Amazon Reportedly Picks HQ2 City—and, in Surprise, Another for HQ3

Amazon is reportedly choosing two cities, not one, for its second headquarters, according to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is working on a deal to move into both the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens in New York City and the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, VA, according to a report from The New York Times, which cited two unnamed people it says are familiar with the discussions. The e-commerce giant has been on a road show fo...
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People are furious about Amazon's reported decision to split its HQ2 between New York City and Virginia after months of deliberation (AMZN)

Amazon is closing in on deals to develop its second headquarters in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York, and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia, The New York Times reported on Monday evening. While state and cities have been fighting to win Amazon's HQ2, many people are less than pleased with the reported decision.  Critics say Amazon's decision to split the headquarters make the drawn-out process seem like a PR stunt.  Meanwhile, many New Yorkers are unhappy with ...
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India’s Meesho, which enables social commerce via WhatsApp, raises $50M

Meesho, a Bangalore-based social commerce startup, has closed a $50 million investment to grow its business in its Indian homeland ahead of future international expansion. This Series C round means that Meesho, which graduated Y Combinator in 2016, has now raised three funding rounds in the past year. Its $3.4 million Series A came in October 2017 with an $11.5 million Series B closing in June of this year. That’s quite the rollercoaster and over the last year, Meesho has seen its top line re...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Ecommerce, Apps, Y Combinator, Asia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Social Media, Tech, Walmart, Whatsapp, Middle East, Online Payments, IIT Delhi

Frost thaws in U.S.-China ties ahead of G20 meeting

The United States and China will hold a delayed top-level security dialogue on Friday, the latest sign of a thaw in relations, as China's vice president said Beijing was willing to talk with Washington to resolve their bitter trade dispute.
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BHP suspends WA rail operations after train travels 92km with no driver

Train hurtled along Newman to Port Hedland line in Pilbara region for 50 minutes until it was deliberately derailed BHP has suspended all rail operations in Western Australia after a runaway train laden with iron ore travelled 92km with no one on board before it was deliberately derailed.The driver of the 2km-long BHP-operated train stepped out of the locomotive early on Monday to inspect an issue with one of its 268 wagons and it took off without him. Continue reading...
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Tourism Export Council says change in visitor strategy overdue

A tourism leader says a change in visitor strategy outlined by the Government is long overdue.Tourism Export Council chief executive Judy Chen said the draft opened for consultation today was a much-needed change in direction from... [Author: [email protected]]
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Review into New Zealand banks culture and conduct finds employees breaching privacy

Two bank employees inappropriately accessed customers' personal account information - with one using the details to stalk an ex-partner, the Privacy Commissioner has revealed.In one case, a bank employee accessed and used the personal... [Author: [email protected]]
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Oil drops on Iran sanction exemptions, economic concerns

Oil prices slipped on Tuesday, weighed down by exemptions from Washington that will allow Iran's biggest oil customers to keep buying from Tehran, as well as concerns that an economic slowdown may curb fuel demand growth.
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Amazon mum on reports it will split new headquarters

NEW YORK (AP) — Online leader Amazon Inc. has refused comment on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between two locations.The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported late Monday that the company would locate... [Author: [email protected]]
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China says ready for U.S. talks, sees no winners in trade war

China is ready to hold discussions and work with the United States to resolve trade disputes because the world's two largest economies stand to lose from confrontation, Vice President Wang Qishan said on Tuesday.
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Alia Bojilova: Becoming a modern leader

While the basic principles of good leadership are timeless, industrial psychologist Alia Bojilova says world now demands a different approach to its practice.She says: "It's wrong to think modern circumstances demand management... [Author: [email protected]]
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Carnival of Space 585

1. Universe Today – An Extremely Large Hole has Been Dug for the Extremely Large Telescope European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) is a next-generation ground... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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Apple's Asia suppliers fall on report it cancelled production boost for iPhone XR

Apple Inc's Asian supplier and assembler stocks fell on Tuesday on a media report that the iPhone maker had told its smartphone assemblers to halt plans for additional production lines dedicated to its new iPhone XR.
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Global Markets: Asian shares wobble, investors brace for U.S. elections

Asian shares wobbled on Tuesday, supported by Wall Street gains although sentiment was tempered ahead of the U.S. midterm elections, the first major electoral test of President Donald Trump's big tax cuts and hostile trade policies.
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Tencent to curb children's online gaming time

China's tech giant will expand its age-based time limit system to all of its games by 2019.
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Lime invests $4.5 million into public safety campaign

Lime will invest more than US$3 million ($4.5m) to educate riders and non-riders on electric scooter safety as part of its "Respect the Ride" campaign.The US transportation giant, which launched its e-scooters in Auckland and Christchurch... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, US, Christchurch, Auckland

Chinese 'gait recognition' tech IDs people by how they walk

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.Already... [Author: [email protected]]
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Ivanka Trump to get 16 new China trademarks, including one for 'voting machines'

Why does Ivanka Trump need trademarks for nursing homes, sausage casing, and *voting machines* in China? Or do we not want to know. The fashion brand of Donald Trump's daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump has received first trial approval from the government of China for 16 new trademarks. The approvals were granted in October, only a few months after Ivanka said she was shutting down the Ivanka Trump brand, which was selling poorly in department stores here in the United States. Re...
Tags: Post, Business, Voting, News, Washington, White House, China, US, Vote, World news, US news, Gop, United States, Intellectual Property, Donald Trump, ZTE

