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● Uber Sells Food Delivery Business in India The ride-hailing giant agreed to sell Uber Eats in India to rival Zomato, continuing its recent efforts to exit money-losing businesses.
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● Tony Hall to Step Down as BBC Chief The director general’s decision comes amid questions over a gender pay gap and political bias.
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