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Affirm shareholders see double following Amazon announcement



Amazon’s partnership with Affirm had healthy repercussions on the stock market, with the BNPL platform’s shares skyrocketing.

Affirm partners with Amazon

Affirm Holdings shares soared more than 45 percent on Monday following their big Amazon announcement. 

The buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) platform’s new partnership will give Amazon users the option to pay for purchases valued over $50 in smaller instalments.

While Amazon does have a minor installment offer on some items, it marks its first major partnership with a BNPL platform. 

The deal, announced on Friday, saw Affirm’s share price climb to almost double its opening value, reaching an after-trading share price of almost $100 US. 

Unambiguously positive

Bank of America analysts called the news an “unambiguous positive”, according to CNBC. 

Additionally the move highlights the fintech company’s “technological leadership and strong reputation in the BNPL market”.

Amazon’s adoption of the BNPL scheme is widely welcomed and supported by its millennial audience. 

Trends show that younger generations are resorting to platforms like Affirm and Afterpay as a way of achieving instant gratification. 

Interest rates are also lower – if not there at all – on such money-lending platforms compared to traditional credit cards, which may be seen as a big win in the eyes of millennials. 

The partnership with Amazon comes at a time where competition is heating up between Affirm and its competitors, Afterpay and Klarna. 

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Can new tech hires be sustained?



As technology companies continue to lay off staff, Australian research shows the future may be brighter

Australia has a target of delivering 1.2 million critical tech workers by 2030.

However, the sector has been battered by changes and layoffs since the pandemic came to light.

Kate Pounder is the CEO of the Tech Council of Australia, who said the pandemic changed the playbook for many companies across the sector.

“There is some evidence that there was a boom in job creation and company formation during the pandemic.”

The Tech Council of Australia recently revealed an 8 per cent increase in tech jobs last year.

It means Australia’s tech workforce is around 935,000.

“When there’s change in the labour market, you see people using that to start a business,” Ms Pounder said.

Despite the rapid layoffs across many major technology companies, Ms Pounder said for every job lost over the past quarter, 20 have been created.

“We are finding that the ease of people moving into jobs is getting a little better.

“It’s still challenging to find people in Australia, particularly for people in specialised roles,” she said.

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Tech layoffs reach their highest point in over 20 years



There have been over 130,000 layoffs across the technology sector in the last five months

The technology sector was billed as the most exciting industry to work in.

Big offices, big dreams, big money were all part of the parcel for many companies attracting staff.

As many organisations caught onto the momentum of the pandemic, the same energy has not been particularly met on the other side.

Thousands of workers have since been laid off as the good times stopped rolling.

In fact, the technology sector’s layoffs are the highest since the dotcom bubble burst 22 years ago.

The BT Group is one of the latest companies cutting staff.

Fifty-five thousand have lost their jobs as part of a corporate restructure.

CEO Philip Jansen will freeze his £1.1 million salary until he retires, according to reports from Sky News.

The ground is also shifting as artificial intelligence takes hold and the economy worsens.

BT Group said it is laying off 11,000 staff because of the increased capacity for artificial intelligence in the workplace.

At the same time, companies like Apple and Goldman Sachs are among those restricting or banning the use of tools like ChatGPT amid privacy or data concerns.

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Big tech crackdown on employees using ChatGPT



Apple and Samsung are among companies restricting or banning the use of ChatGPT

Some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Apple and Amazon have banned or restricted OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

The tool relies on artificial intelligence to produce responses to prompts entered by users.

However, major brands remain concerned around the privacy risks because of the data ChatGPT uses to improve its accuracy.

Samsung has previously reported employees unintentionally leaking confidential internal source code and meeting recordings through ChatGPT.

Meanwhile, Apple has banned the web-platform over concerns surrounding data leaks.

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