Too Little, Too Late? ICOMP, Competitors Prepare To Fight Google's European Antitrust Settlement Offer
The European Commission today asked Google's competitors and others working in the Internet industry in the region for feedback on proposals made by Google to settle its years-long antitrust investigation. Swiftly, ICOMP, one of the chief lobbying organizations fighting against the search giant, has already issued a preliminary response: Google's commitments may be "too little, too late."
Death Valley Dethrones Impostor As Hottest Place On Earth
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Adam Nagourney reports that after a yearlong investigation a team of climate scientists announced that it is throwing out a reading of 136.4 degrees claimed by the city of Al Aziziyah, Libya on Sept. 13, 1922 making the 134-degree reading registered on July 10, 1913, at Greenland Ranch in Death Valley the official world record as the hottest place on earth. 'It's about time for science, but I think we all knew it was coming,' says Randy Banis. 'You don't underestimate Death Valley. Most of us enthusiasts are proud that the extremes that we have known about at Death Valley are indeed the most harsh on earth.' The final report by 13 climatologists appointed by the World Meteorological Organization, the climate agency of the United Nations, found five reasons to disqualify the Libya claim, including questionable instruments, an inexperienced observer who made the reading, and the fact that the reading was anomalous for that region and in the context of other temperatures ...
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Report Urges Criminal Investigation into Lethal Toxic Waste Dumping in West Africa
The UK must launch a criminal investigation of the multinational firm Trafigura for dumping toxic waste in Côte d’Ivoire in 2006, an incident which caused 17 deaths and thousands of illnesses in the region, according to a new report by Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
Facebook Turns Off Facial Recognition In The EU, Gets The All-Clear On Several Points From Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner On Its Review
The ongoing investigation into Facebook's transparency on user data and privacy by Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has come to a positive conclusion for the social network. The DPC, whose decisions had wider-ranging implications for all of Facebook's business in Europe, had made several recommendations earlier in the year to bring Facebook's policies in line with that of data protection regulations in the region. And it has now officially announced that "the great majority of the recommendations have been fully implemented to the satisfaction of this Office." Key to Facebook's success is that it is turning off its facial recognition features, also known as "Tag Suggest": This feature has already been turned off for new users in the EU, the DPC notes, "and templates for existing users will be deleted by 15 October."
Russia's Putin orders probe of deadly floods
President calls for investigation of flood-prevention methods in Krasnodar region where at least 140 people have died.