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Crisis looming over global economy without free trade

Multilateral free trade is a key to global economic stability, global leaders at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) have agreed. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned about the deepest crisis the global economy has ever seen, if protectionism prevails. “The system of multilateral cooperation, which took years to build, is no longer allowed to evolve. It is being broken ...

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Facebook launches new tools for Group admins, including free customer service

Facebook’s Groups are one of the social network’s most popular products, with more than 1.4 billion monthly users across tens of millions of active groups. Today, the company is rolling out a series of new features aimed at those who create and manage these groups, including customer support with answers and help provided by a real person, not a machine ...

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Alexa developers get 8 free voices to use in skills, courtesy of Amazon Polly

Now Alexa’s voice apps don’t have to sound like Alexa. Amazon today is offering a way for developers to give their voice apps a unique character with the launch of eight free voices to use in skills, courtesy of the Amazon Polly service. The voices are only available in U.S. English, and include a mix of both male and female, ...

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‘They’re trying to kill him’: Pamela Anderson wants Kanye’s help to free Assange

Actress-turned-activist Pamela Anderson has become one of the most vocal allies for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and now she wants Kanye West’s help in setting him free. Cooped up in the confines of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the WikiLeaks founder has not set foot outside out of fear that he could be extradited to the US. Amidst all this, ...

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Facebook’s Free Basics program ended quietly in Myanmar last year

As recently as last week, Facebook was touting the growth of its Internet.org app Free Basics, but the program isn’t working out everywhere. As the Outline originally reported and TechCrunch confirmed, the Free Basics program has ended in Myanmar, perhaps Facebook’s most controversial non-Western market at the moment. Its mission statement pledging to “bring more people online and help improve their ...

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‘Need for free press’ out, but warning for whistleblowers added in DOJ’s internal manual update

The Department of Justice has removed language relating to the “need for a free press” as part of an update to its internal manual for federal prosecutors, in what appears to be an effort to discourage whistleblowing and leaking. The manual, which had not been fully updated since 1997, was marked for a thorough review by Deputy Attorney General Rod ...

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Free kippahs handed out across Berlin in protest against anti-Semitism (VIDEO)

Activists distributed kippahs to members of the public at several of Berlin’s major parks on Sunday in response to a reported rise in anti-Semitic incidents over the past year. A series of marches, protests and solidarity events have been held in the city following a spate of incidents over recent months where Jews have been targeted. Footage of an attack ...

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How Microsoft helped imprison a man for ‘counterfeiting’ software it gives away for free

In a sickening concession to bad copyright law and Microsoft’s bottom line over basic technical truths and common sense, Eric Lundgren will spend 15 months in prison for selling discs that let people reinstall Windows on licensed machines. A federal appeals court this week upheld the sentence handed down in ignorance by a Florida district judge, for a crime the ...

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Apple is offering free battery replacement for some MacBook Pro units

Apple is offering free battery replacements for some 13-inch MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) laptops that may have a faulty component. The company announced recently that a limited number of these devices have a component that may fail, which would cause the original built-in battery to expand. While Apple says this isn’t a safety issue, it wants to solve the ...

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‘Where’s the line?’ RT discusses borders of free speech after France deports controversial imam

France’s decision to deport an Algerian Muslim preacher who was accused of spreading hatred has sparked debates around freedom of speech in Europe. RT talks about the move and where the line on freedom of expression is drawn. El Hadi Doudi, 63, was accused of provoking hatred towards minority groups after reportedly making public speeches which promoted anti-Semitism. The imam, ...

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