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A rundown of the most important global business stories you need to know for the coming day, from the newsroom of the Financial Times. Available every weekday morning.

    EU pitches post-Trump alliance with US, Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Lam’s cash problem

    EU pitches post-Trump alliance with US, Covid-19 vaccine rollout, Lam’s cash problem

    The EU will call on the US to seize a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to forge a new global alliance, the first coronavirus vaccine is on track for international deployment within weeks, and Hong Kong’s leader has said she is being forced to receive her salary in cash because of US sanctions. Plus, the FT’s Helen Warrell explains how the UK is trying to position itself as a global leader in defence. 


    EU pitches new post-Trump alliance with US in face of China challenge
    https://www.ft.com/content/e8e5cf90-7448-459e-8b9f-6f34f03ab77a


    International rollout of Covid-19 vaccine on track for next month
    https://www.ft.com/content/093d5005-ea9f-4c87-8db3-bae0e93d5102


    Hong Kong’s leader has ‘piles of cash’ at home after US sanctions 
    https://www.ft.com/content/0f9f0e98-faac-4ecd-8896-8cda3746a920
     
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    Is AI finally closing in on human intelligence?

    Is AI finally closing in on human intelligence?

    The company OpenAI has developed an extremely powerful machine-learning system that can rapidly generate text with minimal human input. The system is known as GPT-3 and it does everything from crafting an email to writing advanced fiction. However, the FT’s innovation editor, John Thornhill, explains, there are barriers and even a dark side to this tool.
     
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    Brexit financial services woes, Salesforce eyes Slack, Facebook’s ad troubles

    Brexit financial services woes, Salesforce eyes Slack, Facebook’s ad troubles

    Europe’s financial sector has reached “peak uncertainty” as regulators and banks rush to stave off the harshest effects of Brexit, cloud software company Salesforce is in talks to buy Slack, and Facebook allowed several thousand adverts and posts that violated UK law earlier this year. Plus, the FT’s economics editor, Chris Giles, explains why UK chancellor Rishi Sunak is warning of an ‘economic emergency’.


    Europe's finance sector braced for 'peak uncertainty' ahead of January 


    Salesforce in talks to buy Slack in huge cloud software deal


    Facebook allowed thousands of illegal ads in UK until they were reported 


    Sunak warns of ‘economic emergency’ as borrowing hits record £394bn 
     
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    Markets rise on White House transition, France taxes US tech giants, bank dividends

    Markets rise on White House transition, France taxes US tech giants, bank dividends

    US stocks surged to new highs on Tuesday, alongside global equities, as the path for a smooth transition of power in the US cleared, French tax authorities have begun demanding millions of euros in extra tax from US tech giants, and an ECB executive says that eurozone banks could be allowed to pay dividends again if their balance sheets are in order. Plus, the FT’s Robin Harding explains why Japanese stamps are getting in the way of the country’s digitisation efforts. 


    US stocks set record high as investors look to new administration
    https://www.ft.com/content/433048a5-c489-4ddd-aebd-d56fb8f3edfc


    US tech companies get digital tax demands from French authorities
    ft.com/content/2cfe3d07-7e69-4f57-b634-8b6002f967cb 


    ECB to lift ban on bank dividends next year if balance sheets strong enough
    ft.com/content/62c9e91e-ce88-41cb-aa23-de67687cdeef?edit=true


    Japan to ditch ‘hanko’ seal in drive to digitise bureaucracy
    https://www.ft.com/content/e05b0e61-1aa6-4e96-822b-538f1a33d806
     
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    Yellen likely choice for US Treasury, Peru’s century bonds, Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

    Yellen likely choice for US Treasury, Peru’s century bonds, Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

    US president-elect Joe Biden is poised to choose former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen as his Treasury secretary, Peru joins a select group of countries that has issued century bonds, and the number of US air travellers has ticked up ahead of US Thanksgiving. Plus, the FT’s Donato Paolo Mancini explains how the vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca will play into the larger fight against the pandemic. 


    Joe Biden poised to pick Janet Yellen as Treasury secretary 
    https://www.ft.com/content/1351b4db-9181-4afe-875f-acf9d5a6799a


    Peru joins elite club of nations selling century bonds 
    https://www.ft.com/content/2676b8b3-dcf7-4200-9031-cc0f4f6a504e?shareType=nongift


    US air travel rises despite Thanksgiving pandemic warnings 
    https://www.ft.com/content/ec2de8b7-30e9-403c-9016-ddb41796c9e8


    Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine results raise hopes for Covid fight
    https://www.ft.com/content/2da97a56-23df-4345-9157-6dc8ec322c69
     
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    Europe eases lockdowns for holidays, G20 on Covid-19 vaccines, China’s crackdown on misconduct

    Europe eases lockdowns for holidays, G20 on Covid-19 vaccines, China’s crackdown on misconduct

    European policymakers are preparing to relax Covid-19 lockdowns and “save Christmas”, G20 leaders pledged to “spare no effort” to ensure global access to Covid-19 vaccines, and Beijing has warned it will show “zero tolerance” for financial misconduct after several high-profile bond defaults by state-owned companies. Plus, the FT’s Peggy Hollinger explains how investors are handling Brexit. 


    European nations plan cautious easing of lockdowns for Christmas
    https://www.ft.com/content/5068cfce-a2fa-4d85-9078-d1a1cd89c316


    G20 leaders pledge to ensure global access to Covid vaccines
    https://www.ft.com/content/5f5e5a8c-1b94-438f-8f10-212126883e6c


    Beijing promises crackdown on misconduct after bond defaults
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