France’s Air Liquide partners with Itochu Corp to develop hydrogen mobility markets in Japan

On Friday, in a statement French industrial gas giant Air Liquide said, it has entered into a collaboration with Japan’s Itochu Corp, a trading house, to further develop the hydrogen mobility markets in Japan. Initially, both companies will focus on the development of hydrogen retail infrastructure in Japan for both commercial and for passenger vehicles,…

In a world first Google launches News Showcase platform in Australia

On Friday, in a world first Google launched a paid news platform in Australia after it struck content deals with publishers in a move aimed at complying with Canberra’s new legislation. Initially the News Showcase platform was slated for launch in June 2020, but Google delayed launching plans following Australia passing a new legislation which…

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…

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate works: British government’s Chief Scientific Adviser

In a statement, Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the British government stated in response to doubts that thave been raised regarding AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, the main point about AstraZeneca’s vaccine against COVID-19 was that it worked. “The headline result is the vaccine works and that’s very exciting,” said Vallance during a news…

Britain allows Huawei to play limited role in its 5G networks

On Tuesday, in a statement the British government stated, it will allow China’s Huawei a limited role in building its 5G networks. The statement also mentions, high-risk vendors would be excluded from sensitive core parts of networks, and that there would a 35% cap on their involvement in the non-sensitive parts. The development is likely…

One idiot moment can impact decades of due diligence

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scheduled to meet senior ministers on Tuesday to decide on whether the UK will allow China’s Huawei to participate in building the country’s critical 5G mobile infrastructure. The United States views Huawei as a company of particular concern and it sees Huawei’s participation in building a critical infrastructure as…

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…