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BUSINESS • Today
What does business want from Boris?
December 16, 2019
Many firms will welcome an end to the Brexit stalemate but firms want action elsewhere too.
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Business World
China's November industrial output, retail sales beat expectations
December 16, 2019
China's industrial output and retail sales growth accelerated more than expected in November, suggesting resilience in the economy as Beijing seeks to prop up domestic demand amid the trade war with the United States.
China and U.S. should continue trade talks, remove tariffs: stats bureau
December 16, 2019
China and the United States should continue bilateral trade talks and work toward removing all existing tariffs, China's National Bureau of Statistics spokesman Fu Linghui said on Monday.
SoftBank’s China strategy wobbles as key bets disappoint
December 16, 2019
For SoftBank Group Inc , financial technology firm OneConnect's IPO should have been a vindication of an aggressive China investing strategy.
Asian shares up as 'phase one' trade deal boosts confidence
December 16, 2019
Asian shares moved higher on Monday as investors welcomed a trade agreement between Beijing and Washington over the weekend, but enthusiasm was capped by lingering scepticism about the deal and ongoing relations between China and the United States.
Exclusive: China's BAIC raising Daimler stake to unseat Geely as top shareholder - sources
December 16, 2019
Daimler's main China joint venture partner BAIC Group has set in motion a plan to double its stake to around 10% and win a board seat in the German luxury car maker, as it aims to upstage rival Geely, two sources told Reuters.
U.S. exports to China to nearly double in 'totally done' trade deal: Lighthizer
December 16, 2019
The "phase one" U.S.-China trade deal will nearly double U.S. exports to China over the next two years and is "totally done" despite the need for translation and revisions to its text, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Sunday.
Oil prices fall but hold near three-month high on trade deal agreement
December 16, 2019
Oil prices fell but remained near three-month highs on Monday after the United States and China agreed to an initial trade deal, a move market participants said could stoke oil demand and boost trade flows.
Boeing board meets as company considers 737 MAX production changes
December 16, 2019
Boeing Co is considering whether to cut or halt production of its grounded 737 MAX after the Federal Aviation Administration said last week it would not approve the plane's return to service before 2020, a person briefed on the matter said on Sunday.
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BUSINESS • World
US missed Apollo 11 moment of this decade with its anti-China rhetoric – RT’s Keiser Report
December 15, 2019
Preview China’s high-tech advantage should have been a “Sputnik” moment for the US, but Washington failed to create its own industrial program, choosing to blame Beijing for all its misfortunes instead, says the Keiser Report.
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Russia & Qatar to deepen cooperation in a bid to boost investment and trade
December 15, 2019
Preview Russia’s Roscongress Foundation and the Qatar Investment Promotion Agency have inked a document during the Doha Forum that sets up a joint working group for coordination of investment activities and business projects.
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China vows to retaliate if Germany closes door on Huawei under US pressure
December 15, 2019
Preview Beijing's envoy to Berlin has warned Germany against siding with the US on Huawei, saying that China will retaliate if the telecom company is excluded from the German market, according to national media and Bloomberg reports.
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International Business
Trump Officials Praise Gains From China Deal, but They Come at a Cost
December 15, 2019
The economic losses sustained during a bruising 19-month trade war will not be easy to make up.
Trump Officials Praise Gains From China Deal, but They Come at a Cost
December 15, 2019
The economic losses sustained during a bruising 19-month trade war will not be easy to make up.
Somebody’s Watching: Hackers Breach Ring Home Security Cameras
December 15, 2019
Unnerved owners of the devices reported recent hacks in four states. The company reminded customers not to recycle passwords and user names.
2020 Campaigns Throw Their Hands Up on Disinformation
December 15, 2019
Few politicians have teams to spot false statements about them online, or to fight back before it spreads.
Black Women Now Hold Crowns in 5 Major Beauty Pageants
December 15, 2019
Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica won the Miss World pageant on Saturday. Black women also hold the 2019 crowns of Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Universe.
Prime Leverage: How Amazon Wields Power in the Technology World
December 15, 2019
Software start-ups have a phrase for what Amazon is doing to them: ‘strip-mining’ them of their innovations.
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BUSINESS • Analysis
Disney won at the box office in the last decade. Now it wants to conquer streaming
December 14, 2019
Disney heads into 2020 facing a changing media landscape and will go head-to-head with Netflix, Amazon, and Apple for share of consumers' wallets.
Babe Ruth's 500th home run bat fetches more than $1 million at auction
December 15, 2019
A piece of Babe Ruth memorabilia that was given to a friend 75 years ago could sell for a record price when it gets auctioned off this weekend , according to a California-based auction house.
'Any growth is more than we can afford': Carbon dioxide pollution hits record high as planet warms
December 15, 2019
Carbon dioxide emissions hit 37 billion tons in 2019. The record year caps another decade in which little progress was made in combating global warming.

