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Daniel Levy was right to sack Mauricio Pochettino. The negativity at Tottenham had to stop

Daily Mail - Tue, 2019-11-19 22:10
MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: This was inevitable. Tottenham have always gone forwards under Pochettino. But not this season. Levy couldn't let the negativity continue.
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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer cosies up with Cold Feet star 

Daily Mail - Tue, 2019-11-19 22:08
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Princess Diana's niece chatted avidly to Cold Feet star James Nesbitt, 54, at the Walpole British Luxury Awards at The Dorchester.
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How $2000 helped a man living on Perth's streets for six years get a job and home

Sydney Morning Herald - Tue, 2019-11-19 22:07
The last 11 months for Robin Roebuck has been “hard” but “thanks to a life-changing helping hand from the public” he’s no longer suicidal and now sees the “light at the end of the tunnel”.
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Council bans booze service from foreshore food truck event after one complaint

Sydney Morning Herald - Tue, 2019-11-19 22:06
The City of South Perth has banned pop-up bars from operating at a popular food truck event on the back of just one complaint.
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The rise and rise of modest fashion

MercatorNet - Tue, 2019-11-19 22:05
Muslim designers drive the covering up trend, doing us all a favour Read more...

Rupert Grint confirms Emma Watson and Tom Felton had 'romance'

Daily Mail - Tue, 2019-11-19 22:02
The Ron Weasley star, 31, teased that there was 'always something' between the Draco Malfoy actor, 32, and Hermione Granger actress, 29, despite being on-screen enemies.
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A father put up flyers about his baby's rare disorders. 'Let the baby die,' someone responded

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:57
When KC Ahlers read the words on the sign, he was stunned.
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UN expert corrects claim on kids in US migration detention

ABC (USA) - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:55
An outside expert working with the U.N. human rights office has corrected a figure he cited claiming that 100,000 children are being held in migrant detention in the United States

'A lot of fighters have died': Mayweather done with 'brutal sport'

Sydney Morning Herald - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:54
But the 42-year-old boxing great and entrepreneur is still open to participating in lucrative exhibition matches.
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Monopoly? What monopoly? Big Tech defends itself from antitrust allegations with denial & doublespeak

Russia Today - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:54

Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple are pushing back against the US government’s antitrust investigations, downplaying their dominance of the tech sector, playing dumb, and staying quiet where they can’t obfuscate.

The Big Tech behemoths responded to written questions sent by the House Judiciary Committee - one of several antitrust probes targeting the four companies - with concerted efforts to tone down their monopolistic image - no easy feat for two trillion-dollar companies and two more that are approaching that figure. Answers were shared with reporters on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

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Google claimed that because “the vast majority” of clicks generated by a Google search go to websites not owned by Google, its near-complete hold on the search market - as a portal for 90 percent of all internet searches, its name has become a literal synonym for “to search the internet” - left plenty of room for competition. Google denied favoring its own services, such as YouTube, over rivals’ in searches, though one would be hard-pressed to find another video platform’s links under a Google video search.

Google’s massive data advantage in “vertical integration” of its advertising platform may allow it to target ads more precisely, but - the search giant claimed - it takes steps to “level the playing field,” giving its competitors a fair chance. Notably, it did not inform lawmakers of what those steps might be, or how it measured their effect. Last year, Google controlled 76 percent of the search ad market, a figure that was projected to grow to 80 percent this year - not leaving much room for competition.

The committee was unable to obtain much of the Google data it sought, as the megacorp pleaded ignorance of certain requested categories - i.e. claiming it lacked a “standard definition for what searches are considered ‘location searches’” when lawmakers asked to see how many searches displayed information about a business’ location.

Facebook similarly played hard to get, admitting it booted programs from its app developer platform if they mimicked a central function of Facebook and its subsidiaries too exactly, but refusing to be pinned down on this blatantly anti-competitive policy, merely stating that certain apps it removed had “violated its policies” in some unspecified way. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware), unsatisfied with the responses they received, requested more information on how and why the platform might slurp up users’ locations - especially if the users don’t want that data shared.

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Amazon, too, let slip a few morsels of anticompetitive behavior - the trillion-dollar corporation asks third-party merchants to lower their prices to undercut competing sites’ prices, something that could eventually drive smaller sellers, who can’t afford to forgo profit by taking part in a price war, out of business. The e-retailing giant admits it uses data aggregated from those merchants for “business purposes” on its own site, but denied weaponizing that data to push its own products into the market.

Tight-lipped Apple shared little by way of juicy details, claiming only two employees had availed themselves of its arbitration option, but hinted it had spent “billions” on its maps app to compete (in vain, it seems) with Google Maps.

The Judiciary Committee launched its antitrust probe in June, joining a handful of already-extant probes into the ‘big four’ tech companies’ seeming dominance of the market in search, social, shopping, and devices. Several politicians have threatened to break up the massive corporations, and it’s not clear - if the investigations do turn up any antitrust violations - how far-reaching the remedies will be.

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Sen John Kennedy says 'American people' deserve answers about Epstein's death

Daily Mail - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:51
Sen John Kennedy demanded that the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons 'tell the American people what happened' surrounding the death of Jeffrey Epstein who killed himself while behind bars.
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Johnson and Corbyn clash over Brexit plans in UK election debate

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:47
Boris Johnson and rival Jeremy Corbyn set for TV election clash
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GOP seized on Volker's prior testimony as evidence of no quid pro quo. Now he cites 'additional information'

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:47
Former US Special Envoy Kurt Volker told lawmakers Tuesday that he was "surprised" to learn there had been additional conversations about the Ukrainian President announcing an investigation into President Donald Trump's political rivals.
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Boris Johnson tees up Brexit showdown with Jeremy Corbyn in crunch ITV debate

Daily Mail - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:45
The dramatic bounce emerged with the Prime Minister and the Labour leader making their final preparations for a clash that could define the election campaign.
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Camel, cow and donkey were found lost on a Kansas road

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:44
In a scene straight out of Jesus' manger, a camel, a cow and a donkey were found traveling together -- not in Jerusalem, but in small-town Kansas.
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Ghislaine Maxwell to back Prince Andrew's story: source

Sydney Morning Herald - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:44
Maxwell, the daughter of the disgraced media tycoon Robert Maxwell, is understood to be under investigation as part of an FBI inquiry into Epstein.
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Running back on Demons' weekend agenda

Sydney Morning Herald - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:42
Melbourne have introduced a Saturday morning running session under new conditioning coach Darren Burgess as they set about returning to contention in 2020.
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STORY REMOVED: BC-EU--UN-US-Detained Children

ABC (USA) - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:40
STORY REMOVED: BC-EU--UN-US-Detained Children

Jeremy Corbyn wins TV debate while Boris bores on Brexit

Socialist Worker - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:39
Between an Emmerdale cliffhanger and the start of I’m A Celebrity stood Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson. Despite the fact that neither politicians nor viewers were desperate to see the first TV debate, it nonetheless taught us something.

25 people found hidden aboard ferry bound for UK

CNN - Tue, 2019-11-19 21:34
Twenty five people have been discovered on board a ferry travelling from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, a spokesman for the Rotterdam Police told CNN on Tuesday.
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