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Coronavirus sparking a ‘focus on relationships’ and boosting Internet sales

Signet Jewelers (SIG), the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, is seeing pent up demand for marriage proposals following COVID-19 lockdowns — with lots of help from soaring online sales.

The parent company of well-known brands such as Kay Jewelers, Zales, and Jared: The Galleria of Jewelry, gleaned this insight from conducting its bespoke jewelry research on consumer trends during the coronavirus outbreak.

CEO Gina Drosos told Yahoo Finance that more than half of couples who were already engaged decided to quarantine together; of that number, nearly half said their relationship had gotten better, according to a Signet survey — and in many cases accelerated timelines to get engaged.

“So, I think, if anything, COVID-19 has made all of us focus on relationships and those who we really care for and want to go ahead and make [a] commitment,” Drosos told “The Ticker” in a recent interview. 

The survey also

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With work shuttered, some have found a new way to make money: Internet odd jobs

Minutes after Kara Jones wakes up, she’s glued to her desktop computer, filling out surveys or being interviewed about website design. After her toddler goes to sleep at night, she pulls out her phone and sends videos to market research companies.

Hardly a minute of Jones’ free time is not spoken for or meticulously analyzed on an elaborate spreadsheet where she tracks dozens of side-hustle websites.

“I’ll apply for a whole bunch of tasks in a week that I’m really passionate about. Before I realize it, my whole week, every available minute, is taken up by paid studies,” she said. She said she uses the spreadsheet to keep records of which sites offer “the highest ROI,” or return on investment.

Jones, 35, was laid off in May and quickly began spending hours each day scouring websites for ways to scrape together a few dollars at a time by giving her

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How some are grinding out a living on the internet

Minutes after Kara Jones wakes up, she’s glued to her desktop computer, filling out surveys or being interviewed about website design. After her toddler goes to sleep at night, she pulls out her phone and sends videos to market research companies.

Hardly a minute of Jones’ free time is not spoken for or meticulously analyzed on an elaborate spreadsheet where she tracks dozens of side-hustle websites.

“I’ll apply for a whole bunch of tasks in a week that I’m really passionate about. Before I realize it, my whole week, every available minute, is taken up by paid studies,” she said. She said she uses the spreadsheet to keep records of which sites offer “the highest ROI,” or return on investment.

Jones, 35, was laid off in May and quickly began spending hours each day scouring websites for ways to scrape together a few dollars at a time by giving her

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Internet star Gabbie Hanna says YouTube has fostered a toxic environment where drama channels are encouraged to take down top creators

Gabbie Hanna's career as a Viner turned YouTuber took a dark turn over the past year.
Gabbie Hanna’s career as a Viner turned YouTuber took a dark turn over the past year.

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  • Internet personality Gabbie Hanna recently stoked controversy by fighting with friends, drama channels, and YouTube itself before deactivating her Twitter and Instagram accounts.

  • Hanna, who has over 6 million YouTube subscribers, also became a TikTok meme when users turned one of her rants into a sound bite.

  • In an interview with Insider, Hanna discussed her recent controversies, her mental health, and her relationship with YouTube.

  • Hanna said the platform had fostered a toxic environment where drama, commentary, and “tea” channels are incentivized to repeatedly tear down top creators.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Before her abrupt disappearance from the internet, Gabbie Hanna seemed as if she were living the influencer dream.

After beginning her online career in 2014 on the TikTok predecessor Vine, Hanna transitioned her audience to YouTube, where she

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Rishi Sunak considering sales tax for internet purchases

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Rishi Sunak is considering plans for a new tax on goods sold online as the government looks for ways to raise income and protect the high street amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

A call for evidence on the issue announced last week acknowledged that many retailers are opposed to such a levy but noted that the existing business rates system favoured online firms over those with high-rental value shops.

Downing Street said the coronavirus pandemic had already had a “significant impact” on the way business is done and the government needed to ensure that the tax system raised enough money to fund public services.

The call for evidence was examining the business rates system and potential alternatives.

“As part of this we will consider the case for introducing alternative taxes as part of the review, including an online sales tax,” the spokesperson said.

