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EU Parliament committee votes for tougher EU copyright rules to rein in tech giants

“While internet luminaries and activists and some lawmakers have criticized the EU reforms, copyright holders have applauded them” reports businessinsider.com. “We urge all MEPs (members of parliament) to contest this report and to support balanced copyright rules, which respect online rights and support Europe’s digital economy,” CCIA’s Maud Sacquet said.Publishers cheered the committee’s vote, calling it a victory for fairness and a recognition that rights holders should be rewarded. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Facebook quietly made a huge concession to shareholders as it aims to avoid another data disaster

“Getty Facebook has beefed up the power of its audit committee in what is being seen as a major concession to shareholders who were angered by the Cambridge Analytica data disaster and other scandals” writes Jake Kanter for businessinsider.com. On Friday, Facebook quietly changed the name of its audit committee — which is chaired by the former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles — to the audit and risk oversight committee.Erskine Bowles is the chair of Facebook’s new audit and risk oversight committee.The changes follow pressure from investors on…

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FBI agent removed from Russia probe for anti-Trump texts says he would testify before Congress

“Strzok has become a special target of President Trump, who has used the texts to question the Russia investigation” writes Matt Zapotosky Covers for washingtonpost.com. The FBI agent who was removed from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election for sending anti-Trump texts intends to testify before the House Judiciary Committee and any other congressional committee that asks, his attorney said in a letter made public Sunday. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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House Appropriations Approves $675 Billion Defense Bill

“Kay Granger, R-Texas, the chairwoman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The Pentagon’s annual funding bill passed out of a House committee on Wednesday and will likely head toward a final vote on the chamber floor.The bill markup and passage by the House Appropriations Committee comes as the fiscal 2019 defense authorization legislation — the other piece of the military’s budget — has already been passed by the House and is teed up for passage in the Senate. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Congress wants the Pentagon to cough up more details about its kill-or-capture missions outside war zones

“These sensitive military operations are defined by law as kill or capture missions conducted by the US military outside of declared theaters of war, or operations outside declared theaters in self-defense or in defense of foreign partners” writes Paul Szoldra for businessinsider.com. “Therefore,” the report adds, “the committee directs the Department to comply with the following requirements for notifications of sensitive military operations going forward.”.  Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Why Managers Shouldn’t Have the Final Say in Performance Reviews

“Complex knowledge-based work is notoriously difficult to measure, often forcing companies to use subjective performance evaluation” reports hbr.org. One way to address this is with calibration committees, where senior leaders review batches of performance ratings and decide whether to adjust them.The calibration committee meets to achieve a common understanding of the types of achievements and contributions that warrant various performance ratings.Subjectivity can allow inconsistencies and biases to creep into performance ratings. Source: hbr.org Share This:

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Top House Democrat presses EPA’s Pruitt on records request delays

“He asked Pruitt to submit documents and communications related to his FOIA response policies from Jan 20, 2017 to Cumming’s committee by June 25” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrat on the House oversight committee on Monday accused Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt of directing political appointees to delay or block the release of requested public records, raising questions about transparency at the agency. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Swedish banks told to safeguard cash access despite rise in digital pa…

“Many Swedes have completely stopped using cash, relying on digital services like Swish and iZettle to buy and sell items and send cash to each other” writes Reuters Editorial for reuters.com. The central bank is looking at introducing a digital currency so it can maintain its role in the payment system.STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Swedish banks must ensure savers have access to cash withdrawal and deposit facilities despite a dramatic drop in the number of people using coins and notes, a government-appointed committee said on Monday.Sweden is in the forefront of…

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