Finance

Biden wants Americans to wear masks for 100 days — do they protect against COVID-19 or merely promote healthy behavior?

President-elect Joe Biden wants Americans to mask up. He will ask Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days after he takes office and issue a standing order that masks be worn in places where he has jurisdiction, including federal buildings and interstate transportation, he said Thursday. “Just 100 days to mask, not […]

Technology

Lawyers who went after Microsoft in antitrust case say DOJ will have a difficult time succeeding against Google

Pedestrians wearing protective masks walk past a Microsoft Technology Center in New York, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Jeenah Moon | Bloomberg via Getty Images Lawyers who prosecuted Microsoft over alleged antitrust violations in the late 1990s saw some familiar tactics in the Justice Department’s complaint against Google filed this week. But it’s far from […]

Small Business

Govt warns public against ‘mischievous’ activities of MSME Export Promotion Council

NEW DELHI: The MSME ministry on Saturday warned the public not to fall prey to “unauthorised” and “ill-intentioned” activities of MSME Export Promotion Council and clarified that it is not associated with the organisation in any way. The Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) issued a clarification in this regard alerting the public […]

Small Business

Two Thai protesters could face life imprisonment for violence against the Queen

The arrests come after Queen Suthida’s motorcade drove past protesters in Bangkok on Wednesday, with video showing the crowd shouting and holding up the defiant three-finger salute inspired by the Hunger Games movie franchise. Police were seen pushing back protesters as the car, which also carried King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s youngest son, Prince Dipangkorn, slowly drove […]

Investment

Cramer says ‘I wouldn’t bet against this market right now,’ holds out hope for more stimulus

CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Monday he thinks the stalemate in coronavirus stimulus discussions could be close to breaking, potentially giving a boost to stocks. “Talks this morning could be fruitful, and I think that therefore I wouldn’t bet against this market right now,” Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., […]

Finance

Think twice before wearing a face shield to protect against COVID-19 instead of a cloth face mask — here’s why

Face shields are probably OK to wear to protect against COVID-19, right? Wrong. That’s according to the latest experiment on the subject showing how respiratory droplets that could carry the virus spread while people wore a face shield and a face mask with exhale valves compared to how droplets spread from a traditional mask. College […]

Finance

Banks cautioned against imposing levies like MDR on electronic transactions

Banks have been cautioned against imposing charges such as MDR or merchant discount rate on electronic transactions including Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Finance ministry may take action against banks not adhering to the direction. Central Board of Direct Taxes has also directed banks to refund charges since January 1, 2020, collected on transactions carried out […]

World

Facebook prepares legal action against Thai government’s request to block group

The social media company said it was “compelled” by the Thai government to prevent users in Thailand accessing Royalist Marketplace — a group with 1 million members featuring posts about the Thai royal family. Facebook said the government had deemed the content “to be illegal.” “Requests like this are severe, contravene international human rights law, […]