LONDON (AP) — Irish regulators slapped Facebook parent Meta with a 265 million-euro ($277 million) fine Monday, the company's latest punishment for breaching strict European Union data privacy rules. The Data Protection Commission said Meta Platforms infringed sections of the EU rules, known as the General Data Protection Regulation, that require technical and organizational measures aimed at protecting user data. The watchdog opened an investigation last year into news reports that data on more 533 million users was found dumped online. The data was found on a website for hackers and included names, Facebook IDs, phone numbers, locations, birthdates and email addresses for people from more than 100 countries, according to the reports. Meta said the data had been “scraped" from Facebook using tools designed to help people find their friends through phone numbers using search and contact import features. The watchdog said it investigated the automated scraping carried out between … [Read more...] about Irish watchdog fines Meta 265M euros in latest privacy case
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It's time to plan your 2023 cruise, as Black Friday is in full swing and travel deals abound . Follow along with our live coverage of the best Amazon Black Friday deals to shop today. Whether you want to sail down a river and visit Machu Picchu or take an Alaskan voyage to Glacier Bay National Park, we’ve got you covered on the top deals from cruise lines around the world. (We can help you upgrade your suitcase before you go, too, and find the best flight deals .) Here are the best Black Friday cruise deals we know so far: Costa Cruises You can earn up to $200 in on-board credits if you book a select voyage from this cruise line by Dec. 5. The offer applies to eight trips in the western Mediterranean and four in the eastern part of the region, plus three options in the Caribbean and three other transoceanic options. EF Go Ahead Tours This travel guide company is offering up to $600 off select tours , from a week in Greece to a Nile River cruise. Deals … [Read more...] about Black Friday cruise deals: These are the 8 best sales we’ve found
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 4 Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the fallout from the collapse of crypto exchange FTX spreads outward. In a Monday filing for bankruptcy protection in New Jersey, where it is based, BlockFi claimed more than 100,000 creditors, with BlockFi's liabilities ranging from $1 billion to $10 billion. “Chapter 11 is a transparent process and we will continue to communicate with our clients to ensure they hear directly from us," BlockFi said in a tweet. Cryptocurrencies were in retreat Monday in what has already been a disastrous year. Bitcoin, among the most widely traded cryptocurrencies, has plunged almost 70% in 2022 to below $16,000 apiece. BlockFi Inc., which was founded in 2017, said bankruptcy protection will allow it to stabilize the company and restructure. That restructuring will include an attempt to recover all obligations … [Read more...] about BlockFi seeks protection as FTX collapse rattles crypto
Eight years ago, Auzerais Bellamy landed what she thought was a big break: a stint as a stagiaire, or apprentice, at the French Laundry , Thomas Keller’s world-renowned restaurant in the Napa Valley. She wasn’t paid for her two days trailing the pastry team, but she saw it as an ideal training ground where, if asked to stay, she could learn from some of the best cooks in the business, sharpening her skills. “If you want to be a great player you have to be coached well, and I felt like I could be coached well there,” she recalled. Ms. Bellamy, who grew up in a restaurant family in the Bay Area, had graduated from the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts, and was working as chef de partie at Mr. Keller’s more casual Bouchon Bakery in Yountville, Calif. But when her apprenticeship ended, she wasn’t asked to stay on at the French Laundry. “They said I lacked the technical skill to work there.” She stayed with Bouchon Bakery, and even moved to New York City to work as a … [Read more...] about How High-End Restaurants Have Failed Black Female Chefs
Zero-Covid protests rock China, and Western markets Protests across China over the country’s strict zero-Covid policies shook up global markets over worries that the authorities will take longer to reopen the world’s second-largest economy. The visuals were jarring: Thousands took to the streets over the weekend in the biggest challenge to the authority of the Chinese Communist Party in years. The market response was swift. Exchanges in Shanghai and Hong Kong closed lower, as did those in Japan and Australia. Investor jitters quickly spread west, with Europe down at the open and U.S. futures dropping. Among the stocks to watch: Apple, which was down nearly 2 percent, as investors worry about the company’s iPhone production hubs in China. Crude prices, meanwhile, fell to an 11-month prewar low. Why are Chinese protesting? The demonstrations started after 10 people died in a fire on Thursday in Urumqi, a city in Xinjiang where some residents have been under lockdown for … [Read more...] about China’s Covid Contagion
For the past two years, even as the pandemic shut down key markets and created supply shortages, Kevin Johnson, the chief executive of Starbucks, managed to lead the company to robust revenue and profit growth. But in recent months, those operational and financial successes have been overshadowed by a wave of employees — “partners” in Starbucks parlance — who have taken to social media to criticize work conditions and raise other issues at the chain. As a result, more than 100 Starbucks stores in more than 25 states have filed for union elections. Many either have begun to vote or are likely to vote in the coming months. At least six have voted to unionize. On Wednesday, in an abrupt move, Starbucks said Mr. Johnson, who has held the job since 2017, will retire on April 4 after 13 years with the company. His interim replacement until the board of directors names a permanent one is a familiar name: Howard Schultz. Mr. Schultz, 68, joined Starbucks in the 1980s and built it … [Read more...] about Starbucks C.E.O. retires, and Howard Schultz steps in as interim chief executive.