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China’s Alibaba to invest billions by 2025 for ‘common prosperity’

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China’s Alibaba to invest billions by 2025 for ‘common prosperity’ Move comes on back of Beijing encouraging firms to share wealth as part of a drive to ease inequality China’s Alibaba Group will invest 100bn yuan ($15.5bn) by 2025 in support of “common prosperity”, it said, becoming the latest corporate giant to pledge support for […]

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Amazon to recruit 55,000 staff globally in tech and office roles

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Technology sector Amazon to recruit 55,000 staff globally in tech and office roles Retailer says it will add 40,000 jobs in the US and 2,500 in the UK to support plans for rapid growth Richard Partington Economics correspondent @RJPartington Wed 1 Sep 2021 15.28 EDT – Amazon is planning to hire 55,000 staff in corporate […]

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‘I don’t like being treated like crap’: gig workers aim to retool a system they say is rigged

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‘I don’t like being treated like crap’: gig workers aim to retool a system they say is rigged Uber, Lyft and other companies fighting Massachusetts lawsuit that would grant workers status as employees Michael Sainato — Fri 27 Aug 2021 05.00 EDT  — Felipe Martinez began working full-time as an Uber driver in the Boston, […]

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Ethiopia starts building local rival to Facebook

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Ethiopia starts building local rival to Facebook Government wants its own social media platform to replace Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Zoom Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency has said. For the […]

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Apple delays return to corporate offices until 2022 as Covid cases rise

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Apple Apple delays return to corporate offices until 2022 as Covid cases rise The iPhone maker had previously told its global workforce to plan for a phased return from October Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Mark Sweney @marksweney Fri 20 Aug 2021 06.50 EDT First published on Fri 20 Aug 2021 […]

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FTC complaint against Facebook seeks to break up company’s monopoly power

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US renews fight with Facebook arguing company holds monopoly The agency also dismissed a request by the tech giant that chair Lina Khan recuse herself from the case   Kari Paul in San Francisco, Thu 19 Aug 2021 16.17 EDT — The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday refiled its antitrust case against Facebook, arguing the […]

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Facebook shut down our research into its role in spreading disinformation | Laura Edelson and Damon McCoy

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Facebook Facebook is obstructing our work on disinformation. Other researchers could be next Laura Edelson and Damon McCoy The company’s hostility to academic scrutiny limits our ability to understand how the platform amplifies political falsehoods Sat 14 Aug 2021 06.00 EDT Last week, Facebook disabled our personal accounts, obstructing the research we lead at New […]

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Disgraced Samsung boss released early from South Korean prison

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Samsung Disgraced Samsung boss released early from South Korean prison Billionaire vice-chair was serving 30-month sentence for bribing country’s former president Rupert Neate @RupertNeate Fri 13 Aug 2021 09.11 EDT Last modified on Fri 13 Aug 2021 17.53 EDT The billionaire boss of South Korea’s Samsung empire has been released from prison after serving 18 […]

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Australian government warned two weeks ago fake Covid check-in apps being used to bypass contact tracing

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Australian government warned two weeks ago fake Covid check-in apps being used to bypass contact tracing A public tip-off alerted the police and health departments in three states but the apps still remain online Christopher Knausm @knausc -Thu 12 Aug 2021 13.30 EDT — Federal and state authorities were warned two weeks ago that an […]

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Heavy spending on driver incentives pushes Uber to bigger-than-forecast loss

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Uber Heavy spending on driver incentives pushes Uber to bigger-than-forecast loss Revenues double as demand for rides increases, but ride-hailing company has to spend more Kari Paul Thu 5 Aug 2021 06.53 EDT — Heavy spending to encourage drivers back to the road has pushed ride-hailing firm Uber into a larger-than-expected loss, despite the company […]

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