Google reportedly plans to significantly expand its New York City presence

Tech giant Google is planning to expand its office space in New York City, potentially allowing the company to significantly increase staffing in the city, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The WSJ said that Google declined to comment on any talks about the St. John’s Terminal property. Additionally, Google is also planning to expand its existing property at Chelsea Market by about 300,000 square feet, the Journal reported. That, along with its announced plans for 250,000 squar


Tech giant Google is planning to expand its office space in New York City, potentially allowing the company to significantly increase staffing in the city, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The WSJ said that Google declined to comment on any talks about the St. John’s Terminal property. Additionally, Google is also planning to expand its existing property at Chelsea Market by about 300,000 square feet, the Journal reported. That, along with its announced plans for 250,000 squar
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Google reportedly plans to significantly expand its New York City presence

Tech giant Google is planning to expand its office space in New York City, potentially allowing the company to significantly increase staffing in the city, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

People familiar with the matter told the Journal that Google is nearing a deal to buy or lease a planned 1.3 million-square-foot office building at St. John’s Terminal in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood. When completed, that building would give the Alphabet unit space for more than 8,500 staff.

Google did not immediately respond to CNBC’s emailed request for comment.

The WSJ said that Google declined to comment on any talks about the St. John’s Terminal property.

Additionally, Google is also planning to expand its existing property at Chelsea Market by about 300,000 square feet, the Journal reported. That, along with its announced plans for 250,000 square feet of office space at Pier 57, could provide sufficient office space for more than 3,500 additional workers, the newspaper said.

The tech giant bought the Chelsea Market property earlier this year for about $2.4 billion.

Read The Wall Street Journal’s full report on Google expanding its office space in New York City here.


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GE shares fall to 9-year low as SEC and DOJ expand investigations of accounting practices

Shares had jumped as much as 2 percent in premarket trading after GE announced its earnings results and dividend cut. The SEC opened an investigation of GE’s accounting practices in the wake of the company’s review a year ago of its GE Capital insurance portfolio. The SEC’s initial probe was looking at both the $6.2 billion after-tax charge GE took in the fourth quarter of 2017 as well as the $15 billion reserve increase GE would make to shore up the GE Capital portfolio. The DOJ has met with GE


Shares had jumped as much as 2 percent in premarket trading after GE announced its earnings results and dividend cut. The SEC opened an investigation of GE’s accounting practices in the wake of the company’s review a year ago of its GE Capital insurance portfolio. The SEC’s initial probe was looking at both the $6.2 billion after-tax charge GE took in the fourth quarter of 2017 as well as the $15 billion reserve increase GE would make to shore up the GE Capital portfolio. The DOJ has met with GE
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GE shares fall to 9-year low as SEC and DOJ expand investigations of accounting practices

General Electric said the Securities and Exchange Commission was widening its probe of the accounting practices of the industrial conglomerate to include a $22 billion charge the company took in the third quarter related to acquisitions made in its power business.

“The SEC expanded the scope of its ongoing investigation to include the goodwill charge,” said GE’s Chief Financial Officer Jamie Miller on the company’s third-quarter earnings conference call. “The Department of Justice is also investigating this charge and the other areas we have previously reported are part of the SEC’s investigation. We are cooperating with the SEC and DOJ as they continue their work on these matters.”

GE’s stock fell as far as $10.50 a share in early trading – a new nine-year low – following the CFO’s comments. Shares had jumped as much as 2 percent in premarket trading after GE announced its earnings results and dividend cut.

“At the end of the day GE evokes aggressive accounting. The fact that the SEC is in there, and we know that they’ve expanded the scope of what they’re looking at, means it could lead to further expansion,” Gordon Haskett’s John Inch told CNBC. “The SEC can ultimately look at anything they want.”

The SEC opened an investigation of GE’s accounting practices in the wake of the company’s review a year ago of its GE Capital insurance portfolio. The SEC’s initial probe was looking at both the $6.2 billion after-tax charge GE took in the fourth quarter of 2017 as well as the $15 billion reserve increase GE would make to shore up the GE Capital portfolio. Miller disclosed in January that the SEC would look at GE’s revenue recognition and its controls for long-term service agreements.

The DOJ has met with GE this year to discuss the agency’s ongoing investigation into GE’s now defunct WMC mortgage business. GE set aside $1.5 billion of reserves for a potential legal settlement with the DOJ, the company revealed in its first-quarter earnings report this year. The Justice Department opened an investigation in late 2015 regarding WMC, which was a GE Capital subsidiary, and its alleged violation of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act.