Business Trends
WWE joins TikTok and brings popular entrance music to the app
December 13, 2019
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WWE has one of the most popular YouTube channels in the world and has become a social media force, and today (as reported by Variety) the company officially joined TikTok. There’s a WWE TikTok channel, sure, but more important to wrestling fans and meme creators is that WWE’s arrival brings with it a slew of licensed entrance music for some of the company’s most recognizable performers past and present.

You can now add “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s theme music to your TikTok uploads. Same for The Undertaker, John Cena, or Becky Lynch. And yes, The Rock’s music is available as well. Music for over 30 superstars can now be included in TikTok videos globally. The songs are not yet available for use in Instagram stories, so this is a decent...

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Google reveals just how much of the world it’s mapped with Street View and Earth
December 13, 2019
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

It’s common knowledge that Google has photographed a huge amount of the planet for its Street View and Google Earth projects. But for the first time, Google has revealed how much of the world it has photographed: 10 million miles of Street View imagery and 36 million square miles of Google Earth imagery, according to a report from CNET.

That Google Earth number is particularly impressive: Google says that it now covers 98 percent of the places in the world where people live. And the 10 million miles of Street View imagery puts Google miles ahead of competitors like Apple, which has just started to include similar street-level photography in Apple Maps with the release of iOS 13 this year. But Apple has a long way to go before it catches...

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Amazon is delivering half its own packages as it becomes a serious rival to FedEx and UPS
December 13, 2019
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Amazon has been steadily growing its logistics operation over the last decade, and it now delivers more than half of all Amazon packages in the US, according to an estimate from Morgan Stanley published on Thursday and reported by CNBC. That’s a staggering increase over the course of the last few years. It means Amazon, which now operates its own freighters and cargo planes, is accelerating its push to own the entire logistics chain and end its relationship with companies like FedEx and UPS.

At the current rate, Amazon is set to pass both FedEx and UPS in US package volume, with the company currently delivering 2.5 billion packages per year compared to FedEx’s 3 billion and UPS’s 4.7 billion, Morgan Stanley says. Amazon’s number doubled...

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BUSINESS • Report
UFC 245 Stats And Video Highlights For Amanda Nunes’ Win Over Germaine de Randamie
December 16, 2019
Amanda Nunes defended her women's bantamweight title with a win over Germaine de Randamie on the UFC 245 pay-per-view card.
WWE TLC 2019 Results: The Revival’s Loss Is The Latest Sign The Duo Will Leave WWE
December 16, 2019
WWE TLC 2019 marked a big loss for The Revival and the latest sign that the talented duo is on its way out of WWE.


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BUSINESS • Insight
Jumpstart a better way to do strategy
Eight practical shifts that can help management teams overcome the social games and corporate politics that doom so many bold plans to failure.
Business Perspective
713: The Tipping Point Between Failure and Success
December 10, 2019
Dashun Wang, associate professor at Kellogg School of Management, crunched big datasets of entrepreneurs, scientists, and even terrorist organizations to better understand the fine line between failure and success. One surprising finding is that people who experience early failures often become more accomplished than counterparts who achieve early successes. Another insight is that the pace of failure is an indicator of the tipping point between stagnation and eventual success. Wang is a coauthor of the study in the journal Nature: “Quantifying the dynamics of failure across science, startups and security.”
Consumer Insights
Smart car technology and the generational divide
December 12, 2019
With every passing year, smart car technology becomes more of a deal-breaker with consumers. From safety features to voice technology, the options get more compelling – and non-vehicle digital tech keeps elevating car buyers’ expectations. If they can have it at their desks or on their couches, why should they expect less for their vehicles?…
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BUSINESS • Outlook
Boeing May Cut Production of the 737 Max Jet, Report Says
December 16, 2019
The 737 Max jet was grounded in March after deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed a total of 346 people
Business Insight
An Executive Guide to the Winter 2020 Issue
December 10, 2019
You’re Going Digital — Now What? Paul Leonardi At the 30,000-foot level of the corporate suite, plotting digital change is heady, exciting stuff. Business leaders can almost smell the gains in efficiency and speed and the data-driven increase in customer satisfaction. But success depends less on inspired strategic planning than on the way people on […]
Learning for a Living
December 10, 2019
Image courtesy of Davide Bonazzi/theispot.com The event was running over, the car was waiting, but the keynote speaker did not seem to mind. He was enjoying fielding questions from a large auditorium packed to the rafters with executives, aspiring entrepreneurs, and management students. “Get ready for an age in which we are all in tech,” […]
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