Blockchain: The technology behind Bitcoin could eliminate fraud and corruption in governments and industries

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Many companies are starting to integrate blockchain technology into ledgers, using it to track diamonds and ensure fair land distribution. The projects are first steps toward making governments and industries more transparent and eliminating fraud and corruption.

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Department of Education shuts down for-profit Corinthian Colleges

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Federal regulations are designed to make sure that colleges that don’t offer a good value to students, don’t get student aid money.

Corinthian Colleges will put 85 of its U.S. campuses up for sale and close the remaining dozen under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education. The for-profit college chain operates campuses under the names Heald, Everest and WyoTech. It has more than 70,000 students across North America. It’s the largest-ever college, by enrollment, to be shut down in this way.

 

 

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Television Broadcasters and Wireless Companies Fight Over Airwaves

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Broadcasters may be forced to give up spectrum.

Annoyances like dropped calls, maps that take forever to load and echoing voices on a mobile phone.  And, the dreaded “Cannot Open Page” iPhone users have come to know so well.  These annoyances are only going to get worse because the airwaves that carry cellphone signals and wireless internet connections are growing more and more crowded.

 

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Chinese Government-Backed Group Says U.S. Uses Facebook to Spur Political Unrest

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Chinese government routinely bans sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

A Chinese government-backed think tank has accused the U.S. and other Western governments of using social networking sites like Facebook to spur political unrest and called for stepped-up scrutiny of the wildly popular sites.

 

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Language Dispute Threatens the Future of Belgium

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Graffiti deface a bilingual signpost in Brussels.

The “survival” of Belgium as a unified country was called into question last night after a row between French and Dutch speakers brought the government to the verge of collapse.  The wrangle has already brought down the government four times in the past three years but the latest spat is the gravest yet and threatens to split the country into Flemish areas and French-speaking areas.

 

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