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Philadelphia bans cashless stores with carve-outs for some businesses

Philadelphia will become the first major US city to force shops to take cash after Mayor Jim Kenney signed off Feb 28 on a law that would ban so-called cashless stores.

Business leaders, lawmakers to Amazon: please come back to NY

Top business leaders, lawmakers and others are urging Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos to reconsider his decision not to move forward with plans for a new headquarters in New York, to build an “exciting future” for the city.

Facebook, Google bikes lead to tension with neighbours

It started with a Facebook post.

Google will expand finance team to Chicago, adding ‘hundreds’ of jobs

Google plans to create "hundreds" of new jobs in Chicago this year, expanding the office it already calls its Midwest headquarters.

Amazon’s pullout is a blow to New York City’s tech momentum

New York worked hard for many years to transform itself into a top tech hub and finally it seemed to be just that, with one report ranking the city as the best place in the world for technology. Plans by Inc for a huge new corporate campus in Queens would have cemented New York’s status as an East Coast alternative to Silicon Valley.

Victory or catastrophe? Amazon's pull-out leaves New York divided

Thousands of lost jobs or a victory against a monolith: reactions were sharply divided Feb 14 after Amazon abandoned its plans for a new headquarters in New York.

Amazon’s NY exit spurs reactions on money saved and jobs lost Inc's decision on Jan 14 to scrap its proposal to locate a second headquarters in the Queens borough of New York City ignited a sea of duelling reactions on Twitter, with some calling it a victory for working people while others said it meant that fewer people would work.

How Amazon scrapped its plans for a New York headquarters

More than a year of work to bring Inc's headquarters and tens of thousands of jobs to New York City ended on Jan 14 with a couple of phone calls.

Feeling unwelcome, Amazon ditches plans for New York hub Inc abruptly scrapped plans to build a major outpost in New York that could have created 25,000 jobs, blaming opposition from local leaders upset by the nearly US$3bil in incentives promised by state and city politicians.

Amazon's exit could scare off tech companies from New York

Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine's Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about nearly US$3bil (RM12bil) in tax breaks and the company's anti-union stance.