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Wednesday, October 21 2020


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Many people have stopped taking precautions now. This is not right. If you are careless, walking out without a mask, then you are putting yourself, your family, your family’s children, the elderly in as much trouble… We are going through a difficult time, and yet we are moving forward. A little carelessness can stop our movement and tarnish our happiness.

That’s PM Modi warning Indians to remain careful during the festival season in an address to the nation yesterday. He also pointed to the US and Europe—where Covid cases are rising again—as cautionary examples.

Big Story

US government goes to war with Google

The TLDR: In a greatly significant move, the US government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, claiming that its practices stifle competition and hurt the consumer. The last time it took such an action was against Microsoft in 1998—the same year Google was formed. That the suit was filed just weeks before the presidential election isn’t an accident. And the outcome of that election may well determine the future of big tech companies—that are increasingly under pressure to mend their ways.

 

What is Google accused of?

Being a monopoly—specifically the dominance of its search engine and advertising related to search. The brief pointed to these key issues.

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In today’s edition

Headlines that Matter

  • Reliance unveils big 5G plans
  • Lockdown has fuelled a rise in poaching 
  • Targeting media in Kashmir
  • Bad news about baby bottles
  • A political row over a cricket movie

 

A list of curious facts

  • Grapefruit has a very strange creation story that dates back to Barbados
  • The best way to eat sushi is with your hands NOT chopsticks
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