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Why it’s easy to hate Facebook but hard to leave

Of the 2.74 billion users around the world who check Facebook at least once a month, two-thirds of them use the Groups feature at least once a month, for everything from health issues and hobbies to political organising. Facebook says there has been an increase in people using the Groups …

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Angels and demons: The real reason sport stars stick to slogans

It’s a lot to ask of a young person. And right now, as the AFL trade period ends, it seemseven harder for some players to get the balance right. Athletes accept that on the field or court, there will always be critics. Having a rough patchof form or choking in …

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Apple to pay $155m to settle US investigation into iPhone ‘batterygate’

In the years before Silicon Valley found itself in the government’s crosshairs – and Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple, would be regularly called to Congress to testify – the so-called “batterygate” crisis emerged as a signature challenge for the iPhone giant. The saga drew national headlines in 2017, …

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in elderly

Late-stage, or Phase III, trials are ongoing to confirm the findings, researchers said, and to test whether the vaccine protects against infection with SARS-CoV-2 in a broad range of people, including people with underlying health conditions. Results of those trials should definitely be known by Christmas, the Oxford Vaccine Group’s …

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Removing false political ads could be undemocratic: Facebook official

Josh Machin, Facebook Australia’s head of public policy, said the reforms could pose the “potential risk of disproportionate censoring of political debate”. “We have seen examples of political ads in Australia where … people don’t necessarily make a claim that is verifiable. It’s not possible to say whether it is …

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Abolishing stamp duty would help Victoria’s recovery

The choice to purchase a property also sets in motion a chain of other economic transactions: we contract legal experts to navigate the transfer process, real estate agents to manage the sale of the property, and property inspectors to check for structural defects. All this makes moving house off-putting to …

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The one stumbling block to Wayne Bennett v Brad Fittler rematch

Bennett will need it to be the former if he is to stay connected to Queensland, given he will be in the last year of his contract with the Rabbitohs. South Sydney have already announced Bennett’s assistant Jason Demetriou as his permanent successor in 2022. Queensland coach Wayne Bennett will …

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‘They’ll have to kick me out’: Why Fittler loves Blues and Cleary

“Obviously it’s performance [based]. But I love it. There are a lot of things we also do in and around the game, and I enjoy all sides of it.” Nathan Cleary won the Brad Fittler Medal to cap ”the craziest month”.Credit:Getty Images Cleary collected NSW’s highest honour, and fans would …

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‘Footy frenzy’ on the cards, 2021 fixture may be delayed until February

That proved popular with broadcasters and fans but it was also a unique situation with lockdown in Victoria leading to more people watching TV than might be the case in an ordinary year. The AFL is planning for 50 per cent crowds in Victoria next year and is hopeful of …

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‘We just have to be spot-on’: Giant-killing Pumas wary of Wallabies

“We spoke about not changing [the team]. We’ve decided we’ll give them another go on the weekend. We’re counting on them to have a big impact. They are experienced players.” In particular, No.10 Nicolas Sanchez, who scored all of Argentina’s 25 points against the All Blacks in a masterclass performance. …

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