China has expanded trials for a property tax, a decision that pitches President Xi Jinping against deeply entrenched vested interests across an economy fuelled for decades by real estate development.

The state council, China’s cabinet, will expand pilot schemes to tax residential and commercial property in cities, according to an announcement by the National People’s Congress — the rubber-stamp legislature — on Saturday. The locations were not disclosed but rural households will be excluded.

The reform threatens to be far thornier to implement and affect a greater number of people than a regulatory assault that has been launched over the

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Online communities, those that share a common interest on the internet, can range from social networks, grassroots organizations and customer communities. We, as a society, are naturally communal, so it makes sense to engage in ideas and interests with others online. Whether we build relationships with people directly or indirectly, communities are built. However, how we do so differs.

In 2006, web expert Jakob Nielsen proposed a 90-9-1 rule based on participation inequality in social media and online communities. According to Nielsen, in most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers, i.e., those who observe, but don’t contribute, nine percent

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The setting could be a bar or restaurant, but let’s go with a corporate box in a football stadium. Hedgies brush maki-roll crumbs off their gilets. Others booze. The host, who runs a trading desk at a bank, takes an interest in the match — the weirdo. The room’s net worth hovers around the billion mark when a drawn-looking 28-year-old enters.

A political aide, say, or a half-famous writer, he is the poorest person on the guest list. He is also the most in-demand. Some of the questions he fields are thoughtful. Some are transparent pretexts to meet him. Each

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If the workplace is the new off web site, the house is the new clinical-trial website. To the growing record of unintended pandemic consequences small business, add the decentralization of clinical trials. The medical business can now construct on the unplanned migration to off-site trial settings.

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For almost a decade, Facebook has fretted over an existential problem: it is failing to attract young users in the US.

Internal documents show that the number of US Facebook users under 30 is in decline and that Instagram, which has been phenomenally popular since being bought by Facebook in 2012 for $1bn, appears to be reaching the limits of its growth among younger users in key markets, raising serious questions about the company’s future.

Now, one of the company’s solutions to its growth challenges — encouraging users to open multiple accounts — is causing technical, reputational and legal headaches.

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