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Pasta, Wine and Inflatable Pools: How Amazon Conquered Italy in the Pandemic

The e-commerce giant had struggled to gain a foothold in a society that prefers to shop in person, with cash, but now Italians are hooked on online shopping.

Inside eBay’s Cockroach Cult: The Ghastly Story of a Stalking Scandal

“People are basically good” was eBay’s founding principle. But in the deranged summer of 2019, prosecutors say, a campaign to terrorize a blogger crawled out of a dark place in the corporate soul.

China Gives Unproven Covid-19 Vaccines to Thousands, With Risks Unknown

Drug company workers, government officials and others have been injected. More will be soon, bewildering experts who worry about potential ill effects.

In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

As seniors find themselves cut off from loved ones during the pandemic, some are turning to automated animals for company.

Japan Is Paying Firms to Make Things at Home. But China’s Pull Is Still Strong.

Japan is attempting a delicate balancing act as the pandemic has underlined the risks of the world’s economic reliance on Beijing.

F.A.A. chief will fly the Boeing 737 Max next week in Seattle.

What Went Viral This Week

Ruth Bader Ginsburg obituaries, reports of missing children and stories from a right-wing satire site made up the week’s most highly engaged stories on social media.

The editor of The Miami Herald’s Spanish-language publication resigns.

What we heard on earnings calls this week.

Robert Gore, Inventor of Gore-Tex, Is Dead at 83

Experiments with a polymer led him to create the breathable, waterproof material used in numerous applications, including ski jackets and medical implants.

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