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Apple to Launch Retail Store in Taiwan
Apple is gearing up to launch its first store in Taiwan—in Taipei 101, the landmark skyscraper, to be exact. According to TechCrunch, up until now, Apple users in Taiwan have relied on its site or authorized resellers to buy products. Apple recently opened up its first store in Singapore and is preparing to launch one in South Korea.
Banks Roll Out Zelle
Look out Venmo, there’s a new P2P payments player in town—and its name is Zelle. So what sets this new P2P service apart from its competitors? According to The New York Times, it’s that more than 30 US banks, including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, as well as credit unions, are backing it.
Mobike Coming to UK
Beijing-based bike-sharing service Mobike will make its first foray outside of Asia-Pacific when it debuts in Manchester, England, this month. Mobike will launch in Manchester with 1,000 bikes. Unlike traditional bike-share programs, Mobike’s app- and QR code-based system eschews fixed docking stations in favor of allowing users to leave bikes wherever it’s most convenient. The debut comes nearly two months after China-based competitor Ofo began a UK test of its bike-sharing system in Cambridge.
Altice Offers Netflix Content in Europe, Other Regions
Netflix’s content will soon be available on demand to Altice customers in France, Portugal, Israel and the Dominican Republic under a multiyear deal announced this week. Netflix integration into various devices used by the Amsterdam-based telecom firm’s subscribers in France is planned for this week, followed by other countries in the deal later in 2017.
—Cliff Annicelli, Rimma Kats
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