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Set of Amazon workers in more than 30 countries on It hits Black Friday. The Make Amazon Pay initiative called for global action on one of the busiest shopping days of the year for the e-commerce giant.

Joe Biden has renewed plans for tougher gun control laws. The US president has said he will try to pass the ban on assault weapons sales before the 2024 election.

Adidas has launched an investigation into Ye’s time at Yeezy. An anonymous letter raised allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior against the rapper.

Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers are suing Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan Chase. The two lawsuits allege that the banks allowed the convicted sex offender’s alleged sex trafficking scheme.

G of Colombiafinal odds blocked the appointment of a central bank director. Instead, a court decided that a woman should be appointed to the post, a task falling to leftist President Gustavo Petro.

The new Pokémon games have broken new sales records at Nintendo. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have sold 10 million units worldwide in the first three days of their launch at a time when the gaming industry is struggling.

KPOP extensiona new musical, is taking over Broadway. The play marks a step forward for Asian American representation in the US theater scene.


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India’s long-awaited Digital Personal Data Protection Act 2022, introduced last week, is now open for public comment. The fourth and final version of the controversial legislation should be more palatable than its predecessors for global tech companies, but internet freedom advocates say the country deserves better.

An earlier draft of the bill prescribed partial and full data localization obligations with respect to ‘sensitive personal data’ and ‘critical personal data’. Companies such as Google, Twitter and Amazon have raised objections to these provisions. Now, the new draft facilitates the free flow of data to trusted geographic areas and also narrows the scope of the law to personal data protection only, leaving out non-personal or anonymised data.

Some experts have criticized these changes, arguing they have “watered down” the goals of a data privacy protection framework. The activists are now gear up convey those concerns during the consultation.


The Rising Costs of Vacation Travel in the United States, in Numbers

Thanksgiving travel fares are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels, despite concerns about renewed chaos following a US summer season marked by delays and cancellations, lost luggage and overbooked accommodations.

Americans looking to go on vacation this holiday season also face the highest travel costs in five years, as these seven figures show.

31%: Americans planning to travel between Thanksgiving and mid-January, down from 42% last year

12%: Increase in hotel room rates from 2019

46%: Raise rental car rates from 2019

32%: Peak inflation-adjusted airfare in 2022 versus a year ago

16.9%: How much more Americans spent on domestic flights this year (through Oct. 17) than the same time in 2019

125%: How many airlines spent more on jet fuel in 2022 than in 2021

777,000: Passenger and cargo airline employees working during the holiday season, surpassing pre-pandemic employment


The future of effective altruism

FTX’s spectacular crash not only threatened the crypto ecosystem, it also dealt a credibility blow to the philosophy of effective altruism, a style of philanthropy espoused by the company’s billionaire founder Sam Bankman-Fried.

The guiding principle of effective altruism is to maximize the good that a human being can do in the world, both now and in the future. To do this, one of his main supporters, William MacAskill, encouraged people to make as much money as possible, such as by getting a job on Wall Street.

Bankman-Fried’s questionable and possibly fraudulent business practices not only tarnish the philosophy by association but also invite scrutiny from certain organizations, such as the Center for Effective Altruism, that have sprung up in its support.

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