Carro is Singapore’s latest unicorn following latest funding round

On Tuesday, Southeast Asian online automotive marketplace Carro said, it has raised $360 million in its latest funding round that was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, becoming the region’s latest unicorn. “The valuation for the company is well over a billion dollars,” said Carro, Aaron Tan, the CEO and founder of Singapore-headquartered Carro. Carro…

Google Inc contributes $25M to European Media and Information Fund to fight fake news

In a statement on Wednesday, Alphabet Inc’s Google said it will contribute $25 million towards fighting fake news and will contribute the fund in the newly set up European Media and Information Fund. The development comes midst criticism that tech giants are not doing enough to fight online mis-sinformation. Last week, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation…

Digital shift helped WPP plot path to recovery from pandemic-woes

WPP, the world’s biggest advertising company said, it would immediately relaunch its buyback scheme. The development comes in the wake of its efforts to help clients shift online to get through the worst of the pandemic. The company took a major hit in early 2020 because of the coronavirus-induced COVID-19 pandemic which triggered its clients…

Non-compliance to British laws will attract fines on social media companies

Social media companies operating in Britain, including Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok could face fines up to 10% of their respective turnover if they fail to remove and limit the spread of illegal content under laws proposed by Britain on Tuesday. In a statement the British government said, social media platforms will need to do more…

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…

WhatsApp approved for launching digital payment services in India

In a significant development that sees Facebook gaining entry into India’s booming digital payment space, WhatsApp has been granted approval to role its payments service in India. WhatsApp, which has over 400 million users in India, its biggest market, will compete with Alphabet Inc’s Google Pay, Softbank- and Alibaba-backed Paytm and Walmart’s PhonePe. Menlo Park,…

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…

Facebook partners with external researchers to study impact of social media during 2020 U.S. Presidential election

In a significant development, Facebook Inc disclosed that it has partnered with external researchers to examine its impact during the crucial 2020 U.S. presidential election. The findings of the studies will be published in the middle of 2021, at the earliest. The initiative expands its Social Science One project wherein academics study the political impacts…