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Everything you need to know as stamp duty holiday end nears

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 16:14
Stamp duty holiday will end soon
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Samsung Heir Lee Jae-yong Sentenced To 30 Months in Prison in Bribery Case

Slashdot - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 16:05
A South Korean court sentenced Samsung Electronics heir Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong, otherwise known as Jay Y. Lee, to two-and-a-half years in prison on a bribery charge on Monday, a ruling which is likely to have ramifications for his leadership of the tech giant as well as South Korea's views toward big business. From a report: With this, Lee will be sidelined for the time being from major decision making at the company as it strives to overtake competitors. He will also be unable to oversee the process of inheritance from his father, who died in October, crucial to keeping control of Samsung. Lee, 52, was convicted of bribing an associate of former president Park Geun-hye and jailed for five years in 2017. He denied wrongdoing, the sentence was reduced and suspended on appeal, and he was released after serving a year.

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Narrow strip of Essex with one of the worst Covid survival rates

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 15:43
Of the five trusts with the highest Covid death rates, three are in Essex and east London
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Euro cloud slingers fight for niches on their own doorstep as AWS, Microsoft and Google inhale market share

The Register - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 15:31
Just 16% of cloud spending in Q3 went to local tech services shops, says analyst

European cloud giants are finding themselves teetering on the brink of relevancy in their own backyards as they fail to ward off encroachment by US rivals, or so data from Synergy Research Group (SRG) has indicated.…

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SoftBank-Backed WhatsApp Rival Hike Goes Off the Air in India

Slashdot - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 15:28
Hike, the messaging app backed by SoftBank Group that aimed to compete against WhatsApp in the world's second-most populous country, shut down and vanished from app stores Monday. From a report: The startup valued at $1.4 billion in a 2016 funding round announced its app was going off the air earlier this month without explanation. The app started by billionaire-family scion Kavin Bharti Mittal has failed over several years to displace Facebook's rival app as India's go-to venue for social media and mobile communications. The country remains WhatsApp's largest market globally. Hike, backed also by Chinese WeChat-operator Tencent Holdings, has in recent years ventured into adjacent areas such as no-frills phones and expanded even into spheres such as mobile entertainment. On Jan. 6, Mittal -- son of Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of India's No. 2 telecom carrier, Bharti Airtel Ltd. -- announced the closure of Hike StickerChat.

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Mars Petcare urgently recalls dog food products due to vitamin D concerns

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 14:56
Mars Petcare UK is recalling some of its dry foods due to concerns over how much vitamin D they contain.
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When will I get the Covid vaccine? How do I book my appointment?

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 14:53
This week millions more people will start to be offered a coronavirus vaccine across the country.
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DuckDuckGo Surpasses 100 Million Daily Search Queries For the First Time

Slashdot - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 14:50
Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo reached a major milestone in its 12-year-old history last week when it recorded on Monday its first-ever day with more than 100 million user search queries. From a report: The achievement comes after a period of sustained growth the company has been seeing for the past two years, and especially since August 2020, when the search engine began seeing more than 2 billion search queries a month on a regular basis. The numbers are small in comparison to Google's 5 billion daily search queries but it's a positive sign that users are looking for alternatives. DuckDuckGo's popularity comes after the search engine has expanded beyond its own site and now currently offers mobile apps for Android and iOS, but also a dedicated Chrome extension. More than 4 million users installed these apps and extension, the company said in a tweet in September 2020.

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AWS is creating a 'new open source design system' with React

The Register - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 14:44
No documentation yet, but big ambitions for UI components tailored for AWS services

Amazon Web Services has released AWS UI, which the cloud services biz describes as "the first step in a larger process of creating a new open source design system."…

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Every Essex area ranked from highest to lowest Covid rate

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 14:41
The infection rate is slowly declining in Essex
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GitHub Admits 'Significant Mistakes Were Made' in Firing of Jewish Employee

Slashdot - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 14:23
GitHub is admitting that a Jewish employee was fired in error and is offering him his job back. The news comes after the company hired an independent law firm to investigate the termination, and found that "significant mistakes were made." The company's head of HR, Carrie Olesen, is also resigning. From a report: "Yesterday evening, the investigation reached the conclusion that significant mistakes were made that are not consistent with our internal practices or the judgement we expect from our leaders," wrote GitHub CEO Nat Friedman in an internal message to employees on January 16th. He said the company would be issuing a public apology on its blog this weekend. In the post, GitHub COO Erica Brescia said: "To the employee we wish to say publicly: we sincerely apologize." The controversial firing came just two days after the employee warned colleagues in Washington DC to stay safe from Nazis -- news first reported by Business Insider. He posted the message on January 6th, the day of the insurrection in Washington DC, as rioters associated with neo-Nazi organizations stormed the Capitol. The warning sparked criticism from a colleague who took offense at the use of the word "Nazi" and prompted GitHub's HR team to reprimand the Jewish employee. Two days later, he was fired.

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Covid rule-breaker issued fine for refusing to self-isolate

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 14:19
A woman has been issued a £200 fine for refusing to self isolate after testing positive for Covid.
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Heir today, in the slammer tomorrow: Samsung head honcho Lee Jae-Yong back in jail on bribery charges

The Register - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 14:01
Only been out 2 years

Seoul's High Court has sentenced Samsung vice chairman Lee Jae-Yong to 30 months behind bars for bribery, concealment of criminal proceeds, and embezzlement.…

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Dancing on Ice viewers claim new feature makes shows 'unwatchable'

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 13:49
Fans said it irritated them while watching the show
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Is Blue Monday REALLY the most depressing day of the year?

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 13:35
Although it’s not scientifically accurate many of us are feeling the ‘symptoms’. Blue Monday isn’t real, but feeling blue definitely is.
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150,000 lost UK police records looking more like to 400,000 as Home Office continues to blame 'human error'

The Register - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 13:15
That technical issue the department said it had fixed? It didn't exist

Estimates detailing the loss of criminal evidence records by the UK Home Office and the police show the figure leaping from 150,000 to 400,000.…

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Covid test centre opens at Witham Town FC

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 13:01
A new fast testing centre for people without Covid symptoms is opening in Witham today.
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Where are the worst potholes are in Braintree, Halstead and Maldon?

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 13:01
We want to hear from our readers about what you think are the worst potholes in mid Essex.
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Murder investigation launched as woman found dead in Essex house

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 12:58
A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder
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Boy injured in sledging incident in popular Essex woods

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 12:48
A number of ambulance vehicles attended
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