No specific timetable for review of TikTok and other Chinese tech companies: White House

In a statement the White House said, the Bidden Administration has not set a specific timetable for reviewing TikTok and other issues related to Chinese technology companies; further, the administration is also not undertaking any new proactive new steps now. The development marks a softening of U.S. approach towards China. According to two sources briefed…

Alphabet Inc’s Google settles hiring pay bias allegations with $3.8 million

In a statement, the U.S. Department of Labor said Alphabet Inc’s Google will spend $3.8 million, including $2.6 million in back pay, to settle allegations that it unfairly passed over women and Asians for job openings and underpaid women. The allegations stemmed from a routine compliance audit several years ago required by Google’s status as…

Apple moves ahead with self-driving car project, targets production by 2024

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Apple Inc is moving ahead with plans on self-driving car technology and is targeting to produce a passenger vehicle by 2024. The self driving passenger vehicle could feature its breakthrough battery technology, said sources familiar with the matter at hand. Apple’s automotive efforts, known as Project…

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…

Hydrogen plane startup ZeroAvia receives backing from Amazon.com Inc and Royal Dutch Shell

On Wednesday, hydrogen plane startup ZeroAvia stated it had secured $21.4 million in a funding round led by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures to develop zero-emission commercial aircraft. The startup’s prototype hydrogen powered propeller plane has already completed 10 test flights. Its backers includes Amazon and energy giant Royal Dutch Shell. Hydrogen, which produces water…

Hyundai Motor Group acquires 80% stake in Softbank Group-owned Boston Dynamics

According to a source familiar with the matter at hand, Hyundai Motor Group has agreed to acquire a 80% stake in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank Group in a deal worth around $736 million to $828 million (800 billion to 900 billion won). The development assumes significance since Hyundai can leverage the technology to expand automation…

Chinese electric vehicle startup Great Wall Motor to launch new brand targeting premium segment

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Chinese electric vehicle startup Great Wall Motor plans on launching a new standalone brand for electric and smart vehicles in China, as it tries to pursue growth in this burgeoning segment. Inspired by U.S. technology and auto giant Tesla Inc, several Chinese automakers have announced plans…

Autonomous cars to hit the market after 2025: VW CEO Herbert Diess

In an interview, to Germany’s Wirtschaftswoche weekly magazine, Herbert Diess, Volkswagen’s CEO stated the carmaker expects autonomous vehicles to be ready for sale between 2025 and 2030. Improvements in artificial intelligence, as well as improvements in the performance of computer chips are speeding up the development of autonomous vehicles. “It is foreseeable that the systems…

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,…