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Amazon pulls out of Barcelona show over coronavirus fears

Amazon pulls out of Barcelona show over coronavirus fears

Technology
Amazon is the latest technology company to completely pull out of attending this month's Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona because of the coronavirus outbreak.MWC normally attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona with up to 6,000 of them arriving from China, where the outbreak began and has killed 908 people to date. In a statement on Sunday, Amazon said: "Due to the outbreak and continued concerns about the new coronavirus, Amazon will withdraw from exhibiting and participating in Mobile World Congress 2020." ...
Venus Williams pulls out of Brisbane International after training setback

Venus Williams pulls out of Brisbane International after training setback

Sports
Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Venus Williams will not play in the 2020 Brisbane International tennis tournament after sustaining an injury setback during a training session. Williams, 39, had been given a wild card entry for the tournament, which begins Jan. 6 in Brisbane, Queensland in Australia. The Women's Tennis Association confirmed her withdraw Tuesday. The former world No. 1 was set to make up one of the strongest fields in Brisbane International history. Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina, Samantha Stosur, Ashleigh Barty, Alja Tomljanovic, Karolina Plskova, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber are also expected to participate in the event. Former Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova announced Tuesday that she was awarded with a wild card entry at Brisbane. "I've missed the fans, I've m...
Amazon pulls skin-lightening products after groups’ concerns

Amazon pulls skin-lightening products after groups’ concerns

Health
Amazon pulls more than a dozen skin-lightening products with dangerous mercury levels off its website after Minnesota public-health and environmental activists raised concernsByThe Associated PressNovember 23, 2019, 12:13 AM3 min read Amazon has pulled more than a dozen skin-lightening products with dangerous levels of mercury off its website after Minnesota public-health and environmental activists raised concerns. The company’s change came after two groups, the BeautyWell Project and the state branch of the Sierra Club, delivered a petition on Wednesday with over 23,000 signatures to Amazon’s fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. “For a large retail company selling toxic products to individuals of color, I think it’s so wrong. And these are il
Fracking halted after government pulls support

Fracking halted after government pulls support

Business
The government has called a halt to shale gas extraction - or fracking - in England amid fears about earthquakes.It comes after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority said it was not possible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by the practice. Fracking has been suspended since a tremor in Lancashire in August.Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said shale gas had "huge potential" but the government was "no longer convinced" it could be extracted safely.Fracking was suspended after activity by Cuadrilla Resources - the only company licensed to carry out the process - at its Preston New Road site in Lancashire caused a magnitude 2.9 earthquake.Mrs Leadsom said: "After reviewing the OGA's report into recent seismic ac...
Apple pulls app that tracked Hong Kong police

Apple pulls app that tracked Hong Kong police

Technology
Apple has removed an app that Hong Kong protesters have used to track police movement, following pressure from China.Pro-democracy protesters had used the crowdsourced app, called HKmap.live, to avoid water cannon fire, ID checks and tear gas, as they keep up weeks-long demonstrations. Apple, which had originally banned the app, last week allowed it to sit on its App Store, drawing criticism from China's ruling Communist Party.The party's official paper People's Daily called the app "poisonous", and said Apple was helping the protesters.The company says it conducted an investigation into the app, after "many concerned customers in Hong Kong" had contacted them with complaints, and found it to violate its rules. Advertisement ...