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Is the Middle East the new battleground in China-US rivalry?

Internationalt - News from DIIS - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:41
While the US has sent mixed signals about a retreat from the Middle East, China has constantly increased its economic involvement the last 10 years. Is China about to replace the US in the Middle East?
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Ziegler og Striib vil holde den gode tone (nr. 21/2019)

Nyheder fra Danske Kommuner - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:25
De offentlige overenskomstparter lover, at de vil handle klogere i forbindelse med overenskomstforhandlingerne i 2021, og arbejdet med at skabe det bedst mulige forhandlingsgrundlag er allerede i gang.
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MF og borgerrepræsentant skifter fra V til K (nr. 21/2019)

Nyheder fra Danske Kommuner - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:25
Marcus Knuth melder sig ud af Venstre, som han mener er splittet af værdipolitikken. Konservativ gruppeformand på Københavns Rådhus byder ham velkommen.
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Tidligere ansat: »Apple intimiderer alle, der overhovedet tør overveje at forlade dem«

Version2 - Seneste nyheder - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:24
En tidligere ansat hos Apple har anklaget virksomheden for at have tilgået hans beskeder ulovligt. Anklagerne kommer kort tid efter, at Apple har udtalt, at deres telefoner sikrer privatlivet.
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Myanmar Rohingya: Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims at UN court

BBC News - World - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:21
Myanmar's leader says there is no proof its army had "genocidal intent" against Rohingya Muslims.
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EU-landene præsenterer plan: Europa skal være det første klimaneutrale kontinent i 2050

DR Nyheder - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:15
Her er den grønne plan, som skal føre til massive forandringer i Europa.
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Farvel til fredet natur: 111 havne må bygge ved stranden

DR Nyheder - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:11
Miljøministeren ophæver strandbeskyttelsen, så flere havne får mulighed for at bygge en butik eller restaurant.
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'Hvor sygt er det lige?' Trump sammenligner sig selv med Marvel-superskurk

DR Nyheder - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:03
Skaberen bag superskurken Thanos, Jim Starlin, føler sig krænket over ny video fra Trump-kampagnen.
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'Between life and death': Rescued migrants recall Libya 'hell'

Al Jazeera - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:01
Libya is major gateway for African migrants hoping to reach Europe but they face 'unimaginable horrors' in the country.
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Bosnia introduces Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra to Qatar

Al Jazeera - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:00
The orchestra plays in the Gulf state for the first time with the aim of promoting Bosnian culture and artists.
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Elon Musk's mother unearthed a 1995 photo of him fixing a car window, and he joked he's come 'full circle' with Cybertruck

Businessinsider - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:56

  • Elon Musk's mother tweeted a picture from 1995 of Musk fixing an old busted up car.
  • Musk tweeted back saying he used parts from a junkyard to repair the car, and in the photo he's fixing a broken window.
  • "The circle is complete," he added, referring back to the Tesla's unveiling of the Cybertruck, when its supposedly armored windows shattered.
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Elon Musk's mother tweeted a throwback picture to the Tesla billionaire tinkering with an old car.

Maye Musk shared the photograph on Tuesday, and said it was from 1995. In the picture Musk is 24, and is eight years off cofounding Tesla.

@elonmusk⁩ #1995 And people said you knew nothing about cars

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Fire banker får påbud: Især Danske Bank får kritik

DR Nyheder - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:53
Fire banker har ifølge Finanstilsynet ikke nok øje på handel med værdipapirer. Det øger risiko for misbrug.
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Al Jazeera wins prestigious UN prize

Al Jazeera - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:43
Stories on allegations of ethical misconduct in UNRWA among winners at UN Correspondents Association.
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Team Danmark-chef om glippet OL-billet: 'Det er frygteligt skuffende'

DR Sporten - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:43
De danske håndboldkvinder kommer ikke med til OL i Tokyo, idet det ikke lykkedes at slå Serbien ved VM.
Categories: Sport

Apple CEO Tim Cook says monopolies aren't bad if they aren't abused (AAPL)

Businessinsider - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:37

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended the existence of monopolies in business, saying that "a monopoly by itself isn't bad if it's not abused."
  • Cook made the remark in a wide-ranging interview with Nikkei Asian Review on Wednesday, while denying that Apple itself has a monopoly in any sector.
  • Apple has faced several complaints about how its App Store treats app providers who compete with Apple services. This includes one by music streaming firm Spotify, which filed an antitrust complaint with European regulators in March.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended the existence of monopolies in business, while also denying that Apple has a monopoly in any sector.

In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review in Tokyo on Wednesday, during which Cook discussed a range of topics including Apple's treatment of competitors, he said: "A monopoly by itself isn't bad if it's not abused." 

"The question for those companies is, do they abuse it? And that is for regulators to decide, not for me to decide."

Cook insisted Apple itself is not a monopoly – a line he has maintained for the duration of his tenure, despite Apple having faced multiple anti-competition complaints from app providers who compete with its services.

