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Facebook purges ads for illegal wildlife in Southeast Asia as online trade surges

YANGON (Reuters) – An ad showing a civet cat cowering in a cage being offered for sale on Facebook was just one of hundreds that the social media giant has removed in a crackdown on Southeast Asia’s illegal wildlife trade during recent weeks.

FILE PHOTO: An undated screenshot taken by WWF of a Facebook page selling wildlife is seen written in Burmese in Myanmar, obtained August 5, 2020. Courtesy of World Wide Fund for Nature/Handout via REUTERS

“Not too wild, not too-well behaved. If interested, call…” the seller wrote on the post, using an account in Myanmar, a major source and transit point for the trade in wild animals.

Facebook has a ban on the sale of animals on its platform.

But, in the five months through May 2020, a report seen by Reuters showed World Wildlife Fund researchers had counted 2,143 wild animals from 94 species for sale on

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UK clears Amazon’s investment in online food platform Deliveroo

FILE PHOTO: A courier for food delivery service Deliveroo rides a bike in central Brussels, Belgium January 16, 2020. REUTERS/ Yves Herman

(Reuters) – Britain’s competition regulator on Tuesday cleared Amazon’s purchase of a 16% stake in online delivery group Deliveroo, following a provisional nod in June.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) gave its original clearance in April on the basis that Deliveroo could go out of business without the investment. It changed approach to focus on competition after criticism from rivals including Just Eat Takeaway and Domino’s Pizza.

“Today’s final decision is the result of a thorough examination of this deal and the markets in which Amazon and Deliveroo operate,” said Stuart McIntosh, the inquiry chair.

Amazon led a $575 million fundraising in Deliveroo in May 2019, which the parties called “a minority investment”.

The Amazon investment will bolster Deliveroo in the global race with Uber Eats and

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Pandemic revs up race for U.S. online car sales

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – After years of being part of a future that never quite arrived, the coronavirus pandemic has put U.S. online car sellers on the map.

Now comes a race to spend vast sums on digital commerce platforms specifically designed to handle auto sales. Without deep pockets, many startups and others trying to join the online game will likely be left in the dust.

“The big three (auto) e-commerce players will grow substantially, but it will be hard to be a new entrant,” said Toby Russell, joint chief executive officer of Shift, which will go public to join rival Carvana and Vroom later this quarter.

“The pay to play on this thing is in the hundreds of millions and the early journey is hard, especially building out the technology,” Russell said.

Online sales still only account for around 1% of the roughly $840 billion Americans spend annually

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Bezos’ snack, room ratings and ‘the net’: Key online moments from tech hearing

(Reuters) – Two years after Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s explanation to U.S. lawmakers – “Senator, we run ads” – exploded as a meme, online viewers again ridiculed key moments of a tech antitrust showdown on Wednesday.

The chief executives of the country’s largest tech companies – including Zuckerberg, Amazon Inc (AMZN.O)’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google and Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) Tim Cook – gave virtual testimony here before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel.

BEZOS EATS A SNACK

Social media users jumped on the fact that Amazon’s Bezos received no questions for almost two hours in his first appearance before Congress. At one point, the world’s richest man appeared to reach off-screen for a snack, to the internet’s delight.

“someone calculate how much money he made during this nom,” tweeted @Bryson_M. Others did back-of-the-napkin

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