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Global shares mostly lower as virus concerns take spotlight

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A man wearing a face mask walks near the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the Korea Exchange in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday as investors awaited the release of Chinese trade data.

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Stocks turned lower in Europe on Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia as investors turned cautious over prospects for reining in a resurgence in coronavirus outbreaks.

Shares fell in Paris and London, but edged higher in Tokyo and Shanghai after China reported its exports jumped nearly 10% in dollar terms in September as its economy recovered from the pandemic. U.S. futures were lower.

Hopes for a vaccine for the coronavirus were shaken after Johnson & Johnson said a late-stage study of its vaccine candidate was paused while the company investigates whether a study participant’s “unexplained illness” was related to

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Concerns About Tampering With Oil Fingerprinting In Mauritius Spill Ship Wakashio

Newspaper reports in Mauritius this week have raised concerns about tampering with the oil fingerprinting linked to the Japanese-owned vessel, the Wakashio. 

The vessel ran aground amid a network of highly protected areas in Mauritius at the end of July, and was responsible for the biggest oil spill in Mauritius history 12 days later, setting off a State of National Environmental Emergency in the country and an ecological crisis as endangered species on a highly protected reserve were directly impacted by the spill.

In the national Mauritian newspaper, the Le Mauricien on 4 October 2020, a full page is devoted to the concerns about the handling of the oil fingerprinting by the crew of the Wakashio

This comes amid questions about

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COVID-19 budgets, data security, and automation are concerns of IT leaders and staff

Dueling surveys from Kaseya showed that IT department leaders share their underlings’ worries about security and productivity.

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IT infrastructure and security management company Kaseya have released a two-part report featuring insights gleaned from surveys of both IT leaders and IT practitioners. The two reports—”Technical Priorities for IT Practitioners” and “Strategic Priorities for IT Leaders”–show that members of both sides of IT departments share broad concerns on a variety of issues including data protection and security. 

The researchers behind the study spoke with 878 respondents in July 2020, more than 500 of whom were IT practitioners and 335 were IT leaders. According to the survey responses, IT leaders are more concerned with ensuring that operations are always up and running amid coronavirus-related budget shortages, while the managers and technicians working daily with technology are more focused on maintaining productivity using limited resources.

“Our 2020 IT Operations survey makes

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Amazon One is the company’s latest product to raise privacy concerns

Amazon announced a new palm-recognition system last week that lets people shop in two of its Amazon Go stores by scanning their palm at the entrance. The store automatically tracks what products they pick up and then charges the credit card associated with their hand.

It’s the latest in a long line of product announcements from the company to raise privacy or security concerns while selling its vision of an automated, frictionless future.

Called Amazon One, the palm-scanning system is only in two Go stores in Seattle at the moment. But with the massive online retailer behind it, it has the potential to become a standard form of payment or even identification. Amazon’s plan is to start selling it as a service to other companies, like retail stores, office buildings that use ID badges to get in and out, or stadiums that require tickets for events.

The week before, the

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Palantir Stock Looks Attractive At $9, But There Are Two Key Concerns

Palantir (NYSE: PLTR), the big data and analytics software company, debuted on the public markets last month and is currently valued at about $15 billion, or about $9 per share, trading at about 14.5x projected 2020 Revenues. This appears like an attractive valuation, considering that Palantir is on track to grow by about 40% this year and also accounting for the fact that software stocks have been in favor with investors this year. Does this make Palantir stock an attractive pick at current levels? What are the key risks & catalysts?

See our interactive analysis on Palantir Stock: Expensive Or Cheap? for a detailed breakdown of Palantir’s financials, valuation, and comparison with other high-growth software stocks. Parts

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New Anti-Money-Laundering Tool Could Overcome Privacy Concerns

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Lenders in a country at the center of one of Europe’s largest dirty-cash scandals are testing a new anti-money-laundering system that doesn’t interfere with banking privacy.

