European Commission scrutinizing how FB and Google monetizes data, leverages it to expand, block competitors

In a statement, the European Commission said, it is investigating how Facebook collects and monetizes its data. The development signals the opening of a second front, on top of an existing investigation, into Facebook’s marketplace. As part of preliminary investigations into both Facebook and Google, the EU executive said, it had sent out questionnaires to…

Amazon.com Inc expands brick-and-mortar footprint in Singapore

The move will increase competition against peers such as Alibaba Group Holding and Sea Ltd. In a significant development that sees Amazon.com Inc upping its competition against rivals such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Lazada and Sea Ltd’s Shopee, the U.S. e-commerce giant stated it has launched a bigger local store and marketplace in Singapore.…

Launch of Huawei’s 5G compatible flagship Mate 30 smartphone clouded by lack of Android as its OS

In recent years, Huawei has shot up surprising fast into the global smartphone business. A U.S. ban citing theft of intellectual property and being a threat to U.S. national security has however crippled its sales outside China. On September 18 Huawei Technologies plans to launch its new Mate 30 line of smartphones in Munich, said…

European Commission corners Amazon on its usage of merchant data

Amazon has come under scrutiny over its dual role as a marketplace for merchants as well as their competitor. In a significant development, antitrust regulators in the European Union are increasing their scrutiny on Amazon over its usage of merchants’ data. The development underscores increasing regulatory scrutiny over how tech companies exploit customers’ information. Facebook,…

SEC issues guidelines for holding digital asset securities

This is likely to pave the way for traditional investors to hold more digital asset securities. In a significant development, midst enquiries requesting clarity on holding digital assets with regard to federal securities law, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a notice on broker-dealer custody of digital asset securities. As per the…

Japan’s Softbank Group invests $445 million in India’s Paytm E-Commerce Pvt Ltd

Softbank Group has spread its investment across major players in India’s burgeoning e-commerce market, including in home-grown Flipkart, Snapdeal and Paytm E-Commerce. As per a regulatory filing, as part of a funding round that values India’s Paytm E-Commerce Pvt. Ltd at $1.9 billion, Japan’s SoftBank Group will invest $400 million with exsiting investor Alibaba also…

Alibaba Group Holding expands its Southeast Asian footprint by partnering with Singapore-based Lazada Group

With the emerging e-commerce boom tapping only a fraction of retail brick and mortar sales, the vast potential for e-commerce has made Southeast Asia a battle ground for the world’s top online sellers, who are rapidly expanding their footprint in order to corner more marketshare. In a movie that marks the expansion of partnership between…