India's largest private industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has announced that its telecom venture Jio is the world's biggest startup with an estimated investment of INR 150,000 ($23 billion). A soft launch of Reliance Jio is expected in April 2016.
Allowing proxy access, Yahoo Inc has revised its bylaws. It'll also enable long-time shareholders to nominate candidates at board on ballots. The new bylaws will come into force after 2016 annual general meeting (AGM) scheduled in June or July.
Yahoo potential buyers only have until April 11 to submit their bid. Along with the proposed amount are details on how the purchase would be financed, conditions or approvals to be met and what important foundation to make by deciding to push through with a deal. Verizon and Time Inc. already shown interest to acquire Yahoo’s core business the past few months.
Game developer Ubisoft is expanding its business to the Philippines and will be named Ubisoft Philippines. It will be headquartered in Sta. Rosa, Laguna which is a great geographical site. One reason for the move is the trust established by Filipino employees led by manager Chip Go that was being noticed by Ubisoft Managing Director Oliver de Rotalier.
Samsung Pay has launched today in China trying to get a better position from its rival, Apple Pay and Alipay. Shoppers who use Samsung smartphones compatible with the company's newly launched mobile payment service will be able to pay for their purchases even without using a debit or credit card.
French tech startups managed to secure almost 1 billion euros in funding last year, establishing the country’s place in the European tech landscape. Most investments were still made by domestic investors, although there are prominent foreign investors involved in big fundings.
In the wake of Brussels attack, more European countries are considering making new policies that would legally require tech companies to hand over encrypted information when needed. That will affect tech companies around the world as Apple is pushing forward to fight back in the U.S. as well as in Europe.
Japan is planning big for exploring 'fintech' (financial technology) segment. The world's third largest economy has decided to ease restrictions on investment in the fintech sector. After the proposed Bill is cleared by Japan's Parliament, banks can have 100 percent holding in non-finance related firms.
China is planning to become a major force in the global semiconductor segment. State-run XMC is setting up a major $24-billion semiconductor project in association with a US company.
Deutsche Bank expressed its skepticism on the hype created around Apple’s shift to Google’s Cloud Platform from Amazon’s AWS. The bank believes that the move will not have a significant impact and that Apple is just trying to reduce its reliance on just one service.
Fantasy sport games FanDuel and Draft Kings will stop their paid contests in New York. The companies will wait for regulation to legalize their operation.
IHS and Markit, two of the information titans announced of their merger with a $13 billion deal. Once the deal is closed, it will be renamed IHS Markit with a "definitive agreement" for "an all share of equals".
India is seeking World Trade Organization's (WTO) intervention over increasing visa fees by the US. The visa fee for H-1B has been doubled to $4,000 and it's $4,500 for L-1 visa, as fixed by the US government.
The streaming service company on Wednesday reached the deal over music royalties with the National Music Publisher's Association (NMPA). Spotify will pay $21 million worth of royalty to publishers and songwriters.
Alphabet's Google has landed Apple as a customer for its cloud computing platform. Apple has started to store part of its cloud service in Google cloud platform, while also building its infrastructure.