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T-Mobile, Sprint executives face skeptical House panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Executives from T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp faced tough questions from lawmakers on Wednesday about how the companies’ planned merger would affect prices and jobs, especially in rural America. The deal to combine the No. 3 and No. 4 U.S. wireless carriers, struck in April, was approved by both companies’ shareholders in October and has received national security clearance, but still needs approval from the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission. Representative Mike Doyle, who chairs the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee…

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India parliament panel says to summon Twitter chief on February 25

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – An Indian parliamentary panel is summoning Twitter Inc’s chief executive to appear before it later this month, after he did not attend a hearing on Monday to discuss citizens’ rights on social media. FILE PHOTO: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Twitter’s algorithms and content monitoring on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo The parliamentary committee on information technology (IT) has decided to summon Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Feb. 25, panel chairman…

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Jeremy Hardy: Comedian and Radio 4 panel star dies aged 57

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Hardy first appeared on screen in 1986 Comedian Jeremy Hardy, a regular on BBC Radio 4 panel shows like The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, has died of cancer aged 57. His death was confirmed on Friday by his publicist, Amanda Emery. Hardy made his name on the comedy circuit in the 1980s, winning the prestigious Perrier Award in 1988 and best live act at the ITV Comedy Awards in 1991. On TV he appeared on shows like QI…

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Trump panel wants to give USPS right to hike prices for Amazon, others

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States Postal Service should have more flexibility to raise rates for packages, according to recommendations from a task force set up by President Donald Trump, a move that could hurt profits of Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and other large online retailers. The task force was announced in April to find ways to stem financial losses by the service, an independent agency within the federal government. Its creation followed criticism by Trump that the Postal Office provided too much service to Amazon for too little money. FILE…

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U.S. House panel reschedules Google CEO testimony for Dec. 11

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks on stage during the annual Google I/O developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., May 17, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11, the panel said in a statement on Tuesday as Washington prepared for the state funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. The hearing will examine the Alphabet Inc GOOGL.O unit’s social media practices, according to the notice on the panel’s website. The committee’s chairman, Bob Goodlatte, had…

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Parole Board chairwoman ‘concerned’ about lack of black panel members

The new chairwoman of the Parole Board has said it is a “significant concern” that none of its 240 members is black. Caroline Corby said just 13 members of the board, which decides the release of the most serious offenders in England and Wales, was from an ethnic minority. She said “unconscious bias” had affected recruitment for the board. Mrs Corby replaced Nick Hardwick, who was forced to quit after the High Court overturned the board’s decision to free serial sex offender John Worboys. In her first interview since her…

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Russia doping ban: Panel advises Wada to bring end to Rusada ban

Sochi beat South Korea’s Pyeongchang, which hosted the 2018 event, and Austria’s Salzburg in the bidding process for the 2014 Olympics The World Anti-Doping Agency’s compliance review committee (CRC) has recommended the reinstatement of Russia’s anti-doping agency Rusada. It had been suspended since 2015 over alleged state-backed doping. Wada said the committee had reviewed a letter from the Russian sports ministry it said had “sufficiently acknowledged the issues identified in Russia”. Earlier this week a group of UK athletes demanded the ban remains until Rusada overhauls its systems. Wada said…

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Senate panel to hear from Twitter, Facebook next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate intelligence committee said on Wednesday it would hold a hearing next week to look at how social media companies are responding to foreign influence operations, with testimony expected from top executives of Twitter Inc, Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc. FILE PHOTO: Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and CEO of Twitter, speaks during an interview November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files Senators Richard Burr and Mark Warner said in a statement the committee hearing would take place on Sept. 5, with Jack Dorsey, Twitter chief executive, and…

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Twitter CEO to testify before House panel on September 5

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twitter Inc’s (TWTR.N) chief executive will testify before a U.S. House of Representatives committee on Sept. 5, the panel said on Friday, after some Republicans raised concerns about social media companies removing content from conservatives. FILE PHOTO – Jack Dorsey, CEO and co-founder of Twitter and founder and CEO of Square, speaks at the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City, New York, U.S., May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar The House Energy and Commerce Committee “intends to ask tough questions about how Twitter monitors and…

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Chris Ashton: Sale Sharks winger to face disciplinary panel on Thursday

Chris Ashton has scored 19 tries in 39 games for England England and Sale winger Chris Ashton will face a disciplinary panel on Thursday after he was cited for a tip tackle made in a pre-season friendly. It was initially reported that Ashton had punched Castres’ Rory Kockott, but footage shows him lift his opponent before throwing him to the ground. He could miss the opening six matches of the Premiership season, with bans for such tackles starting at six weeks. Ashton’s red card came in only his second game…

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