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H&M stores in South Africa trashed over 'racist' hoodie

South African police have used rubber bullets to disperse a mob trashing H&M stores in and around Johannesburg, after the brand used a controversial picture of a black child. The protests were organised by the radical Economic Freedom Fighters’ party (EFF). H&M apologised several days ago for the image, which ran on its website. It featured a young black boy modelling a green hoodie with “coolest monkey in the jungle” written on it. The retailer withdrew both the product and the image after it sparked outrage and allegations of racism…

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Skype removed from China Apple and Android app stores

Skype’s call and messaging service has been removed from app stores in China, including the Apple app store. Apple says it is one of several apps to have been removed after the government said it does not comply with local law. Skype owner Microsoft told the BBC the app had been “temporarily removed” and the company was “working to reinstate the app as soon as possible”. The app is also no longer available for download on Android app stores in China. Media reports suggest the disruption to Skype started in…

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David Jones plans to lure customers into stores with cheap smashed avocado

David Jones’ strategic muse is Fanny Fern.  While the American writer said; “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, DJs has updated the outdated heteronormative mantra and gone one step further. Knowing these days the way to anyone’s heart is through gourmet, Instagram-worthy produce, which is what its new Food Hall in Bondi Junction is bursting with. David Jones food group director Pieter de Wet, Jesinta Franklin and chef Neil Perry at the new David Jones Bondi Junction Food Hall.  Photo: Damian Shaw The department store, which has also just added…

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Lifestyle 

Myer 'erases' Topshop concessions from stores as negotiations continue

Myer has closed its 17 Topshop concessions as negotiations continue to save the Australian arm of the UK fast-fashion business from total collapse. Visitors to Myer stores hoping to pick up a Topshop garment this week would have likely been met with scant signage and zero trace of the brand on the shop floor. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Second person charged in Dillon murder Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 00:23 More National News Videos Previous slideNext slide Topshop Australia collapses under debt Fashion retailer Topshop Australia goes into voluntary…

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Topshop closes underperforming stores in bid to save Australian operation

The administrators for the failed Topshop franchise in Australia are closing five of its nine stand-alone stores in a bid to save the local arm of the UK fast-fashion retailer. Stores at Chatswood and Miranda shopping centres in NSW, Highpoint in Melbourne, and Perth have closed in the past two weeks. The Topshop store on Chapel Street, South Yarra, which is due to close.  Photo: Melissa Singer But the closure expected to send the biggest shockwaves through the broader retail industry is in Chapel Street, in Melbourne’s South Yarra, which…

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Gaming 

GameStop’s revenue craters on weak fourth-quarter sales, will close more stores

For years, GameStop has managed to maintain a significant lock on the physical games sale business, even as online sales of games and consoles became more popular online. The company’s current business model may have hit the hard wall of shifting consumer tastes according to its own fourth quarter results. GameStop’s physical game sales were down by 15 percent this quarter. Excluding Pokemon, sales of the top eight physical titles on the market fell 40 percent year-on-year compared with 2015. Hardware sales declined 29.1 percent, and overall game sales fell…

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Gaming 

Facebook closing nearly half its Oculus kiosks in Best Buy stores

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Facebook is removing hundreds of the Oculus Rift kiosks it partnered with Best Buy to create. Despite serving as technology demonstration platforms, too many of the kiosks were too under-used to justify continuing the partnership at certain stores. The post Facebook closing nearly half its Oculus kiosks in Best Buy stores appeared first on ExtremeTech. ExtremeTechGaming – ExtremeTech

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