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The life of Sheldon Adelson, the late casino billionaire behind The Venetian and Marina Bay Sands, who donated more than $120 million to Republican causes in 2020

Gambling giant Las Vegas Sands Corp's Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson speaks during an interview with Reuters in Macau, China, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor, died on January 11 at the age of 87. Adelson, who was chairman and majority shareholder of the world's largest casino operator, Las Vegas Sands, was worth an estimated $33 billion in January 2021 before he died, per Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. Adelson...
Tags: Asia, Politics, Hollywood, Republicans, Hotels, Boston, Singapore, Softbank, Israel, Trends, Bloomberg, Features, New York Times, Billionaires, Sheldon Adelson, Airbus


Amazon joins Airbnb, Marriott, and other US corporate giants in cutting off donations to Republican lawmakers who opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Amazon has become the latest US corporate giant to cut off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president. It joins Morgan Stanley, Dow, and AT&T in deciding to cut funding to specific Republicans. Separately, JP Morgan, Citibank, Microsoft, and Facebook said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Microsoft, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, Boston, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Bloomberg, Joe Biden


Walmart, Amazon and other US corporate giants in cutting off donations to Republican lawmakers who opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Walmart will halt political donations to lawmakers that opposed certifying president-elect Joe Biden's victory. It joins Amazon, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and AT&T in deciding to cut funding to specific Republicans. Separately, JP Morgan, Citibank, Microsoft, and Facebook said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans and Democrats...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, Microsoft, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Walmart, Bloomberg, Joe Biden


Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and other US firms are cutting off donations to Republican politicians that opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott, Morgan Stanley, and Dow are among companies cutting off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president. Goldman Sachs is reportedly likely to follow suit. Separately, JP Morgan, Citibank, Microsoft, and Facebook said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans and Democrats comple...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Microsoft, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Ford, Washington Dc


Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and other US firms are cutting off Republicans that opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott, Morgan Stanley, and Dow are among companies cutting off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president. Goldman Sachs is reportedly likely to follow suit. Separately, JP Morgan and Citibank said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans and Democrats completely. Last We...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Ford, Washington Dc, Mary Barra


In the wake of the Capitol siege, Marriott, Morgan Stanley, and other US firms are cutting off Republicans that opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott, Morgan Stanley, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Commerce Bank have cut off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president, and Goldman Sachs is reportedly likely to follow suit. JP Morgan and Citigroup have all said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Ford, Washington Dc, Mary Barra


In the wake of the Capitol siege, Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Dow, and other US firms are cutting off Republicans that opposed Biden's certification as president

Supporters of US President Donald Trump enter the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Marriott, Morgan Stanley, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and Commerce Bank have cut off donations to GOP lawmakers who objected to certifying Democrat Joe Biden as president, and Goldman Sachs is reportedly likely to follow suit. JP Morgan and Citigroup have all said they will temporarily pause all political donations to both Republicans ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Congress, Hotels, Finance, Senate, US, Trends, Tech, General Motors, Joe Biden, Companies, Gop, Ford, Washington Dc, Mary Barra


More than half of Americans said they would consider living in a tiny home in a new survey as the lifestyle increases in popularity amid the pandemic

The Tiny Housing Co's one-bedroom Natura tiny home. The Tiny Housing Co Tiny homes have become popular during the coronavirus pandemic, and with this sudden surge comes new tiny home trends. IPX1031, a Fidelity National Financial subsidiary, surveyed 2,006 Americans to measure the public interest in tiny housing. Over half of the respondents reported that they would consider living in a tiny home, and of those who are not yet homeowners, 86% said they would consider purchasing a tiny h...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, California, Housing, Life, US, Trends, Airbnb, Wall Street Journal, Vrbo, Tiny Home, Natura, Rental Market, Tiny Living, Fidelity National Financial


Google held off on strong enforcement against ‘misleading’ browser extensions due to antitrust concerns: Report

Google was provided information that Chrome extensions by InterActiveCorp (IAC) were misleading customers, but did not act strongly on that information due to antitrust concerns, the Wall Street Journal reported. IAC owns the search engines Ask.com and MyWay, which at least one extension would set as the default on users’ browsers (which was likely one of the antitrust elements that Google was cautious about moving strongly against). IAC also operates other large sites like Investopedia. Accordi...
Tags: Travel, Google, News, India, US, Antitrust, IAC, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, US Department of Justice, InterActiveCorp IAC


