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A proposal for targeting advertisements promises more privacy, but critics are unsure
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How much should you worry about the “Indian variant”?
B.1.617 has spread rapidly in India. Now infections are rising in Britain
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The critters, which emerge every 17 years, are swarming eastern America
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The stock exchange is not the first system to struggle with big numbers
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What is an inspector-general?
They ferret out fraud and keep the machinery of America’s government running smoothly
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Can employers require their staff to be vaccinated?
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Why is it so difficult to create covid-19 travel bubbles?
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Why are Epic Games and Apple going to court?
The Fortnite developer claims Apple’s App Store stifles competition
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What is qualified immunity?
Depending on whom you ask, a licence to misbehave or a shield against crippling lawsuits
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How can countries such as America and China raise birth rates?
Governments with ageing populations struggle to encourage people to have babies
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