In Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy’s Party Gets Finance, Congress Home Ministry

NEW DELHI:  After days of negotiation, HD Kumaraswamy’s Janata Dal Secular and the Congress have finalized the division of power — with the crucial finance ministry going to the regional party and the home department to the Congress. The cabinet expansion is expected over the week-end, said party sources. The Congress is expected to get 22 of the 34 ministries and the JD(S) 12. Last week, only Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara of the Congress took oath amid speculation of conflict between the coalition partners over cabinet…

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US Congress fights ticket-grabbing bots

Congress has passed legislation to US President Barack Obama that would crack down on bots that buy batches of tickets online before humans. Such software sometimes means that concert and theatre tickets sell out in minutes. Using these programs is an “unfair and deceptive practice”, the legislation says. It was approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday and passed by the Senate last month. Should the president sign the legislation into law, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would be able to crack down on those who use such programs….

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Congress Likely to Give Final OK to Local Internet Tax Ban

State and local governments would be permanently barred from taxing access to the Internet under a bipartisan compromise that Congress is a step away from sending to President Barack Obama. The Senate was expected to vote Thursday to approve the language, part of a wide-ranging measure that would also revamp trade laws. The Internet tax provision had broad support, with few senators eager to oppose the bill and open the door to taxing online access during an election year. Nonetheless, some were resisting the legislation because of trade provisions and…

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