Wuhan coronavirus leads Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft to close China locations and suspend employee travel unless ‘business critical’ (AAPL, FB)

Apple, Amazon, Google, and other major tech companies have restricted employee travel to and from China in response the coronavirus outbreak. The virus has killed more than 100 people and spread to at least 18 countries, prompting many to warn against travel to China. Companies with a presence in the country are also halting business […]

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Amazon says it’s restricting employee to travel to China ‘until further notice’ amid coronavirus concerns (AMZN)

Amazon has announced restrictions on employee travel to China ‘until further notice,’ a company spokesperson told Business Insider on Wednesday. “We place tremendous value and focus on the well-being and safety of our employees,” the spokesperson said. Amazon said it’s making some exceptions for approved, essential business travel. The company also said it’s telling employees […]

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Crypto exec Michael Novogratz says the Schwab-TD Ameritrade deal may have derailed wider adoption of financial advisers trading bitcoin

Galaxy Digital founder Michael Novogratz told attendees at a conference predicted that registered investment advisers (RIAs) using platforms like Fidelity, which allow advisers to trade bitcoin, will be the next wave of investors to embrace the digital currency. But “plumbing is needed” for bitcoin to become more institutional, he said. Pensions “have been slow to […]

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Pablo Sandoval signs minor-league deal with Giants

Pablo Sandoval is returning to the San Francisco Giants after reportedly agreeing to a minor-league contract worth $2 million, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The deal also includes $750,000 in incentives. Sandoval, a two-time All-Star third baseman and the 2012 World Series MVP, underwent Tommy John Surgery in September. The team is hopeful that he […]

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Patrick Mahomes and his girlfriend Brittany Matthews are childhood sweethearts who have both built their own sports empires

The Kansas City Chiefs are headed to the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida, on Sunday, where they’re playing the San Francisco 49ers. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ girlfriend Brittany Matthews, known for her live tweets of games and loud support for the Kansas City team, said on Instagram that she’s heading down to Florida for the […]

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Oyo, the ‘jewel’ in SoftBank’s startup portfolio, just announced more layoffs in the U.S. weeks after cutting thousands of jobs in India and China

Oyo, the Indian budget hotel startup backed by SoftBank, is laying off sales employees in the U.S., two sources directly familiar with the cuts told Business Insider. Layoffs will impact mainly sales personnel and sales support staff at Oyo’s US headquarters in Dallas and other sales hubs. The layoffs come just weeks after the startup […]

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