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UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants

LONDON (AP) — Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses.

The U.K. government said Friday that it’s setting up a “Digital Markets Unit” next year to enforce a new code of conduct governing the behavior of tech giants that dominate the online advertising market.

The Digital Markets Unit, scheduled to launch in April, will oversee a new regulatory regime for tech companies that’s aimed at spurring more competition.


The measures were foreshadowed in findings by former Obama economic adviser Jason Furman, who was commissioned by the U.K. Treasury to carry out a review of the digital economy.

It’s part of a wider push by governments in the U.S. and Europe to constrain the power of big tech companies amid concern about their outsize influence. The European Union

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  • November 27, 2020
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Black Friday shoppers look to stay safe both in stores and online this year

A lot of the shopping this year is expected to shift online. A place it can be easy to fall victim to scams.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Woodland Mall is prepared for a Black Friday like its never seen before. In an effort to keep visitors safe during the pandemic, don’t expect to see the massive crowds of the past.

“We’ve got a smaller capacity limit than what we’ve had in the past so we’ll be socially distancing,” says Cecily McCabe, Woodland Mall’s marketing director. “Many of the retailers will be counting the number of patrons at the door so they don’t exceed those capacity limits.”

The mall will also implement enhanced cleaning protocols and extended hours. Some stores are even making special exceptions for those most in need.

“If you are in the high risk category or immunocompromised, you can schedule a private shopping experience with a stylist

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  • November 27, 2020
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‘Guilt gifting’ is a thing in 2020 as we try to make up for a rough year

The country is polarized about so many things — the election, the right way to tackle the virus, who you should or shouldn’t sit next to at Thanksgiving. So why shouldn’t 2020 holiday gift giving join the ever-growing list of potentially hot button topics?

On the one side, you can run into girlfriends or cousins who want to ditch holiday shopping. “Let’s just share good wishes, not gifts,” they’ll say. Makes sense. After all, many consumers suffered job losses, pay cuts or furloughs, shuttered businesses, the loss of loved ones to the coronavirus, and seemingly never-ending anxiety in 2020.

Then again, what’s the harm in sending someone a special box of gourmet cookies or coffees out of the blue? Or maybe even splurging by spending $500 or more on a Sony PlayStation 5? Kind of makes sense, too. We could all use a pick-me-up.

What about all those loved ones

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  • November 27, 2020
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When Does Black Friday Start and End This Year? How COVID Is Affecting Sales

Black Friday shopping in 2020 looks much different from years past because due to the global pandemic. While it’s not unusual for big retailers to start their Black Friday deals a bit early, even days before Thanksgiving, some giant names like Target, Walmart, Best Buy and Home Depot advertised huge sales as early as November 20.

While the early sales are convenient, they may have a wild impact on Black Friday’s revenue statistics in comparison to past years.

According to BlackFriday.com, the usual day-after-Thanksgiving extravaganza debuted early with individual sale days ahead of the giant, American shopping holiday.

In recent years, Black Friday’s gross revenue has been steadily increasing, though in-person shopping is slowly being replaced by online shopping. COVID may make this even more prominent. It’s expected in-person will see a 22 to 25 percent decrease throughout the holiday shopping season, starting with Black Friday and ending with the

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  • November 26, 2020
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5 Places To Travel Near Delhi For Christmas Weekend This Year Under 10K

Christmas is just around the corner and for so many of us, this is the time to pack our travel bags and head for a holiday with our loved ones. Also, the celebrations this year won’t be just the way they usually are so travelling somewhere around can be a good option to enjoy the Christmas weekend. 

If you are running low on your Christmas celebrations budget this year then you have landed on the right page. We thought of bringing you 5 destinations around Delhi which you could explore, travel to for the Christmas weekend under 10K.

