Digital shift helped WPP plot path to recovery from pandemic-woes

WPP, the world’s biggest advertising company said, it would immediately relaunch its buyback scheme. The development comes in the wake of its efforts to help clients shift online to get through the worst of the pandemic. The company took a major hit in early 2020 because of the coronavirus-induced COVID-19 pandemic which triggered its clients…

General Motors and SAIC Motor Corp file joint anti-monopoly complaint against Tencent

On Tuesday, Chinese smart vehicle supplier Shanghai PATEO stated along with General Motors Co’s local venture with SAIC Motor Corp it has filed a joint complaint against Chinese tech giant Tencent to China’s market regulator. In a statement, PATEO said Tencent abused its dominant messaging app’s market position to restrict sales of its products which…

Amazon.com Inc orders more than 1000 CNG powered truck engines for U.S. fleet

In a development that underscores Amazon.com Inc’s push towards reducing its carbon footprint, the world’s biggest e-commerce retailer has ordered more than 1,000 truck engines that run on compressed natural gas, marking its latest shift away from heavy polluting trucks. In 2020, as a result of the coronavirus induced pandemic, there has been a surge…

With Spain introducing digital tax on large tech companies, Amazon.com Inc hikes fees for Spanish users

Starting from April, Amazon.com Inc is set to raise fees by 3% for Spanish companies that use its platform. The development comes in the wake of the Spanish government imposing a digital tax on large tech companies. Confirming the so-called Google tax, a spokesman for Amazon said, after Spain begun charging a digital tax on…

Business users of WhatsApp’s not protected by end-to-end encryption

With users migrating to other messaging platforms following privacy concerns stemming from Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp update, Facebook said, it will delay the update. WhatsApp users are concerned that the Facebook owned messaging app is watering down its privacy policy in the update. Earlier this month, WhatsApp notified users through a notification that it was preparing…

France issues digital service tax notices to big tech

In a statement, France’s Finance Ministry said, it has sent out notices to big tech companies to pay digital service tax as planned earlier. Earlier France had suspended collection of the digital service tax, since negotiations were underway at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on an overhaul of international tax rules. The…

India takes resolute trade action to defend consumer data from harvesting Chinese apps

With India taking legal resolute measures to fight China’s harvesting of consumer data through apps and promptly banning those which do not comply to its security standards, China is starting to feel the pinch of loss of business and has opposed New Delhi’s move. The development comes in the wake of China making belligerent claims…

Amazon relocates machine learning tasks to its custom designed chips, away from NVidia Corp

In a development that underscores cost cutting measures adopted by Amazon.com Inc, the e-commerce giant said it has shifted some computing power for its Alexa voice assistant to its own custom-designed chips, away from chips supplied by Nvidia Corp. When consumers ask devices equipped with Alexa, including Amazon’s Echo line of smart speakers, a question…

Latin American SoftBank-backed startup Kavak is Mexico’s first unicorn

In a significant development, SoftBank-backed used-car platform Kavak has become Mexico’s first ever tech “unicorn”. The startup was valued at $1.15 billion in its latest funding round last month, said its CEO Carlos Garcia. Since its founding in 2016, Mexico City-based Kavak has raised more than $400 million in total funding with SoftBank, Greenoaks Capital…