In March, the music streaming service Spotify filed a legal complaint with the European Commission over alleged anti-competitive practices.

Spotify was unhappy with the 30% fee that Apple charges on App Store subscriptions, arguing that as Apple makes life extremely difficult for services that try and avoid that fee, Spotify would have to raise its prices to account for the levy.

In turn, that would make Spotify more expensive than Apple's in-house streaming service, Apple Music, which doesn't have to pay the same 30% levy.  Cook's reaction to the complaint was to insist that "no reasonable person" would call Apple a monopoly. 

In Wednesday's Nikkei interview, Cook also denied that big tech firms are "monolithic" and attempted to distance Apple from fellow tech giants Facebook and Google, which have both been accused of accumulating consumer data to create near-monopolies.

"You're not our product, that's very clear in our minds. We don't believe in trafficking your data," he said.

SEE ALSO: Spotify has bloodied Apple's nose once before. Now, it has a chance to cut its $853 billion rival down to size.

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New Zealand volcano: What we know about those affected

BBC News - World - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:35
The latest information on the people affected by the deadly eruption on New Zealand's White Island.
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Saudi Arabia oil attacks: UN 'unable to confirm Iranian involvement'

BBC News - World - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:33
Saudi Arabia says Iran was involved in September's drone and missile strikes - something it denies.
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Buyer returns Grease jacket to Olivia Newton-John after auction

BBC News - World - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:33
He gives the leather jacket back to Olivia Newton-John after buying it from her for $243,000.
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Amazon's massive investment in food delivery startup Deliveroo hits a major roadblock as UK regulator decides it could harm competition

Businessinsider - Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:28

  • Amazon's investment in UK food delivery startup Deliveroo has hit a major snag after the UK competition regulator decided the deal could seriously harm competition in the space.
  • Amazon led a $575 million investment into Deliveroo in May, triggering an initial competition probe and a demand from the UK regulator that the two companies remain separate while it investigated.
  • The Competition and Markets Authority announced Wednesday it was proceeding with an in-depth investigation into the investment to determine how the deal could hurt competition.
  • Amazon and Deliveroo have five days to try to head off the probe.
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Amazon's investment in a British food delivery startup has stalled due to the UK's antitrust watchdog announcing an "in-depth" investigation into whether the deal hurts competition.

In May Amazon led a whopping $575 million investment round in Deliveroo, a major rival to Uber Eats in the UK.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a preliminary investigation into the investment in June. It announced a formal "phase 1" investigation in October, and on Wednesday confirmed it was proceeding with a "phase two" in-depth investigation.

The CMA is worried the deal may damage competition in two ways.

  1. The deal could prevent Amazon from re-entering the online food delivery market. "Currently, there are only a small number of companies that act as the middle-man between restaurants and customers, and Amazon offered this service in competition with Deliveroo until 2018, when it exited the market," the CMA notes. The CMA also found internal Amazon documents suggesting the tech giant was seriously considering re-entering the market.
  2. The CMA is worried the combined strength of Amazon and Deliveroo would prevent smaller companies entering the market. "Although several supermarkets and online food platforms are experimenting with convenience grocery delivery, Amazon and Deliveroo — which both have UK-wide delivery networks to support their operations — are two of the strongest players in this market at present," the CMA said.

"If the deal were to proceed in its current form, there's a real risk that it could leave customers, restaurants and grocers facing higher prices and lower quality services as these markets develop. This is because the significant competition which could otherwise exist between Amazon and Deliveroo would be reduced," CMA executive director Andrea Gomes da Silva said in a statement.

The regulator noted in its press release that while Amazon's stake would not make it a majority shareholder the deal would still allow it to have sway over Deliveroo's business strategy.

"The companies now have five working days to offer legally-binding proposals to the CMA to address the competition concerns identified. The CMA would then have five working days to consider whether to accept the offer instead of referring the case to an in-depth investigation." the CMA said.

Founded in 2013 in London by former banker Will Shu, Deliveroo now operates in over 500 cities in 14 countries. It is thought t0 be valued at around $4 billion.

"Deliveroo has been working closely with the CMA and will continue to do so," A Deliveroo spokesperson told Business Insider.

"We are confident that we will persuade the CMA of the facts that this minority investment will add to competition, helping restaurants to grow their businesses, creating more work for riders, and increasing choice for customers. Deliveroo is a British company operating right across the country and this investment will be particularly beneficial to the UK economy."

An Amazon spokesperson echoed the idea that the investment would be good for consumers.

"A homegrown UK business like Deliveroo should have broad access to investors and supporters. Amazon believes that this investment funding will lead to more pro-consumer innovation by helping Deliveroo continue to build its world-class service and remain competitive in the restaurant food delivery space by creating more highly-skilled jobs, innovating in the restaurant food delivery sector, and developing new products for customers," the spokesperson told Business Insider.

This story is developing, check back for updates...

SEE ALSO: This is global and strategic: What Amazon's mega investment in Deliveroo means for Uber and everyone else

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