France’s Air Liquide partners with Itochu Corp to develop hydrogen mobility markets in Japan

On Friday, in a statement French industrial gas giant Air Liquide said, it has entered into a collaboration with Japan’s Itochu Corp, a trading house, to further develop the hydrogen mobility markets in Japan. Initially, both companies will focus on the development of hydrogen retail infrastructure in Japan for both commercial and for passenger vehicles,…

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…

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…

Heightened demand for human augmentation technology: survey results by Opinium Research

According to a research report commissioned by Kaspersky, two thirds of those who were surveyed in leading Western European countries consider technology induced augmentation of human body parts, most of which are related to improving health, will improve their lives. With technological revolutions shaping humanities near future, tech leaders opine it will change every aspect…

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development readies launch of global digital tax readies

France has accused the United States of trying to undermine international negotiations on updating the cross-border taxation regime; Paris has urged the EU to prepare for an EU tax as a fallback option if negotiations fails. Nearly 140 countries are negotiating the first major rewrite of the international tax framework to account for the rise…

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…

Disney+ service registers 8M paid subscribers in India in 1 week after rollout, crosses 50M paid subscribers globally

In a statement, Walt Disney Co said, its streaming service Disney+ has had a massive fan following and has registered 50 million paid consumers, with 8 million alone coming from India where the video streaming service was rolled out just a week back. As of this last quarter’s report, Netflix Inc reported a subscriber base…