Top French court upholds $56 million Google privacy breach fine

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By Mathieu Rosemain

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s top administrative court upheld a 50 million-euro fine ($56 million) imposed last year on Alphabet’s Google for breaching European Union online privacy rules, it said on Friday.

Although representing a tiny fraction of Google’s financial resources, the penalty sent ripples through Silicon Valley and is still the biggest fine imposed for such a breach.

A spokeswoman for Google said in a written statement on Friday Google would review possible changes.

“People expect to understand and control how their data is used, and we’ve invested in industry-leading tools that help them do both,” the statement said.

“This case was not about whether consent is needed for personalised advertising, but about how exactly it should be obtained. In light of this decision, we will now review what changes we need to make.”

The French regulator CNIL in January last year found the world’s biggest search

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Targeting Bolton, Justice Dept. Again in Alignment With Trump’s Desires

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Attorney General William Barr at the White House on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Attorney General William Barr at the White House on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — Hours before the Justice Department asked a judge to order President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton to halt publication of his memoir, senior department lawyers and the White House Counsel’s Office were still debating whether to take that step, according to officials familiar with the deliberations.

The Trump administration had already filed a lawsuit seeking to seize Bolton’s $2 million payday because he did not complete a government review process to screen out any classified information from his manuscript. But some officials feared it was far too late to block the book’s distribution, so any attempt was doomed to fail and would make the government look inept.

Trump, however, was making clear that he wanted an aggressive response — even suggesting Bolton should face criminal charges. Ultimately,

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John Lewis reopens more stores

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The John Lewis store in Kingston reopened on Monday
The John Lewis store in Kingston reopened on Monday

John Lewis will reopen a further nine department stores on Thursday after the first wave of reopenings this week.

The nine stores opening are at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Peter Jones in London, Southampton, Tunbridge Wells and York.

It means John Lewis would have reopened 22 stores, with 28 remaining closed. The Partnership said further announcements on reopenings will come in the next few weeks, although insiders have warned previously it is “highly unlikely” all 50 stores will reopen.

Some stores will increase the number of customers allowed inside at any one time after bosses found that social distancing was possible with greater crowds in bigger stores.

Berangere Michel, director for customer service for the John Lewis Partnership, said: “We are still reopening our shops carefully and in phases to ensure that our safety measures are

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Run the Jewels Wish Their New Album Didn’t Make So Much Sense Right Now

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It starts with a fake TV-show intro, a shootout, a getaway, and a couple of outlaws hitting the road like they were the Thelma and Louise of hardcore agitpop rap. It goes out not with a bang, but with grown men laying their souls bare while flipping the bird to a firing squad. During the 37 minutes that separates those moments on Run the Jewels’ RTJ4, you get a lot of what you’d expect from the dynamic duo of El-P and Killer Mike: sci-fi dystopias bumping up against socially conscious fuck you–itude, dense lyrics, verbal dexterity, and moody beats fueling a mad-as-hell vibe. It’s recognizably the product of two friends who know how to finish each others’ sentences and compliment each others’ styles, still dedicated to flying their fist-and-pistol freak flag. An RTJ album, in other words.

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Gov. Newsom must make face masks mandatory in California to save lives from COVID-19

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The evidence is clear: Cloth masks can help significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus. That’s why California must make masks mandatory in all public places. Sources say Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to address the question of mandatory masks today.

Multiple scientific studies show that, until there’s a vaccine, cloth masks will provide our best defense against the unchecked spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. That’s why all Californians should gladly do their part and wear masks in public places.

