Instagram acknowledges app can harm teens’ self-esteem in response to report

Facebook recognizes how harmful its photo-sharing app, Instagram, can be for teen girls’ self-esteem, according to company documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

Researchers tapped by the tech giant to examine the app’s impact on young users’ mental health over the past three years found that 32% of teen girls who “felt bad about their bodies” said Instagram made the issue worse, according to WSJ.

Karina Newton, Instagram’s head of public policy, said in a Tuesday blog post that it stands by the research, which demonstrates the company’s “commitment to understanding complex and difficult issues young people may struggle with, and informs all the work” Instagram does “to help those experiencing these issues.”

“We’re proud that our app can give voice to those who have been marginalized, that it

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Century Delays Business Center Space Leases For Non-Profit, Church At $1 Per Month :

After lengthy discussion this week, the Century Town Council delayed action on $1 per month leases for a church and a non-profit.

Leases were prepared for approval for an building (pictured below) at the Century Business Center on Pond Street for Northwest Florida Community Outreach (NWFCO) and for a room (pictured above) at the center Wesley Chapel CME Church. No action was taken after both organizations expressed concern about air conditioning units that do not work.

Under the terms of both leases, HVAC and other maintenance would be the responsibly of the tenant, not the town, due to the low rent.

“We need to have those (HVAC units) working,” Mayor Ben Boutwell said. “That’s just good business.”

The council reached a general consensus to delay action on the leases until the heating and cooling systems could be evaluated to determine an estimated repair cost.

Interim Town Manager Vernon Prather said

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TCS Inks 10 Yr Deal With Transport For London

IT services major Tata Consultancy Services on Thursday said it has been selected by Transport for London (TfL) to design, implement and operate a new smart mobility system.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Over the course of the 10-year contract, which has the opportunity for a five-year extension, TCS will digitally transform taxi and private hire licensing and administration, as well as implement continuous improvements and innovation, a statement said.

TCS will design and launch the new system using its DigiGOV framework for rapid digital transformation, it added.

The system will include an on-demand data and records management system that will enhance user experience by offering services like licensing payments and refunds to vehicle operators and owners through digital channels.

Streamlined workflows will link the user-friendly front-end interfaces with back-end activities such as bookings, personal detail processing and vehicle inspections.

This digital shift by design, will encourage

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Top Senate Democrat Schumer asks U.S. businesses to weigh in on debt default

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urged the business community on Tuesday to start weighing in with Republicans on the dangers of not raising the debt ceiling to avoid a government default or partial government shutdown.

“This is risky business and dangerous business” that Republicans are engaging in, Schumer, a Democrat, told reporters at the Capitol.

There are estimates that sometime in October the Treasury Department could run out of ways to borrow money to finance government debt unless Congress approves a new debt limit.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly said Democrats should raise the debt ceiling on their own. On Tuesday, McConnell said: “Republicans are united in opposition to raising the debt ceiling, not because it doesn’t need to be done” but because he believes Democrats should include it in their $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill and pass it without Republican support.

Nevertheless, Senator Richard

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