Lobbying by the Menlo Park, California-based social media giant has increased steadily since 2016, when news broke that Facebook was allowing political marketing firm Cambridge Analytica to use the personal data of millions of its users without their permission. Since then, the company, which has more than two billion users globally, has come under fire from near-constant revelations about its data privacy practices. The company has admitted it ignores user privacy settings, dismissed government concerns over biometric facial matching, and has declined to remove demonstrably false political content from its platform. … [Read more...] about Facebook just beat Google on one important metric, but it probably won’t brag about it
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An E-2 is a non-immigration programme under which an individual can set up a business and work in the US at an investment of $100,000.process of getting an E-2 visa is simpler. An individual has to apply for a Grenada passport, which would take 3-6 months, and then apply for an E-2 visa. … [Read more...] about Ahead of new tax on foreign spends, Indians begin moving money to fund E-2 visas
Data aside, user experience was still an issue. Whether due to budgetary or human resource restrictions, the CJA had the same problem as a lot of government websites: It was confusing and cumbersome to navigate. That doesn’t make for a very transparent experience. Hyperakt sees court employees, academics, and researchers as the primary users of the tool, but the redesign allows the general public to see how the assessment is made and perform the release assessment themselves. When taking on a complicated data set with public value, that’s the ultimate challenge: How do you make it accessible for the most people? … [Read more...] about The justice system is a black box. Can this redesign make it more transparent?
Q) Small & midcap schemes have also attracted a large sum of money from mutual funds. Do you think the lull in small & midcaps is over?A) The valuation gap between large-caps and mid & small-caps has been narrowing. The demand for mid and small caps is likely to improve on the back of improved corporate earnings, cheap valuations and the large inflows seen from domestic investors. … [Read more...] about ‘Stay invested! Demand for mid and small caps is likely to improve in 2020’
A major attraction of PPF has been the Rs. 1.5 lakh deduction in taxable income offered for investments in this scheme. Certainly, some investors will now do a rethink because of this. However, there are some advantages in continuing with PPF, like:The interest rate at 7.9 per cent is attractive, and among the highest for instruments with this kind of low-risk profile.Interest income from this scheme is still exempt from tax; you can save a considerable amount. Interest income from other sources is added to income and you are taxed accordingly. So there’s a chance that you could end up in a higher slab because of this added income. With PPF, you avoid such an eventuality.The tenure is quite long – 15 years – and could dissuade some. On the flip side, since your money is locked in, there’s no temptation to withdraw and spend it. PPF is ideal for young people who want to get into saving mode.The flexibility to invest the amount you want is another advantage. You … [Read more...] about Saving Schemes Are Good Enough Even Without Tax Benefits