“This protective measure alone significantly reduced the number of infections, that is, by over 78,000 in Italy from April 6 to May 9 and over 66,000 in New York City from April 17 to May 9,” according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. “Other mitigation measures, such as social distancing implemented in the United States, are insufficient by themselves in

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Online and independent: The future of journalism is already here

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A photo shows AFP photographer Anne-Christine Poujoulat (R) and photographer Jean-Baptiste Autissier during a rally as part of the 'Black Lives Matter' worldwide protests against racism and police brutality, on Place de la Republique in Paris on June 13, 2020. - A wave of global protests in the wake of US George Floyd's fatal arrest magnified attention on the 2016 death in French police custody of Adama Traore, a 24-year-old black man, and renewed controversy over claims of racism and brutality within the force. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images)

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“I’m a one-man crew right now though I’m starting to work with a few serious journalists and people who can be trained as journalists to string for me in areas of the country that are under-reported on,” he continued.

Unicorn Riot, on the other hand, is a 501(c)3 educational media organization founded in 2015 with reporters spread across the country. “We chose not to be LLC specifically [because] we knew we weren’t in this for the money,” Niko Georgiades, a co-founder of and producer at the outlet, told Engadget.

“What we were aiming for was allowing people’s voices to be heard by creating media that was a platform for the community,” he explained. “And so what we knew from that was we could possibly enlighten people, educate people. We could bring something new to the table and [fill] a niche that we knew needed to

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New ways to quickly call 911 on your phone along with the best safety apps

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In times of crisis, your smartphone can be your emergency notifier.
In times of crisis, your smartphone can be your emergency notifier.

In these troubled times, when we’re dealing with a pandemic and protests compounded with the usual risks of accidents and crime, your smartphone can be your emergency notifier. Sure, you know about AAA for your car. Tap or click here for a free app you can use to replace AAA.

I’m talking about something more important, that is, your life.

Share this critical post with your loved ones. It’s probably the most important thing you’ve read online in a very long time.

How to call 911 on an iPhone

If you’re using an iPhone, the Emergency SOS feature will call emergency services and notify your emergency contacts when you can’t. In the U.S., your iPhone will dial 911 and connect you to an operator. After that call concludes, it will then send a text message to your emergency contacts

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Is the Library Hopelessly Obsolete? Not So Fast.

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In Simon Weckert’s Google Maps Hacks, a performance art work, a man pulls a little red wagon filled with 99 cell phones through Berlin. Drawing on the nostalgia of the Radio Flyer wagons and globes of my childhood, the piece seeks to disrupt Google Maps and to make a point about aggregated data by causing a virtual traffic jam. I remember conveying stuffed animals and favourite books around the block in my toy wagon, and travelling to my parents’ birthplaces by tracing a finger across the globe to a non-existent Ukraine (then a part of the Soviet Union).

Technology like Google Maps has reshaped our lives, from how we navigate to how we keep informed and work. Librarians like me face challenges in maintaining traditional means of accessing and delivering information to our users while embracing innovative media.

We appreciate the value

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Australian regulator says Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal could harm competition

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By Byron Kaye and Shashwat Awasthi

SYDNEY/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Australia’s antitrust regulator warned Google’s planned $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracker maker Fitbit may give it too much of people’s data, potentially hurting competition in health and online advertising markets.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the first regulator to voice concerns about the deal, which come at a time when the Alphabet Inc-owned tech giant is at loggerheads with the Australian government over planned new rules about how internet companies use personal information.

“Buying Fitbit will allow Google to build an even more comprehensive set of user data, further cementing its position and raising barriers to entry to potential rivals,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said in a statement on Thursday.

“User data available to Google has made it so valuable to advertisers that it faces only limited competition,” he added.

The regulator said its concerns were preliminary

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Welcome To The Mask Wars

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As the coronavirus outbreak worsens in 22 states, communities across the U.S. are torn over one of the most basic measures to limit its spread: requiring people to wear masks in businesses and public spaces.

Localities have moved in starkly different directions in recent days over whether to mandate masks. Some have instituted new mask rules or moved toward doing so; others have rejected such regulations or even flip-flopped on them after public resistance. The contest is between scientific evidence that masks significantly slow the spread of a serious illness and the feeling that mandating them represents government overreach. 

With various areas settling that argument in different ways, the result will likely be a national divide that has deadly consequences for millions of people who are denied a layer of protection amid an uptick in cases in several large states, including record increases reported in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma,

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