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Obama Administration seeks $1.1B additional funding to battle heroin and abuse of prescription opioid

President Barrack Obama seeks an additional $1.1 billion in the face of increasing death rates due to overdoses of heroin and opioids. The Obama administration has already split the amount and categorized them to focus on different aspects like increasing medical-assisted facilities, prescriptions of antidotes, plans for overdose prevention, etc. These facilities are to be rolled out to the rural areas as well.

Europe

Takata's restructuring plan unveils in May for car makers

Takata Corp, a manufacturer of airbags used in vehicles for consumer safety, will announce its restructuring plan to automakers in May. The restructuring plan is expected to include the sharing of recall costs. The defective airbags are forcing automobile majors to recall millions of cars.

Shanghai Disneyland Announced Cheapest Ticket Prices

The Shanghai Disneyland's ticket prices would be 20 percent cheaper than Hong Kong Disneyland at 539 yuan, even though the Shanghai's area would be much larger. After being constructed for more than six years, the park would be ready to open for public this summer with possible further expansion.

Africa

Vodacom's Q3 revenues up 8.7%; sees weaker growth

Vodacom Group Ltd has recorded 8.7 percent growth in third quarter revenues. The South Africa-based mobile phone company is focusing on subscribers and high-speed network expansion. Vodafone is expanding internet services and strengthening its network amid rising domestic competition.

CEO Reggie Aggarwal narrates success journey of Cvent

The era of start-ups has been started in India with the recent years witnessing the conversion of ideas into firms propelled by the easily available funding. CEO of Cvent Inc, Reggie Aggarwal, says that he has a 'realistic view' regarding this race in the start-up arena.

Venture Firm Qiming Received $648 Million in Venture Capital Fund

One of China’s biggest venture capital firm, Qiming, secured its fifth US dollar venture capital fund in total of $648 million. The fund will help expand the firm’s investments in Chinese top startups in various sectors such as internet, consumer, technology, healthcare, as well as cleantech.

Eyeriss: MIT Introduced Chip Capable of Deep Learning Using AI Technology

An MIT research team has introduced a new computer chip, Eyeriss, that will allow IoT devices to go through deep learning process. Data collected by the devices, is currently uploaded to the internet for processing by power servers. Eyeriss chip processes the collected data locally using the neural technology and thus ensures data security and reduces power consumption.

AXA SA purchases 8% stock in Africa Internet Group

AXA SA has partnered with Africa Internet Group to become the sole supplier of insurance products in Africa. The transaction will promote AXA's business strategy and help the French insurer to serve the African society.

Japan to curtail soaring drug prices

As part of reducing costs, the Japanese government is seeking lower drug prices by moving towards more generics. The ageing population and rising debt are taking a toll on the Shinzo Abe's government. The Japanese government is aiming to reduce prices of branded drugs.

Pepsico's stake offer rejected by Greek-yogurt maker Chobani

Chobani, founded by billionaire Hamdi Ulukaya, turned down an offer made by Pepsico this Friday. The beverage giant wanted to buy out the majority stake in the Greek yogurt maker, but Chobani was only interested to sell the minority stake, resulting in the deal fallout.

iRobot to Sell its Military Division, Focus Soley on Consumer Goods

iRobot is selling its military division of its company for up to $45 million. The sale was because of pressure from shareholders.

Qube Group offers Asciano A$9 billion, exceeding Canada's Brookfield bid

Qube Holdings have come up with a more tempting offer than its competition, Brookfield, in acquiring Asciano. A greater cash component thrown into the deal has tipped the scales in their favor, which Brookfield has only five days to match.

GitHub faces overhaul as many executives quit

GitHub is experiencing a huge inner havoc as many executives flee from the company. Chris Wanstrath has been overhauling the firm's culture backed by its board.

PSA Peugeot Citroen Will Pay $446 Million in Compensation to Get Back to Iran's Markets

Peugeot suspended sales from Iran in 2012 following nuclear sanctions expansion to the automobile sector. Now that the sanctions are lifted, Peugeot immediately strives to reinstate partnership to come back to the markets that cost it 10 percent of global deliveries when the sales are suspended. It costs Peugeot $446 million in form of compensation and services.

Sony Releases US Oriented Versions of Xperia Z5 And Z5 Compact Excluding Biometric Authentication

Sony has kept its words through releasing Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact smart phones in committed date. But the US oriented version of the Z5 genre hasn’t inherited the biometric authentication system. This lacking will affect the consumers using Android 6.0 and thus shave Sony’s profit margin to some extents.

Morgan Stanley to increase staffs in Japan

Morgan Stanley intends to hire additional bankers in 2016 in order to contend with its rival Nomura. The company failed to present the exact number of staffs being hired.

Silver Lake invest $500 million in Symantec

Private equity firm Silver Lake will invest $500 million in cyber security company, Symantec. The money from the investment will be used by the company to buy back shares and issue a $4 dividend to shareholders.

HSBC to pay $470M total for federal government settlement as relief to borrowers and homeowners' foreclosure abuses

As per the federal agreement, HSBC has agreed to pay $470 million to provide relief to abused mortgage loan borrowers. The payment will be directed towards mainly Virginia, along with 48 other states. The bank, accused of malpractices like robosigning and bad loan designs, will now be monitored by an independent body to ensure it adheres to the revised banking standards and settlement terms.

Google Approaches One Step Ahead Towards VR, Plans For Headset As Successor To Cardboard

All the tech giants are investing heavily in the research and development of virtual and augmented reality products. Google has been reportedly planning a successor to the cardboard VR viewer. The smart phone based headset incorporating improved sensors and lenses will be housed in a solid plastic casing instead of a cardboard.

Wall Street strategists lower S&P 500 estimates

Contrary to earlier bullish predictions for 2016, several Wall Street strategists have started lowering their forecasts on S&P 500 stocks. The Chinese economy slowdown, volatile oil prices and interest rates are the major reasons for drop in forecast. The gap between highest and lowest forecast has been widening.

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