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Chinese police take down gang of inventive online reputation cleaners

“Chinese authorities often also order the removal of certain posts deemed unsuitable, as part of their routine censorship efforts” writes Alice Yan for cnbc.com. The gang made 3 million yuan (US$470,000) from the activity before the bust, according to Chinese news site ThePaper.cn.In China, it is not uncommon for companies to pay hackers or website staff to delete negative information posted online.The authorities said the gang had roughly 1,000 articles pulled from the web, charging each company up to 100,000 yuan for its services. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Why Caterpillar can’t keep up with a boom in demand

“But meeting that boom in demand at the world’s largest heavy equipment manufacturer is a challenge, in part because of Caterpillar suppliers like Steve Kirsh” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Industrial companies have always struggled with big swings in demand, but the problem of shortages emerges much quicker in today’s super-lean economy.Caterpillar and a host of other industrial companies all ramped up orders at the same time.So Kirsh tried something new, hiring a Minnesota staffing company that specializes in parachuting industrial workers into factories that can’t find them locally.Even…

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Elon Musk says you won’t be able to order the $35K Model 3 anytime soon

“In a tweet this weekend, CEO Elon Musk said that if he were to start manufacturing and selling the base model of the Model 3, the company would die” reports fastcompany.com. Instead, he says, Tesla won’t responsibly be able to start producing the lowest-cost Model 3 until three to six months after the company starts producing 5,000 cars a week . Source: fastcompany.com Share This:

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Trump signs third executive order targeting Maduro regime in Venezuela

“The administration has never seen a kleptocracy like this,” a senior administration official said Monday” writes Ap Photo Ariana for washingtonexaminer.com. “The exodus of migrants is something paralleling Syria at this stage,” the administration official said.President Trump on Monday ratcheted up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with an executive order that restricts his regime from selling off public assets and blocks purchases of the country’s debt.The president has issued two other executive orders since August targeting the Maduro regime — one that prohibited Americans from using Venezuela’s cryptocurrency and…

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Trump Is Creating a Genuine Crisis in America

“That includes the power to tell the Justice Department what to investigate” writes Benjamin Wittes for theatlantic.com. It’s a statement of intent to issue a specific investigative demand of the Justice Department for entirely self-interested and overtly political reasons.And Trump published it in the absence of a shred of evidence that might support the demanded action.And while the misuse of that power for corrupt purposes is a gross abuse of power that would warrant the president’s impeachment and removal from office, I have no doubt that he has the raw…

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U.S. agency rescinds order banning Louisiana distributor from opioid sales

“Seeking to battle a national opioid abuse crisis, the agency of the Justice Department imposed the suspension on Shreveport-based Morris & Dickson Co on May 2” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The DEA’s order marked the first time during President Donald Trump’s administration that it had moved to immediately block narcotic sales by a distributor as the agency attempts to combat a national opioid abuse epidemic.”This is a striking vindication for our family company,” Paul Dickson, president of Morris & Dickson, said in a statement posted on the company’s…

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Justice Dept. rescinds order stopping opioid sales by Louisiana distributor

“The Justice Department on Friday rescinded its opioid sales suspension order against a Louisiana drug distributor it accused of failing to report unusually large shipments of narcotics to independent drugstores” writes Scott Higham Is for washingtonpost.com. An immediate suspension order is the agency’s most potent weapon, reserved for the most egregious cases.Morris & Dickson said after the suspension order that “the DEA has gotten it wrong.Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said the rescission of the DEA’s immediate suspension order would give the agency “the opportunity to further review” the case…

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Democrats ask court to order Trump administration to serve Russia with legal papers

“The Trump campaign has received legal notice of the lawsuit, the DNC said in a separate filing in U.S. District Court in New York on Friday” reports washingtonpost.com. If a federal judge agrees, the Trump administration would be compelled to serve legal papers to the Russian government and two other entities in the lawsuit the DNC filed in April.The suit asserts that the Russian hacking campaign and Trump associates’ contacts with Russia amounted to an illegal conspiracy to interfere in the election.Russia routinely refuses to accept such notices that it…

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CBS loses first round in fight against Redstone family

“CBS Corp. has lost the first round in a battle to break free from its controlling shareholder, but the legal fight is far from over” writes Keach Hagey for marketwatch.com. A Delaware judge on Thursday denied CBS’s request for a temporary restraining order against the Redstone family that would have enabled the media company to strip its controlling shareholder of its voting power.CBS said it still plans to hold a special board meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday to consider the approval of a stock dividend that would dilute National…

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cause “irreparable” harm and reputational loss to the company

“The CCI, among other things, had ordered Google to stop imposing restrictions on its direct search agreements with other publishers” writes Aditya Kalra for reuters.com. Allowing the CCI’s findings to be implemented “without appellate scrutiny would cause Google irreparable reputational loss”, the company said, while seeking a stay on the ruling.NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has said an Indian antitrust ruling that found it was guilty of search bias could cause “irreparable” harm and reputational loss to the company, according to a legal document reviewed by Reuters. Source: reuters.com…

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