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On the charity blacklist

Business | Amazon.com continues to ban some Christian nonprofits from its donate-while-you-shop program
by Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 8/27/20, 04:37 pm

Over a million nonprofits use Amazon.com’s charitable giving program, AmazonSmile, to collect donations. It’s not hard to see why: The online retail giant’s donate-while-you-shop function gave away over $100 million to enlisted charities in 2018.

AmazonSmile’s most popular recipients range the spectrum. They include Planned Parenthood and Human Rights Campaign but also Christian nonprofits such as Samaritan’s Purse and Compassion International. The latter each collected over $80,000. 

But not all Christian charities have been welcome.

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Apple worth $2 trillion

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/19/20, 01:05 pm

The company that gave the world iPhones and Macbooks gained $1 trillion in value in just two years. Apple became the first U.S. company worth $2 trillion on Wednesday.

How did that happen? The tech company’s shares gained nearly 60 percent this year despite the shutdown of factories in China that produce the iPhone. Many of its customers purchased products online while in quarantine, and Apple reported huge earnings for the second quarter. Its market value also rose after the company announced a 4-for-1 stock split that will make Apple shares more affordable.

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Zoom suspends Chinese human rights activist’s account

China | U.S. lawmakers question the company’s ties to the Chinese government
by June Cheng
Posted 6/16/20, 09:53 am

On May 31, Zhou Fengsuo, a U.S.-based Chinese dissident and president of Humanitarian China, organized a virtual Tiananmen Square Massacre commemoration over Zoom. About 250 people, including participants from mainland China, joined the event. It included talks by Zhou and other student leaders of the 1989 democracy movement, the mothers of those killed in the crackdown, and survivors like Dong Shengkun, a Beijing resident who spent 17 years in prison for attempting to block troops from reaching Tiananmen Square. 

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