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1) Kanye West acquires controversial right-wing social media platform Parlor

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Rap singer Kanye West has acquired social media platform Parlor, which is known for supporting right-wing and conservative ideology. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The news comes barely days after Kanye West’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were suspended for making anti-Semitic remarks. Parlor was one of the few social media platforms whose prominence rose dramatically during the era of Donald Trump’s presidency. The platform was also accused of stroking and abetting the Capitol Hill violence earlier this year. By the way, since the departure of Trump, the parlor is facing many problems on many fronts.

2) Russia fined Amazon $ 1 million

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A court in Russia’s capital Moscow has fined American e-commerce giant Amazon about 1 million rubles. According to Russian media, the local court found that Amazon failed to hand over material that induces suicidal thoughts among Russian citizens. Interestingly, a Russian court had given Mark Zuckerberg’s company Meta the status of a ‘terrorist organization’. Russia’s ongoing actions against the American company are most likely the result of Russia’s ongoing military offensive against Ukraine.

3) Ecommerce giant Flipkart enters the metaverse

India’s domestic e-commerce website Flipkart has launched Metaverse Offering. Its Metaverse offering, called Flipverse, will go live on its Android app on Monday. However, Flipverse has been launched in a pilot testing phase and hence only a few people can access it. The company said that Flipkart users can buy digital versions of several well-known brands including Puma, Nivea, Himalaya, Shore and many more. If the Flipverse experiment is successful then it could launch this service on a full-fledged basis in the future. However, Flipkart’s main rival Amazon India has not announced any such plan.

4) Byju’s raises $250 million at a low valuation

After a long drought on the funding front, Byju’s has finally managed to raise fresh funds. The edtech giant has raised $250 million from existing investors including the Qatar Investment Authority or (QIA). However, this fresh funding has come amid layoffs and several controversies and their impact is clearly visible on the company’s valuation. According to media reports, Byju’s has raised the latest funding at a lower valuation of $11 – $12 Bn, compared to $17 Bn in the previous funding round. Byju’s is expected to launch an IPO or public issue next year.

5) The Apple Store in Oklahoma votes to unionize
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Apple Store employees in Oklahoma City have voted decisively to form a trade union, becoming the second retail store in the US to unionize itself. According to media reports, about 56 employees working in the Oklahoma store voted in favor of forming a trade union, while 32 employees voted against it. In June of this year, the Apple Retail Store in Maryland became the first Apple Store to form a trade union. Apple, on its part, is reportedly working to discourage employees from forming trade unions. The tech giant has said that it follows an open communication policy and encourages employees to have transparent communication regarding their rights and labor wages.

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