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In streaming wars, Disney reaches beyond kids and families


November 12, 2019

LOS ANGELES: During commercial breaks in a broadcast of World Wrestling Entertainment’s WWE SmackDown, fans were shown ads for Walt Disney Co’s new streaming service, Disney+. So were “Monday Night Football” viewers and video gamers watching Twitch. “Try to keep up,” said Captain Marvel in one ad after a series of fast-paced clips from Star Wars, The Simpsons, The Avengers and other Disney-owned hits …

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SpaceX sends up 60 mini-satellites with plans for thousands more


November 12, 2019

WASHINGTON: The private SpaceX company on Monday launched a second set of mini-satellites as it builds a huge constellation of the small orbiting devices aimed at greatly expanding internet access around the globe. A Falcon-9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, placed 60 mini-satellites in orbit, joining 60 others launched in May. The American company´s Starlink network could one day …

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Huawei to give staff $286 million bonus for helping it ride out US curbs


November 12, 2019

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies said on Tuesday it will hand out 2 billion yuan ($286 million) in cash rewards to staff working to help it weather a US trade blacklisting. The world’s largest telecoms equipment provider has said it has been trying to find alternatives to US hardware after the United States all but banned it in May from …

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Alibaba’s Singles’ Day shopping blitz crosses $30 billion mark


November 11, 2019

HANGZHOU: Chinese retailer Alibaba Group Holding said on Monday that sales for its annual Singles’ Day shopping blitz crossed the $30 billion mark at 4:31 pm (0831 GMT), putting the event on track to set a record in its 11th year. The figure is equivalent to over 80 percent of US rival Amazon online store sales in the latest quarter …

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Apple co-founder joins Apple Card debate on gender discrimination


November 11, 2019

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak joined in the online debate over accusations of gender discrimination by the algorithm behind the iPhone maker’s credit card, fuelling scrutiny of the newly launched Apple Card. The criticism started on Thursday, after entrepreneur David Heinemeier Hansson railed against the Apple Card in a series of Twitter posts, saying it gave him 20 times the credit …

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Swvl aims for Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh after taking over Pakistan


November 11, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Swvl, an Egyptian startup with an app to book bus tickets, plans to launch operations in the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh by the end of next year, a senior official said. The startup, which operates buses along fixed routes and allows customers to reserve and pay for them using its app, began operations in Egypt in 2017. Swvl has …

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Chinese e-commerce giants report booming Singles Day sales


November 11, 2019

Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com reported a total of more than $50 billion in sales on Monday in the first half of Singles Day, an annual marketing event that is the world’s busiest online shopping day. Singles Day began as a joke holiday created by university students in the 1990s as an alternative to Valentine’s Day for people without …

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Tesla’s Elon Musk and David Einhorn engage in Twitter spat


November 11, 2019

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and noted short-seller David Einhorn mocked each other in open letters published on Twitter on Friday, trading barbs clothed in polite language. Einhorn on Oct. 30 had told his investors at Greenlight Capital that his fund had lost money on Tesla. Greenlight bet against the electric carmaker, and shares rose in the second quarter. …

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Apple Card under investigation over claims of gender discrimination


November 11, 2019

A New York financial regulator said Saturday it is investigating claims of gender discrimination by the new credit card from tech giant Apple and its issuer Goldman Sachs, after a cardholder’s tweet about his wife’s credit limit went viral. American businessman David Heinemeier Hansson had tweeted on Thursday that the Apple Card is a “fucking sexist program.” He said the …

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Skip the queue: Singapore hotels use face recognition check-in


November 10, 2019

Tourists visiting Singapore can now check in at some hotels using facial recognition technology under a pilot programme that could cut waiting times and help tackle a labour crunch. The tech-savvy country of 5.7 million people is increasingly turning to automation to speed up services and deal with workforce shortages, with robots deployed for tasks ranging from cleaning to making …

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