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Competition watchdog bans sale of Lubricant brand to RB - 05/23/2015

The competition and Markets Authority of UK has temporarily blocked the potential purchase of the K-Y Jelly brand by Reckitt Benckiser (RB) from Johnson & Johnson, saying that the price of sexual lubricant could slip to new highs.   According to the watchdog, RB already has the Durex brand with it and adding the lubricant as well will lead to monopoly in the market segment, which could...

Canadian commission to analyze broadband speed - 05/23/2015

Canadian government has launched a project to gauge the speed experience consumers have with their broadband service providers.   The joint project is conducted by Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and all of the country's major Internet Service providers such as Bell Canada, Telus and Bell Aliant and market researcher SamKnows. The CRTC has said...

Plastic Rice is Found in China - 05/21/2015

Fake plastic rice was found in China. It is made from potatoes and plastics. Medical experts have warned customers that the artificial rice is dangerous to health and its use may even lead to death. It should be noted that the plastic rice has been found in China a few years ago, but now it has spread in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and other countries in the region. However, the authorities of...

Alibaba’s Expansion Process Continues While Employee Hiring Process Comes To A Standstill - 05/21/2015

Alibaba continues to surpass the growth estimates of the analysts while attempts are being made to curb the process of hiring new employees. The company seems to profit from a standstill position, raising expectation among the investors. Thestrategist.media – 13 May 2015 – Lauren Gensler reports to Forbes that even though the quarterly profit of Alibaba seems to going through a drop of forty nine...

Cashless payments dominate for first time in UK - 05/21/2015

The majority of financial transactions in Britain were made without cash in 2014, a shift from the status quo for the first time in the country.   According to the Payment Council of Britain, this is the first time that cash has been less widely used than alternatives. The Payments Council which represents Britain's payments industry said the total number of cash payments made by...

Europe and the US: NanoFood vs Organic - 05/19/2015

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide approximately four million dollars to the federal program on the use of nanotechnology in the food processing and manufacturing. The corresponding decree was published on the site office. Representatives of the Center for the control of food safety stated that they are encouraging the progressive development, but noted that before presenting such a...

Paypal to go public in 2015 third quarter - 05/17/2015

US-based online payment service company Paypal plans to go public once more.   The company had been on the stock market when it has its IPO in 2002. But soon it was bought by Ebay which made Paypal a fully-owned subsidiary. Ever since Ebay and Paypal parted ways in Spetember last year, the subject of a fresh IPO was doing rounds in the investor world. Now, Paypal has formally announced...

Investor Icahn puts $100 million in Lyft - 05/16/2015

Investor Carl Icahn's Icahn Enterprises LP has vowed to make a $100 million investment in mobile phone-based ride sharing service Lyft. The activist investor is known to invest in technology and especially in bellwether companies such as Apple, Nextflix  and eBay, but this investment in a new company has taken the tech world by surprise as Lyft is just a two year old company.  Lyft...

US Industrial output continues to plummet down - 05/16/2015

The US industrial output has fallen for the consecutive fifth month in April.   The output dip is largely attributed to lesser energy-related drilling activities and sluggish manufacturing. The industrial production according to data has slid 0.3 percent in April. The figures also suggest that weakness in manufacturing and mining is weighing heavily on the economy.   Drilling for...

Japan to Arm the World - 05/15/2015

Japan to relax restrictions on arms exports. The first international exhibition of arms, held in Yokohama, indicates the rejection of the country's policy of pacifism. Very few citizens of this country have personally seen pistols and machine guns because of the rigid rules governing the carrying and use of weapons in Japan. In October 2014, a 28-year-old Japanese man was sentenced to two...
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