How United Airlines overcame one of the largest limitations to transporting Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to the US

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner being loaded with cargo. United Airlines United Airlines flew the first doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine last week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The Pfizer vaccine is uniquely difficult to transport as it has strict below-freezing temperature requirements that require the use of dry ice, a dangerous good to transport in the aviation industry. United and the Federal Aviation Administration worked to alleviate the dry ice restrictions ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, China, Planes, US, Trends, Chicago, Flying, Food And Drug Administration, Aviation, Pfizer, Vaccine, Faa, Boeing


NSO Group renews bid to get WhatsApp lawsuit dismissed

The NSO Group has made a fresh bid in an American appeals court to get WhatsApp’s lawsuit against it dismissed. The controversial cybersecurity firm has argued that it is entitled to “foreign sovereign immunity” as it “exclusively [original emphasis]” acts as an agent of foreign sovereigns. The district court, which had dismissed NSO’s appeal to dismiss WhatsApp’s lawsuit, had said that such immunity only extends to companies incorporated in the US, a ruling that the NSO Group has challenged. Wh...
Tags: Travel, Isis, London, News, Israel, US, Whatsapp, Surveillance, United States, Ministry Of Defence, San Diego, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Wall Street Journal, Ghana, Uae


10 things in tech you need to know today

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Nick Wass/Associated Press Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Friday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.And for the biggest stories in politics, sign up here for 10 Things in Politics You Need to Know Today — launching soon!Steve Bannon isn't getting booted from Facebook. Despite the former White Hous...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Microsoft, White House, US, Trends, Eu, Joe Biden, Tripadvisor, Jack Ma, Wall Street Journal, Expedia, Margrethe Vestager, Cisa


‘Facebook can’t be trusted to self-regulate’: Former employee tells Delhi’s Peace and Harmony committee

Governments don’t really understand technology well, and the more knowledgeable they are, the better they will hold Facebook accountable, said Mark Luckie, a witness before the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Peace and Harmony Committee. He argued that Facebook could not be trusted to self-regulate, and that this was the governments’ job. Luckie is a former employee of Facebook based in the city of Atlanta, in the United States, who left the company in 2018 after accusing it of not doing enough to ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Supreme Court, BJP, US, Atlanta, United States, Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims, The Wall Street Journal, Hate Speech, Delhi, Harmony, Wall Street Journal, Committee


Facebook giving preferential treatment to pro-Trump users, conservatives: Report

Facebook let associates of US president Donald Trump, including his son Donald Trump Jr., post misinformation on its platform during the final months of the presidential election campaign, and did not take proportionate action against these users to avoid being accused of “anti-conservative” bias, reported the Washington Post. The revelations come after months of accusations by Republican leadership that Facebook is biased against their party, and only days after these accusations were aired in ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Post, New York Post, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Senate, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, US, Joe Biden, US Senate


Top Facebook policy executive Ankhi Das quits

Ankhi Das, Facebook public public policy director for India, South, and Central Asia has quit the company, two months after a Wall Street Journal report that she intervened to shield hate speech by a BJP leader and showed favoritism towards the ruling party.  Das had reportedly shielded at least another three Hindu nationalists and groups that were flagged internally for promoting or participating in violence. She is reportedly leaving to pursue her interest in public service, per TechCrunch...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, BJP, Muslim, Wall Street Journal, Journal, WSJ, Singh, Das, Raja Singh, Rohingya Muslim, Facebook India, Instagram Soon, Ajit Mohan, Top Facebook


Pakistan PM Imran Khan asks Facebook to ban Islamophobic content, takes shot at India’s CAA-NRC

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused Facebook of failing to curtail the spread of Islamophobic content on the social media platform. In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, Khan requested that the company implement a ban on Islamophobic content, similar to its recent policy on holocaust denial. He referred in length to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India as examples of growing Islamophobia across the world. Khan’s letter c...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, News, France, India, BJP, Pakistan, Islam, United Nations, Burma, Imran Khan, Myanmar, Rohingya Muslims, Caa


