Jack Ma’s New Chieftain Lays Out Plan to Fend Off Tencent

Laveta Brigham

(Bloomberg) — Billionaire Jack Ma’s newest chieftain is accelerating Alipay’s evolution into an online mall for everything from loans and travel services to food delivery, in a bid to claw back shoppers lost to Tencent Holdings Ltd. Ant Group Chief Executive Simon Hu is aggressively pitching digital payment and cloud […]

Restaurants are ‘hurting’, says Deliveroo boss

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Restaurants “are hurting” due to the coronavirus pandemic, the boss of food courier Deliveroo has told the BBC. “Even if restrictions are lifted soon, there’s going to be a long period of socially-distanced dining,” said Will Shu. Deliveroo has expanded its UK customer base, with coronavirus accelerating the adoption of […]

Britain’s biggest businesses make net zero pledge

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Severn Trent boss Liv Garfield – Heathcliff O’Malley Some of Britain’s biggest business have committed to cut their carbon emissions to net zero by 2040 as the UK gears up to host crucial international climate talks next year.  EasyJet, Pearson, Deloitte, Standard Chartered, Unilever and Severn Trent are among almost 50 […]

The Independent’s Happy List 2020: Heroes in a crisis

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Today The Independent publishes its annual Happy List, which this year honours 50 remarkable heroes in a crisis who have helped others during the Covid-19 pandemic. These are some of Britain’s most inspirational individuals, whose kindness, ingenuity and dedication prove that the worst of times can bring out our best. […]

Starbucks suspends social media ads over hate speech

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Starbucks has announced it will suspend advertising on some social media platforms in response to hate speech. The coffee giant joins global brands including Coca-Cola, Diageo and Unilever which have recently removed advertising from social platforms. A Starbucks spokesperson told the BBC the social media “pause” would not include YouTube, […]

‘We All Deserve to Have Our Voices Heard’

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Michelle Obama wants people to get out and vote in November. Through her nonprofit organization When We All Vote, Mrs. Obama teamed up with The Roots during the 13th Annual Roots Picnic on Saturday to encourage people to register to vote for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. During the virtual […]

Make Masks Accessories, Not Annoyances

Laveta Brigham

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Why all the fuss about masks? Why won’t people just wear them? “Masking has become controversial. It shouldn’t be,” former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on “Face the Nation.” To health experts, masks seem like a simple, apolitical precaution. In medical jargon, they’re personal […]