Robinhood allows customers to deposit, withdraw cryptocurrencies

In a statement, online broker Robinhood said, it intends to allow customers the ability to deposit and withdraw cryptocurrencies, including the meme-based dogecoin. Currently, Robinhood, a trading app popular with young investors, allows customers to buy, sell and hold cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin on its platform; however, it does not allow its users to withdraw their…

With Spain introducing digital tax on large tech companies, Amazon.com Inc hikes fees for Spanish users

Starting from April, Amazon.com Inc is set to raise fees by 3% for Spanish companies that use its platform. The development comes in the wake of the Spanish government imposing a digital tax on large tech companies. Confirming the so-called Google tax, a spokesman for Amazon said, after Spain begun charging a digital tax on…

Indian short video sharing app Josh raises more than 100 million in funding round

An Indian short-video sharing app, Josh, has raised more than $100 million from investors including Microsoft, and Google, in a growing space that further eats into TikTok’s market share. Josh is one of several short video platforms have cropped up after India blocked the Chinese consumer data harvesting app in June. Josh has drawn global…

Hyundai Motor to launch dedicated Electric Global Modular Platform in major push towards electric vehicles

On Wednesday, in a statement South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group stated, early next year it will introduce an electric vehicle-only platform which will use its battery technology to cut production time and costs. The plan by Hyundai Motor Group, the world’s No.5 auto group, aims to become a major player in the global EV market,…

Central bank digital currency will help ease trading in cryptocurrencies

In a statement, Oki Matsumoto, the head of Japan’s Monex Group said, digital currencies of Japan’s central bank will help boost trading of cryptocurrencies by providing a trusted and convenient platform for converting them into legal tenders. Welcoming the move the Bank of Japan, Matsumoto, the CEO of the Monex Group said, it will look…

Twitter announces global launch of disappearing tweets – fleets

Twitter Inc has announced the global launch of a new feature – tweets that disappear after 24 hours. The feature has similarities with Snapchat’s stories, and Instagram’s status feature. “Some of you tell us that Tweeting is uncomfortable because it feels so public, so permanent, and like there’s so much pressure to rack up Retweets and…

Cruise & GM, seek regulatory approval for self-driving vehicles without pedals & steering wheel

In a significant development, self-driving carmaker Cruise stated, along with its majority shareholder General Motors Co, it is seeking U.S. regulatory approval for deploying a limited number of Cruise Origin vehicles which will not feature pedals or steering wheels. At the same time, it plans on withdrawing an exemption petition filed which it had filed…

Latin American SoftBank-backed startup Kavak is Mexico’s first unicorn

In a significant development, SoftBank-backed used-car platform Kavak has become Mexico’s first ever tech “unicorn”. The startup was valued at $1.15 billion in its latest funding round last month, said its CEO Carlos Garcia. Since its founding in 2016, Mexico City-based Kavak has raised more than $400 million in total funding with SoftBank, Greenoaks Capital…