Storytel boost’s audiobook market footprint, partners with Spotify

Storytel , a Swedish audiobook streaming group has teamed up with Spotify to allow its subscribers to listen to its library of audiobooks on Spotify from later this year. Storytel offers listening and reading of more than 500,000 titles across 25 markets and competes with the likes of Amazon’s Audible. “We will also be tapping into the opportunity…

Nissan Motor trims presence in Europe focuses on US, Japan, China

On Friday, in a report Japanese news daily Yomiuri said, Nissan Motor plans on further cutting down its presence in the European car market; it plans on outsourcing the sales and manufacturing of its cars to Renault, its alliance partner. The move, part of its global turnaround plan, essentially reverses former chairman, Carlos Ghosn’s strategy…

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…

Israeli chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor halts production following cyber attack

On Sunday, Israeli chip manufacturer Tower Semiconductor said, some of its systems have been hit by a cyber attack as a result of which it has placed on hold some of its manufacturing operations. “Tower has notified relevant authorities, and is working closely with law enforcement organizations and with a leading team of worldwide experts,…

Facebook, Google has up to Nov. 2020 to comply to Australian competition rules

On Thursday, Australia made it lucidly clear to technology giants Facebook Inc and Google Inc that will have to agree and comply to Australia’s new rules, designed to ensure that they do not abuse their market power and damage competition, failing which the government will impose new controls on them. In a statement, Australian Prime…

HelloGold launches sharia compliant, gold-backed cryptocurrency eyeing Islamic finance markets in Southeast Asia and the Middle East

The Malaysia-based fintech firm’s GOLDX covers all the principles that are the cornerstones in Islamic financial contracts. HelloGold, a Malaysia-based firm disclosed that it has received a sharia-compliant certification for its gold-backed cryptocurrency; it plans on launching its online gold platform in Thailand later this year. GOLDX, its cryptocurrency product which was launched at the…

Hyundai Motors unveils its subcompact SUV for Europe, South Korea and U.S.

It will release an electric version of the Kona next year. On Tuesday, in efforts aimed at offsetting its falling sale of vehicles in China, Hyundai Motor launched its first subcompact sport utility vehicle (SUV) for advanced markets including the Europe, South Korea, and the United States. The South Korean automaker disclosed it would soon…