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Report: The NSA pays millions for U.S. telecom access

Date: Fri, 30. August 2013 12:34:00
When it comes to tapping into U.S. telecommunications networks for surreptitious surveillance, the National Security Agency can?t be accused of not paying its way. The government agency pays ?hundreds of millions of dollars a year? to U.S. telecommunications companies for the equipment and service required to intercept telephone calls, emails and instant messages of potential interest, according to a story in Thursday?s Washington Post. For the current fiscal year, the NSA will pay $278 million for such access, and had paid $394 million in fiscal 2011, according to the Post. Although previous news reports of NSA surveillance noted that the agency paid the costs for tapping into communications networks, the exact amount the agency has paid has not been cited before, according to the Post. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Opioid makers paid millions to advocacy groups: U.S. Senate report

Date: Mon, 12. February 2018 22:28:22
Five opioid manufacturers including OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP have paid more than $10 million to advocacy groups and doctors tied to them, many of whom amplified industry messages supporting the use of the painkillers, a U.S. Senate report said on Monday. The report, released by Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, said groups who received the donations aligned themselves with industry goals and may have played a role in an epidemic that in 2016 led to 42,000 opioid overdose deaths. The report released by McCaskill, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee's ranking Democrat, said the groups issued guidance promoting opioids for chronic pain and lobbied against laws to curb their use.

Most Americans Think Executives' Pay Is Too High, Poll Shows

Date: Thu, 13. February 2014 13:03:24
Two-thirds of Americans think that top corporate executives and CEOs are paid too much, and few Americans think they will ever enter the ranks of the highest paid, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. The poll was conducted as part of a new Huffington Post project called Pay Pals, a database of the salaries paid to top executives and board members at every Fortune 100 company. According to the new poll, 66 percent of Americans think the pay of top corporate executives and CEOs is too high, while only 18 percent think their pay is appropriate.

We tested an economic theory by trying to buy people's Powerball tickets for much more than they

Date: Wed, 23. August 2017 18:37:27
The Powerball jackpot has risen to $700 million. We used this opportunity to test a cognitive...

U.S. government witness in FIFA trial says media companies paid bribes

Date: Tue, 14. November 2017 18:10:15
A prosecution witness in the U.S. corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Tuesday that Fox Sports, Mexico's Grupo Televisa and Brazil's Globo paid bribes to secure television rights for soccer matches. The testimony came during the first trial to emerge from the U.S. investigation of bribery surrounding FIFA, soccer's world governing body.

Feedly walks fine line between free and paid RSS services

Date: Mon, 26. August 2013 19:45:00
Feedly on Monday launched its paid RSS service, following up on a promise made three weeks ago when it announced a subscription option. Previously, Feedly had offered $100 lifetime subscriptions to the first 5000 customers who plunked down a credit card. Later that same day, the Palo Alto, Calif., company said it had sold out of the lifetime accounts within eight hours, raising nearly $500,000 from the offer. Monday, Feedly began taking orders for the Pro version of its news reader service: Customers pay $5 per month or $45 annually. Feedly Pro includes all the features found in the free version, and adds article search, one-click integration with Evernote and Pocket?the latter was formerly known as Read It Later?and priority support. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Google UK Ltd's Tax Rate Was Actually 83.8% Of Profits So What Were The Guardian Talking About?

Date: Sun, 6. October 2013 08:59:00
A few days back we had The Guardian claiming that Google UK Ltd, Google's subsidiary in the UK (fairly obviously) only paid £11.6 million in tax. That this simply is not true is something of a blemish on that great newspaper's reputation. Not as much as their publishing this piece of dreck on the subject, true, but then that was a comment piece where the rules of reality and evidence are thought to be rather lower. But here's their report anyway: Google is back in the firing line over its tax affairs after the giant internet firm revealed it paid only £11.6m to the Treasury last year, despite generating $5.5bn (£3.4bn) of business in the UK.

IRS paid record $125 million to whistleblowers in 2012: report

Date: Wed, 13. February 2013 13:12:26
(Reuters) - The Internal Revenue Service paid a record $125.4 million in 2012 to whistleblowers who provided evidence of tax cheating, including a massive payout to a former employee of Swiss bank UBS AG, according to an IRS report made public on Wednesday. The IRS whistleblower program has been criticized for moving too slowly and putting inadequate resources behind its efforts, causing whistleblowers to grow reluctant to file claims. The program was overhauled by Congress in 2006 amid such criticism. The report marks an increase in awards paid from $8 million in 2011. ...

Google search manipulation starves some websites of traffic

Date: Tue, 16. April 2013 00:10:08
Google's placement of its own flight-finding service in search results is resulting in lower click-through rates for companies that have not bought advertising, according to a study by Harvard University academics.The study provides data for how Google's placement of its own services amid "organic" search results may hurt competitors, which is the focus of an ongoing antitrust case between Google and the European Union.How paid and non-paid search results are displayed has a powerful sway over consumers, the study found. Ben Edelman, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, and Zhenyu Lai, a Harvard doctoral candidate, looked at when Google began inserting its own Flight Search feature, launched in December 2011, into search results.They found that Google chose to display Flight Search depending on a user's search terms. When Flight Search was displayed, it takes a top position in the search results, pushing lower down non-paid search results.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Valve now allows devs to charge for Steam Workshop mods, community riots

Date: Thu, 23. April 2015 16:47:00
Update, 3:40 PST: Aaaaand of course there's already a petition to try and get Valve to reconsider paid mods. It's already received nearly 4,000 signatures which is pretty impressive, though Valve of course has no obligation to pay any attention. I expect this experiment to continue for a while, regardless of any animosity by the community.Original story below: Draw up a list of the Top 5 Reasons to be a PC Gamer and you?d better make sure mod support is at the top. The ability for the PC community to come together and fix games that are broken, extend the lifespan of old games, or even convert games to entirely new purposes is the best reason to stay away from consoles. Just last week I replayed Max Payne (released in 2001) and used both a community patch that fixes some audio glitches and a mod to play in widescreen. Amazing.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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