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PM to launch 'fake news' rapid response team

PM to launch 'fake news' rapid response team

Technology
The Prime Minister is to launch a "fake news" rapid response unit to monitor social media and challenge false stories.The team will be based in the Cabinet Office, according to Alex Aiken, the executive director of the Government Communication Service (GCS), the PR wing of the civil service.In an interview with PR Week, Mr Aiken said the civil service needed to "build a rapid response social media capability to deal quickly with disinformation and reclaim a fact-based public debate".Theresa May will authorise the creation of the unit according to The Times, which reported that insiders doubted whether Whitehall could operate quickly enough to disrupt social media rumours.Social media users have expressed concern that the "fake news" unit would be used to comment on matters of legitimate po...
Finance Ministry said to form panel to frame response to the bitcoin issue

Finance Ministry said to form panel to frame response to the bitcoin issue

Finance
NEW DELHI: The Finance Ministry has formed a new panel to frame response on the bitcoin issue, media reports said on Friday. This came after the breakneck rise in the price of the cryptocurrency this year and the Income Tax Department surveying operations at the major e-currency exchanges across the country. The media report further stated that RBI Deputy Governor B P Kanungo and Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi were on the panel. I-T secretary was also made part of the committee among other members. The previous panel had suggested shutting down of those exchanges dealing in cryptocurrencies in the country. On a year-to-date basis, the digital currency has advanced over 1,600 per cent to $ 17,040 on December 15 against $ 1,000 in January this year. The Income Tax Department earlier this wee...
Selena Gomez breaks silence on Justin Bieber romance with bizarre response

Selena Gomez breaks silence on Justin Bieber romance with bizarre response

Entertainment
The Wolves singer split with her boyfriend of less than a year, The Weeknd, back in October.Just weeks later it emerged that Selena had rekindled her romance with on/off childhood sweetheart Justin Bieber.Now, the former Disney actress has given her side of the story in a new interview with Billboard magazine, and claimed her split with The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – was completely amicable.When asked about how their split went down, the 25-year-old replied: "Something that I'm really proud of is that there's such a true friendship."Selena, went on to say their romance ended with the pair becoming best friends, saying it was "remarkable."INSTARBACK ON: Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are very much back onSexy Selena Gomez Popstar Selena Gomez's hottest pictures.Getty Images
Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

Hurricane Irma: France, UK and Netherlands step up response

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceEuropean countries are boosting relief efforts in their Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma, amid criticism over the response.French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting French islands that took the full force of the storm, said a huge "airlift" was bringing more aid.UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is due in the region and the king of the Netherlands is touring Dutch islands.Irma killed at least 23 people in the three countries' overseas territories.The victims include 10 dead on the French island of St Barts and on the French part of St Martin - which is shared with the Netherlands.As he arrived in the region on Tuesday, President Macron said the government had responded with "one of the biggest airlifts since World War Tw...
EasyJet's new airline is a clever response to Brexit

EasyJet's new airline is a clever response to Brexit

Business
The impact of Brexit has landed.There will now be three easyJets, all with a capital letter in the wrong place and all located in different places - one in the UK, one in Switzerland and now one in Austria.This new airline, easyJetEurope, will come with its own fleet of planes and its own staff, but make no mistake - it is part of easyJet's UK operations. The planes won't actually spend their lives in Austria, the big decisions will still be made in Luton.This is a clever, and rather expensive, answer to a new problem.For easyJet, this is a £10m insurance policy against the dreaded prospect of having to curtail - hugely - its timetable of flights around Europe.That might seem an unlikely prospect, but it's one that is now giving sleepless nights to plenty within Britain's airline industry.