Chinese regulators have fined Alibaba Group Holding Ltd 18 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) for violating anti-monopoly rules and abusing its dominant market position, marking the highest ever antitrust fine to be imposed in the country. The penalty, equivalent to around 4% of Alibaba's revenues in 2019, comes amid an unprecedented regulatory crackdown on the home-grown technology conglomerates in the last few months that have weighed on company shares. Alibaba's billionaire founder Jack Ma's business empire has been particularly put under intense scrutiny after his stinging criticism of China's regulatory system in late October. In late December, China's State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) announced it launched an antitrust probe into the company. That came after authorities halted a planned $37 billion IPO from Ant Group , Alibaba's internet finance arm. SAMR said on Saturday that after an investigation launched in December, it had determined that Alibaba … [Read more...] about Why Alibaba has been fined record $2.75 billion by China
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Thoughts return to stronger rail options. Source: freepik.com Although the Ever Given container ship was rescued one week after being stranded in the Suez Canal in Egypt, the trading world remains rocked as hundreds of billions of US dollars has evaporated in the wake of the global trade system significantly relying on this narrow canal. The incident has also posed questions on developing other transportation channels, in which trans-continental rail routes may be top of the list. “One of the most effective channels is to develop a rail route running through Asia and Europe. This would be very good for exporters in Vietnam,” said Tran Thanh Hai, deputy director of the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Agency of Foreign Trade. It is now recommended that exporters should consider and take advantage of the current rail route connecting Vietnam through China to Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Germany. From Germany, the goods can be transported to other European markets. … [Read more...] about Thoughts return to stronger rail options
The People's Apple Watch Apple Watch Aluminum Elegance at a price Apple Watch Stainless Steel The Apple Watch aluminum version is the one to beat this season. It offers the same great features as the stainless steel version for much less. From $199 at Apple Durable, yes, but this Apple Watch costs $300 more than the aluminum model. Thanks to the polished shine, it also shows those micro-abrasions easier. From $699 at Apple The Apple Watch is available in aluminum and stainless steel (as well as titanium). Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple Watch SE are available in aluminum. Apple Watch Series 6 is available in both aluminum and stainless steel, which is made of stronger material. But that might not matter for those that upgrade each year and want to save a few dollars. Aluminum vs. Stainless Steel Apple Watch: Let's compare Source: iMore From a features perspective, Apple Watch Series 6 in either aluminum or stainless steel is … [Read more...] about Aluminum vs Stainless Steel Apple Watch: Which should you buy?
Psychopaths are callous, remorseless, and exploitative individuals. Psychopaths have a characteristic way of communicating. Consider Ted Bundy, a serial killer who could likely meet the criteria for psychopathy : If you watch his 1977 prison interview, available in part on YouTube , you may find something peculiar about how Bundy talks, expresses emotions, and gestures. The question I would like to address in this post is whether we can identify psychopaths by examining how they communicate. To answer this question, I will summarize the findings of a recent study, published in the February issue of the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research , which reviews characteristics of psychopaths’ communication . 1 Psychopathy is sometimes confused with psychopathology (mental illness), psychosis (delusions and hallucinations ), and other similar-sounding words, so before discussing the present study, let me very briefly describe what psychopathy means. Who are … [Read more...] about You May Be Able to Identify a Psychopath by the Way They Talk