Saturday, 23 September, 2017

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China’s Xi shows common touch with visit to bun restaurant

Chinese President Xi Jinping showed off the common touch on Saturday with a surprise visit to a steamed bun restaurant in Beijing where he paid for his food and happily chatted to surprised customers. In pictures widely shared on China's Twitter-like microblogging service Sina Weibo, and confirmed by state media, Xi could be seen lining up for his food and ... Read More »

Delta website glitch offers up tickets at rock-bottom rates

(Reuters) – A website glitch on Thursday morning caused some Delta Airlines fares to be offered at deep discounts to normal prices, including a reported roundtrip between New York and Los Angeles for $40. The situation has been resolved and the correct prices are being displayed,” said Delta spokesperson Trebor Banstetter. Airfarewatchdogs.com, a travel and fare lookout website, said fares ... Read More »

Russia targets cross-border online shoppers with new duty rules

Russia plans to start charging duty on purchases worth more than 150 euros ($210) from foreign online stores, lowering the threshold from 1,000 euros and potentially slowing the fast-growing market while benefiting domestic online retailers. The volume of Russians’ purchases in foreign online stores may reach up to 120 billion roubles ($3.67 billion) this year, a 100 percent increase over ... Read More »

Japan’s 7-Eleven kingpin looks to U.S. to inspire online revolution

By Taiga Uranaka and Ritsuko Shimizu TOKYO (Reuters) – The 81-year-old Japanese executive who built 7-Eleven into the world's biggest convenience store chain has a new mission: turning more than 50,000 bricks and mortar stores in Japan into portals to a new online retail empire. To do it, Toshifumi Suzuki, the chief executive of department store to mail order retailer ... Read More »

NYC PR executive loses job after Twitter post about AIDS in Africa

A public relations executive for the prominent New York-based Internet media company IAC lost her job on Saturday after she posted a message joking about AIDS in Africa and race on her Twitter account, sparking an online furor. I’m white!” Justine Sacco, who was IAC’s corporate communications director, wrote in a message on Twitter on Friday, shortly before taking a ... Read More »

Online retailer N Brown to increase UK presence: paper

(Reuters) – Internet and catalogue retailer N Brown Group plc, which owns the Jacamo and Simply Be brands, is seeking to expand its presence in the UK, The Daily Telegraph reported. The company, which has nine outlets in the UK, has hired a former Asda property executive to spearhead the property acquisition according to the newspaper. “We’re looking for locations ... Read More »

Fired PR executive apologizes for AIDS in Africa tweet

A public relations executive who ignited an online furor after posting a message on Twitter joking about AIDS in Africa, apologized on Sunday, saying she was ashamed of her comment. Justine Sacco, who was subsequently fired from the prominent New York-based Internet media company IAC/InterActive Corp after the tweet created a firestorm on social media, issued a statement of remorse ... Read More »

News Corp acquires social media tool Storyful

By Jennifer Saba (Reuters) – News Corp on Friday made its first acquisition as a stand-alone company with the $25 million purchase of social news tool Storyful. Founded in 2008 and based in Dublin, Ireland, Storyful verifies and manages the rights holders of news and videos on social media platforms such as Twitter in real time. "Storyful has become the ... Read More »

Dodgers rule in crowd attendance, social network growth

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Though the Los Angeles Dodgers fell just one step shy of the World Series last season, they proved to be the kingpins when it came to drawing huge crowds and ruling the roost on social media. According to figures released by Major League Baseball (MLB), Dodger Stadium was the most visited ballpark with ... Read More »