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21 Nov 5:31pm Amazon reopens global store to Australians in time for Black Friday sales
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Move comes months after retailer closed global website after the government introduced GST changes Amazon has reopened its global website to Australian consumers, with the backflip coming just in time for Black Friday sales. The giant online retailer closed the global store to Australians in July after the federal government introduced changes to the GST – known colloquially as the “Amazon tax”. It placed the 10% tax on all low-value overseas purchases and businesses with a turnover of more than $75,000.
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21 Nov 1:25pm Amazon hit with major data breach days before Black Friday
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Customers’ names and email addresses posted on website, tech giant confirms Amazon has suffered a major data breach that caused customer names and email addresses to be disclosed on its website, just two days ahead of Black Friday. The e-commerce giant said it has emailed affected customers but refused to give any more details on how many people were affected or where they are based.
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21 Nov 12:50pm Apple supplier to slash expenses amid concern over iPhone sales
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Foxconn Technology Group plans to cut costs by £2.3bn next year, according to reports Foxconn Technology Group, which supplies Apple with components for the iPhone, is reportedly planning to cut costs by billions of pounds amid concerns that iPhone sales growth is slowing. The Taiwanese manufacturer will slash 20bn yuan (£2.3bn) from expenses in 2019, Bloomberg News reported.
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21 Nov 12:02pm Facebook criticised for post promoting child bride auction
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Company failed to remove post that informed users of auction of 17-year-old girl for several days Facebook has been criticised for failing to remove a viral post promoting an auction of a child bride in South Sudan, which eventually led to the payment of the largest dowry ever recorded in the civil war-torn country. The highest bidder was a man three times the age of the 17-year-old girl who was auctioned. At least four other men in Eastern Lakes state competed, including the region’s deputy governor, said Philips Anyang Ngong, a human rights lawyer who tried to stop the bidding last month.
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21 Nov 9:25am TikTok: the Chinese lip-syncing app taking over America
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A video-sharing app is has become the most popular free app on the App Store in the US It
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21 Nov 4:57am Square Enix pulls three games from Belgium after loot box ban
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Titles including Mobius Final Fantasy dropped following crackdown on ‘mixing games and gambling’ The games publisher Square Enix is pulling three mobile games from Belgium following the introduction of a law in the European nation that bans “loot boxes” as a form of gambling. The games – Mobius Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts Union X and Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia – are some of largest titles in the publisher’s mobile roster, although it is better known for its console games such as Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy and Hitman.
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20 Nov 8:54pm Russian firm linked to election meddling sues Facebook over ban
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Federal Agency of News says it’s legitimate and is seeking an injunction to prevent Facebook from blocking its account A Russian company whose accountant was charged by federal prosecutors for attempting to meddle in US elections has sued Facebook, claiming it is a legitimate news outlet and its Facebook account should be restored. The Federal Agency of News LLC, known as FAN, and its sole shareholder, Evgeniy Zubarev, filed the lawsuit in federal court in the northern district of California, seeking damages and an injunction to prevent Facebook from blocking its account.
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