Jeffrey oversees the Asia-Pacific region for Reuters Breakingviews from Melbourne, after having previously done so from Hong Kong. He first joined Breakingviews in London as the global financial crisis began and later spent seven years in New York as U.S. Editor. Before becoming a columnist in 2007, Jeffrey covered banking, M&A, media, technology, international trade and healthcare for Reuters and BNA in New York, Washington, Phoenix and across Europe. He has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's in finance from the George Washington University.
The $30 bln Aussie fintech champ reported more impressive growth as installment-plan purchases swell. A deal to buy out its U.S. business raises fresh valuation questions, however, as do bigger losses, PayPal’s entry and regulatory concerns. A reckoning for investors awaits.
The social network blocked news in Australia in defiance of Canberra’s effort to make it pay publishers. The search titan’s deals with Rupert Murdoch’s empire and others may protect it from wider oversight. Government and media have only chipped off fragments of Big Tech’s clout.
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