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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp hit by global outage

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp hit by global outage

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went offline for users across the globe, the social media giant said on Monday, as it worked on restoring its services.
Google adds visual search features in shopping, video push

Google adds visual search features in shopping, video push

Alphabet Inc's Google on Wednesday unveiled search features coming soon that will put images rather than text at the heart of queries and potentially expand its role in e-commerce and its dominance in online video.
Mastercard taps into buy now, pay later market with latest offering

Mastercard taps into buy now, pay later market with latest offering

Mastercard Inc on Tuesday launched a buy now, pay later service, tapping into a market that is threatening to chip away at the dominance of credit cards as a main source of payments.
UK's Johnson discussed taxation with Amazon's Bezos

UK's Johnson discussed taxation with Amazon's Bezos

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson discussed the issue of taxation when he met Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos in New York, Downing Street said.
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India plan for tighter e-commerce rules faces internal government dissent

India plan for tighter e-commerce rules faces internal government dissent

India's plan to tighten rules on its fast-growing e-commerce market has run into internal government dissent, with the Ministry of Finance describing some proposals as "excessive" and "without economic rationale".
The Honest Company names Pete Gerstberger chief digital and strategy officer

The Honest Company names Pete Gerstberger chief digital and strategy officer

The Honest Company announced on Wednesday the appointment of Pete Gerstberger as chief digital and strategy officer. 
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Scalapay raises €131 million to fuel international expansion

Scalapay raises €131 million to fuel international expansion

Italian ‘buy now, pay later’ specialist Scalapay has completed a funding round worth €131 million ($150 million), that will enable the company to bolster its personnel growth and international expansion plans.
China tells Alibaba, Tencent to open platforms up to each other

China tells Alibaba, Tencent to open platforms up to each other

China's industry ministry has told technology companies including Alibaba Group Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd to stop blocking each other's website links from their platforms.
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Britain's Monzo poised to enter 'buy now, pay later' market

Britain's Monzo poised to enter 'buy now, pay later' market

Monzo is poised to enter the "buy now, pay later" market, according to a source familiar with the plan, as the British digital bank looks to boost its profitability.
Facebook unveils its first smart glasses

Facebook unveils its first smart glasses

Facebook Inc launched its first smart glasses on Thursday in a step toward its aim of offering true augmented-reality spectacles.
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Chinese prosecutors drop case against former Alibaba employee accused of sexual assault

Chinese prosecutors drop case against former Alibaba employee accused of sexual assault

Chinese prosecutors have dropped a case against a former Alibaba employee accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague, saying they had determined he had committed forcible indecency but not a crime.
JD.com appoints its first ever president, founder to focus on long-term strategies

JD.com appoints its first ever president, founder to focus on long-term strategies

China's JD.com said on Monday Xu Lei will become the e-commerce giant's first ever president, making way for chief executive and founder Richard Liu to devote more time to formulating long-term strategies.
China's Alibaba to invest $15.5 billion towards "common prosperity"

China's Alibaba to invest $15.5 billion towards "common prosperity"

Alibaba Group will invest 100 billion yuan ($15.5 billion) by 2025 in support of "common prosperity", it said, becoming the latest corporate giant to pledge support for the initiative driven by President Xi Jinping.
Lagardere shares steady after billionaire Arnault restructures holding

Lagardere shares steady after billionaire Arnault restructures holding

Shares in publishing company Lagardere opened flat on Thursday after big drops in previous days as luxury goods billionaire Bernard Arnault confirmed he was effectively cutting ties with the company's chief executive.
JD.com workers get unions in watershed moment for China's tech sector

JD.com workers get unions in watershed moment for China's tech sector

E-commerce powerhouse JD.com has established a union for its staff, a landmark move in the country's tech sector where organised labour is extremely rare.
Walmart to hire 20,000 supply chain workers ahead of holiday season

Walmart to hire 20,000 supply chain workers ahead of holiday season

Walmart Inc said on Wednesday it planned to hire 20,000 workers at its supply chain division and raise wages ahead of the busy holiday season anticipating higher demand.
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