Tag: Ends

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Facebook To Pause Political Ads As US Election Day Ends

Facebook on Wednesday said it will stop running political or social issue ads after the US polls close on November 3 to reduce chances of confusion or abuse.

The leading social network also said that any posts prematurely declaring a winner or contesting the count will be labeled with reliable information from news outlets and election officials.

“If a candidate or party declares premature victory before a race is called by major media outlets, we will add more specific information in the notifications that counting is still in progress and no winner has been determined,” said vice president of integrity Guy Rosen.

Facebook and other social networks have been tightening rules as they gear up for post-election scenarios, including efforts by President Donald Trump to wrongly claim victory or contend the outcome is not legitimate.

The California-based internet giant has been under pressure to avoid being used to spread misinformation and inflame social division, as was the case during the presidential election in 2016.

Policies against voter intimidation instituted by Facebook four years ago have been consistently expanded to account for new trends and tactics to intimidate or prevent voting, according to vice president of content policy Monika Bickert.

“As we head into the last days of this election, we know we will see spikes in efforts to intimidate voters,” Bickert said at a press briefing.

Wednesday’s tightening of rules included barring posts that reference weapons or armies in encouraging people to monitor polling places on election day, according to Bickert.

“We will remove statements of intent or advocacy to go to an election site with military language,” Bickert said.

“We will also remove calls to go to polls to monitor if it involves exerting control or showing power.”

Facebook has already banned posts directly urging people to go to

03
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Case closed: California judge ends SpaceX’s lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force

The judge said the Air Force’s actions were not arbitrary, capricious, or in violation of the law, and that SpaceX was not entitled to any relief in this action.”

WASHINGTON — A California judge Oct. 2 officially ended SpaceX’s 18-month-long lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force. Following a Sept. 24 ruling denying SpaceX’s claim, the judge on Friday ordered the case to be closed. 

U.S. District Court Judge Judge Otis Wright II of the Central District of California on Sept. 24 ruled against SpaceX in its legal complaint over contracts the U.S. Air Force awarded in October 2018 to United Launch Alliance, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin. 

The judge’s Sept. 24 order, first reported by Reuters, was sealed by the court because it contained sensitive information.

In the Oct. 2 motion to close the case, the judge noted that his Sept. 24 order denied SpaceX’s claim, “concluding that the Air Force’s actions were not arbitrary, capricious, or in violation of the law, and that SpaceX was not entitled to any relief in this action.”

SpaceX first filed the complaint May 17, 2019, with the Court of Federal Claims. The company argued that the Air Force gave an unfair advantage to the other companies by awarding them Launch Service Agreements and excluding SpaceX. 

After the Court of Federal Claims ruled that it lacked jurisdiction, the case was transferred in August 2019 to the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California.

The Air Force awarded Launch Service Agreements contracts to Blue Origin ($500 million), United Launch Alliance ($967 million) and Northrop Grumman ($762 million) to help the companies defray the costs of developing new rockets and infrastructure as they competed for a launch service procurement contract. 

SpaceX’s proposal for a Launch Service Agreement contract was to leverage its Starship

29
Sep
2020
Posted in software

India’s Sensex Ends Little Changed; Banks, Consumer Stocks Fall

(Bloomberg) — India’s benchmark equity index ended the session little changed as gains in Reliance Industries Ltd. and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. were offset by a decline in banks and consumer stocks.



a man standing next to a tree: Pedestrians stand outside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, on Monday, May 20, 2019. Indian stocks rallied the most in more than three years and the rupee and sovereign bonds climbed after exit polls signaled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition is poised to retain power.


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Pedestrians stand outside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, on Monday, May 20, 2019. Indian stocks rallied the most in more than three years and the rupee and sovereign bonds climbed after exit polls signaled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition is poised to retain power.

The S&P BSE Sensex closed at 37,973.22 after swinging between gains of as much as 0.7% and a fall of 0.4% in Mumbai. The NSE Nifty 50 Index fell 0.1%. The previous two sessions of gains have helped trim both gauges’ first monthly losses since May, with overseas investors remaining net sellers of local stocks after four consecutive months of buying.

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“In the absence of major cues, it appears to be a traders’ market,” said Chokkalingam G, chief investment officer at Equinomics Research & Advisory Ltd. in Mumbai. “Investors should trade cautiously and book profits wherever they can.”

India’s government is likely to unveil its borrowing plan for the second half of the year Wednesday, while the central bank has yet to reschedule a policy meeting that had been scheduled to start today.

The rupee weakened 0.1% to 73.8587 per U.S. dollar, while the yield on 10-year government bonds fell three basis points to 6.04%.

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Twelve of 19 sector indexes compiled by BSE Ltd. fell, led by a 2.1% decline in a gauge of telecom companies weighed on by Bharti Airtel Ltd.ICICI Bank Ltd. contributed the most to the Sensex decline, decreasing 1.6%, while Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd. had the largest drop, falling 3.8%Reliance Industries Ltd. provided the biggest boost to