Several hundred joined the protest at the site of the planned warehouse at Fournes

Hundreds rallied in several French towns on Saturday in protests against Amazon called by anti-capitalist and environmental groups, including at one site where the US e-commerce giant plans a massive warehouse.

Amazon plans to set up a 38,000-square-metre (400,000-square-feet) facility in the small southern town of Fournes near the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct bridge that is a World Heritage site.

While police said around 800 protesters took part in the protest there, organisers said 1,400 turned up. The protesters planted shrubs in front of huge banners reading “Stop Amazon” and “Not here or anywhere”.

They formed a human chain to show the size of the project, floating multi-coloured balloons 18 metres (60 feet) up to indicate the height of the planned five-storey facility.

“It’s two years that the citizens of Fournes and its surroundings

The Tata Motors logo is seen on the engine grille of a truck in Mumbai

Profits at India’s Tata Motors jumped 67 percent during the last quarter of 2020, the company said Friday, benefiting from pent-up demand that saw consumers flock to buy cars.

The Mumbai-headquartered firm, which owns British luxury brand Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), saw consolidated net profit climb to 29.06 billion rupees ($398.91 million) during the October-December quarter from 17.38 billion rupees a year earlier.

The results are a strong comeback for the automobile giant, which reported losses for three consecutive quarters as the pandemic hammered demand in domestic and .

“Due to a strong festive season and a clear preference for personal mobility, the (passenger vehicle) business posted its highest sales in last 33 quarters,” chief executive Guenter Butschek said in a statement.

JLR sales were up 19.1 percent year on year in China,

The service industry is facing the biggest blow during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in sharp contrast to earlier recessions where manufacturing was the first to take a nosedive. A record 659,000 service jobs were lost in March alone. This is why if you make efforts to productize your services, you can boost revenue and keep your business thriving during the pandemic,

The other reason why productizing services is helpful is it enables entrepreneurs who are stuck because they simply cannot take more clients on a one-on-one basis. This means they have hit a ceiling when it comes to the number of clients they can take on at any one time as well as the maximum revenue they can make from their business. This is where productizing their services come in. It enables them to shift from a linear to a leveraged source of income. What this means is that

In this Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith poses in the Hub at the company’s headquarters in Orem, Utah. Survey-software provider Qualtrics went public Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, two years after German software giant SAP bought the company for $8 billion, marking the latest achievement for a company that has become one of the crown jewels of a technology corridor near Salt Lake City that Utah likes to call “Silicon Slopes.” (Jeffrey D. Allred/The Deseret News via AP)

Survey software provider Qualtrics went public Thursday two years after German giant SAP bought the company for $8 billion, marking the latest achievement for the company that has become one of the crown jewels of a technology corridor near Salt Lake City that Utah likes to call “Silicon Slopes.”

The move brings more recognition to Qualtrics just months after founder and executive chairman Ryan Smith purchased the NBA’s Utah

Tesla reported $721 million in 2020 earnings, its first profitable year

Tesla Motors reported its first annual profit Wednesday, but shares fell after Elon Musk’s electric car company scored lower-than-expected fourth quarter earnings.

Tesla, a soaring stock for much of the last year, reported 2020 profits of $721 million, reflecting the company’s strong ramp-up in production and deliveries despite a hit from COVID-19. Tesla had reported a 2019 loss of $862 million.

Revenues for 2020 jumped 28 percent to $31.5 billion.

“This past year was transformative for Tesla,” the company said in its .

“Despite unforeseen global challenges, we outpaced many trends seen elsewhere in the industry as we significantly increased volumes, profitability and cash generation.”

Tesla said that 2020 was a “critical year” for the company but 2021 “will be even more important” as the company escalates output at its China factory and targets first production at

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As the pandemic raged through the U.S., Microsoft’s business continued chugging ahead and beat Wall Street expectations for the last three months of 2020, powered by ongoing demand for its workplace software and cloud computing services as people worked from home.

The on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $15.5 billion, up 33% from the same period last year.

In a statement Tuesday, CEO Satya Nadella called it “the dawn of a second wave of digital transformation sweeping every company and every industry.”

Net income of $2.03 per share beat Wall Street expectations.

The software maker posted revenue of $43.1 billion in the October-December period, up 17% from last year and also beating forecasts.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting Microsoft to earn $1.64 per share on revenue of $40.2 billion for the fiscal quarter ending in December.


Microsoft’s cloud business helps offset pandemic woes