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X reinstates policy against deadnaming and misgendering

X has updated its abuse and harassment page in January, and it has added a new section that explains its new rule against intentionally using the wrong pronouns for a person or using a name they no longer go by. As noticed by Ars Technica, the new section entitled "Use of Prior Names and Pronouns" states that the service will "reduce the visibility of posts" that use pronouns for a person different from what they use for themselves and those who are now using a different name as part of their transition.The social…

Google takes action against 10 Indian app developers for violating Play Store payment policy

Google recently announced its decision to take action against 10 Indian app developers for non-compliance with the Play Store payment policy. This move marks a significant development in the ongoing conflict between the tech giant and local internet companies in India.Consequences of Non-ComplianceThe action taken by Google may involve the removal of non-compliant apps from the Google Play Store. While the specific names of the companies facing action were not disclosed by Google, notable apps like Shaadi.com, Altt,…

Good Climate Solutions Need Good Policy—and AI Can Help With That

To achieve real climate solutions, changing behavior and developing technology is not enough, says Michal Nachmany, founder and CEO of the environmental nonprofit Climate Policy Radar. “A lot of this is policy,” she says.We need better laws, policies, and regulations, as well as needing to hold policymakers and corporates to account, because they’re not doing a good enough job, she argues. The problem is that understanding what policies are out there, and what works and what doesn’t, is an enormous task. So Climate Policy…

Hunter Schafer Taken Into Policy Custody at Biden-Seth Meyers Protest

Hunter Schafer was among a group of protestors who were taken into police custody on Monday during a demonstration planned to disrupt President Joe Biden‘s appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The protest organized by the activist organization Jewish Voices for Peace took place at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the famed headquarters of NBC television in New York City where Late Night is taped. A spokesperson for the New York Police Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that a total of…

Mixed reactions trail CBN’s monetary policy decisions

Economists and policy analysts have expressed concern about the recent actions taken by the Central Bank of Nigeria concerning the benchmark interest rate and other monetary policy matters in the country. The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria increased the benchmark interest rate to 22.75 per cent on Tuesday, as part of the move to aggressively manage the country’s inflationary pressures. Olayemi Cardoso, the governor of the CBN, on Tuesday, disclosed that the MPC voted to keep the Cash…

Amba Kak creates policy recommendations to address AI concerns

To give AI-focused women academics and others their well-deserved — and overdue — time in the spotlight, TechCrunch is launching a series of interviews focusing on remarkable women who’ve contributed to the AI revolution. We’ll publish several pieces throughout the year as the AI boom continues, highlighting key work that often goes unrecognized. Read more profiles here. Amba Kak is the executive director of the AI Now Institute, where she helps create policy recommendations to address AI concerns. She was also a…

Odisha cabinet amends semiconductor policy to boost investment in electronics manufacturing, ET Auto

The amendments focus on bolstering fiscal support mechanisms, including interest subvention, PLI, and investments in R&D and skill development training.The 74th session of the Cabinet Meeting convened on Thursday at the Lok Seva Bhawan in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, centered on amending the Odisha Semiconductor Manufacturing and Fabless Policy-2023 to enhance investor attraction for establishing semiconductor and

Flimsy Antiabortion Studies Cited in Case to Ban Mifepristone Are Retracted

A medical journal has retracted two studies examining the safety of the abortion pill mifepristone after a federal judge in Texas cited them when ruling that the drug should be taken off the market.The studies, both retracted because of methodology problems and conflicts of interest, claimed abortions involving mifepristone are associated with an increased risk of serious complications compared with procedural abortions. Those conclusions are in contrast with hundreds of studies in the past two decades that have found…

Senate confirms Cardoso, others as chairman, members of Monetary Policy Committee

The Senate on Thursday confirmed the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, as chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). The upper legislative chamber also confirmed the appointment of deputy governors of the CBN and seven others as members of the MPC. The CBN deputy governors are, Mohammed Abdullahi, Bala Bello, Emem Usoro, and Philip Ikeazor. Others are Director-General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance,…

startup policy: New startup policy approved in J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has approved a new startup policy with an aim to set up 2,000 startups by 2027 in the Union Territory, an official spokesman said on Thursday. The policy provides for entrepreneurship facilities to students, women, and support to entrepreneurs through government, private and high net worth individuals for setting up startups. Administrative Council (AC) which met here under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, approved J&K startup policy 2024-27 in supersession to…