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8 Feb 1:35pm The key players in the Bezos-Pecker scandal
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Who’s who in saga involving world’s richest man Jeff Bezos, and Donald Trump ally and National Enquirer owner David Pecker The founder of Amazon was until recently perceived to a be a nerdy technocrat bent on nothing more than dominating every single aspect of world commerce through ruthless efficiency. Now, the richest man in the world has transformed himself into the bulked-up, leather jacket-wearing owner of the Washington Post, willing to take on both rival media barons and the US president after details of his love life were made public. The 55-year-old struggled to control the scandal when the National Enquirer first revealed details of his affair with a TV presenter, Lauren Sanchez, last month but he has since gone on the warpath, responding to threats from the tabloid by publishing his correspondence with the outlet,
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8 Feb 1:01pm The National Enquirer v Bezos: scandal hits the scandal sheet
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Interest is growing in the activities of a tabloid increasingly entwined with Trump It has all the ingredients to make a classic National Enquirer tale: the world’s richest man, salacious leaked text messages, a feud between a press baron and the US president, pictures of a penis, private investigators, the Mueller inquiry, large sums of money, claims of foreign government involvement, accusations of dirty tricks, and an attempt to exert control over a prominent figure using compromising material. But this time the Enquirer
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8 Feb 11:15am Instagram urged to crack down on eating disorder images
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Social media platform advised to follow self-harm picture ban with focus on anorexia Images promoting potentially life-threatening eating disorders are thriving on Instagram and need to be cracked down on in the same way as graphic self-harm images, leading charities and experts have said. The social media giant’s focus on removing graphic images of self-harm did not go far enough, they said, and young people also faced being confronted with pro-anorexia images due to little policing on the site.
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8 Feb 11:10am Instagram heads off regulations with ban on self-harm images | analysis
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Tackling non-graphic related content, however, presents harder challenge than graphic Instagram has bowed to public pressure and
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8 Feb 6:00am New Trump policy makes it easier for big tech to discriminate, insiders say
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‘Transparency’ rule requires labor department to reveal details of investigations to their targets The Trump administration is making it easier for tech companies to discriminate against workers, with a policy that impedes efforts to close the gender pay gap in Silicon Valley, current and former US labor officials said. A new US Department of Labor (DoL) “transparency”
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8 Feb 5:03am Jeff Bezos: the man behind the Amazon phenomenon
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From business started in garage to world’s richest man and collision course with Trump
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8 Feb 1:00am Trusting in a GoFundMe world: Chips with Everything podcast
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Crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe have shown just how generous people can be towards complete strangers. Jordan Erica Webber looks at why humans are so willing to trust people they don’t know online. Online crowdfunding first started around the turn of the millennium, and big crowdfunding websites such as IndieGoGo, Kickstarter and GoFundMe launched around the end of the last decade. Artists and musicians have used these platforms to gather funds for books, albums and other projects. Other people have raised money for medical treatments, education, memorials and political campaigns. This week
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7 Feb 9:17pm Bezos blackmail claims add new twist to tale of Trump, Russia and the media
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Trump’s vitriol toward Amazon CEO and long ties to National Enquirer collided last month, when tabloid ran story on Bezos’s affair The
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