“This just opens up a new door to what the Department of Justice may be looking at, in totality, and the degree of fine GE may be looking at beyond the $1.5 billion they set aside,” Inch said.

Miller said in April that GE Capital “has sufficient liquidity to manage the WMC FIRREA settlement.”


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Obamacare could expand after midterms, despite GOP efforts to kill it

That’s right, expand Obamacare – implausible as it sounds after the all-GOP government’s near miss on repealing the program and attempts to undermine it. The greatest potential impact lies in two of the three largest states that so far have refused to expand Medicaid despite generous Obamacare subsidies. At the same time, voters will decide Medicaid expansion for themselves through ballot initiatives in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah. “The battleground for Medicaid expansion is in the red states,” not


That’s right, expand Obamacare – implausible as it sounds after the all-GOP government’s near miss on repealing the program and attempts to undermine it. The greatest potential impact lies in two of the three largest states that so far have refused to expand Medicaid despite generous Obamacare subsidies. At the same time, voters will decide Medicaid expansion for themselves through ballot initiatives in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah. “The battleground for Medicaid expansion is in the red states,” not
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Obamacare could expand after midterms, despite GOP efforts to kill it

Don’t look now, but America’s first Trump-era midterm election could substantially expand Obamacare.

That’s right, expand Obamacare – implausible as it sounds after the all-GOP government’s near miss on repealing the program and attempts to undermine it. Polls show Democratic calls for improved health insurance continue to resonate with big chunks of the electorate, and may yield Election Day gains.

Specifically, November balloting could bring half the 18 states that have resisted expanding Medicaid, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act, closer to taking that step. If they do, more than 1 million low-income Americans could gain Medicaid coverage.

“I don’t think people have put it together,” observed Andy Slavitt, a former top Obama health aide. “Election Day is the biggest referendum on the ACA. These votes will also be a referendum on Trump policies, which have done everything they can to limit Medicaid and access to care.”

The greatest potential impact lies in two of the three largest states that so far have refused to expand Medicaid despite generous Obamacare subsidies. Democrats Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia both back expansion in their competitive campaigns to succeed outgoing Republican governors.

The same dynamic applies in smaller states. In Wisconsin, anti-expansion GOP Gov. Scott Walker trails pro-expansion Democratic rival Tony Evers in his bid for a third term. In Kansas, Maine and South Dakota, pro-expansion Democrats battle anti-expansion Republicans in toss-up gubernatorial races.

At the same time, voters will decide Medicaid expansion for themselves through ballot initiatives in Idaho, Nebraska and Utah. Polls show strong prospects for all three measures, and GOP governors have pledged not to obstruct voters’ wishes.

Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia have already expanded, providing Medicaid benefits to more than 10 million low-income Americans, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Another 3.7 million stand to gain Medicaid coverage if remaining holdout states follow suit.

“The battleground for Medicaid expansion is in the red states,” noted Kaiser health policy expert Diane Rowland. For proponents, the persistent refusal of some GOP leaders makes ballot measures a critical tool.

Those aren’t automatic. Maine’s outgoing Republican governor, Paul LePage, has blocked Medicaid expansion even after his constituents approved it last year.

Nor does election of a pro-expansion governor ensure that it happens. In North Carolina, the fourth-largest state that hasn’t expanded, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has been stymied on the issue by Republican legislators since his 2016 election.

In the state, opponents of expansion say the government can’t afford it. In Washington, GOP leaders insist Congress must curb the major entitlement programs of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security to avoid long-term insolvency.

Yet political winds have shifted in the wake of Republican attempts to end Obamacare. In a Kaiser poll this summer, Americans rated the law favorably by 50 percent to 40 percent, after it had remained below 50 percent through Obama’s last six years in office.

Both Trump and GOP candidates, under fire over their efforts to eliminate guaranteed, affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, now claim to support that guarantee. In the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, voters preferred Democrats over Republicans on health care by 18 percentage points.

Democrats have placed the issue at the center of their campaign advertising, to productive effect. In the NBC/WSJ survey, voters ranked health care second behind the economy and jobs as an influence on their votes for Congress; those citing health care back Democrats over Republicans by 69 percent to 22 percent.