Oversight Board, Facebook’s independent appeals body, goes live

Facebook’s Oversight Board — a court of appeals of sorts for the social media giant — has gone live. Facebook and Instagram users whose content has been taken down can appeal to the Oversight Board (OSB) for independent review, it announced on Thursday. However, users cannot yet flag content that they want taken down from these platforms. The OSB was first proposed in November 2018, after years of Facebook being subject to intense criticism for its lacklustre enforcement of its content moderatio...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, India, US, Myanmar, Delhi, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Delhi Assembly, Jamal Greene, Facebook Users, Content Moderation, Krishnaswamy


US will grant loans to developing countries to reduce reliance on Chinese telecom tech: Report

The United States will offer loans to developing countries as an incentive to get them to steer clear of telecom hardware made by Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE, the Wall Street Journal reported. Bonnie Glick, deputy administrator of the United States Agency for International Aid (USAID), told the Journal that the agency will try to convince countries it is working in to “buy hardware from suppliers in democratic countries rather than from China”. We have reached out to a USAID spokesp...
Tags: Travel, News, Fcc, Australia, China, Nokia, US, United States, Finland, Un, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Usaid, Ericsson, Journal, Ajit Pai


Belgian regulator finds fault with business practices of Google, rivals in adtech market: Reports

Business practices of Google and other players in the digital advertisement market are reportedly under the lens of the Belgian privacy regulator. The country’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) has found that the consent-seeking mechanism with which these companies collect personal data of users is not compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch reported. The Belgian DPA had been acting complaints about the use of personal ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, News, France, India, US, Eu, European Union, House, Netherlands, Wall Street Journal, Sundar Pichai, European Parliament


US communications regulator to revisit Section 230 safe harbour protections for social media companies

The legal immunity enjoyed by internet companies such as Facebook and Twitter is under challenge in the US. Ajit Pai, chair of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that the regulatory body will start exploring the legal interpretation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1986, which guarantees safe harbour protections to companies operating on the internet. Pai’s announcement came just a day after Twitter and Facebook, in a controversial more, decided to block ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, New York Post, News, Fcc, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, India, BJP, US, Joe Biden, Washington Dc, New York Times, Commission


Need transparency in Facebook’s content moderation enforcement, witnesses tell Delhi’s Peace and Harmony committee

Facebook’s content moderation policies are enforced in an extremely opaque manner, and hence transparency is the immediate need of the hour, two witnesses who deposed before the Delhi Legislative Assembly Committee on Peace and Harmony earlier this week said. The committee heard testimonies from Prabir Purkayastha, editor of NewsClick, and Pratik Sinha, co-founder of fact-checking website AltNews, both of whom deposed via video conference on October 12. Purkayastha suggested that the Indian gove...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, UK, News, Supreme Court, India, BJP, US, Eu, Delhi, Kashmir, Harmony, Wall Street Journal, Committee, European Union EU


Despite Grim Case Numbers, the U.S. Wants to Open a New York-London Travel Corridor by the Holidays: Report

The U.S. is not going to let grim coronavirus numbers, which are still among the highest in the world, rain on its transatlantic travel parade. A new report in the Wall Street Journal states that Trump administration officials are working on creating a travel corridor between New York City and London “as soon as the…Read more...
Tags: Travel, Science, London, New York City, Testing, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Coronavirus, Covid 19, New York London Travel Corridor


Seeking accountability from social media sites, Shiv Sena’s Priyanka Chaturvedi says safe harbour ‘cannot be accepted anymore’

Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi has called for the formulation of guidelines to hold social media websites accountable. She  to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, telling him that the current legal framework under which companies like Facebook operate, which provides them with immunity on the basis of their status as intermediaries, “cannot be accepted anymore”. Chaturvedi was writing primarily to demand an investigation into the reports of more than 80,000 fake accounts that wer...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, News, Congress, India, BJP, US, Social Media, United States, Delhi, Mumbai, Wall Street Journal, Journal, WSJ


IT Parliamentary Committee to discuss social media, internet shutdowns, data localisation in 2020-21

