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Getting last-minute gifts to loved ones without setting foot in stores is easier than in past years.

With the pandemic-fueled boom in online shopping, retailers set tight deadlines to guarantee holiday delivery, but they are also offering same-day options, from delivery to curbside pickup.

These good tidings have a downside in some cases. You may have to pay extra to get your late orders delivered on Christmas Eve.

“As many shoppers are discovering right now, all this increased e-commerce has put a strain on traditional shippers. USPS has been battling backlogs and delays,” said Marc Gorlin, founder and CEO of Roadie, a crowdsourced delivery platform for same-day and urgent deliveries. “More than ever before, many shoppers will be counting on same-day or urgent delivery for their holiday needs.”

Same-day delivery has become more than a convenience: It’s an essential service, Evangeline George, Shipt’s director of business

Ripple is a crypto currency rival to the likes of bitcoin and ethereum—but regulators are turning the screw

The US financial watchdog is chasing the firm behind a major crypto currency, accusing it of failing to respect regulations on offering unregistered digital assets.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission charged that Ripple Labs, which markets the XRP token, had raised $1.3 billion in the form of “digital asset securities.”

XRP is a in the digital currencies sphere behind bitcoin, and US regulators are racing to tighten oversight of the highly volatile sector.

Whereas bitcoin is produced by a decentralised network of ‘miners’, Ripple’s XRP token is mainly controlled by the firm that bears its name.

The SEC maintains that former Ripple head Christian Larsen and current chairman Brad Garlinghouse “failed to register their offers and sales of XRP or satisfy any exemption from registration.”

Following the SEC statement,

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Lyft announced it would provide 60 million rides to and from vaccination sites for low-income, uninsured and at-risk communities as vaccines roll out.

The ride-hailing company partnered with JPMorgan Chase, Anthem Inc., United Way, Epic, Centene Corporation, Modern Health, One Medical, National Hispanic Council on Aging, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging and others to help with the efforts in the coming weeks.

“Making sure people can get to vaccination sites when they need to is mission critical to beating this virus,” said Lyft co-founder and president John Zimmer in a statement. “This is an opportunity to use our collective strength to mobilize on a massive scale and serve our communities.”

For uninsured Americans and those whose transportation is not covered by government plans, Lyft’s corporate partners will fund rides, and their national and local non-profit partners will distribute ride credits to members who need them

The Washington Post is increasing its newsroom staff to over 1,000 as it adds new foreign bureaus and breaking news hubs to create a bigger global footprint

The Washington Post announced plans on Monday to expand its newsroom staff to over 1,000 and add breaking news hubs in Europe and Asia to create a bigger global footprint.

The move by the Post, owned by Amazon chief executive and billionaire Jeff Bezos, comes in stark contrast to much of the industry which has been retrenching amid and a shift away from print.

The Post, which said in 2018 it had become profitable but which does not release financial data, plans to create breaking-news hubs in Europe and Asia for more robust 24-hour news coverage.

“The Post intends to ensure that its readers everywhere can rely on a full, timely news report at any hour, including rich, multi-faceted coverage during

Tesla’s inclusion in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index will force a massive reshuffling of investments by money managers using the key Wall Street benchmark

Tesla is set to join an elite group of companies in a key Wall Street index, a move which gives greater prominence to the high-flying electric carmaker and forces money managers to reshuffle their portfolios.

The company founded by Elon Musk becomes part of the Standard & Poor’s 500 index on Monday, which means that investment funds based on that index will be holders of the stock.

Tesla stock has already seen a spectacular rise this year of 680 percent, and with a of some $600 billion it will be the richest company to enter the prestigious S&P index.

It is the ninth most valuable firm in the world, just behind Facebook.

Even though its car production is modest compared with rivals, Tesla’s

United Airlines became the latest carrier to announce new flights on the Boeing 737 MAX following a flight earlier this month by Brazilian airline Gol

United Airlines became the latest carrier to announce a timeframe to fly the Boeing 737 MAX again, saying Friday the jet would resume flights in February.

The plane, which was out of service for 20 months following two , will re-enter United’s schedule on February 11, with service from Denver and Houston.

The move comes on the heels of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) November decision to permit the jet to fly again following upgrades to its software and new protocols on pilot training.

United said there was still additional work to do on its jets before they can return to service with the carrier. The two 737 MAX crashes, in Ethiopia and Indonesia, claimed 346 lives and led to its worldwide grounding.