Amazon under fire for new packaging that cannot be recycled

Use of plastic envelopes branded a ‘major step backwards’ in fight against pollutionAmazon has been criticised by environmental groups and customers after introducing a range of plastic packaging that cannot be recycled in the UK.While supermarkets and…

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Tech giants despise politics? Hardly – they are in the thick of it and being called out | John Naughton

Silicon Valley’s countercultural aura is gone now that Google develops AI for China and Palantir helps monitor immigrationIf there was one thing that united the founders of today’s tech giants in their early days it was contempt for politics, manifeste…

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Online shoppers and Amazon Prime Day lift UK retail sales

Small rise confounds City forecasts as even troubled department stores record increaseOnline spending bolstered UK retail sales last month, while department stores notched up their first increase this year, as consumers shrugged off Brexit fears.The qu…

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UK consumers switch to online streaming en masse

Retailers suffer as DVD, CD and video games sales plunge by up to a fifthSales of DVDs, CDs and video games plunged by almost a fifth in the three months to the end of June, as consumers ditch physical products for online streaming.Specialist retailers…

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More Bodyguards and Love Islands needed as UK viewers desert TV

Ofcom report highlights scale of challenge broadcasters face from streaming servicesThe scale of the challenge UK broadcasters face in the streaming era has been thrown into stark relief by a new report, which estimates that 34 extra series of the BBC …

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Sweden’s Klarna becomes biggest fintech firm in Europe

‘Shop now, pay later’ payments operator valued at $5.5bn after fresh round of investor fundingKlarna, the Swedish payments company with a “shop now, pay later” model, has become the largest private fintech firm in Europe after a fresh round of investor…

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