Local units of Swedbank AB and SEB AB, as well as their smaller rivals Luminor Bank AS and LHV Pank AS, will join a six-month pilot project by technology startup Salv to create a secure data-exchange tool with financial watchdogs in Estonia.

The Baltic nation, a digital trailblazer that’s a member of the European Union and the euro area, has been clamping down on financial crime to repair its reputation after allegations that billions of dollars of illicit cash from the former Soviet Union flowed through the subsidiary of Denmark’s Danske Bank A/S in Tallinn. Like Danske, Swedbank is being investigated in Europe and the U.S. for transactions conducted at its Estonian unit. SEB has also been embroiled

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Ride-hailing app Ola banned in London over safety concerns, shortly after Uber wins reprieve

  • Indian ride-hailing app Ola has been banned by London’s transport regulator over public safety concerns.
  • Transport for London (TfL) refused to grant Ola a new operator’s license after concluding it is not “fit and proper” to hold one.
  • The decision comes a week after Uber won a court battle that allows it to keep operating in London. 



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The Ola app displayed on a smartphone.

LONDON — Ola, a ride-hailing app that competes with Uber, has been banned by London’s transport regulator over public safety concerns.

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The Indian company, which is backed by Japanese tech giant SoftBank, launched its app in London in February. However, Transport for London (TfL) said Sunday that it has refused to grant Ola a new operator’s license after concluding it is not “fit and proper” to hold one.

The decision comes a week after Uber won a court battle that

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Wizards Of The Coast Responds To Concerns Over Walking Dead Crossover

While Magic: The Gathering’s upcoming collaboration with The Walking Dead features some cool cards, it hasn’t been well received by a large number of Magic fans. In a Twitch stream, Wizards of the Coast has addressed community concerns over the Secret Lair drop, as reported by Dot Esports.

While Magic: The Gathering has done limited crossover sets before, such as the Ponies: The Galloping collaboration with My Little Pony, the sets are usually silver-bordered cards featuring only unique art. The Walking Dead set has been revealed as black-bordered cards that are legal in Eternal formats, with mechanically unique cards that’ll open up new options for play.

Fans aren’t happy that such cards have been released in a limited run set–like other Secret Lair drops, the Walking Dead cards will be printed to demand and then never released again. Other MTG players don’t like the idea of mixing Walking Dead lore

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Tesla’s Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

In recent months, Tesla skeptics have argued that the company’s growth had stalled. After delivering a record-breaking 83,500 vehicles in the third quarter of 2018, the company’s deliveries grew only modestly in the next few quarters: 97,000 in the third quarter of 2019, for example, and 90,650 in the second quarter of 2020.

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But Tesla’s Q3 2020 numbers, released Friday morning, put those concerns to rest. Tesla says it shipped 139,300 vehicles in the third quarter of 2020. That’s up 53 percent from last quarter and up 45 percent from a year earlier. It’s also up 24 percent from Tesla’s previous best quarter—the fourth quarter of 2019.

The number slightly exceeded the consensus forecast of Wall Street analysts, but Tesla’s

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Daily Crunch: Twitter confronts image-cropping concerns

Twitter addresses questions of bias in its image-cropping algorithms, we take a look at Mario Kart Live and the stock market takes a hit after President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis. This is your Daily Crunch for October 2, 2020.

The big story: Twitter confronts image-cropping concerns

Last month, (white) PhD student Colin Madland highlighted potential algorithmic bias on Twitter and Zoom — in Twitter’s case, because its automatic image cropping seemed to consistently highlight Madland’s face over that of a Black colleague.

Today, Twitter said it has been looking into the issue: “While our analyses to date haven’t shown racial or gender bias, we recognize that the way we automatically crop photos means there is a potential for harm.”

Does that mean it will stop automatically cropping images? The company said it’s “exploring different options” and added, “We hope that giving people more choices for image cropping and previewing what they’ll

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