Facebook and Google are becoming too big to be governed, French president Macron warns

'At a point of time, your government, your people, may say, ‘wake up’'
Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has warned that Google and Facebook are becoming too big to be governed and could face being dismantled.
Internet giants could be forced to pay for the disruption they cause in society and submit to French or European privacy regulations, he suggested.
In an interview with the magazine Wired, the president warned that artificial intelligence (AI) would challenge democracy and open a Pandora’s box of privacy issues.
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Mr Macron said companies such..

If we're going Dutch on takeovers please can we first plan the route?

City talk is of having an open, post-Brexit economy. So shouldn’t we be changing our approach to takeovers too?
Blimey. I had no idea. I simply did not realise that GKN was so vital to the interests of national security. There I was, supposing it was a car parts manufacturer with a bit of aerospace thrown in, and yes, a weeny slice of defence. And an underperforming, uninspiring amalgam at that. Then, along comes a bidder, Melrose, and flags are raised, and the national anthem sung. Melrose is portrayed in some sections of the media as a “vulture” and “asset stripper”, while GKN is hailed as a “British colossus”. GKN, didn’t you know, once made Spitfires (well, a small portion but not all, but hey ho), and the barricades must be manned. This, despite the reality that Melrose is itself British.
Unions and politicians get drawn into the conflict, pronouncing sonorously that GKN must be saved at all costs. To no avail, as some major investors indicate they are siding with Melrose. Then..

England to Abolish Burial and Cremation Fees for Children

England to Abolish Burial and Cremation Fees for Children Photo The office of Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain noted that families faced thousands of pounds in local authority fees for burials or cremations. Credit John Thys/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Parents in England will not be charged burial and cremation fees for children after Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the government would set up a fund to cover the charges.
The announcement on Saturday came after a campaign by an opposition Labour lawmaker, Carolyn Harris, whose 8-year-old son died in a road accident. The charges on parents were waived in Wales last year.
Mrs. May said in a statement, “In the raw pain of immediate loss, it cannot be right that grieving parents should have to worry about how to meet the funeral costs for a child they hoped to see grow into adulthood.”
“In the darkest moment of any parent’s life there is little light, but there can be support,” she added.