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Pinterest opening first Canadian office in Toronto on Oct 1

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SAN FRANCISCO — Pinterest is opening its first office in Canada in Toronto at the start of October in an effort to expand its presence outside of the U.S.The San Francisco-based technology company runs an online platform that allows users to create a digital board they can pin aspirational photos to.It says it has 12 million Canadian users, who save 4.5 million photos on the platform daily.Snapchat teams up with Amazon to offer image-based shoppingPinterest is a unicorn but it certainly doesn’t act like onePinterest says it hopes the Toronto office will help spur the business’s international growth and serve local advertisers.The Toronto office will be run by country manager Erin Elofson, who previously led Facebook Canada’s sales team and spent 11 years at Microsoft Canada.Pinterest says Elofson will help the country localize its offerings, including an ad program, which it says advertisers will be able to use to target French-speaking Canadians by the end of the year. read more

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Number of refugees fleeing Togo after April elections continues to rise

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In Ghana virtually all 15,500 refugees were staying with host families, which were receiving assistance from UNHCR and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the spokesman for Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ron Redmond, said in Geneva. In Ghana’s Aflao area, a busy commercial centre which is adjacent to Togo’s capital, Lomé, and which is where the majority of refugees have been crossing into Ghana, UNHCR and the local authorities were planning a house-to-house survey from 7 to 9 July to verify the exact numbers and needs of the refugees, he said.In Benin, nearly 8,800 of the more than 23,000 refugees were in the camps at Come and Lokossa/Agame, while the others were staying with relatives and friends, he said.