Jeff Bezos adds billions to his fortune as Amazon reports profit surge

Amazon’s share price soared over 4%, while Apple shares wobbled despite quarterly revenues, and Alphabet announced a loss

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, added another couple of billion to his fortune on Thursday as Amazon, the company he founded, announced it had made more than $1bn in profits in the three months running up to Christmas.

Related: Amazon fulfillment centers don’t boost employment, analysis finds

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Sony’s official Xperia Android update policy revealed

Unless you’ve got one of Google’s own Pixel devices, you’re probably being kept in the dark by your smartphone’s manufacturer about if and when you should expect Android updates for your phone. If you’re a Sony user, we’ve finally got answers for you, and the news is both good and bad.

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Facebook to French court: nude painting did not prompt account’s deletion

Teacher says his account was shut down because he posted a Gustave Courbet painting of a woman’s genitals

A long-running dispute over allegations of censorship by Facebook has come to a head in a French court, where the social network denied it had deleted a user’s account because he posted a picture of a 19th-century painting of a woman’s genitals.

L’Origine du Monde (The Origin of the World), an 1866 oil painting by the realist painter Gustave Courbet, might hang on the walls of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

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Bitcoin’s January fall wipes off $44bn in value

US investigation into boom stokes fears of impending bust as cryptocurrency records steepest monthly slide in its history

Bitcoin plummeted in value by more than $44bn (£30.9bn) in January, marking the steepest monthly fall in its short history.

The slide extended further on Thursday amid fears of a crackdown on cryptocurrency trading and after Facebook announced a ban on digital currency adverts. Bitcoin fell by more than 10%, dropping below $9,000, marking a sharp reverse from its peak of almost $20,000 just before Christmas.

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