“The pandemic has had a significant

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Google is investing $4.5 billion in India’s mobile internet giant Reliance Jio and the 2 will make a new affordable Android phone

Google CEO Sundar Pichai with his wife and engineer Anjali Pichai as they arrive to attend the wedding ceremony of Akash Ambani, son of Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai on March 9, 2019.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai with his wife and engineer Anjali Pichai as they arrive to attend the wedding ceremony of Akash Ambani, son of Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani, in Mumbai on March 9, 2019.

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  • Google is to invest $4.5 billion into Indian internet company Jio Platforms, Google chief executive Sundar Pichai confirmed on Wednesday.

  • Jio Platforms owns India’s biggest telecoms provider Reliance Jio as well as a suite of homegrown apps such as Zoom rival JioMeet.

  • The investment gives Google a 7.7% stake in Jio Platforms, providing the deal is cleared by India’s regulators.

  • Reliance Jio’s founder, Mukesh Ambani, is currently the sixth-richest man in the world, with a net wealth of $72.4 billion.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Google will invest $4.5 billion in disruptive, popular Indian internet firm Jio Platforms, the company confirmed on Wednesday.

The deal gives Google a 7.7%

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Arm offloading its internet of things services business ‘makes float more likely’

Cambridge-based chip firm Arm dominates the smartphone market - Arm Holdings/Bloomberg News
Cambridge-based chip firm Arm dominates the smartphone market – Arm Holdings/Bloomberg News

Arm’s decision to spin-off its “internet of things” (IoT) services business and focus on its core chip design business are signals a float is “now more likely”, analysts say.

The SoftBank-owned chip designer announced it would hive off its IoT services division late on Tuesday. The Cambridge firm, which was bought by SoftBank in 2016 for £24bn, said it would transfer two businesses to the Japanese conglomerate, which would then oversee them directly. 

Arm has built up the business under four years of ownership by the Japanese firm.

SoftBank has the experience to make the most of the potential of the IoT sector, said Arm’s chief executive Simon Segars. 

Mr Segars said: “SoftBank’s experience in managing fast-growing, early-stage businesses would enable ISG to maximize its value in capturing the data opportunity. 

“Arm would be in a stronger position

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Dad divides internet with harsh ‘punishment’ for son: ‘Petty and cruel’

A father is stirring up drama online after sharing how he wants to donate his son’s college tuition in order to teach him a lesson about privilege.

The parent, who goes by meandadami on Reddit, shared his story on Reddit’s Am I The A****** (AITA) forum. In his post, he explained that his son has recently become “a real idealist,” which has led to many snide remarks at the expense of his family.

“When he comes home he’s started making increasingly snide remarks about how we don’t pay enough in taxes (he has no idea what we pay or don’t pay), and that our success is due to privilege and was at the expense of other, less fortunate, people,” meandadami wrote. “I don’t particularly object to the comments, I enjoy debate, but he doesn’t seem to appreciate the irony that he is benefiting from that privilege and seems content to

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Trump Trolled for Fourth of July Event Performer as Internet Recalls Obama’s Star Power

President Donald Trump is being trolled on Twitter after footage of a man singing a Bruno Mars song at his Fourth of July event at the White House was shared online.

Many of the president’s critics were quick to point out that former President Barack Obama had the real Bruno Mars perform at his Fourth of July party in 2015, calling it “a tale of two presidents.”

“Perfect anology [sic] for the deterioration at the White House: 5 years ago the real Bruno Mars performed at the White House,” one user wrote on Twitter while retweeting the video of Trump’s celebration. 

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In the footage, the

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A patron saint of the internet? The pope is on it

Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian boy who died in 2006 and is set to be beatified in October 2020. <span class="copyright">(Acutis family)</span>
Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian boy who died in 2006 and is set to be beatified in October 2020. (Acutis family)

The good news for anyone praying for a little less online vitriol or a much faster internet connection is that the Vatican is on the case.

Showing that it has one foot in the 21st century, the ancient institution is backing a 15-year-old computer whiz to become the first patron saint of the internet.

Carlo Acutis, an Italian schoolboy who helped spread Roman Catholic teaching online before he died of leukemia in 2006, is the perfect candidate to become the protector of web surfers, said Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the head of the Vatican’s saint-making department.

“That’s my hope — he would be an ideal example for all young people,” said Becciu, whose official title is head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Carlo became deeply religious during

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