How Bioguard became an invisible but effective ally against Covid-19

One potent weapon in the fight against Covid-19 comes from somewhere you might not expect: the banknote printing industry. Bioguard is a treatment invented 15 years ago for combatting viruses, bacteria and microscopic fungi on banknotes. Tests conducted last year by the solution’s creator, security printer Oberthur Fiduciaire, clinically demonstrated its efficacy against coronavirus. But…

Robinhood’s shares tumble after news of PayPal’s online brokerage services

Share of Robinhood Markets Inc fell by nearly 7% on Monday following a news that PayPal Holdings Inc may start an online brokerage service. Reports have also emerged saying, regulators were looking at imposing a potential ban on a practice that accounts for the bulk of the company’s revenue. Shares of Robinhood extended an early…

YouTube suspends payments to 14 Brazilian channels over spreading fake news

In a statement YouTube said, it had suspended payments to 14 channels accused of spreading fake news on Brazil’s next year’s election by the country’s federal electoral court, the TSE. The bulk of these channels regular provide full support Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who has been sowing doubts about the…

Ford Motor Co shutters Kansas City assembly plant citing chip shortage

In a statement Ford Motor Co said, it will temporarily close its Kansas City assembly plant which builds its best-selling F-150 pickup truck because of a shortage of semiconductor-related parts. The shortage is caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. Production is slated to resume in August 23, said the U.S. automaker while adding, it…

IBM and Amadeux collaborate on easing air travel as tourism industry rebounds

In a joint statement Amadeus and IBM said, the former will integrate IBM’s digital health pass into its Traveler ID platform. The move will simplify the verification of passengers’ health credentials during the boarding process, said the companies on Thursday. Ever since the pandemic began, the tourism industry, along with the aviation and tech sectors…

Database software company Couchbase eyes US IPO, valued more than $900M

In a statement database software company Couchbase Inc said, it plans on raising $161 million through an initial public offering, which could see the company valued at more than $900 million. As per its regulatory filing, Couchbase, whose investors include GPI Capital, North Bridge Venture Partners and Accel, plans on selling 7 million shares in…

Trump sues Twitter, Facebook, Google and their CEO citing violation of free speech guaranteed by First Amendment

In a significant development, former U.S. President Donald Trump has filed several lawsuits against Alphabet Inc’s Google, Twitter Inc, and Facebook Inc, alleging that the tech giant have unlawfully silenced conservative points of view. Trump has also filed lawsuits against the CEOs of these three social giants. Trump’s lawsuits, filed in the U.S. District Court…

Cyberattack results in partial outage of Brazilian medical lab Fleury SA

In a regulatory filing, Brazilian medical lab company Fleury SA said, a cyberattack had resulted in the partial outage of its information technology systems. The company is assessing the impact of the cyberattack and is taking actions to minimize its effects. It would inform the market in a timely manner regarding any relevant updates on the…

Discord valued at $10 billion plus, as it explores selling itself

According to a report from VentureBeat, Discord Inc is exploring a sale that could value it at more than $10 billion. San Francisco-based Discord is in final negotiations with one party, said the report. The company does not comment on rumors or speculation, said Discord. The coronavirus-induced pandemic has boosted prospects of gaming companies with…