US Senate sees bipartisan support for sweeping legislation to strengthen US R&D, tech production

In a significant development, the U.S. Senate voted 68-32 to approve a sweeping legislative package aimed at boosting the country’s ability to compete with China, with the U.S. Congress seeking to take a tough line on Beijing. The bipartisan measure authorizes around $190 billion in provisions to strengthen U.S. technology and research spending; it will…

Sony announces 1st ever share buyback worth $910 million

The move is clearly aimed at boosting shareholder returns. On Friday, Sony Corp announced its first-ever major share buyback worth $910 million (100 billion yen). With the news reaching the market, its stock recovered from a hammering from investors who were spooked over its lackluster earnings. Sony’s announcement marked Japan’s second major buyback this week:…

Hong Kong’s banking regulators along with several banks to launch blockchain-based trading platform

In a landmark development that is aimed at streamlining, boosting efficiency and which introduces next-gen technology in the financial services sector, for the first time a government-led efforts along with players from the financial sector industry are collaborating to launch a blockchain-based trade and finance platform. The banking industry is known for its insistence on…