Putin Aide Proposes $7.5 Billion Tax Hike for Mining, Chemicals Sectors

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The top economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed raising taxes on mining companies, including MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC and Alrosa PJSC, among the largest producers of nickel and diamonds. Additional budget revenues are needed to help pay for Putin’s promises to boost spending after his re-election this spring, according to the letter, which […]

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Chicken meatballs and masala boxes: Ikea comes to India

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Hyderabad opening, complete with military band, is Swedish firms first in country of 1.25bn Curious customers lay on beds and nestled into armchairs as Ikea opened its first Indian store, hoping to attract a burgeoning middle class with offerings tweaked to local tastes, including a variation on its famous meatballs. With an opening that featured […]

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Fix Wikipedia’s Gender Problem

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Miriam Adelson is an accomplished physician who has published around a hundred research papers on the physiology and treatment of addiction. She also runs a high-profile substance-abuse clinic in Las Vegas. Oh, and she’s the publisher of Israel’s largest newspaper and, with her billionaire husband Sheldon, a philanthropist and influential Republican party donor. Yet Wikipedia […]

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Kushners Give Up Control of Manhattan Tower to Save Themselves

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The Kushners have found their out — and it comes at a price. The family firm of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner will be relieved of the biggest drag on its real estate empire, will no longer face a $1.2 billion debt payment due in months, will be rid of having to overhaul an aging property. […]

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25+ Genius Hidden Messages People Didnt Expect To Find On Everyday Products

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So that’s just what we at Bored Panda are doing today! These Companies left little ‘Easter Eggs’ on their products for their customers to find, and make them smile. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and don’t forget to vote for your favorites! #1 My Raincoat Reveals A Floral Pattern When Wet […]

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Ro Khanna on the Politics of Silicon Valley

In “The Political Education of Silicon Valley,” which appears in the August issue of WIRED, Steven Johnson looks at the changing political worldview of the tech sector, a shift from the libertarianism of the 1990s to a more progressive, pro-government outlook today. One of the exemplars of that transformation is Ro Khanna, who was elected […]

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Amazon Removes Nazi-Themed Items After Complaints

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(AP) — Amazon says it has removed items with Nazi or white supremacist symbols from its website after criticism from advocacy groups. An Amazon executive said the company blocked the accounts of some retailers and might suspend them. Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota complained to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last month. The company's […]

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This Guy Made a Stylophone Business Card That Creates Electronic Music

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Tim Alex Jacobs (inventor, artist, musician) may have the coolest custom business cards ever. And in true DIY/maker fashion, he built and designed it himself. A stylophone is a miniature electronic musical instrument that produces a distinctive buzzing sound when a stylus is drawn along its metal keyboard. Powered by USB, this nifty card/instrument is […]

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Oscars’ new ‘popular film’ category sparks Hollywood backlash

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Rob Lowe joins industry condemnation of desperate Academy Awards shakeup to improve TV ratings The film industry has reacted with consternation at the changes proposed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) for its annual Oscars ceremony. Ampas Variety magazine reported that Disney-ABC executives had for years pressed the Academy to impose […]

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