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Dropping WhatsApp?  Nostalgia Drives Users to ICQ

Dropping WhatsApp? Nostalgia Drives Users to ICQ

In Hong Kong, some are choosing an alternative that reminds them of their childhood—before algorithms, Big Tech and viral misinformation. ICQ was a pioneering, mid-1990s internet messaging service then used on bulky PCs on dial-up. It was a precursor to AOL Instant Messenger, and was last in vogue when the TV show “Friends” was in …

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US plans sanctions and export controls against Russia if it invades Ukraine

US plans sanctions and export controls against Russia if it invades Ukraine

The United States is prepared to impose export controls on important sectors of the Russian economy if Russian President Vladimir Putin invades Ukraine, officials said, and is working to cushion market shocks if Russia shuts down energy supplies in response. Breaking out of the Trump administration’s guide to pressure Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies, senior …

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What Generation Z Wants From Financial Technology

What Generation Z Wants From Financial Technology

Generation Z doesn’t know a world without mobile banking. And that presents opportunities—and challenges—for financial-technology companies. Millennials used in the era of financial technology as we know it by embracing payment apps like Venmo and investing platforms like Robinhood and Acorns. But Gen Z grew up immersed in that technology—and they won’t be attracted by …

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Global markets fall after choppy trading in the US

Global markets fall after choppy trading in the US

US stock futures and global stock benchmarks are down, suggesting that Wall Street may come under fresh pressure after starting the week with a lively session. Market volatility has rebounded in recent sessions, as investors become concerned about how quickly the Federal Reserve will act to combat inflation by raising interest rates and shrinking its …

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China rushes fighter jets near Taiwan following US carrier exercises

China rushes fighter jets near Taiwan following US carrier exercises

TAIPEI – China sent dozens of military aircraft in sorties near Taiwan, launching the largest display of air power in months, as two groups of US aircraft carriers concluded exercises with Japan in the region over the weekend. China’s People’s Liberation Army on Sunday sent a total of 39 warplanes — including 24 J-16 fighter …

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Omicron slows down the global economy and hurts the United States badly

Omicron slows down the global economy and hurts the United States badly

Purchasing managers’ surveys said rising infection rates, driven by the faster-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19, led to a US and global economic slowdown as the year began. The decline was particularly pronounced in the United States, where the services and manufacturing sectors posted slower growth, according to surveys conducted by data company IHS Markit in …

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Integral Ad Science buys Ad-Tech Publica for 0 million

Integral Ad Science buys Ad-Tech Publica for $220 million

Integral Ad Science company Publica LLC, a technology company focused on connected TV advertising, has been acquired for $220 million, with deals growing in the sector as well as more broadly in advertising technology. The IAS CEO said the purchase, paid for with 75% cash and 25% stock, is part of IAS’s ongoing strategy to …

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With paperwork closed underground, thousands of US citizenship applicants are waiting and waiting

With paperwork closed underground, thousands of US citizenship applicants are waiting and waiting

Schontel expected pandemic-related delays when she applied for US citizenship in May 2020. But as the months passed and friends who applied for citizenship after it were approved, she began to worry. Finally, earlier this month, USCIS offered Ms Went a clarification: The paperwork required to complete her application was stuck at one of several …

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US-backed forces struggle to contain an Islamic state in battle for Syrian prison

US-backed forces struggle to contain an Islamic state in battle for Syrian prison

Syrian fighters backed by U.S. airstrikes neighbors struggled to retake a prison attacked by the Islamic State in northeastern Syria on Sunday, as the jihadist group’s attempt to replenish its ranks with liberated prisoners sparked the worst sustained fighting in the region. The prison offensive, which began last week, was one of the Islamic State’s …

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