What history can teach us about the future of gossip

Gossip week: Alex Casey speaks with Associate Professor Jennifer Frost, who has spent decades studying the function of gossip from Hedda Hopper to Donald Trump. Throughout the week, The Spinoff delves into the role of gossip in Aotearoa’s past, present and future – learn more about what’s on Gossip Week …

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China’s debt trap plan for Hungary

The current protests in Budapest are all about an attack on Orban’s democratic setback, his lack of transparency and his authoritarian policies. But Beijing’s economic expansion and ever-increasing greed are just a symptom of its biggest power play in Eastern Europe. Why are thousands of people marching against the right-wing …

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Google’s adtech activity set to be officially investigated by the EU by year-end, Telecom News, ET Telecom

BRUSSELS: Alphabet’s Google unit could face its biggest regulatory threat, as EU antitrust regulators set to open a formal investigation into its lucrative digital advertising business before year-end, have declared people familiar with the matter. This would mark a new front for the EU competition authority against Google. Over the …

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13 people arrested in covert human trafficking operation

The operation resulted in 13 arrests which included various charges related to prostitution, narcotics and firearms. FLAGLER COUNTY, Florida – An undercover operation focused on human trafficking has resulted in the arrest of 13 people on charges related to prostitution, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. On Wednesday and …

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Obama’s ethics chief criticizes Biden family hires

President Joe Biden delivers remarks as he participates in a virtual Munich Security Conference event from the East Room of the White House on February 19, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters) Former Obama-era Ethics Bureau chief Walter Shaub called the Biden administration’s hiring of several relatives of senior officials a …

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