Reviewing the functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), preventing the proliferation of misuse of social and online news media, internet shutdowns, and data localisation are some of the issues that the Shashi Tharoor-led Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology will discuss in its second year. The Lok Sabha released a bulletin on Thursday listing the subjects that the Committee had chosen. The Committee will also discuss the steps that were taken by the IT Min...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, India, Pegasus, Bill, Parliament, Kashmir, Wall Street Journal, 5g, Committee, North East, Standing Committee, Jammu, Parliamentary Committee, Shashi Tharoor


A counter to Facebook’s rebuttal of the Netflix film ‘The Social Dilemma’

Facebook has hit out at claims made in the the Netflix docudrama ‘The Social Dilemma’ which portrayed the growing divisiveness and danger on social media and the internet, and the role big tech companies like Facebook and Google are playing in this transformation. The company claimed that the film buries “substance in sensationalism”, and rather than offer a nuanced look at technology, it gives a “distorted view of how social media platforms work to create a convenient scapegoat for what are dif...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Nazis, Politico, India, BJP, US, Social Media, Eu, Netflix


Tharoor to lead IT Parliamentary Standing Committee for second year in a row

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology has been reconstituted with the same members and Congress Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor will continue as its chairperson, according to a Lok Sabha bulletin released on Tuesday. The BJP-dominated committee — 16 members are from BJP — has one vacancy.  Parliamentary Standing Committees have a one-year tenure after which they are reconstituted. The Tharoor-led committee was first constituted on September 13, 2019 and was thus effe...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Congress, India, BJP, Pegasus, Parliament, Kashmir, Wall Street Journal, Committee, Rajya Sabha, Jammu, TMC, Trinamool Congress, Parliamentary Committee


Social media platforms will forfeit safe harbour sans ‘adequate arrangements’ against misuse during Bihar elections: Election Commission

Social media platforms will be held liable if they don’t “make adequate arrangements” to safeguard against misuse ahead of and during the upcoming Bihar elections, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said while announcing the Bihar elections on Friday. Social media platforms will have to set up “strict protocols” to handle any violations. This suggests that in the absence of such protocols, social media platforms will forfeit their safe harbour protections that shield them from bearing liabi...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, News, Youtube, India, BJP, Social Media, Caa, Bill, Hate Speech, Delhi, Wall Street Journal, Eci, Committee, Intermediary Liability


‘Delhi committee can’t hold hearings on central subjects’: Ajit Mohan, Facebook tell Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has directed the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Committee on Peace and Harmony to not hold hearings deliberating Facebook’s alleged role in the Delhi riots until further orders, Bar and Bench and LiveLaw reported. It had ruled so in response to a petition filed by Facebook India head Ajit Mohan, who had been summoned by the committee for a hearing scheduled on Wednesday (September 23).  It is learnt that Mohan, in his petition, had argued that the committee’s summons t...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, Supreme Court, Delhi, Harmony, Wall Street Journal, Committee, Assembly, Mohan, Ravi, Bharatiya Janata Party BJP, MHA, Delhi Assembly, Chadha, Facebook India


Cong MP raises concern over Facebook’s ‘interference in India’s electoral democracy’

Congress MP K.C. Venugopal called out Facebook’s “blatant bias and dubious in content regulation” citing recent media reports. “This is damning and serious allegation of Facebook’s interference in India’s electoral democracy”, adding that “India is one [Facebook’s] biggest markets”, Venugopal said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday morning. “Raising a matter of public importance, of Facebook India’s interference in India’s electoral politics,” Venugopal said. It seems that the motion Venugopal wanted to...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Congress, India, BJP, US, Regulation, Parliament, Wall Street Journal, Rajya Sabha, Rahul Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party BJP, Venkaiah Naidu, Raja Singh


Facebook, Twitter remove campaign that paid American teenagers to spread disinformation

Both Twitter and Facebook have shut down accounts that were carrying out a disinformation campaign run by Turning Point Action, an affiliate of the popular pro-Trump conservative youth activist group Turning Point USA, reported CNN. The organisation reportedly paid teenagers to post identical posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter discrediting presidential contender Joe Biden, Anthony Fauci, among other things. According to CNN, the campaign was operated as a troll farm wherein the teenagers ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Twitter, Usa, News, India, BJP, Cnn, Delhi, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Don, Facebook Twitter, Facebook Instagram, Singh, Fauci



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