• Microsoft says video calls in Teams grew 1,000% in March
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    Microsoft says video calls in Teams grew 1,000% in March

    With the COVID-19 pandemic making work from home the default for those companies that are able to do so, it's no surprise that we are seeing a massive rise in the usage of video chat tools like Zoom, Google Meet and Teams. Back on March 16, the company reported 900 million meeting minutes in Teams. During those meetings, more users than ever also turned on their video cameras.

  • Google subsidiary agrees to pursue internet 'diversification' in Asia to block China access to U.S. market
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    Google subsidiary agrees to pursue internet 'diversification' in Asia to block China access to U.S. market

    The global internet continues to disintegrate into regional internets. Yesterday, the FCC authorized a Google subsidiary, GU Holdings, to open a submarine fiber optic link between the U.S. and Taiwan, while continuing to block the company’s expansion of the cable to Hong Kong. The cable, operated by Pacific Light Data Communication, has faced years of delays over its ties to the Chinese mainland.

  • IBM (IBM) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    IBM (IBM) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know

    In the latest trading session, IBM (IBM) closed at $121.50, marking a +1.85% move from the previous day.

  • A day in the life of an Amazon courier on the frontlines of the U.S. pandemic
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    A day in the life of an Amazon courier on the frontlines of the U.S. pandemic

    Excelso Sabulao delivers groceries for Amazon.com Inc in California so he can help provide his parents an income. Sabulao, 35, is one of countless Amazon contractors shuttling food and staples that consumers depend on to their doorsteps, with nearly all of the U.S. population under government stay-at-home orders. On Monday morning, Sabulao commuted about an hour to Dublin, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area, to pick up grocery orders from Amazon-owned Whole Foods.

  • AFP

    French regulator orders Google pay copyright fees to media groups

    France's competition regulator said Thursday that Google must start paying media groups for displaying their content, ordering it to begin negotiations after refusing for months to comply with Europe's new digital copyright law. The agency said it "requires Google, within three months, to conduct negotiations in good faith with publishers and news agencies on the remuneration for the re-use of their protected contents". "This injunction requires that the negotiations effectively result in a proposal for remuneration from Google" that must be applied retroactively to October 2019, when France became the first country to ratify the EU law.

  • Honeywell Stock Rises 5%
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    Honeywell Stock Rises 5%

    Investing.com - Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Stock rose by 4.70% to trade at $145.55 by 14:38 (18:38 GMT) on Thursday on the NYSE exchange.

  • Toyota Extends Factory Closures on Growing Coronavirus Scare
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    Toyota Extends Factory Closures on Growing Coronavirus Scare

    Toyota (TM) pushes back the restart of plants in North America ??? including Canada, Mexico and the United States ??? by an additional two weeks.

  • The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Tesla, Zoetis, Target, Boston Scientific and Moody's
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    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Tesla, Zoetis, Target, Boston Scientific and Moody's

    The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Tesla, Zoetis, Target, Boston Scientific and Moody's

  • Activision (ATVI) Adds COD: Modern Warfare, Warzone Season 3
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    Activision (ATVI) Adds COD: Modern Warfare, Warzone Season 3

    Activision Blizzard (ATVI) is likely to benefit from portfolio strength with the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 3 despite intensifying competition.

  • Sanders Gives Health Insurers a Boost: Spotlight on 5 Stocks
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    Sanders Gives Health Insurers a Boost: Spotlight on 5 Stocks

    Sanders' policies haven't been positive for health insurance stocks. He has favored Medicare-For-All and intended to abolish private insurance, which had cast a shadow on health insurance companies for months.

  • E-learning a Rising Trend Amid Coronavirus Crisis: 3 Stocks
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    E-learning a Rising Trend Amid Coronavirus Crisis: 3 Stocks

    The technology industry has been gaining traction in the wake of the pandemic on a surge in trends like e-learning.

  • 4 Good Quality Sector ETFs & Stocks to Buy Right Now
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    4 Good Quality Sector ETFs & Stocks to Buy Right Now

    These sectors are extremely well-positioned to survive market shocks. Buy the related ETFs and stocks.

  • 4 Cloud Computing Stocks to Beat Coronavirus Blues
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    4 Cloud Computing Stocks to Beat Coronavirus Blues

    To stay connected amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown, people across the world are relying heavily on the Internet, which brightens up prospects for cloud players.

  • HSBC Admits of Possible Anti-Money Laundering Law Breaches
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    HSBC Admits of Possible Anti-Money Laundering Law Breaches

    HSBC reports itself to the Australian financial regulator for potential breaches of anti-money laundering rules by its subsidiary in Australia.

