World News

Music streaming is huge, but the payouts are small. Here's how Colorado artists are coping. — The Know

Laura Brehm strummed an acoustic guitar as a singer-songwriter before finding success as a featured vocalist on electronic dance-music tracks — a gig that has brought her international work and tens of millions of plays on services such as Spotify and YouTube Music. But even as music-streaming revenues are projected to hit $23 billion this year […]

Politics

China congratulates Biden, but few U.S. policy changes seen

BEIJING — China on Friday became one of the last major countries to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to make few changes to U.S. policy in conflicts with Beijing over trade, technology and security. China, along with Russia, avoided joining the throng that congratulated Biden last weekend after he and vice presidential […]

Business

Singles’ Day sales surge but new rules threaten to overshadow Alibaba event

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has notched up sales of more than £42bn for its annual Singles’ Day sales event – but the extravaganza threatened to be overshadowed by plans for new regulation. The running total announced by the company shortly after midnight showed the event was already 16 times bigger than US online retailer Amazon’s […]

Business

‘Shoppers aid growth but economic slowdown ahead’

The UK economy may have grown by as much as 17% in the three months to the end of September, says the EY Item Club, but slower growth may follow. Shoppers splurged during the period as coronavirus lockdown restrictions were lifted, it said. It is a rosier vision than the one offered by Item Club […]

World News

How Peru locked down early but got badly hit

Peru imposed one of the earliest and strictest lockdowns in Latin America to stop the spread of coronavirus – but it now has the sixth highest number of confirmed cases in the world. Peru’s President, Martín Vizcarra, says things are improving but has previously said results of the lockdown “haven’t been exactly what we expected”. […]