On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

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South Korean royals shell out $12.6 million for a Thousand Oaks palace 2.12.2020 LA Times: Business

Andrew Lee, an entrepreneur-turned-prince, just dropped $12.6 million on a lavish mansion in Thousand Oaks, the priciest sale the city has seen this year.

Spent Rockets Are Dangerous Space Trash, but They Could Be the Future of Living and Working in Orbit 27.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Wired and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. In early October, a dead Soviet satellite and the abandoned upper stage of a Chinese rocket narrowly avoided a collision in low Earth orbit. If the objects had crashed, the impact would have blown them to bits and created […]
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Column: IBM apologizes for firing a transgender pioneer, 52 years late 23.11.2020 LA Times: Business

Lynn Conway's brilliant contributions to computer science didn't stop IBM from firing her during her gender transition. Now it has apologized.

L.A. County restaurant owners fear they won't survive another COVID-19 shutdown 23.11.2020 LA Times: Business

Chefs and restaurateurs react to another shutdown of in-person dining amid L.A. County's coronavirus surge. "We're holding on for dear life," one chef said. "There's no aid in sight, nothing at all."

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Scotland's national investment bank launches 23.11.2020 BBC: Business
A laser technology firm in Glasgow receives the first backing from the bank which aims to encourage sustainable innovation.
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San Pedro's Ports O' Call was torn down. A new waterfront is finally taking shape 22.11.2020 LA Times: Business

Two major projects at the original Port of Los Angeles are moving ahead despite the pandemic. It's part of a dramatic reshaping of the waterfront.

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China gives musical talent show a virtual makeover 22.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
Dimension Nova shakes up reality TV with computer-animated contestants performing to real judges.
Magnetic spray could aid drug delivery and other news 20.11.2020 BBC: Technology
Jen Copestake looks at some of the week’s best technology news stories.
How Can IoT and Blockchain Help Remove Counterfeits? 20.11.2020 The Moderate Voice

Counterfeit materials and products pose a threat to any industry. They disrupt the supply chain, lead to a lack of consumer satisfaction and, most of all, can cost billions of dollars total every year. Thus, finding solutions to counterfeit goods is more necessary than ever. The Internet of Things (IoT), when businesses along the supply […]

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REMINDER: Taxpayer-funded scientists laid the groundwork for billion dollar vaccines 18.11.2020 Raw Story
When he started researching a troublesome childhood infection nearly four decades ago, virologist Dr. Barney Graham, then at Vanderbilt University, had no inkling his federally funded work might be key to deliverance from a global pandemic. Yet nearly all the vaccines advancing toward possible FDA approval this fall or winter are based on a design […]
The day after Thanksgiving, Chicago wants you to celebrate Black Shop Friday 18.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
The city is encouraging Chicagoans to support Black-owned businesses on Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season, with a website promoting more than 500 local businesses.
Rolls Royce plans UK class of mini-nuclear plants 11.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
A consortium led by Rolls Royce announces plans to build up to 16 mini-nuclear plants in the UK.
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Virgin Hyperloop pod transport tests first passenger journeys 9.11.2020 BBC: World
The "sci-fi" travel concept involves travelling in pods inside vacuum tubes at very high speeds.
Climate change: Why the UK's carbon-free future will need rules 8.11.2020 BBC: Front Page
Tackling climate change will need action right across society and the economy - with a host of new incentives.
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Coronavirus: Is virtual reality tourism about to take off? 31.10.2020 BBC: Technology
Tourism boards, hotels and destinations are turning to virtual reality to woo potential visitors.
Stuck between allies in tech and labor, Newsom won't weigh in on Uber-backed Prop. 22 30.10.2020 LA Times: Business

Newsom's reluctance to take a position has sidelined him in one of the biggest debates about the future of work in California.

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Op-Ed: The roots of California's tattered economy were planted long before the coronavirus arrived 25.10.2020 LA Times: Commentary

Dependence on tech industries can't help the state recover lower-wage job losses or reduce the entrenched inequality that makes California susceptible to rolling catastrophes.

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Shaken up by Trump, automakers weigh what Biden win would mean 23.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
A Biden administration would be likely to restore aggressive Obama-era emission targets that Trump has tried to roll back. In addition, the former vice president would likely put more of Washington’s focus on electric and autonomous cars going forward
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Google’s ‘free’ business model put to test in US antitrust suit 22.10.2020 Raw Story
Google’s long-running business model based on free services and advertising will be put to the test in the landmark antitrust lawsuit filed this week by the US Justice Department. But the government is likely to face challenges proving monopoly allegations against the tech firm which grew into one of the world’s most successful companies by […]
Amazon Fresh hiring 1,500 for its grocery stores opening in Chicago area 20.10.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Amazon Fresh, the online retail giant’s new bricks-and-mortar grocery store concept, is opening in four Chicago suburbs and hiring to fill 1,500 positions.
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