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Black Friday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores dropped by 6% as consumers spent record online

Black Friday shopping at brick-and-mortar stores dropped by 6% as consumers spent record online

Finance
Black Friday shoppers wait to purchase goods at a Best Buy store on November 29, 2019 in Emeryville, United States. Black Friday is traditionally the biggest shopping event of the year, and marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season.Philip Pacheco | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesBlack Friday brick-and-mortar retail sales fell by 6.2% compared to last year as consumers eschewed in-person shopping for online purchasing, according to preliminary data from ShopperTrak.The pullback corresponds with a jump in Black Friday spending online, which hit $ 7.4 billion, the largest online Black Friday total ever, according to Adobe Analytics."There is no longer one way to shop on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday," said Brian Field, senior director of global retail consulting for ShopperTrak....
Private messages from Brexit-backer Arron Banks leaked online

Private messages from Brexit-backer Arron Banks leaked online

Technology
By Deborah Haynes, foreign affairs editor, and Alexander J Martin, technology reporter The Twitter account of Arron Banks, the millionaire businessman who helped fund Nigel Farage's Brexit campaign, has been hacked and private messages leaked online, he has said.The police and the social media platform have been informed, the co-founder of the campaign group Leave.EU said in a statement on Tuesday. Mr Banks's Twitter account has since been taken offline."I became aware last night that my Twitter account had been hacked and that persons involved have posted personal data obtained illegally via Twitter," he said.Mr Banks accused Twitter of not responding to requests to "remove the illegal downloads". ...
From January, banks cannot charge you for online NEFT transactions

From January, banks cannot charge you for online NEFT transactions

Finance
From January 2020, banks can no longer charge savings bank account holders for online transactions in the NEFT system. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has now mandated banks to do this through a press release on Friday. In its press release, RBI stated that it is doing this to promote digital payments. In its July monetary policy review, RBI had decided to do away with charges for NEFT and RTGS transactions. However, it hadn’t set a date by when banks had to comply. In its July statement it had said, “In order to provide an impetus to digital funds movement, it has been decided to do away with the charges levied by the Reserve Bank for transactions processed in the RTGS and NEFT systems. Banks will be required, in turn, to pass these benefits to their customers.” In the press release issue
How Silicon Valley enables online slave markets

How Silicon Valley enables online slave markets

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device Drive around the streets of Kuwait and you won't see these women. They are behind closed doors, deprived of their basic rights, unable to leave and at risk of being sold to the highest bidder.But pick up a smartphone and you can scroll through thousands of their pictures, categorised by race, and available to buy for a few thousand dollars.An undercover investigation by BBC News Arabic has found that domestic workers are being illegally bought and sold online in a booming black market.Some of the trade has been carried out on Facebook-owned Instagram, where posts have been promoted via algorithm-boosted hashtags, and sales negotiated via private messages. ...
This Dhanteras, you can buy gold online using ETMONEY’s GoldDeposit

This Dhanteras, you can buy gold online using ETMONEY’s GoldDeposit

Finance
We Indians love shopping for gold, especially for special occasions. This fervour for accumulating gold touches new highs annually on Dhanteras, the first day of Diwali, which is considered auspicious to buy gold as it offers good fortunes, eternal wealth, and is symbolic of Goddess Lakshmi. Drawbacks of physical gold With today being Dhanteras, millions of Indian consumers and jewellers are gearing up to exchange tonnes of gold. While smart, new-age Indians are looking beyond the traditional way to buy gold in the form of jewellery. This is because while physical gold offers the opportunity of look and feel of the metal, acquiring it involves unnecessary additional costs like making charges, annual locker fees, insurance, and not to mention the buyers' stress while transporting the metal....