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Doping: Russian Olympic Committee appeals local court doping decision

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian Olympic Committee appealed on Thursday against a Moscow court ruling that refused to recognize bobsledder Alexander Zubkov’s Olympic ban, saying it could cast doubt on Russia’s desire to fight against doping. FILE PHOTO: Russia’s pilot Alexander Zubkov poses with a gold medal during a ceremony for the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort near Sochi, Russia, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer Zubkov, who has retired from competition and currently serves as…

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Does Google harm local search rivals? EU antitrust regulators ask

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators have asked Google’s rivals if the internet search giant unfairly demotes local search competitors, according to a questionnaire seen by Reuters, a move which could lead to a fourth case against the Alphabet (GOOGL.O) unit. FILE PHOTO: A Google logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S., November 1, 2018. REUTERS/ Stephen Lam/File Photo Google has been fined a total 6.76 billion euros ($7.7 billion) in the last 17 months for favoring its comparison shopping service and for using its…

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Facebook to expand its section for local news ‘Today In’

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Wednesday said it is expanding its ‘Today In’ feature, a dedicated section for local news and starting a test for local alerts from relevant government pages. The feature, which is now available in over 400 cities in the U.S., has also been launched as test in Australia, Facebook said in a blog post here. In addition, Facebook has also begun testing the feature with over 100 local government and first responder pages. Earlier this year, the company said it was testing ways to display…

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Spotify’s Palestinian launch puts local artists on the map

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) – Palestinian musicians are fast reaping dividends from their presence on Spotify, which launched its internet streaming service in the Middle East and North Africa last week. Palestinian musician Firas Harb uses Spotify app on his mobile phone in Beit Sahour, in the occupied West Bank November 20, 2018. Picture taken November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma “The Arab hub provides a unique platform that brings the full spectrum of Arab culture and creativity, past and present,” said Suhel Nafar, a musician from the Israeli city of…

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Shed station DJ given BBC local radio slot

Image copyright BBC Archives Image caption DJ Deke Duncan at the mic on Radio 77 in 1974 A DJ whose shed-based radio station has only ever been heard by his wife is expanding his audience after 44 years. Deke Duncan, now 73, started playing pop records from his back garden in Stevenage in 1974. But with no licence, the station could only be beamed through a speaker in his living room to wife Teresa. Mr Duncan has been offered a one-hour special on BBC local radio – and can finally…

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Facebook to fund trainee local newspaper reporters in Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook is donating 4.5 million pounds ($5.8 million) to train journalists in Britain to support communities that have lost local newspapers and reporters, in no little part due to ad revenue and readers switching online to the social media giant. Facebook logo is seen on a shop window in Malaga, Spain, June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca The U.S. company said on Monday it recognized the role it played in how people got their news today and it wanted to do more to support local publishers. Around 80…

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EU lawmakers back local publishers over tech giants on copyright

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – European Union lawmakers voted on Wednesday to force Google, Facebook <FB.O > and other technology firms to share more revenues with European media, publishers and other creative industries in a shake-up of copyright rules. Members of the European Parliament take part in a vote on modifications to EU copyright reforms during a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler The European Commission, which kicked off the debate two years ago, says the overhaul is necessary to protect Europe’s cultural heritage…

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India’s top digital payments firm bets on local expertise to fend off rivals

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – India’s top digital payments firm, Paytm, is betting on its local expertise and a deep pool of backers to fuel business growth and fight off global rivals in a rapidly growing market, its chief executive said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: An advertisement of Paytm, a digital wallet company, is pictured at a road side stall in Kolkata, India, January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/File Photo Paytm, which started in 2010, became a household name in the country after a ban on high-value currency notes in late 2016…

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Coast to coast, and in between, local news is standing up to Trump’s press attacks

About 350 newspapers will all have one thing in common on Thursday: A statement supporting the free press and decrying President Trump’s attacks against the media. From The Martha’s Vineyard Times to the Dallas Morning News… from the Yankton County Observer in South Dakota to the Bangor Daily News in Maine… the papers will all run editorials as part of an effort first proposed by the Boston Globe earlier this month. Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, told CNN that more papers were still “signing on” for the…

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Exclusive: India proposes easing local data storage rules for foreign payment firms – document

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s finance ministry has proposed relaxing a directive from the country’s central bank that would compel global payment firms to store customer data only locally, following weeks of intense lobbying by U.S. companies and trade bodies. FILE PHOTO: A man checks his phone outside the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headquarters in Mumbai, India April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo Easing the proposal would be a relief for firms including MasterCard, Visa and American Express, which fear India’s data onshoring move could cost them millions of…

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