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Bill, Melinda Gates Unfazed by Criticism of Wealthy Giving

Bill and Melinda Gates are pushing back against a new wave of criticism about whether billionaire philanthropy is a force for good. The couple, whose foundation has the largest endowment in the world, say they are not fazed by recent blowback against wealthy giving. It’s come in high-profile moments at the World Economic Forum, the shifting political conversation about taxes …

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Samsung Reaches Settlement Over ‘Exploding’ Washing Machines

Samsung Electronics has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit over 2.8 million “exploding” washing machines recalled in the US, the South Korean company said Tuesday. The faulty appliances were recalled in 2016 after reports that the top “can unexpectedly detach from the washing machine chassis during use, posing a risk of injury from impact”, according to The US Consumer …

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National Enquirer Owner Defends Reporting on Amazon’s Bezos

The owner of US tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer pushed back on Friday against accusations of “extortion and blackmail” from Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, saying its reporting on an extramarital relationship involving the world’s richest man was lawful and it would investigate his claims. Bezos on Thursday accused American Media Inc (AMI) of trying to blackmail him with the …

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer Parent Company of ‘Extortion’ Over ‘Intimate Texts’

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said Thursday that he was the target of an extortion and blackmail effort by the National Enquirer, which he accused of threatening to publish intimate pictures of him unless he backed off an investigation of the tabloid. In an extraordinary post to the online publishing platform Medium, Bezos said the Enquirer and its parent company, …

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Xiaomi Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 Debut in India: Where to Buy, Price, Features

After teasing its arrival in India just a day ago, Xiaomi has now launched the Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 in the country. This marks Xiaomi’s entry into the footwear category in India and the sports shoes will be available on the company’s crowdfunding platform first. Xiaomi claims that the Mi Shoes are engineered with 5-in-1 uni-moulding technology that combines five …

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Can Silicon Valley Navigate Its Moral Choices?

Oh, how we miss the trolley problem. There’s a runaway trolley plunging toward a widow and five orphans, but if you pull the lever to divert it, you’ll hit Elon Musk. Which do you choose? Not long ago, that diabolical choice was the hardest moral question a technologist was likely to face over the course of a typical day. (And …

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Xiaomi Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 Launched in India: Price, Where to Buy, Features

After teasing its arrival in India just a day ago, Xiaomi has now launched the Mi Men’s Sports Shoes 2 in the country. This marks Xiaomi’s entry into the footwear category in India and the shoes will be available on the company’s crowdfunding platform first. Xiaomi claims that they are engineered with 5-in-1 uni-moulding technology that combines five different materials …

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Google Employee’s Trust in Sundar Pichai’s Leadership Declines, Leaked Internal Survey Hints

Far less Google employees are now “positive” than a year ago about the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai and his management team’s ability to “effectively lead in the future”, a media report said. In late 2018, about three in four (74 percent) Google employees said they were “positive,” as opposed to “neutral” or “negative”, about Pichai’s ability to …

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Apple, Amazon Called Out for ‘Incorrect’ Taiwan, Hong Kong References

One of China’s top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple, Amazon.com and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in a report this month that 66 of the world’s 500 largest companies had used …

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Microsoft Pledges $500 Million to Ease Seattle Housing Crunch

Microsoft on Wednesday pledged $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,500 crores) for loans and grants aimed at ramping up construction of affordable housing in the Puget Sound area of Washington state where the US technology giant has its home. “In recent years, our region hasn’t built enough housing for the people who live here,” Microsoft executives Amy Hood and Brad Smith …

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