Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The firms have improved since the scheme was introduced in 2016 Net firms are getting better at removing illegal hate speech, according to the European Union. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft all took place in a voluntary EU scheme to monitor their platforms for…

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Image copyright Getty Images Dignity, the UK’s only publicly-owned funeral business, is cutting the price of its “simple” funeral by 25% to just under £2,000 amid growing competition. It says this, and a freezing of prices for some other services, will mean profits for 2018 will be “substantially below” current…

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Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Coca-Cola has announced a pledge to recycle a used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030. Calling it a “massive global ambition” the firm admitted its part in littering the environment and a responsibility to tackle the problem. The company, which markets…

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When Rep Tim Murphy resigned in shame after he was outed for pressuring his mistress to get an abortion while serving on the “House Pro-Life Caucus,” it triggered a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th, a rustbelt district in the southwest corner of the state, where a strong Democrat candidate…

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Employees are gradually moving into Apple’s new “spaceship” headquarters Buses used to transport Apple employees to their offices have been attacked, with windows smashed, possibly by people using pellet guns. There have been several such attacks on the morning and evening commutes to and…

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Image caption Musician Chrissy Chambers “There’s not an area of my life it hasn’t touched,” says Chrissy Chambers, reflecting on the secret sex tape her ex-boyfriend posted online. “It has affected my life in every way imaginable and I’m sure it will continue to for the rest of my life.”…

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Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick in New Delhi on December 16, 2016 A group of investors led by SoftBank is taking a large stake in Uber in a deal that will leave the ride-hailing firm’s co-founder an official billionaire. Uber said it has closed the deal…

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Image caption Nathan Bostock, pictured here in 2012, is now head of Santander The boss of one of the UK’s biggest banks has been named in Parliament as being responsible for RBS’s scandal-hit Global Restructuring Group (GRG). Nathan Bostock, who is now head of Santander UK, was named by the…

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One of the few permitted vices in Nineteen Eighty-Four is Victory Gin, which oils the outer party and offers suggestions of Englishness and party power: it’s always served with clove bitters, implying that Oceania’s boots are on the ground in Asia. Chemistry professor Shirley Lin wrote an interesting post about…

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