El Salvador makes bitcoin legal tender from Sept 27, 2021

In a development that sees Bitcoin gaining increasing traction in the financial world, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced during a national address that the country has passed a bill making bitcoin legal tender with effect from September 7 2021; use of the cryptocurrency will be optional. The country’s Congress has already approved Bukele’s proposal…

Google names Black executive Marian Croak to oversea research of AI ethics

Alphabet Inc’s Google has named Marian Croak, a Black executive, to oversee research on responsible artificial intelligence (AI). The development comes midst weeks of internal anger over a firing of a prominent Black scientist. In a statement Google confirmed that Croak will manage 10 teams, including a dozen scientists studying the ethical considerations of automated…

Cloud security startup SentinelOne’s valuation touches $3 billion in latest funding round

In an interview, Tomer Weingarten, the CEO of SentinelOne said, the startup has raised $267 million from venture capital backers including Sequoia and Tiger Global, and saw its valuation jump to more than $3 billion – nearly three times its valuation in February 2020. The startup uses artificial intelligence technology to protect mobile phones and…

Exxon Mobil offers volumtary redundanct scheme for Australia midst looming multi-billion quarterly loss

On Wednesday, in a statement Exxon Mobil Corp said, it has started a voluntary redundancy programme for its Australian employees, as means to mitigate the current predominant “unprecedented” market conditions. The voluntary redundancy programme is being offered to all employees in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Gippsland, and Perth, said Exxon in a statement. When asked to…

Hacker hit cruise operator Carnival Corp with ransomware, gain access to employee data

Cruise operator Carnival Corp disclosed, it has launched an investigation into a ransomware attack on one of its brand’s computer network systems. In a regulatory filing, Carnival, which operates AIDA, Carnival and Princess cruises among others, disclosed that through the attack hackers were able to gain access personal data of guests and employees. Carnival Corp…

Nissan to strategically downsize, shutdowns global HQ and R&D center upto May 10

On Tuesday, Nissan Motor Co stated, it would temporarily shutter its operations, including its global headquarter and other facilities in Japan, through early May. The step is aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus at its facilities. Nissan Motor said, it would reduce its operations to minimum level at its head office in Yokohama…