In the states the 2018 election has put in play, poor communities across the country stand to gain Medicaid coverage in big chunks: 662,000 in Florida; 388,000 in Georgia; 77,000 in Utah; 74,000 in Kansas; 70,000 in Maine; 41,000 in Idaho; 32,000 in Wisconsin; 31,000 in Nebraska, Kaiser estimates.

“These initiatives are an uprising by the public in state after state against politicians who put their ideology over the health-care needs of their constituents,” argued Neera Tanden, another former Obama health adviser. “The public wants people covered.”

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Walmart to expand shipping perks for shoppers ahead of the holidays

In the fight for shoppers’ holiday dollars, retailers are increasingly touting perks like free shipping and easy returns. Walmart said Tuesday it’s expanding two-day shipping and in-store returns to many items sold by third parties on its website next month, just ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. For comparison, Target earlier this year began offering its credit-card holders free two-day shipping. Target shoppers without the credit card can still receive free two-day shipping with a pur


In the fight for shoppers’ holiday dollars, retailers are increasingly touting perks like free shipping and easy returns. Walmart said Tuesday it’s expanding two-day shipping and in-store returns to many items sold by third parties on its website next month, just ahead of the busy holiday shopping season. For comparison, Target earlier this year began offering its credit-card holders free two-day shipping. Target shoppers without the credit card can still receive free two-day shipping with a pur
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Walmart to expand shipping perks for shoppers ahead of the holidays

In the fight for shoppers’ holiday dollars, retailers are increasingly touting perks like free shipping and easy returns.

Walmart said Tuesday it’s expanding two-day shipping and in-store returns to many items sold by third parties on its website next month, just ahead of the busy holiday shopping season.

The move comes as Amazon and Target, two top retail rivals, have been improving their own shipping perks to convince shoppers to pick them over the competition. When it gets down to the last minute, shoppers who procrastinate later this year will be flocking to the retailers that can get items to them fastest before Christmas.

And after all those packages have been opened, many consumers will be heading back to stores to return unwanted gifts and are looking for as painless of an experience possible. Some $90 billion worth of goods was returned last holiday season.

For the past two years, Walmart has offered free two-day shipping on millions of items on its site without a membership fee, on orders of $35 or more. This latest step will add “millions of additional items” to this perk, according to Walmart. The retailer currently has more than 75 million items available for sale on its website. It doesn’t break out how many of those are sold by Walmart versus third parties.

The discount retailer also on Tuesday confirmed the steps it’s taking to making returning products sold by third-party sellers even easier, which is starting to roll out this month. CNBC reported these expected changes in August.

Shoppers will now be able to print out a return label directly from Walmart’s website and mail unwanted items back to sellers, the company said. Or, they can bring a package back to the services desk at Walmart locations, and Walmart will mail boxes back to sellers. Walmart said it will make this option available at all of its 4,700 stores.

“A great product return experience is a top contributor to overall customer satisfaction and repeat purchases,” Scott Hilton, the chief revenue officer of Walmart’s e-commerce division, said in a blog post.

For comparison, Target earlier this year began offering its credit-card holders free two-day shipping. The retailer’s REDcard also takes 5 percent off all purchases. Target shoppers without the credit card can still receive free two-day shipping with a purchase of more than $35, similar to Walmart. Amazon meanwhile offers free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime members, which costs $119 a year.

“Retailers realize they are fighting for convenience,” Rod Sides, head of Deloitte’s retail practice, told CNBC. “At the end of the day, they have to bring everything to you.”


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SoftBank hints more companies from its $100 billion Vision Fund could expand to the Middle East

SoftBank will increase its focus on the Middle East by helping the companies it has invested in via its $100 billion Vision Fund set up in the region. During a CNBC-hosted panel at the Fintech Abu Dhabi conference Monday, a top executive from SoftBank Investment Advisers revealed details of the Vision Fund’s spotlight on the Middle East, a topic that the Japanese firm has previously not spoken much about. “We are working… to bring our portfolio of companies, where relevant, to the region so th


SoftBank will increase its focus on the Middle East by helping the companies it has invested in via its $100 billion Vision Fund set up in the region. During a CNBC-hosted panel at the Fintech Abu Dhabi conference Monday, a top executive from SoftBank Investment Advisers revealed details of the Vision Fund’s spotlight on the Middle East, a topic that the Japanese firm has previously not spoken much about. “We are working… to bring our portfolio of companies, where relevant, to the region so th
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SoftBank hints more companies from its $100 billion Vision Fund could expand to the Middle East

SoftBank will increase its focus on the Middle East by helping the companies it has invested in via its $100 billion Vision Fund set up in the region.

