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Senator Hawley

US senator urges criminal probe of ‘predatory data practices’

GOP Senator Josh Hawley has urged the Justice Department to open a criminal probe of Inc, saying the online retailer was building a monopoly using “predatory data ...

Platform News: Amazon Coronavirus response

New York AG raises concerns about Amazon’s pandemic safety practices – source may have violated safety measures and labour practices amid the coronavirus pandemic as it fired a warehouse protest leader last month, New York Attorney General Letitia...

Platform News: Alibaba online marketplace

Alibaba demotes top executive after probe into behaviour – source

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has demoted Jiang Fan, one of its most senior executives, after an internal investigation into allegations of improper behaviour, accordi...

Platform News: Amazon packages

Amazon tests screening new merchants for fraud via video calls is piloting the use of video conference calls to verify the identity of merchants who wish to sell goods on its platforms, in a new plan to counter fraud without in-pers...

Platform News: Worker at an automated Amazon Warehouse

French court backs workers in Amazon row over virus measures

A French court has rejected Amazon’s appeal against a ruling that restricts what it can deliver during the coronavirus crisis, handing a victory to unions that had criticised...


Expedia to boost liquidity with $3.2 billion capital raise, names new Chief Executive

Expedia Group has stated it was raising $3.2 billion in fresh capital to boost its liquidity, in an effort to ride out a coronavirus-driven collapse in travel demand. 

Benchmark Ventures

Venture firm Benchmark raises new fund without early Uber investor – source

The Silicon Valley venture capital firm known for its early backing of companies such as eBay is raising a new fund, but without one of its most prominent general partners, a sourc...

Platform News: Alibaba online marketplace

Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD offer bookings for coronavirus tests

Chinese e-commerce giants Alibaba Group Holding and JD have each launched booking services for coronavirus tests, the companies have announced. 


Expedia nearing deal to sell stake to Silver Lake and Apollo – WSJ

Online travel services company Expedia Group Inc is in advanced talks to sell a stake to private-equity firms Silver Lake Partners and Apollo Global Management Inc for about $1 bil...

Platform News: Google movements

Google drops charges on shopping service to counter Amazon’s growing advertising sales

Google has said it would stop charging merchants to place products on its Google Shopping search page as it looks to win e-commerce advertising business from and other o...

Platform News: Amazon packages

In Versailles, the king of e-commerce Amazon fights unions backlash

Amazon has made its case in a French court of appeal to keep deliveries on track in the country, rejecting unions’ allegations that it was not doing its best to protect emplo...

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon preparing to launch a super-fast grocery delivery service in UK – the Grocer

E-commerce titan is preparing to launch an ultra-fast grocery delivery service in the UK trade magazine the Grocer has reported, citing suppliers. 

Platform Industry: Ebay app and online marketplaces

Starboard ends its proxy fight at eBay, withdraws director nominations

Activist investor Starboard on Thursday ended its proxy fight at eBay by withdrawing its four director nominees four days after the e-commerce company named a new CEO. 

Moscow Skyline

Russia’s Yandex to supply Muscovites with coronavirus tests at home

Russian internet firm Yandex is working with local laboratories to offer a new service allowing Moscow’s residents to get tested for the novel coronavirus at home during the ...