San Francisco's second largest tech employer, Uber, won't take sides on the controversial homelessness measure that the city's tech execs are fighting about (CRM)

Proposition C is a ballot measure in San Francisco that would tax the city's largest corporations to provide relief in the city's ongoing homelessness crisis.  San Francisco's biggest tech employer, Salesforce, and its CEO, Marc Benioff, have been the biggest advocates in favor of Prop C.  The city's second largest tech employer, Uber, has been nowhere to be found in the debate. A company spokesperson told Business Insider on Monday that "Uber remains neutral on Prop C with no plans to engage....
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Digital Disruption Pathways

Digital transformation means a lot of things to different people, but if you do it right it should be virtually unique to your circumstance. The other day I caught up with Rip Gerber, CMO at Vlocity, the Salesforce partner that specializes in vertical industries like telecommunications and insurance. Of digital disruption, he said, "Nobody changes anything without a strong business case," and he's right of course. Vlocity is a company focused on disruption. It's the business case that drives...
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Amazon is reportedly nearing a deal to make New York City one of the homes of its second headquarters — here's why it would be disastrous (AMZN)

Amazon is reportedly planning to name Long Island City neighborhood in Queens, New York half of its second headquarters, HQ2. HQ2 — which The New York Times reports will be split between New York and Crystal City, Virginia — will create roughly 25,000 new jobs in the area.  HQ2 sounds like a great opportunity for New York, but it could contribute to a rise in housing prices, as well as population and transportation woes. On Monday evening, The New York Times reported that Amazon was finally ...
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New York's governor jokes he'll change his name to 'Amazon Cuomo' to win the HQ2 bid hours before a report that New York City will be home to one of the company's new headquarters (AMZN)

"I’ll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that’s what it takes," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said to reporters on Monday in reference to his determination to land Amazon's second headquarters, HQ2. On Monday evening, The New York Times reported that Amazon is finalizing plans to open HQ2 in Long Island City neighborhood in Queens, New York, as well as Crystal City, Virginia.  Cities and states have proposed billions of dollars in economic incentives in an effort to woo Amazon into naming them the...
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As yogurt options multiply, rivals strive to innovate

U.S. yogurt sales have stalled after years of booming growth that was driven by the rapid rise of Greek yogurt. The path forward for yogurt makers remains challenging as mounting competition and consumer preferences continue to evolve.
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Tencent to limit some mobile gamers to an hour of play time per day

Tencent is set to roll out sweeping changes to how it deals with younger gamers. According to The Wall Street Journal, Tencent will soon restrict online play time for youth in China, effectively limiting those children to under one hour of play time per day. First implemented in September, the verification scheme flagged gamers younger than 12 on a popular mobile game, “Honor of Kings.” The game had become so popular among China‘s youth, it led to many students skipping homework, or sometimes sl...
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5 of the strangest psychology cases in history

Psychologists are faced with many patient mysteries.The cases reveal the complexity of humans.Neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote about a number of very strange cases. None As billions of people fade in and out of history on this dusty rock, there are bound to be many strange ones. With the advent of psychology, the study of those who don't fit the norm have provided many invaluable clues about who we are as a species, what we want as individuals, how our brains work, as well as shining a light on ou...
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Six Mistakes Investment Banks Make Creating M&A Pitch Presentations

by Tim Dubes, CMO of Pitchly If you attend enough pitch meetings you have been subject to the pain and rigors of a slide presentation. Whether you are presenting, or you are part of the intended audience, these events can become uncomfortable because, all too often, there is an expectation that certain elements must be included (for the worst reason: “because we’ve always done it that way.”) However, there is a new model emerging in the M&A market that employs logic and empathy for the audience...
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ResMed To Add To Software Offerings With $750M MatrixCare Acquisition

Medical device maker ResMed has agreed to acquire Minnesota-based MatrixCare, which makes software for long-term care providers, for $750 million.San Diego’s ResMed (NYSE: ticker[[RMD]]) announced its intention to buy the privately held tech company on Monday. The purchase price is 25 times MatrixCare’s pro forma 2018 earnings of about $30 million (without taking into account interest, taxes, depreciation or amortization) on anticipated net revenue of about $122 million.ResMed, which brought in...
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Oil slips on worries that economic slowdown could weigh on fuel demand

Oil prices slipped on Tuesday as concerns that an economic slowdown may curb fuel demand growth overshadowed the reintroduction of sanctions on Iran.
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Focus: Ford goes local in India, aims for bigger slice of competitive market

Ford Motor Co made a profit in India for the first time in a decade in the last fiscal year, signalling that a strategy conceived two years ago by the U.S. car manufacturer for one of the world's most competitive car markets is starting to show some success.
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Fly My Sky finding Auckland-Whangārei route tough in first week

The owner of a small airline that has started Auckland to Whangārei flights says the first week has been tough going but there are signs bookings will pick up over summer.Fly My Sky chief executive Keith McKenzie said ''a couple''... [Author: [email protected]]
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