The number of payment options keeps on growing in many parts of the world, business relations with a dubious North Korean factory raise questions about ethics in retailing, and the big UK supermarkets prefer to abstain from an opinion about a possible Brexit. Find out about these stories and more - enjoy the read!
asia & australia
Bitter pill for Alibaba Health Chinese administration might halt the implementation of a drug-coding system that’s developed and operated by the company. Shares plunged following those news.
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'Apolitical' behaviour While some of Britain’s top companies support the UK remaining inside the European Union, the big supermarket chains Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco decided against backing a vote against Brexit - and potentially deterring customers.
developments to watch
Secure online payment Customers of US credit card company MasterCard will soon be able to use selfies and fingerprints as an alternative to passwords when verifying IDs for online payments. Visa and MasterCard are both releasing more new technologies, which are meant to be more secure and offer more payment options for their customers.
Kids play digital Internet-connected toys approach the threshold of becoming a US$2.8 billion market by the end of 2015. A recent study reveals, that 65% of parents were willing to pay an average of US$ 41 - 60 per toy.