Sweden bans China’s Huawei and ZTE from 5G network

On Tuesday, in a significant development, Swedish regulators have banned China’s Huawei and ZTE from developing its 5G network ahead of the launch of its spectrum auction, scheduled for next month. The decision by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) follows assessments by the by the Swedish Armed Forces and security service. Following widespread concerns,…

Intel sells its NAND chip business to South Korea’s SK Hynix for $9 billion

In a significant development, Intel Corp has agreed to sell its NAND memory chip business to South Korea’s SK Hynix Inc for $9 billion. The all-cash deal will propel the South Korean chipmaker to the second spot in global rankings. The development marks Intel’s efforts to divest its non-core businesse and move away from the volatile commodity…

Foxconn aims to capture 10% of global EV market share between 2025-2027

On Friday, Foxconn’s Chairman Liu Young stated, the company aims to capture 10% of the global market share for electric vehicles between 2025-2027; to this end it has entered into talks with multiple carmakers for future cooperation. “We want to push Taiwan’s EV industry to the world,” said Liu Young. Foxconn, a major supplier to…

European Union should press ahead with digital services tax: Bruno Le Maire

In a significant move, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said, the European Union should press ahead with plans for a digital tax in the bloc. The call comes at a time when the OECD is weighing options which include the rewriting of international tax rules. On Wednesday, G20 finance ministers have lent their support…

Google to provide $1.1 Million grans and loans to businesses in MENA regions to improve digital skills

In a statement, Alphabet Inc’s Google said, it plans on providing grants worth $1.1 million to help businesses in the Middle East and North Africa towards improvements of their digital skills as well as to get them connected to the internet. In a presentation, Google said, it will also provide $3 million in loans to…

U.S. gaming platform Roblox Corporation files for IPO

In a statement U.S. gaming platform Roblox Corporation said, it has confidentially filed for a IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The development could potentially see the company doubling its recent valuation of $4 billion. Roblox did not respond to requests for comments on whether it has selected the traditional route for its IPO…

Global financial regulators agree on cross-border rules governing stablecoins

On Tuesday, in a significant development, central banks have said, they are set to regulate cross-border stablecoins, including Facebook’s Libra, with a common approach; they also mentioned that more rules may be introduced later to ensure market stability. The prospect of a currency-backed stablecoin being used by billions of people on Facebook has galvanized central…

European fintech Revolut plans on applying for U.S.. banking license

According to sources with knowledge of the matter at hand, Revolut, a digital banking app plans on applying for a bank charter with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and California’s Division of Financial Institutions within weeks. Although Revolut’s bank charter will be with California, it will allow the lender to operate widely throughout…