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a bridge over a body of water: agra weekend getaway


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A long, nice self-drive to the city of love, Agra is just what you need on that long Christmas weekend. Well, it is not just the Taj Mahal but so much more that makes the city just the perfect getaway. First things first,

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  • November 26, 2020
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Jinger Duggar Welcomes Baby Girl One Year After Suffering Miscarriage – E! Online

Josh Duggar (m. Anna Keller)

Jim Bob and Michelle’s eldest child, Josh, was born on March 3, 1988. After being home-schooled (as the Duggars would do with all of their kids) he too became a conservative activist, campaigning for the Family Council. He stepped down after old police records surfaced in 2015 revealing that he had been accused of molesting several girls, including his sisters Jessa and Jill, when he was a teenager.

Jessa fervently stuck up for her brother in a sit-down with Fox News in June 2015, insisting that the worst names people were calling Josh were “so overboard and a lie, really. I mean people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.”

His wife also stuck by him, including after he admitted to being unfaithful. When he checked into a treatment center in 2016, 

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  • November 26, 2020
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Jinger Duggar Welcomes Baby Girl One Year After Suffering Miscarriage

Josh Duggar (m. Anna Keller)

Jim Bob and Michelle’s eldest child, Josh, was born on March 3, 1988. After being home-schooled (as the Duggars would do with all of their kids) he too became a conservative activist, campaigning for the Family Council. He stepped down after old police records surfaced in 2015 revealing that he had been accused of molesting several girls, including his sisters Jessa and Jill, when he was a teenager.

Jessa fervently stuck up for her brother in a sit-down with Fox News in June 2015, insisting that the worst names people were calling Josh were “so overboard and a lie, really. I mean people get mad at me for saying that, but I can say this because I was one of the victims.”

His wife also stuck by him, including after he admitted to being unfaithful. When he checked into a treatment center in 2016, 

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  • November 25, 2020
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Rest, Sing, Evolve: Inside Miley Cyrus’ Healing Year

Showbiz splits have been known to get messy, but Miley and Liam amicably reached a settlement in December, and a judge signed off in January, rendering them officially divorced. Happy new year, indeed.

But in case you hadn’t noticed before, Miley isn’t one to dwell on the past. Even when she has returned to what’s comfortable, such as when she reunited with Liam after years apart, the former child star is all about personal growth, changing up what doesn’t work anymore (this year, that included breaking up with her other longtime companion, marijuana), and living life to the fullest.

And it’s usually never fuller than when she’s invested in a project that’s important to her, so sure enough, Miley hightailed it back to the studio as soon as she could. The entire tree bearing the fruits of her labor, Plastic Hearts, is due out Nov. 27.

Yet after “Midnight

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  • November 24, 2020
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31 of the most popular movies of the year, ranked from worst to best

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“Mulan,” “Tenet,” and “Emma.” were released in 2020. Disney / Warner Bros. / Universal
  • Released in theaters and online, the most talked-about films of the year include horror flicks, action blockbusters, and intimate dramas.  

  • Popular films like “Miss Juneteenth,” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” and “Da 5 Bloods” earned overwhelming critical praise. 

  • Other big films like “Fantasy Island,” “Dolittle,” and “Like a Boss” had a harder time impressing critics. 

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2020 has been a unique year for Hollywood — many films have found a second life on streaming platforms as movie lovers watch from home. But not every film this year has wowed critics. 

Read on for the most popular movies of the year, ranked by critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change.

Most critics were disenchanted by “Fantasy Island.”

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  • November 23, 2020
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Rest, Sing, Evolve: Inside Miley Cyrus’ Healing Year – E! Online

Showbiz splits have been known to get messy, but Miley and Liam amicably reached a settlement in December, and a judge signed off in January, rendering them officially divorced. Happy new year, indeed.

But in case you hadn’t noticed before, Miley isn’t one to dwell on the past. Even when she has returned to what’s comfortable, such as when she reunited with Liam after years apart, the former child star is all about personal growth, changing up what doesn’t work anymore (this year, that included breaking up with her other longtime companion, marijuana), and living life to the fullest.

And it’s usually never fuller than when she’s invested in a project that’s important to her, so sure enough, Miley hightailed it back to the studio as soon as she could. The entire tree bearing the fruits of her labor, Plastic Hearts, is due out Nov. 27.

Yet after “Midnight

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  • November 23, 2020