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Gen Z wants brands to be ‘fun,’ ‘authentic’ and ‘good,’ study says

Dive Brief:

  • Generation Z has high expectations for digital experiences, shaping how they feel about brands, shopping and technology. More than half (58%) of people born in the years 1996-2015 said they can’t be without internet access for more than four hours before becoming uncomfortable, making them highly dependent on their digital connections, according to a yearly global survey commissioned by WordPress hosting company WP Engine.
  • Gen Zers prefer brands that are authentic, with 82% saying they trust a company more if it uses images of real customers in its advertising, while 72% said they’re more likely to buy from
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Coronavirus latest: WHO says vaccine should be a global public good

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 7,543,070, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The worldwide death toll has hit 422,012.

To see how the disease has spread, view our virus tracker charts:


(Source photo by AP) 

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Saturday, June 13

2:15 a.m. Canada will phase in mandatory temperature checks for airline passengers and bar anyone with a fever from flying, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.

1:36 a.m. Vaccines for COVID-19 should be treated as global

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The Bank of England is propping up bloated financial markets but doing the economy no good

On-going QE warped the price of houses and other real assets, widening wealth inequality in the UK and beyond. But it suited governments and powerful financial vested interest – and so it has carried on.

Which brings us to Saunders’ speech. Since it was founded in 1997, the MPC has featured some impressive “outside” members, who aren’t regular Bank of England employees. Kate Barker, the economist, and fund manager Sushil Wadhwani spring to mind. Saunders, too, is a talented “outsider”, formerly with Citibank, whose writings I respect and have followed for many years. This speech, too, should be widely read.

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Xi praises WHO and says vaccine will be a ‘global public good’

SHANGHAI/TOKYO — Chinese President Xi Jinping painted his country as a global leader at the World Health Organization’s annual meeting Monday, calling for international cooperation against the new coronavirus, pledging $2 billion toward this end, and promising to make any Chinese vaccine “a global public good” when available.

Xi also deflected criticism of China’s initial response, saying all countries are vulnerable.

“The virus does not respect borders,” he said in a roughly 10-minute speech via video at the World Health Assembly. “Nor is race or nationality relevant in the face of the disease.”

“We have provided information to WHO and

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