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LONDON (Reuters) - Colgate-Palmolive on Thursday said it was working to review and evolve its Chinese toothpaste brand, Darlie, the latest in a string of brand reassessments amid a U.S. debate on racial inequality. Darlie is a Chinese brand owned by Colgate and its joint venture partner Hawley & Hazel. Its package features a smiling man in a top hat. Its previous name was Darkie, and featured a man in blackface. Its current Chinese name still translates to “black person toothpaste.”


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(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday said it was implementing a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition software, a reversal of its long-time defense of law enforcement’s use of the technology. The announcement came as activists have been voicing concern that facial recognition could lead to unjust arrests during demonstrations against police brutality, racial injustice and the death of George Floyd. Critics have questioned the accuracy of the technology, poin...


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NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Restaurants devoted mainly to quick bites and drinks are reconfiguring their businesses to limit traffic in tight quarters and maintain coronavirus social distancing. Starbucks Corp, Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc, Peet’s Coffee and British bakery-cafe chain Greggs PLC have been forced to rethink how to serve customers quickly while keeping staffers safe and still make enough money to operate. At Peet’s Coffee, the U.S. chain ow...


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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prime storefronts left empty by failed businesses. Cheaper or even flexible rents. Landlords willing to add drive-thru lanes.As the coronavirus permanently shutters some small businesses, big fast-food brands like Domino’s Pizza, Chipotle and Wendy’s that were doing well before the crisis want to grow - or continue pre-existing expansion plans - after the pandemic subsides.David Deno, chief executive officer of Outback Steakhouse parent company Bloomin’ B...


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WARSAW (Reuters) - Microsoft will invest $1 billion in Poland as part of a plan that will involve opening a data center in the country to provide cloud services to businesses and government institutions, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Microsoft said it had signed an agreement with domestic cloud provider Chmura Krajowa (National Cloud) to provide cloud services in Poland, as the central European country seeks to position itself as a regional center for technology. “I deeply ...


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(Reuters) - McDonald’s Corp missed Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Thursday as most of its restaurants limited their services to delivery, drive-thru and take-away to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The world’s largest fast-food company said about 75% of its about 39,000 restaurants around the world were operational as of Thursday, including almost all of its nearly 14,000 restaurants in the United States. The company said it had resumed operations in a majority ...


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OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Thursday said its ads sales slightly rebounded in Asia after a plunge due to the coronavirus outbreak and it had accelerated work on tools to attract advertisers, becoming the latest tech company to report a lighter blow from the pandemic than forecast. Twitter shares jumped 11 percent in premarket trading. The San Francisco-based social media company announced greater first-quarter revenue and a smaller l...


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(Reuters) - Facebook Inc beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly revenue on Wednesday, and said it has seen signs of stability in ad spending during the first three weeks of April. Shares of the company, which owns WhatsApp and Instagram, were up 9% in extended trading. Advertisers have pulled or cut marketing budgets to rein in costs because of virus-related uncertainty, including many of the small businesses and direct-to consumer brands that advertise heavily on Facebook. Facebook said ad...


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Alphabet Inc on Tuesday beat analysts’ estimate for quarterly revenue as its Google unit experienced a smaller drop-off in advertiser spending than had been anticipated given economic concerns related to the novel coronavirus. Shares of Alphabet rose 3.5% to $1,275 following the after-hours release of financial results. Alphabet shares were down about 8% this year at Tuesday’s close.A booming economy and rising internet usage have driven Google t...


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Facebook’s local servers in Vietnam were taken offline early this year, slowing local traffic to a crawl until it agreed to significantly increase the censorship of “anti-state” posts for local users, two sources at the company told Reuters on Tuesday.The restrictions, which the sources said were carried out by state-owned telecommunications companies, knocked the serve...