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Online student lender CommonBond lays off 18 percent of staff

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Online student lender CommonBond has laid off around 18 percent of its staff, a company spokeswoman said, citing a plan to shift investment into new areas. The start-up’s layoffs follow challenging years for the online lending industry, which has seen widespread job cuts, plummeting shares and a stricter focus on credit quality. CommonBond’s job cuts, which impacted 22 people in total, were announced to employees in a “all hands” company meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the spokeswoman told Reuters in an email. The layoffs have not been…

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Blue Whale: What is the truth behind an online ‘suicide challenge’?

Image copyright Getty Images The “Blue Whale challenge” was reported to be an online “suicide game” aimed at teenagers which set 50 tasks over 50 days. The challenge was alleged to be linked to numerous deaths around the world. But little about the “game” was quite as it seemed. The first tasks were fairly innocuous: “Wake up in the middle of the night” or “Watch a scary film”. But day by day, the tasks grew more sinister. “Stand on the ledge of a tower block.” “Cut a whale into your…

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Gambling addiction: Flaws exposed in online self-exclusion scheme

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gambling addicts can self-exclude themselves from online betting sites The head of a scheme designed to help problem gamblers says she is “deeply concerned” after an investigation found people were able to cheat the system. More than 50,000 people have signed up to GamStop, which was launched in April 2018 to allow addicts to ban themselves from online betting platforms. The BBC found a gambler who had self-referred could still place bets online by simply changing their user details. GamStop’s Fiona Palmer admitted the…

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India’s online sellers to appeal against competition commission’s Flipkart ruling

The logo of Flipkart is seen on the company’s office in Bengaluru, India, May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa MUMBAI (Reuters) – A group representing online sellers in India will appeal against the Competition Commision of India’s (CCI’s) ruling in favour of Walmart-owned Flipkart, the group’s lawyer Chanakya Basa said in a release on Saturday. All India Online Vendors Association (AIOVA), which represents more than 3,500 online sellers, had complained that Flipkart was using its dominant position to favour select sellers. The CCI had rejected this argument in November. The…

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Man charged over online ‘pick up’ videos

Police have charged a man in connection with videos posted online that showed men trying to pick up women. The 37-year-old man was arrested following an inquiry into footage of men chatting up members of the opposite sex in the street that was posted to social media. Police said the man was expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on 14 January. A report on the matter will also be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. Source link

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Saudi woman’s refugee campaign sparks online debate

A Saudi woman’s online campaign for asylum has ignited debate online about women’s freedom in Saudi Arabia. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had her passport seized after fleeing her family. To avoid being deported she barricaded herself in a Thai hotel room and started tweeting about her ordeal. The UN’s Refugee Agency has since referred her case to Australia for consideration for resettlement. Some online users from Saudi Arabia have been critical of her actions. Source link

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Christmas Day divorce: 13 people completed online applications

Image copyright Getty Images Thirteen people filed for divorce on Christmas Day in England and Wales, official figures show. They were among 455 online divorce applications submitted to HM Courts & Tribunals Service between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Twenty-six people submitted applications on Christmas Eve, 23 on Boxing Day and 77 on New Year’s Day. Since April 2018 spouses have been able to complete the divorce application process using the internet. Instead of sending paperwork, people can fill in applications, upload the documents needed and pay fees online.…

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German politicians’ data published online in massive breach

BERLIN (Reuters) – Personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures have been published online, in what appears one of the most far-reaching cyber attacks in a country that has become a target of choice for hackers. It was unclear if the breach, which triggered an emergency meeting of the national cyber defense agency, was the result of a hack or a leak, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Chancellor Angela Merkel was affected, but an initial analysis showed no sensitive material from her office was released,…

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Next online sales jump as stores suffer

Image copyright Getty Images Next has reported a sharp rise in online sales over the Christmas period, while trading at its stores declined. In a continuation of recent trends, its online sales rose 15.2% in the period from 28 October to 29 December compared with a year earlier. By contrast, sales at its stores fell 9.2%. Next said strong sales during the three weeks prior to Christmas and good sales during half-term in October had made up for “disappointing” sales in November. The retailer expects an annual profit of £723m,…

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Child health record ‘red book’ to go online

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The personal child health record – or red book – is given to parents at a child’s birth The ‘red book’, containing a child’s medical records, is to be made available to parents online as part of government plans to improve NHS care for mothers and new babies. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also promised more specialist neonatal staff and intensive care cots for newborns. The measures are designed to make maternity care safer while cutting stillbirths and infant deaths. England still lags…

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