GM’s self-driving car startup unveils EV without steering wheel or pedals

In a statement, Cruise, General Motors’ self-driving car unit said, it has unveiled an electric vehicle without any steering wheel or pedals for use in its planned autonomous ride-sharing service. Cruise did not disclose when the car will go into production. The vehicle, named “Cruise Origin”, was developed with Honda Motor Co Ltd following the…

Singapore liberalizing its banking sector, receives 21 applications for digital bank licenses

On Tuesday, Singapore’s central bank stated, it has received 21 applications for digital bank licenses which includes 7 licenses for retail banking while the balance is for wholesale bank licenses. The development marks Singapore’s biggest liberalization of its banking sector in two decades as it pushes to bring about online-only banks which will have lower…

French competition authority levies $167M fine on Google

France’s competition watchdog has levied a fine of $167 million on Google citing Google’s non-transparent advertising rules and the fact that it changes them at will. Google is facing a growing number of investigations into its advertisement business practices, on both sides of the Atlantic. The ruling is the first penalty by the French authorities…

Accenture Plc’s reports net income of $1.36 billion on the strength of its cloud and digital services

Accenture Plc’s first quarter earnings have beaten Wall Street analysts’ estimates, on the back of fast-growing digital and cloud services businesses. The IT consulting firm has shifted its focus to the cloud and offers a wide range of services ranging from managing clients’ social media marketing strategies to helping them move to the cloud. Accenture…

These two rules will further tighten the screws on Huawei

According to two sources, the U.S. government is likely to fine tune and expand laws that govern sale of U.S. technology and technological products to foreign companies, midst efforts to further tighten the blacklisting of China Huawei. In May 2019, the U.S. Commerce Department had placed Huawei Technologies on an Entity List citing national security…

Vodafone extends tech partnership with Ryanair

On Wednesday, Vodafone stated it has secured a seven-year technology partnership with Ryanair to handle services including online booking, in-flight transactions, and passenger boarding for the low cost Irish airline in Europe. In a statement both companies stated they had extended an existing partnership for Vodafone Business to support 300 Ryanair sites and around 153…