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…

German agrees 100% depreciation of digital assets as part of economic stimulus measure

According to a statement from German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Germany will provide an annual tax relief of around 2.3 billion euros as part of part of a new measure to support purchases of digital assets, including computer software hardware. German state government and the federal government agreed on Tuesday, that digital assets could be…

EU companies should prepare for the worst over U.S.-China digital decoupling

In a statement European business groups have said, EU business must “prepare for the worst” over digital decoupling between the U.S. and the Chinese economy, which could significantly impact EU businesses in China. In a statement the European Chamber of Commerce in China and MERICS, a Berlin-based think tank said, U.S.-China political, trade and financial…

Japan plans on eliminating gas powered vehicles by mid-2030s, ramps up renewable energy investments

On Friday, in a significant development, the Japanese government said it aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the country in the next 15 years so as to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050. The “green growth strategy,” sees an increased adoption of hydrogen in…

Google to provide $1.1 Million grans and loans to businesses in MENA regions to improve digital skills

In a statement, Alphabet Inc’s Google said, it plans on providing grants worth $1.1 million to help businesses in the Middle East and North Africa towards improvements of their digital skills as well as to get them connected to the internet. In a presentation, Google said, it will also provide $3 million in loans to…

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…

Dating app Bumble preparing for U.S. IPO, aims for valuation between $6 to $8 billion

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Bumble, a dating app, is preparing for an initial public offering (IPO), which could see the company being valued between $6 billion to $8 billion. Bumble’s IPO could come early next year, said a report from Bloomberg citing sources. Sources cautioned that Bumble’s IPO plans have…

Global CEOs downsize physical office spaces, accelerate move towards digital workspace: KPMG survey

According to the results of a survey released on Tuesday, companies across the glove are moving their operations online so as to cut expenses related to office space and make recruiting and retaining staff part of their top priorities. The survey by accounting firm KPMG showed, 80% of business leaders had accelerated their digital expansion…