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Case Summary: 

A 46 year old lawyer from Newport Beach, California, defrauded his clients of USD8 million. He has been sentenced to just over five years in jail.

Type of conduct: 
Ponzi / Pyramid fraud

Much political capital is being made of the USA's dispute with Apple over encryption of its iPhone and of Google's support for Apple. But the fact is that we've all got peel in this game and the arguments on both sides are insufficiently made.

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It's four years since author Jefferson Galt posted this article to his blog. It bears repeating.

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I'm at home, somewhere in the French countryside.

Today's a free day! I don't mean it's a day with nothing to do (although, actually, that's pretty much the plan) I mean it's a day that is normally left out of calculations.

29 February 2012. A bonus day every four years.

And a day that some cultures claim has special meaning.

A long article in the New York Times this week is headlined "Bernie Sanders Is Jewish, but He Doesn’t Like to Talk About It." The premise is simple: Sanders is not Jewish enough, or not overtly Jewish enough, for those Jews who want all Jews to wear a metaphorical yellow star. But it's not only Jews and it's not only Americans who want their politicians to put their religion front and centre - and to define a country with reference to the criteria set by those same outspoken groups. Are we seeing the death of the separation of Church and State?

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Case Summary: 

An office manager with a distributor of retail goods has been convicted of embezzling more than USD300,000 from her employer. Her methods were simple and her cover-up classic.

Type of conduct: 
Embezzlement

AdBlock Plus, by eyeo.com, is by far the leading add-on for internet browsers whose users want to prevent the display of unwanted ads. AdBlock Plus is open that it allows certain companies to be "whitelisted" upon payment of a fee. There is absolutely nothing hidden or underhand. However, the choice of companies has, for a year, been the source of many complaints with one "promoted content" provider being the prime suspect. Taboola is the provider that has become especially hated, not because of what it does but because of who it does it for - and for some of its tech practices.

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Every day, criminals post to the internet illegal copies of artistic works and do it for profit from credit card fraud, the installation of malware on the victim's computer or, at its simplest, selling copies of the work and denying the authors and publishers their revenue. These criminals' websites are indexed by search engines. Worse, the search engines link to the tools needed to create illegal copies and breach Amazon.Com's intellectual property and branding in the process. It needs to stop.

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I should, I suppose, feel a little sorry for the senior management of Pantai Holdings Berhad: they own some fine hospitals that provide excellent care. Unfortunately, someone there has chosen some seriously dodgy characters to undertake their telephone canvassing.

<b>Nigel Morris-Cotterill</b> documents an afternoon stolen by unprofessional and, arguably, criminal canvassers - and the harm it can cause a company that has worked hard to build its reputation.

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Harper Lee
was born on: 
28 April 1926
at: 
Monroeville, Alabama, USA
and died on: 
19 February 2016
at: 
Monroeville, Alabama, USA
Capt. Eric "Winkle" Brown, RN
was born on: 
27 January 1919
at: 
Leith, Scotland
and died on: 
19 February 2016
at: 
Redhill, Surrey, England
Epitaph: 
The most decorated pilot of the Fleet Air Arm
Publication: 
Umberto Eco
was born on: 
5 January 1932
at: 
Alessandria, Italy
and died on: 
19 February 2016
at: 
Milan, Italy

Mr Hiroshi Nakaso, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan spoke at the Japan Society in New York, New York City on the 12 February 2016. He says that his primary goal is to overcome deflation and that this can be done by increasing the both the demand and the supply side of the economy, in particular by encouraging more women into the workforce. It works in Sweden, he says. He also wants all fit and healthy elderly people to work.

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Editorial Staff

As UK politicians prepare their arguments against and, largely, for continued membership of the European Union, two important issues are being overlooked. First, this is not the UK's first referendum on membership of the European project. Secondly, the trenches are in very different places.

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