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‘Hello, welcome to Uber Copter’ – ride-hailing leader to offer chopper service in New York starting July

Uber Technologies is testing a helicopter service in New York City, according to documents outlining the programme obtained by Bloomberg.Passengers will be able to use the Uber app to book a flight through the service, called Uber Copter, the documents show. Tests flights took off from a Manhattan heliport near Wall Street to John F. Kennedy International Airport.After Bloomberg asked Uber for comment on Wednesday, The New York Times published a story about the programme. It says customers will… Source link

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Escalating US-China trade war forcing foreign service firms at Beijing expo to walk tightrope

China’s population of 1.4 billion remains a compelling platform for entrepreneurs, but the escalating trade war tensions with the United States are creating additional pressures for foreign businesses operating within the world’s second largest economy, with some forced “to take sides”.China continues to promote itself as an advocate for globalisation and free trade in goods and services, despite US accusations that its unfair trade practises have hurt foreign businesses, but the trade war is… Source link

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Mobile money service to promote non-cash payments – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Mobile money service will help transform telecom networks by creating a foundation for data, computing, digital content, and internet of things (IoT). — Photo vietnamplus.vn HÀ NỘI — Mobile money services promote non-cash payments and help the poor living in mountainous and remote areas access services on the internet, Minister of Information and Communications Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng said at a two-day conference on financial inclusion held in Hà Nội on Thursday. The service allows users to transfer and receive money as well as make payments through mobile accounts for services such as health, education, finance, jobs and…

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VN start-up based in US launches first on-demand expert service cloud for analytics – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Developers at Got It’s US/Vietnam (choose 1) office. This start-up is among few Vietnamese firms to survive the competition in Silicon Valley in the US. — Photo theleader.vn BURLINGAME, CA — On-demand expert platform and artificial intelligence innovator Got It on Wednesday US time launched Querychat for cloud data warehouses starting with Google BigQuery. Querychat, the first on-demand expert service cloud for analytics, creates a scalable and elastic pool of vetted analytics experts to add business intelligence (BI) team capacity with usage-based pricing and automatically delivers deep learning training…

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US aviation regulator expects to allow Boeing’s 737 MAX to return to service by late June, say sources at UN aviation agency

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects to approve Boeing’s 737 MAX jet to return to service as soon as late June, representatives of the US air regulator informed members of the United Nations’ aviation agency in a private briefing on Thursday, sources told Reuters.The target, if achieved, means US airlines are unlikely to have to extend costly cancellations of 737 MAX jets they have already put in place for the peak summer flying season, but the FAA representatives warned that there… Source link

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Funeral firm Fu Shou Yuan takes up Xi’s call for ‘shared future of mankind’, wants to service Belt and Road countries too

They make your clothes, your smartphones, your electronics and your cars, among other numerous items of daily use. And now a Chinese company wants to handle your funeral too.One of the latest companies to answer Chinese President Xi Jinping’s call to build a “shared future for mankind” is Fu Shou Yuan, the country’s biggest funeral services provider.“President Xi said it was a target for China to build ‘a community with a shared future for mankind’. We think the service by our company provides… Source link

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HSBC first to offer dementia-friendly banking service in Hong Kong

HSBC Hong Kong has introduced a new type of bank account specifically aimed at customers with dementia, a growing public health concern among the city’s rapidly ageing population.The bank account, which HSBC says is the first of its kind in Hong Kong and second for the lender globally after the UK, enables customers living with dementia to retain access to a bank account, but one with limited features and additional control by a legal designee, such as a son or daughter.Dementia is an… Source link

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Honestbee to stop food delivery in Singapore, suspend laundry service from May 20, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Struggling food delivery start-up Honestbee is halting its food delivery business in Singapore and suspending its laundry service with effect from next Monday (May 20), affecting some 400 freelance delivery persons. The headcount of Honestbee employees in Singapore will not be affected. In a media statement on Wednesday (May 15), Honestbee said that the decision was “to optimise the business structure, and to drive better focus and alignment with Honestbee’s current strategic priorities”. The firm will continue to operate its grocery delivery business as well as Habitat, its…

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Tencent Music profit beats estimates as paid subscribers continue to sign up for service

China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group beat Wall Street estimates for quarterly profit on Monday, as more users paid for its music streaming services.The company, controlled by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings, said paid users of its online music service jumped 27.4 per cent to 28.4 million in the first quarter ended March 31.“As our users increasingly consume music content through streaming services, we are riding on this trend to gradually transition into a pay-for-streaming model over… Source link

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20 SMU students injured in bus accident in Vietnam during community service project trip, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Twenty Singapore Management University (SMU) students who were in Vietnam for an overseas community service project were injured last Saturday (May 11), after the bus they were travelling in hit a road kerb. The students were part of a group of 30 who were in the central Vietnamese city of Hue for the fourth edition of Project Phoniksa, launched by the university’s Rotaract Club. They had been in the country since April 28 and completed the project last Thursday. They were on a recreational programme last Friday and…

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