Discord valued at $10 billion plus, as it explores selling itself

According to a report from VentureBeat, Discord Inc is exploring a sale that could value it at more than $10 billion. San Francisco-based Discord is in final negotiations with one party, said the report. The company does not comment on rumors or speculation, said Discord. The coronavirus-induced pandemic has boosted prospects of gaming companies with…

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…

Israeli cybersecurity startup Axonius raises $100M in latest funding round, valuing it at $1.2 billion

In a statement cybersecurity startup Axonius said, it has raised $100 million through a private funding round which was led by New York-based growth equity firm Stripes; the funding round valued the startup at $1.2 billion. The funding round, which came less than a year after Axonius’ last raise saw the startup’s total funding touch…

Amazon.com Inc orders more than 1000 CNG powered truck engines for U.S. fleet

In a development that underscores Amazon.com Inc’s push towards reducing its carbon footprint, the world’s biggest e-commerce retailer has ordered more than 1,000 truck engines that run on compressed natural gas, marking its latest shift away from heavy polluting trucks. In 2020, as a result of the coronavirus induced pandemic, there has been a surge…

Britain’s IG plans to acquire U.S. trading platform tastytrade for $1 billion

In a statement on Thursday, Britain’s IG said, it plans to acquire tastytrade, a U.S. trading platform, for $1 billion. The development will see IG venturing into North America following a stellar year for the new breed of retail investment brokerages. The Coronavirus induced COVID-19 pandemic which brought lockdown in most countries increased market volatility…

Sony taps pandemic-driven boom in gaming consoles, to launch PS5 in India on February 2

On Friday, in a statement Sony Corp said it will launch its PlayStation 5 (PS5) console in India in coming weeks; the development marks Sony trying to capitalize the pandemic-driven boom in gaming. “We are happy to announce that PS5 shall be launched in India on 2nd of February 2021,” tweeted Sony. Preorders for the…

Japan plans on eliminating gas powered vehicles by mid-2030s, ramps up renewable energy investments

On Friday, in a significant development, the Japanese government said it aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the country in the next 15 years so as to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050. The “green growth strategy,” sees an increased adoption of hydrogen in…

U.S. lawmakers back $1.9 billion program to rip and replace Huawei & ZTE telecom gear

According to two sources briefed on the matter at hand, U.S. lawmakers will back $1.9 billion program to fund a removal of Chinese communication gear that it deems as a threat to national security risks. Lawmakers will also back a $3.2 billion program for an emergency broadband which will benefit low-income Americans, confirmed senior congressional…