The German city of Wuppertal has launched an online marketplace for local retailers. The aim is to keep bolster sales of brick-and-mortar stores in the heart of the city and help them compete against online giants.
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Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba already ranks alongside Amazon and Walmart as one of the world's largest retailers. Its latest announcement of a major logistics investment and takeover shows the scale of its ambitions.
Consultancy firm PwC has published its latest Global Innovation 1000 survey showing that corporate spending on Research & Development has never been higher, but also warning of the effects of economic nationalism.
The UK, supported by France and Italy, has urged social media companies to speed up the removal of "terrorist content" from the internet. Several websites list ingredients for making bombs, for example.
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