South Korea’s Kakao Mobility secures $50.1M strategic investment from Google Inc

In a statement on Thursday, Kakao Corp, the parent of South Korea’s Kakao Mobility said, it has secured a strategic investment of $50.1 million (56.5 billion won) from Google. Kakao T, Kakao Mobility’s app, has registered user base of 28 million consumers, and offers South Korea’s most popular taxi-hailing service as well as other transportation…

Class action lawsuit filed against Amazon.com over ebook pricing

A class-action lawsuit has been filed accusing Amazon.com Inc of inflating ebook prices in collusion with some publishers. The class action lawsuit alleges that the e-commerce giant along with the five largest U.S. publishers, collectively called the ‘Big Five’, agreed to price restraints that cause consumers to overpay for eBooks purchased from them through a…

Sony taps pandemic-driven boom in gaming consoles, to launch PS5 in India on February 2

On Friday, in a statement Sony Corp said it will launch its PlayStation 5 (PS5) console in India in coming weeks; the development marks Sony trying to capitalize the pandemic-driven boom in gaming. “We are happy to announce that PS5 shall be launched in India on 2nd of February 2021,” tweeted Sony. Preorders for the…

Apple moves ahead with self-driving car project, targets production by 2024

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Apple Inc is moving ahead with plans on self-driving car technology and is targeting to produce a passenger vehicle by 2024. The self driving passenger vehicle could feature its breakthrough battery technology, said sources familiar with the matter at hand. Apple’s automotive efforts, known as Project…

Astanor Ventures raises $325 million for investing in agri-food tech startups

On Friday, Astanor Ventures, a backer French insect breeder Ynsect as well as Germany’s vertical farmer InFarm stated, it had raised a $325 million fund to invest in sustainable agriculture, food, and ocean technology startups. The new fund will back ventures that seek to make the food supply more resilient to climate change and attempt…

U.S. gaming platform Roblox Corporation preparing to go public in early 2021

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Roblox Corporation is working with investment banks for its potential market debut in the United State early next year, which could see the online gaming platform double its recent $4 billion valuation. Demand for video games has surged in the United States with consumers seeking home…