During a CNBC-hosted panel at the Fintech Abu Dhabi conference Monday, a top executive from SoftBank Investment Advisers revealed details of the Vision Fund’s spotlight on the Middle East, a topic that the Japanese firm has previously not spoken much about.

“We are working… to bring our portfolio of companies, where relevant, to the region so that they can actually set up local and regional businesses here and there are a number of our companies that have globally scalable models,” Faisal Rahman, Middle Eastern regional office head at SoftBank Investment Advisers, said.


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California’s Jerry Brown takes aim at Trump, blocks offshore drilling

Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to thwart the Trump administration’s efforts to expand offshore oil drilling along the California coast. Interior Department move in January that proposed to open up 90 percent of the country’s offshore oil and gas reserves through new federal leases. There has been no federal expansion of oil drilling along California’s coastline for more than three decades, and public opinion polling in the state has shown Californians oppose more oil drilling off the


Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to thwart the Trump administration’s efforts to expand offshore oil drilling along the California coast. Interior Department move in January that proposed to open up 90 percent of the country’s offshore oil and gas reserves through new federal leases. There has been no federal expansion of oil drilling along California’s coastline for more than three decades, and public opinion polling in the state has shown Californians oppose more oil drilling off the
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California's Jerry Brown takes aim at Trump, blocks offshore drilling

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to thwart the Trump administration’s efforts to expand offshore oil drilling along the California coast.

At the same time, the Democratic governor announced the state’s opposition to the federal government’s plan to expand oil drilling on public lands, an idea that’s is controversial in conservation-minded California. It follows the U.S. Interior Department move in January that proposed to open up 90 percent of the country’s offshore oil and gas reserves through new federal leases.

“Today, California’s message to the Trump administration is simple: Not here, not now,” Brown said in a press release. “We will not let the federal government pillage public lands and destroy our treasured coast.”

The two bills signed by Brown on Saturday, Senate Bill 834 and Assembly Bill 1775, seek to prohibit new construction of oil drilling-related infrastructure, such as pipelines, within state waters if the federal government authorizes any new offshore oil leases.

The White House and Interior Department did not immediately return CNBC’s request for comment.

California can make it difficult to expand oil and gas drilling, because it controls waters that are within three miles of its shoreline. The federal government has rights over waters between three and 231 miles offshore.

Moreover, the new legislation signed by the governor require new public notices and processes for lease renewals, as well as other hurdles to authorize new construction of oil and gas-related infrastructure associated with new federal leases. There has been no federal expansion of oil drilling along California’s coastline for more than three decades, and public opinion polling in the state has shown Californians oppose more oil drilling off the coast.

Back in 2015, the state experienced its worst oil spill in 25 years when a ruptured oil pipeline spilled over 140,000 gallons of crude into the ocean, and coastal beaches near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County.

On Friday, a jury in Santa Barbara County convicted Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline of nine criminal charges related to the spill, including a felony for failing to properly maintain its pipeline infrastructure.

There are currently 43 active federal oil and gas leases off the California coast, but no new federal leases have been awarded there since 1984. The administration’s plan seeks to expand oil drilling in the Pacific region, including in waters off California, Oregon and Washington.

The Trump administration offered Florida an exemption to offshore drilling. However, West Coast states received no such exemption.


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UK doubles down on plastic bag charges as it plans to expand and increase levy

The U.K. government is set to extend its 5 pence (7 cent) plastic bag charge to all retailers, subject to consultation. Plastic bag sales in major supermarkets have fallen by 86 percent since it was introduced, according to the government. “We are committed to being a global leader in tackling plastic pollution. “Thanks to the public’s support, our plastic bag charge has been hugely successful,” Gove added. The issue of plastic pollution is a serious one.


The U.K. government is set to extend its 5 pence (7 cent) plastic bag charge to all retailers, subject to consultation. Plastic bag sales in major supermarkets have fallen by 86 percent since it was introduced, according to the government. “We are committed to being a global leader in tackling plastic pollution. “Thanks to the public’s support, our plastic bag charge has been hugely successful,” Gove added. The issue of plastic pollution is a serious one.
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UK doubles down on plastic bag charges as it plans to expand and increase levy

The U.K. government is set to extend its 5 pence (7 cent) plastic bag charge to all retailers, subject to consultation. The charge, which was introduced in 2015, currently applies to big businesses only.

