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Twitter co-founder Evan Williams steps down from board

FILE PHOTO: Twitter co-founder Evan Williams speaks on stage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse in San Francisco, California September 12, 2012. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Friday one of its co-founders, Evan Williams, will be stepping down as a member of its board at the end of the month. Williams, who also announced the move in a series of tweets, is currently the chief executive officer of online publishing website Medium and had also served as the CEO of…

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BBC’s This Week to end as host Andrew Neil steps down

Image caption This Week – hosted by former Sunday Times editor and broadcaster Andrew Neil – began in 2003 The BBC’s late-night political show This Week is to end, after presenter Andrew Neil decided to step down. This Week – which airs on BBC One on Thursdays – will not be recommissioned after its current run finishes in July. The programme began in 2003 and has been mostly hosted by Mr Neil. Regular panellists have included Labour’s Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo. “We couldn’t imagine This Week without the inimitable…

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Brexit: MPs to debate next steps

Image copyright PA MPs are to debate and vote on the next steps in the Brexit process later, as Theresa May continues to try to get a deal through Parliament. A series of amendments – designed to change the direction of Brexit – will be considered in the debate, which is expected to be a routine procedure. But BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the PM could be facing another defeat. Some Tory Brexiteers are refusing to back the government, she said. No 10 insists Mrs May still plans to…

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As Indian election looms, Facebook steps up fact-checks

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is expanding its fact-checking network in India to curb the spread of misinformation as the world’s largest democracy prepares for a general election that must be held by May, the U.S.-based social media giant said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration “We are committed to fighting the spread of false news on Facebook, especially ahead of the 2019 General Election campaign season,” Manish…

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Accenture CEO steps down due to health reasons

FILE PHOTO: Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme leaves after the “Tech for Good” Summit at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 23, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (Reuters) – Accenture Plc’s Chief Executive Officer Pierre Nanterme is stepping down due to health reasons, the consulting and outsourcing company said on Friday. Chief Financial Officer David Rowland will serve as the interim CEO, Accenture said in a statement. Nanterme, who took the helm in January 2011, was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. Rowland will be replaced by KC McClure, who currently heads…

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Kegworth plane crash: Survivor takes first steps 30 years on

When he was finally rescued from the wreckage of a British Midland jet after the Kegworth air disaster, Stephen McCoy was given little chance of survival. His injuries were so severe he did not regain consciousness for 18 months and he spent the next three years in hospital. Stephen McCoy was left with brain damage and paralysis down one side. The crash happened on 8 January 1989, after a Boeing 737 developed a problem in the left engine, shortly after leaving Heathrow for Aldergrove – Belfast’s main airport. Forty seven…

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Craig Bellamy steps down from Cardiff youth coach role over bullying claims, which he refutes

Craig Bellamy has temporarily stepped down from his role as Cardiff City Under-18s coach following the club’s decision to investigate a bullying claim against him. The investigation is taking place after reports of a complaint about the former Wales striker’s alleged treatment of a young player, who has since left the club. Bellamy has refuted the allegations. “I categorically refute them,” said Bellamy. “I fully expect to return to my coaching role and have sought legal advice as to my position.” Cardiff City have not yet commented on the allegations…

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Chinese drivers take baby steps towards F1 dream

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The tires of the Aston Martin Racing team car screech and the engine roars as it leaves the pits on its way back into the race at the Shanghai international circuit, one of China’s premier motor racing venues. Hostesses stand in a line before the drivers’ parade at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song This sound is something of a metaphor for the growth of the sport in China, where young and old drivers alike are increasingly itching to make an impression…

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Blythe Masters steps down as CEO of blockchain startup Digital Asset

(Reuters) – Blockchain startup Digital Asset’s chief executive officer and one of the most prominent supporters of the distributed ledger technology on Wall Street, Blythe Masters, is stepping down after about four years in the role, the company said on Tuesday. AG Gangadhar, a former Uber executive who joined Digital Asset’s board in April, has been appointed as the chairman and will serve as the acting CEO while the company looks for a new chief executive, it said bit.ly/2BvQuNI. Blockchain, which first emerged as the software underpinning cryptocurrency bitcoin, is…

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Hotel steps in to give rooms to homeless over Christmas

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGroup founder: Hull hotel ‘discriminating’ against homeless people A second hotel in Hull has stepped in to offer 28 homeless people rooms over Christmas after their previous booking by a homeless project was cancelled. The group had been due to stay at the Royal Hotel in Hull but were then told they could not, prompting an outcry. The hotel later said they had been told about damage to rooms by the group at an Ibis hotel last Christmas. Raise the Roof Hull…

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