European venture capital firm Balderton Capital launches $400M tech startup fund

On Tuesday, Balderton Capital, an European venture capital firm stated, it is launching a $400 million fund to invest in technology start-ups; its total funds under management now totals to $3 billion. In a statement, Balderton said, the total venture capital funding in European start-ups hit a record high of $27.11 billion (24.6 billion euros)…

Google signs healthcare data deal with Ascension, gets access to health records of millions of Americans

In a deal that provides Alphabet Inc’s Google Inc more data to finetune its artificial intelligence tools, the search giant has signed its biggest cloud computing customer in healthcare to date with Ascension. In a joint statement Ascension, which operates 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities across the United States, and Google…

Shares of chipmakers rise in European bourses on expectation of a Phase One U.S.-China trade deal

On Tuesday, shares of chipmakers in European bourses rose in anticipation for a potential U.S.-China trade deal. Investors will be looking for clues in a key speech from U.S. President Donald Trump. The pan-European STOXX 600 index edged slightly higher by 0840 GMT, with technology stocks rising by 0.3%. Investors are keenly awaiting a speech…

Huawei incentivizing employees to help shift its supply chain away from the United States

On Tuesday, Huawei Technologies stated, it will disburse $286 million (2 billion yuan) in cash as rewards to staff who are working to help it weather a U.S. trade blacklisting. Huawei is trying in full earnest to find alternatives to U.S. hardware after the U.S. Commerce Department nearly banned it in May from doing business…

China’s NEV market contracts after subsidy cuts

On Monday, an official from China biggest auto industry association stated, fewer new energy vehicles (NEV) are likely to be sold in China in 2019, compared to the previous year, following a cut in subsidies by the government. The comments made by Chen Shihua, assistant secretary general at China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), after…

Alibaba’s Singles’ Day shopping festival hits $1 billion with 1.08 minutes

On Monday, Alibaba Group Holding Inc stated, sales from its annual Singles’ Day shopping event touched $22.63 billion (158.31 billion yuan ) in the first nine hours, up by 25% from 126.72 billion yuan a year earlier. China celebrates Singles’ Day as a shopping festival much like Black Friday or Cyber Monday. It has grown…

Goldman Sachs faces probe on credit limits set by Apple Card algorithms

Following a tweet from David Heinemeier Hansson, a tech entrepreneur, which alleged a discrimination in Apple Inc’s new credit card algorithms that are used to determine credit limits, a probe has been initiated into Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s credit card practices. According to Hansson’s tweet, Apple Card has given him a credit limit that is…