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DPD is now delivering parcels using 8 electric three-wheelers called TRIPLs. The emission-free parcel delivery vehicles will begin operation in congested cities like Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. They can efficiently serve city-centres due to their small size, working in concert with urban micro-depots to cover that last mile.

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Buskers in London are to start taking contactless card payments. The street musicians will be given card readers so passers-by can tap to donate. For musicians, this is a world first. London has always had a reputation for having very good (and very many) buskers on its streets. Maybe paying electronically will help the musicians to have a steadier cash flow.

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Why stand up and walk over to the computer, or even stand up to get the laptop for that matter. Our smartphones allow us to shop too! We can even shop cross-border without leaving our sofa or spot on the beach. More and more European consumers are taking advantages of mobile, cross-border commerce – and the deals that go along with it.

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Facebook is letting users test a new function, letting them downvote inapporpriate comments to hide them. The social media giant is testing the downvote button on a limited set of public page post comment reels. However, should Facebook make the downvote button a wider reality, will it be problematic regarding censorship and the company’s new role as a news editor and media player?

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Germany looks to be the next target for Amazon’s stationary onslaught. The online retail giant has been dabbling in brick-and-mortar stores in the USA for a long time and wants to grow that side of its business in Europe.

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Could Bitcoin really become the currency of the future? One place in the world could have an economic boom on its hands if it does - the Dalad Economic Development Zone in Inner Mongolia. Look for the blue-tin roofs, where 1/20 of the world’s cryptocurrency is made. Owned by a company called Bitmain China, the factory doesn’t look any different from the other industrial buildings dotting the industrial park.

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