The government said Thursday that it would also consult on increasing the minimum charge to at least 10 pence.

The introduction of the 5 pence charge has proved effective. Plastic bag sales in major supermarkets have fallen by 86 percent since it was introduced, according to the government.

“We are committed to being a global leader in tackling plastic pollution. It blights our seas and land and chokes our wildlife,” Environment Secretary Michael Gove said in a statement.

“Thanks to the public’s support, our plastic bag charge has been hugely successful,” Gove added. “It has taken 13 billion plastic bags out of circulation in the last two years alone.”

The issue of plastic pollution is a serious one. Europeans produce 25 million tons of plastic waste per year, according to the European Commission. Less than 30 percent of this is collected for recycling.

The U.K. government has recently taken steps to mitigate the impact of plastic on the environment. In January, for example, a ban on the manufacture of products containing “microbeads” came into force.


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State regulators expand ‘Operation Cryptosweep’ to 200 initial coin offerings

A group of state and provincial regulators could put a big dent in the cryptocurrency fundraising boom. The North American Securities Administrators Association said Tuesday it had expanded the number of investigations into initial coin offerings to 200 after starting “Operation Cryptosweep” in May with 70 active cases. Much of that total came from retail investors. Financial watchdogs and some cryptocurrency advocates are split on how initial coin offerings should be regulated, and the NASAA in


A group of state and provincial regulators could put a big dent in the cryptocurrency fundraising boom. The North American Securities Administrators Association said Tuesday it had expanded the number of investigations into initial coin offerings to 200 after starting “Operation Cryptosweep” in May with 70 active cases. Much of that total came from retail investors. Financial watchdogs and some cryptocurrency advocates are split on how initial coin offerings should be regulated, and the NASAA in
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State regulators expand 'Operation Cryptosweep' to 200 initial coin offerings

A group of state and provincial regulators could put a big dent in the cryptocurrency fundraising boom.

The North American Securities Administrators Association said Tuesday it had expanded the number of investigations into initial coin offerings to 200 after starting “Operation Cryptosweep” in May with 70 active cases.

In an ICO, coins or tokens are put up for sale as a form of crowdfunding. But they’re often backed by an abstract idea or nothing at all. And some high-profile frauds have been unveiled.

The fundraising method has raised $12 billion this year alone, compared with $7.4 billion in all of 2017, according to research firm Autonomous Next. Much of that total came from retail investors.

Financial watchdogs and some cryptocurrency advocates are split on how initial coin offerings should be regulated, and the NASAA investigation was developed as an effort to protect retail investors.

“A strong culture of compliance should be in place before, not after, these products are marketed to investors,” NASAA President and Alabama Securities Commission Director Joseph P. Borg said in a statement. “While not every ICO or cryptocurrency-related investment is a fraud, it is important for individuals and firms selling these products to be mindful that they are not doing so in a vacuum; state and provincial laws or regulations may apply, especially securities laws.”

Backers of some ICOs argue that, unlike stocks, certain cryptocurrencies offer a “utility” or future access to a product or service and should therefore be exempt from Securities and Exchange Commission laws.

The SEC said in June that while bitcoin and ether are not securities, many ICOs are. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has also made it clear that all ICOs constitute securities, and in a recent CNBC interview said, “If it’s a security, we’re regulating it.”

The SEC launched a fake ICO website called HoweyCoins.com to show investors how to avoid scams.

NASAA is the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. It’s a voluntary association composed of 67 states, provinces and territories across the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Since its inception, Operation Cryptosweep has resulted in 46 enforcement actions involving ICOs or cryptocurrency-related products with agencies “committing significant regulatory resources” to the crackdowns, the agency said.

NASAA’s president highlighted the need for ICOs to register with appropriate agencies, or at least contact regulators to see if they qualify for an exemption. He also warned investors against dealing with ICO promoters who claim their product is exempt from securities registration.

“Do your homework and contact your state or provincial securities regulator with any concerns before parting with your hard-earned money — afterwards may be too late,” Borg said.


