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Partnering with the mobile industry to connect people and businesses with RCS

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Rich messaging for brands Last year we created an Early Access Program to make it easier for brands to start participating in RCS business messaging (the mobile industry's term for rich business-to-consumer messages). Today companies across food, travel, retail and delivery services in the U.S. and Mexico are starting to have better conversations with their customers using RCS as part of our Early Access Program. With RCS, businesses can send more useful and interactive messages to their customers. This means, for example, that a retailer... Read More »

Apple opens its first store in Austria Saturday

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Nestled on the famous pedestrian shopping street between St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera, the store’s 150 employees will invite visitors to experience the creative sessions and services offered in Apple Stores around the world. “We can’t wait to join the bustling city of Vienna, a European crossroads so rich in history and culture,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail. “Apple Kärntner Straße brings the best of Apple together with our products, services and educational programs. Everyone is welcome t... Read More »

Making it Easier for Organizations and Businesses to Help People during a Crisis

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Today we’re announcing that organizations and businesses can post in Community Help, so that they can provide critical information and services for people to get the help they need in a crisis. We’re beginning to roll out the feature to Pages for organizations and businesses like Direct Relief, Lyft, Chase, Feeding America, International Medical Corps, The California Department of Forestry and Fire and Save the Children and will make the feature available to more in the coming weeks. Enabling organizations and businesses to post in Commun... Read More »

DHL Express certified Top Employer Global for fourth year in a row

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DHL Express was one of just 13 companies to be recognized as Top Employer Global and – for the fourth year in a row – the only company to be certified in all regions. “Our people are everything at DHL Express. They form the backbone of our global transport network, they differentiate us from the competition by going the extra mile and most importantly, they deliver the customer experience. It’s therefore extremely gratifying to see our investments in our people recognized by organizations such as Top Employers Institute,” said Ken Allen, CEO... Read More »

Volkswagen and IG Metall successfully conclude pay negotiations

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Base pay for employees covered by the collective agreement is to be increased by 4.3 percent effective May 1, 2018. In addition, employees are to receive a one-off payment of €100 for the months from February to April 2018. An additional annual payment of 27.5 percent of a month’s salary from August 2019, which may be converted into six days of leave by special groups of employees, has also been introduced. From July 2019, a monthly payment of €90 is to be made to the company pension scheme; from January 2020, the figure will rise of to €98. In... Read More »

Old Navy named one of the 2018 best workplaces for Giving Back by Great Place to Work® and Fortune

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The ranking considered more than 385,000 employee surveys from companies across the U.S. Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. The ranking also accounted for how women, people of color, Baby Boomers and LGBT individuals experience giving back in the workplace. “We’re thrilled to be recognized for our e... Read More »

Gazprom and ChelPipe sign roadmap to produce pipes for offshore projects

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In accordance with the document, ChelPipe will adopt the technology to produce pipes from the 25Cr Super Duplex steel and the UNS N06625 nickel alloy. Thanks to these materials, the equipment used in offshore environments will acquire such characteristics as ultra-high strength and corrosion resistance. No pipes of this kind are produced in Russia at the moment. It is planned to deliver, test and certify prototypes under Gazprom’s requirements in the course of 2018. The pipes will be used in the manufacturing of domestic equipment for subsea... Read More »

Forbes Releases Third FinTech 50 List: The Future Of Your Money

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The $8.5 trillion (market cap) U.S. financial services industry is being fundamentally reordered as technology disrupts not only individual behaviors, but also how big banks control risk and hedge funds place their bets. Worldwide, $27.4 billion poured into fintech startups in 2017, up 18% from 2016. With so much action in this industry, it is no surprise that 22 companies are new on this year’s FinTech 50 list. Notable newcomers include: Blend, Chainalysis, Remitly, The Bitfury Group and Enigma. We excluded public companies from our list and c... Read More »

ABN AMRO Clearing Bank develops alternative for escrow accounts

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With this new service, every individual client of the non-bank organisation gets a bank account with the ABN AMRO Clearing Bank (AACB) via the blockchain. That way, fund flows between the organisation and its clients are included in payment processes under regular supervision, guaranteeing the required transparency. This block chain method drastically reduces administrative costs for the organisation by eliminating escrow account management costs. Fintech Nxchange is the first client to launch this solution, starting in February. Great mark... Read More »

Now on iOS: one-tap access to real-time commute info and places around you

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Last year we updated Google Maps for Android to provide access to helpful everyday info–in real time–at the bottom of the home screen. Now we’ve rolled out that same useful update to Google Maps for iOS as well. Just swipe up and you’ll see three tabs–the explore tab, driving tab and transit tab–that will help you find a nearby restaurant, beat traffic, or catch the next bus. No matter what iOS device you’re using, Google Maps can get you where you’re going and help you explore the world around you. ... Read More »

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