Three top government departments, including the State Administration for Market Regulation, have urged Chinese internet platform companies to conduct a monthlong self-inspection and desist from monopolistic behavior and any action that hinders fair competition or hurts the interests of merchants and consumers. The regulator said on Tuesday after a meeting with the Cyberspace Administration of China and the State Taxation Administration and 34 internet platform companies that severe punishment would be meted out to those who violate the rules and urged e-commerce giants to learn from the recent penalties imposed on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The regulator said it was necessary to weed out and punish illegal behaviors or monopolistic malpractices among platform companies, including forcing collaborating merchants to choose between their own online marketplaces and those of its competitors' for selling products, by abusing their dominant position in the market, "pinching off young … [Read more...] about Internet platforms get guidance on fair market play
Bollywood star Nora Fatehi danced her heart out with Madhuri Dixit to iconic song Mera Piya Ghar Aaya and the video of their dance has won the hearts of the fans. Nora and Madhuri danced on the sets of reality show Dance Deewane . Madhuri, who is one of the judges of Dance Deewane , shared the dance video on her Instagram handle. In the video, Nora and Madhuri can be seen dancing their hearts out to iconic song Mera Piya Ghar Aaya . The Dil To Pagal Hai actress posted the video with caption “Mera piya ghar aya”. Fans and fellow B-town stars showered their performance with love. The Dilbar girl also dropped love emoticons in the comment section. The video has gone viral on social media. … [Read more...] about Nora Fatehi dances her heart out with Madhuri Dixit, video wins the internet
Esther Rantzen wants the BBC to revive her show That’s Life to help deal with the rising number of internet scams. The TV host, 80, said: “I had two attempts in emails to me, one purportedly from Royal Mail. “It said they’d tried to deliver a parcel and if I clicked on a link I’d be able to arrange another delivery and know how much, etc. "The second was a really genuine looking reminder that my Netflix membership was up for renewal and all I had to do was click on a link. There was also a news story on how many scams take advantage of Covid.” Esther added on her podcast That’s After Life: “I think it’s a shame really that we haven’t found ways of sorting this out. “If only That’s Life were on the air right now.” Esther also pointed out: "I think all of us are probably educated to not give any kind of details over the phone be it passcodes or anything else but the other thing I got through my internet." That’s Life! ran for 21 years, from 1973 till 1994, and it … [Read more...] about Esther Rantzen wants That’s Life revival due to ‘rising number of internet scams’
YouTube in 2007 was the Wild West of freak comedy. Offbeat humor, celebrated through cheaply produced and easily distributed clips, dominated the young video-hosting platform, founded two years prior. Catchy songs about shoe shopping and trippy animations starring sleepy unicorns were elevated to the “Featured Videos” section of the site, the breeding ground for niche humor hits like “ Chocolate Rain ” and “ Charlie Bit My Finger .” At that point, 19-year-old Chris Crocker was living with his grandparents in Tennessee, a difficult existence for a gay teen who started getting home-schooled after eighth grade because of incessant bullying. On MySpace and YouTube, Crocker (real name Chris Cunningham) posted confessional videos that provided commentary on sexuality and “realness.” He sometimes assumed over-the-top Southern characters like Earl Annie Edna , a talk show host and vocal Crocker hater. On both platforms, Crocker gained a following for his videos. Related … [Read more...] about ‘Leave Britney Alone’: Chris Crocker on the Viral YouTube Clip
It costs between 1 1/2 and 2 rubles, or around 2 cents, to buy a like or a repost on Facebook. That's also the going rate for retweets when Leonid Slutsky's posts need a little nudging on Twitter . Slutsky is the head of the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma. He often writes about such topics as "provocation from Brussels" or the "hellish absurdity" of the Biden administration on his social media accounts . And as DW has discovered, he uses the Russian promotional site, bosslike.ru, to buy likes. The site also charges for reposts, views and to inflate subscriber numbers on all the main social media outlets, including Telegram, YouTube and TikTok , and the popular Russian networks, Odnoklassniki or VKontakte. Bargain-basement prices for social media boost The platform gives approximate rates for the purchase of various types of activities on specific social networks. But in the end, everyone decides what they're willing … [Read more...] about How social media is manipulated — and how Russia is involved
As Congress debates fences and policing to protect itself from another Jan. 6 attack, it’s time to focus on the next potential victim of semi-organized violence: America’s courts. Some are already under attack. Our federal and state judiciaries are not immune from the kind of freewheeling assaults that took the Capitol police and election boards by surprise after the election. The next federal budget needs to step up protections for our courts — and the millions of Americans who would be harmed by physical and electronic attacks on the third branch of government. The obvious danger is physical security. Courthouse metal detectors and security staff can deter violence by criminal defendants and aggrieved litigants, but they’re designed for solo incidents. They won’t stop what the FBI unearthed this January, when calls went out for the “storming” of courthouses if President Trump Donald Trump Biden to move ahead with billion UAE weapons sale approved by Trump Fox News … [Read more...] about Will Jan. 6 come for our courts next?