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.

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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.

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.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow's Best New Features

Android users can experience the new system update since 2015. Some remarkable new features include security improvement, performance management, user interface, storage improvement, and support to new innovations including the Type-C USB.

China's foreign exchange stocks decline to trillions

China's foreign exchange reserves had declined reaching to trillions. However, the government made efforts to support the local currency from dropping further.

IKEA Lost Its Trademark in Indonesia After a Dispute With Local Furniture Company

The case was brought to Central Jakarta District Court in 2014, and the decision was ruled by the court last year. The plaintiff made the case by presenting the Indonesian trademark law which stated that a trademark could be deleted if the company had not used the name for commercial purposes in three years after registration or after the last use.

Wiper, alternative messaging app for costly movies

Messaging app Wiper has raised a total of $4.5 million seed funding from its investor Michael Choupak adding $2 million dollars. The service launced $4.99 monthly subscription fee to preview and watch thousands of original short and long, inexpensive indie films that can be compared to expensive Hollywood movies.

VW, Audi recall Tiguan and Q5 over Takata inflators

The failure of Takata's airbag inflators are keeping pressure on several automobile giants. Volkswagen and Audi will recall Tiguan and Q5 model vehicles for defective airbags made by Takata. Dealers of automobile companies will replace the defective side airbags of Takata at free of charge.

It’s Hedge Funds vs The PBOC Over Yuan, Investors Not Convinced Wth The Currency

Some of the biggest hedge funds have initiated bets against the Chinese yuan. The world billionaire investors believe that they currency will still be devaluating.

Verizon CEO showed interest in Yahoo acquisition

It was confirmed by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam that Verizon is interested in acquiring Yahoo. The Internet search company had difficult times in the past years as many other companies had their market share in the online and mobile business. This promts Yahoo to reconstruct its business including cutting jobs.

The First Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible Auctions For $750,000, Insurance Mogul Julian Movsesian Wins The Bid

Rolls has been participating in the Naples Winter Festival for the last 15 years with the first production of any new version placed for auction. The first copy Dawn Convertible has been auctioned in January 31 for $750,000 and thus collects $4.8 million in total. The amount received from auction is dedicated for Naples Children & Educational Foundation (NCEF).

Nasty Gal to trim headcount by 10%

The Los Angeles-based fashion retailer Nasty Gal is reducing the number of employees by 10 percent as part of its strategic restructuring. The increasing market competition and uncertainty in financing aspects are forcing the company to reduce the costs. Several former employees moved court against Nasty Gal against layoffs.

Honda recalls 442,997 vehicles in Japan; 2.2 million cars in US

Honda said it recalled a total of 442,997 vehicles in Japan. The automaker will also recall 2.2 million cars in the US.

Inspiring Scotland appoints Gary Le Sueur to board

Gary Le Sueur, an expert venture capitalist, has been appointed as director of Inspiring Scotland’s board. Gary's experience coupled with his desire to utilize venture capital-skill for social cause will enable the company to boost its ability to deliver the highest return on investment.

Citigroup Bans Financial Transactions of DFS Sites In New York While Some US States Observe ‘The Game of Skill’ As Legal

Terming the daily fantasy sports as illegal gambling, the New York Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against DraftKings and FanDuel. While the lawsuit proceeds in its own pace, banking giant Citigroup has imposed a ban on transactions to the DFS sites by the New Yorkers. Some US states express reluctance while some declare the sites as legal.

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