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How Europe’s ‘breakthrough’ privacy law takes on Facebook and Google

“It is a regulation that requires companies to protect the personal data and privacy of residents of EU countries” writes Olivia Solon for theguardian.com. It applies to all companies that process the personal data of people residing in the European Union.Under GDPR, people get expanded rights to obtain the data that a company has collected about them for free through a “data subject request”.Since any user data processed in Ireland will soon fall under GDPR, Facebook is changing the agreement so users in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America are…

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Front Bench: A Brexit breakthrough on transition could be on the way, if Paris and Berlin don’t scupper it

“The Brexit Secretary, David Davis, is in Brussels to meet his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, and hopefully, if all goes to plan, finalise a transition deal” writes Telegraph View for telegraph.co.uk. Private sector companies concerned by Brexit have March as their deadline for contingency planning, and if no transition deal is in place then their plans will have to be based on no transition at all.Yet as Front Bench discussed on Friday, the Irish border still hasn’t gone away, and it could kill any deal this week. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Proteostasis’s stock rockets on heavy volume after BTD granted

“Volume topped 14 million shares, compared with the full-day average over the past 30 days of about 780,000 shares, according to FactSet” writes Reporter Editor for marketwatch.com. Despite Tuesday’s rally, the stock has still shed 45% over the past 12 months, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF IBB, +0.58% has climbed 15% and the S&P 500 SPX, +0.53% has gained 18%. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Intel Touts New Quantum Computing Breakthrough, This Time With Silicon

“Note: This is a fundamentally different technology than the quantum computing research Intel unveiled earlier this year” writes Joel Hruska for extremetech.com. First and foremost, Intel is heavily invested in the silicon industry — far more so than any other firm working on quantum computing.This could be critical to efforts to scale quantum computing systems upwards.When it comes to quantum computing, however, silicon-based solutions haven’t really been adopted. Source: extremetech.com Share This:

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Researchers caution there’s more to do

“For the first time, human eggs have been fully grown in a laboratory in a breakthrough that could provide hope for those who require fertility treatment” writes Sally Wardle for huffingtonpost.co.uk. Scientists were able to remove eggs from the ovary tissue at their earliest stage of development and then grow them to the point at which they were ready for fertilisation. Source: huffingtonpost.co.uk Share This:

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In A Fertility Breakthrough We Can Now Fully Grow Human Eggs In A Lab

“For the first time, human eggs have been fully grown in a laboratory in a breakthrough that could provide hope for those who require fertility treatment” writes Sally Wardle for huffingtonpost.com. Scientists were able to remove eggs from the ovary tissue at their earliest stage of development and then grow them to the point at which they were ready for fertilisation. Source: huffingtonpost.com Share This:

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Breakthrough in budget negotiations could raise spending for science

“In 2019, military spending would increase by $85 billion, while domestic funding would rise by $68 billion” writes David Malakoff for sciencemag.org. Top lawmakers in Congress today announced a budget agreement that could produce substantial spending increases for research at key U.S. science agencies—and avoid a partial government shutdown on Friday.The House, for example, has proposed keeping NSF’s research budget flat in 2018, at about $6 billion.But Representative John Culberson (R–TX), chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that oversees NSF’s budget, has said he would move to give it additional funding if Congress…

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Big budget deal in Senate hailed as ‘genuine breakthrough’

“Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York called the Senate agreement “a genuine breakthrough.”” reports foxbusiness.com. The Senate agreement also contains almost $90 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.Trump’s budget last year proposed a $54 billion increase for defense, proposing to slash nondefense accounts by the same amount.The White House announced its support despite huge increases for domestic programs sought by President Donald Trump’s Democratic rivals.The core of the agreement would shatter tight “caps” on defense and domestic programs funded by Congress each year. Source:…

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Ryanair makes breakthrough in pilot union talks

“BALPA, which also represents pilots for airlines such as British Airways, said in a statement it would be the sole trade union in the U.K. for Ryanair pilots, representing around 600 of the low-cost carrier’s staff” writes Robert Wall for marketwatch.com. The deal marks the biggest breakthrough in Ryanair’s talks with labor groups after the Irish budget carrier last month reversed course and said it would recognize trade unions after years of vowing never to do so. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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