  • France rules Google must pay news firms for content
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    France rules Google must pay news firms for content

    France's competition authority ruled on Thursday that Google must pay French publishing companies and news agencies for re-using their content. The U.S. tech firm said it would comply with the French competition authority verdict, which followed a complaint by unions representing French press publishers. "Google's practices caused a serious and immediate harm to the press sector, while the economic situation of publishers and news agencies is otherwise fragile," France's 'Autorite de la Concurrence' said in a statement.

  • Investing.com

    Stocks - Europe Heads Higher Ahead of Eurogroup meeting

    Wall Street had closed sharply higher Wednesday amid hopes the U.S. may turn a corner in its battle against the coronavirus as early as next week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 3.4%, or 780 points, the S&P; 500 up 3.4%, while the NASDAQ Composite added 2.6%.

  • U.S. approves Google request to use segment of U.S.-Asia undersea cable
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    U.S. approves Google request to use segment of U.S.-Asia undersea cable

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday approved Alphabet Inc unit Google's request to use part of an U.S.-Asia undersea telecommunications cable after the company warned it would face significantly higher prices to carry traffic by other means. Google agreed to operate a portion of the 8,000-mile Pacific Light Cable Network System between the United States and Taiwan, but not Hong Kong. Google and Facebook Inc helped pay for construction of the now completed telecommunications link but U.S. regulators have blocked its use.

  • Reuters

    PRESS DIGEST- British Business - April 9

    The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. - Britain's biggest retailer Tesco has defended its decision to hand investors a total £900 million ($1.11 billion)in dividends despite taking £585 million ($724.64 million) from the government's business rates relief holiday. - Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder and the largest shareholder in Easyjet, has stepped his attack on the board of the airline by saying that he will "personally sue those scoundrels" if they go ahead with a multibillion-pound order to acquire more than a 100 new aircraft from Airbus.

  • Fear of death: a day delivering for Amazon
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    Fear of death: a day delivering for Amazon

    (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXCELSO SABULAO, A DELIVERY DRIVER FOR AMAZON FLEX, SAYING: “I'm just putting my faith in God that, you know, somehow, while doing this, I'm gonna be spared from getting infected by this because, you know, I can't afford it.” Excelso Sabulao, a 35-year-old delivery driver for Amazon Flex, a service that allows drivers to pick up extra cash by using personal vehicles to make deliveries, fears that every time he goes to work -he’s not only putting his life at risk, he raising the possibility of exposing his elderly parents… (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXCELSO SABULAO, A DELIVERY DRIVER FOR AMAZON FLEX, SAYING: “Once I get it, I'm going to spread it at home. You know, it's like bringing death sentence to my parents.” But he has no choice. This job is paying his bills and theirs. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXCELSO SABULAO, A DELIVERY DRIVER FOR AMAZON FLEX, SAYING: “They both have like at least three maintenance medications for their blood pressure. My mom had, she had mild stroke back in ’17.” And so he stays on the job: gathering grocery bags from the Whole Foods unit of Amazon for his customers and then loading up his car for drop off. He has the requisite tools of the trade– at least for now: Face masks and sanitizing wipes - check. Hand sanitizer - check. But he fears he’ll run out and wishes Amazon will start providing these crucial supplies. Sabulao isn't feeling safe on the job despite taking precautions. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXCELSO SABULAO, A DELIVERY DRIVER FOR AMAZON FLEX, SAYING: “I guess the part that I'm afraid of the most is going inside the store and picking up those bags, you know, opening the fridge in the chiller, because I don't know if people, you know, people who are working in--they call it shoppers, the Whole Foods shoppers. I don't know if one of them is infected or if one of the drivers is infected. And then, you know, holding those with. And of course, we can contract the virus from surfaces. Right? " Amazon recently told Reuters that it will supply face masks to all warehouse and Whole Foods workers and start doing temperature checks at all locations this week. But contract workers such as Sabulao largely are on their own. He's part of the gig economy - and doesn't make an hourly wage. He gets paid per trip - so for him, tips can make a big difference. He was recently surprised to get a $73 tip for a 2 mile delivery that would have only put $10 in his pocket. Sabulao is grateful for the generosity and the value that customer placed on his work…he only wishes Amazon would do the same. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EXCELSO SABULAO, A DELIVERY DRIVER FOR AMAZON FLEX, SAYING: “Amazon, you actually have to pay us more during these pandemics. You know, we're risking our lives, literally risking our lives delivering your packages."