'in earnest' over the sculptures in the British Museum.
Categories: UK News

Can vitamin pills protect you from cancer?

Mail Online - 3 hours 24 min ago
PROFESSOR ROBERT THOMAS: Alarmingly, as countries get richer, the diversity of the typical diet shrinks. Today, 75 per cent of the world's food supply comes from only 12 plants and five animal species.
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Wilko and Walkers staff make a clean sweep and join great British litter-pick

Mail Online - 3 hours 25 min ago
Wilko and Walkers are official partners of the Great British September Clean, organised by Keep Britain Tidy and backed by the Daily Mail. Both companies organised litter picks at the weekend.
Categories: UK News

Lack of sunshine does NOT make people feel more depressed, new study claims 

Mail Online - 3 hours 25 min ago
A new Dutch study claims that a lack of sunlight does not influence a person's mood. Of 5,282 participants, only those with high neuroticism were affected by the limited sunlight.
Categories: UK News

CRAIG BROWN: Six things you didn't know about the Garrick 

Mail Online - 3 hours 26 min ago
CRAIG BROWN: The entrepreneur Emily Bendell, founder of the lingerie firm Bluebella, has launched a legal challenge to London's Garrick Club over its refusal to admit women as members.
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Radio 4 presenter Libby Purves says BBC stations are becoming ageist and sexist

Mail Online - 3 hours 27 min ago
Radio 4 presenter Libby Purves, 70, said the BBC will not let female radio presenters become 'grey and stout'. Her comments come after the BBC axed Sue Barker, 64, as host of A Question Of Sport.
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Victoria records just 28 cases of coronavirus overnight and three deaths

Mail Online - 3 hours 36 min ago
Victoria has recorded 28 coronavirus cases and three more deaths, sparking calls for the state to ease lockdown restrictions early.
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It's a barked potato: Dog owner digs up home-grown spud that looks just like her pet pooch 

Mail Online - 3 hours 39 min ago
Keen gardener Joanne Gudger, 47, from Warwickshire, was floored when she unearthed a bizarre-looking potato - which was the 'spitting image' of her dog, Dave.
Categories: UK News

Woman wears a corset 18 HOURS a day because she wants to shrink her tiny 21.5-inch waist

Mail Online - 3 hours 39 min ago
Sammy Wilson, 26, from Georgia, started waist training in April 2019 after losing weight and going from a size 16 to a size 6. She now00 and has a 21.5-inch waist.
Categories: UK News

Pandemic Accelerated Cord Cutting, Making 2020 the Worst-Ever Year For Pay TV

Slashdot - 3 hours 39 min ago
According to new research from eMarketer, the cable, satellite and telecom TV industry is on track to lose the most subscribers ever. This year, over 6 million U.S. households will cut the cord with pay TV, bringing the total number of cord-cutter households to 31.2 million. TechCrunch reports: The firm says that by 2024, the number will grow even further, reaching 46.6 million total cord-cutter households, or more than a third of all U.S. households that no longer have pay TV. Despite these significant declines, there are still more households that have a pay TV subscription than those that do not. Today, there are 77.6 million U.S. households that have cable, satellite or telecom TV packages. But that number has declined 7.5% year-over-year â" its biggest-ever drop. The figure is also down from pay TV's peak in 2014, the analysts said. The pay TV losses, as you may expect, are due to the growing adoption of streaming services. But if anything, the pandemic has pushed forward the cord-cutting movement's momentum as the health crisis contributed to a down economy and the loss of live sports during the first part of the year. These trends may have also encouraged more consumers to cut the cord than would have otherwise. "Consumers are choosing to cut the cord because of high prices, especially compared with streaming alternatives," said eMarketer forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence Eric Haggstrom. "The loss of live sports in H1 2020 contributed to further declines. While sports have returned, people will not return to their old cable or satellite plans," he added.

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