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UPS launches Ware2Go, a platform aimed at helping small- and mid-sized businesses expand

UPS launched a new technology company called Ware2Go on Tuesday, aimed at connecting small- and medium-sized businesses with warehouses to help streamline online orders. Ware2Go recruits and certifies warehouses for merchants, allowing them to expand to new locations and keep up with new e-commerce growth. “This is really a technology and platform company – more than a services business – with merchants on one side, looking for order fulfillment capabilities, warehouses looking to fill space app


UPS launched a new technology company called Ware2Go on Tuesday, aimed at connecting small- and medium-sized businesses with warehouses to help streamline online orders. Ware2Go recruits and certifies warehouses for merchants, allowing them to expand to new locations and keep up with new e-commerce growth. “This is really a technology and platform company – more than a services business – with merchants on one side, looking for order fulfillment capabilities, warehouses looking to fill space app
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UPS launches Ware2Go, a platform aimed at helping small- and mid-sized businesses expand

UPS launched a new technology company called Ware2Go on Tuesday, aimed at connecting small- and medium-sized businesses with warehouses to help streamline online orders.

Ware2Go recruits and certifies warehouses for merchants, allowing them to expand to new locations and keep up with new e-commerce growth.

“This is really a technology and platform company – more than a services business – with merchants on one side, looking for order fulfillment capabilities, warehouses looking to fill space appropriately. We wanted to build that using the best of both worlds,” said Nick Basford, vice president of global retail and e-commerce strategy for UPS.

Customers make an account on Ware2Go’s website as either a merchant, warehouse, or both, and then answer questions on their business or warehouse needs. Once merchants provide details about their products, orders, space requirements, and regional delivery needs, Ware2Go will then allow merchants to manage their inventory and orders across the companies’ cloud-based network.

Ware2Go didn’t disclose which cloud and other tech companies it is partnering with for the venture, nor did it say how many companies have signed up. There are no set fees, the company said, because services vary.

“Ware2Go uses innovative online technology to match excess warehouse and fulfillment capacity with merchant demand to provide transparent inventory, order fulfillment and final delivery,” said Scott Price, chief transformation and strategy officer for UPS.

According to IBIS, the outsourced warehousing market is expected to grow to $26 billion by 2023 based on current growth rates. On demand warehousing market is expected to hit $25 billion, as well.

Ware2Go will be based in Atlanta and is partially owned by BCG Digital Ventures.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-08-28  Authors: morgan brennan, miguel pineda, source
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A look inside Facebook’s efforts to expand Wi-Fi in developing countries

Facebook’s mission is to bring the world closer together, including providing internet access in remote areas and developing countries. One of its projects, called Express Wi-Fi, aims to help local businesses, internet providers and mobile network operators by providing the money and technology to build up internet access in their region. On Tuesday, Facebook announced a new program called Express Wi-Fi Certified, which permits selected companies to manufacture Wi-Fi hardware that is compatible


Facebook’s mission is to bring the world closer together, including providing internet access in remote areas and developing countries. One of its projects, called Express Wi-Fi, aims to help local businesses, internet providers and mobile network operators by providing the money and technology to build up internet access in their region. On Tuesday, Facebook announced a new program called Express Wi-Fi Certified, which permits selected companies to manufacture Wi-Fi hardware that is compatible
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Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-08-28  Authors: michelle castillo, david paul morris, bloomberg, getty images
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, facebooks, networks, facebook, expand, express, look, inside, selected, wifi, access, countries, efforts, developing, providing, world, including, internet


A look inside Facebook's efforts to expand Wi-Fi in developing countries

Facebook’s mission is to bring the world closer together, including providing internet access in remote areas and developing countries.

One of its projects, called Express Wi-Fi, aims to help local businesses, internet providers and mobile network operators by providing the money and technology to build up internet access in their region.

On Tuesday, Facebook announced a new program called Express Wi-Fi Certified, which permits selected companies to manufacture Wi-Fi hardware that is compatible with its standards. Arista, Cambium Networks, and Ruckus Networks are the first approved firms.

Facebook has had several plans to expand internet access across the globe, including no longer building Aquila drones, which was going to use the large devices to beam internet connectivity to the ground. It also has been recruiting mapping experts to analyze data in order to figure out which areas of the world still need internet.

Express Wi-Fi started in 2015, and is currently available in five countries: India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Facebook provides funding to companies who work on improving the country’s Wi-Fi infrastructure. Then, selected business agree to host Wi-Fi hotspots, and sell access to the internet through prepaid cards. The offering is similar to buying pay-as-you-go cell phone services, but for the web instead.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-08-28  Authors: michelle castillo, david paul morris, bloomberg, getty images
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, facebooks, networks, facebook, expand, express, look, inside, selected, wifi, access, countries, efforts, developing, providing, world, including, internet


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