TikTok’s owner ByteDance agrees to settle $92M class-action lawsuit

According to a document filed in the U.S. District Court in Illinois, China’s ByteDance has agreed to settle a $92 million class-action lawsuit from U.S. TikTok users who had alleged data privacy concerns. ByteDance, TikToko’s owner, has agreed to the settlement after more than a year of litigation. “While we disagree with the assertions, rather…

Oshkosh Defense wins 10-year contract agreement to build next-gen U.S. Postal delivery vehicle

In a significant development, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) stated, it will award a multibillion-dollar, ten-year contract agreement to Oshkosh Defense to manufacture a new generation of postal delivery vehicles. Under the initial $482 million investment, Oshkosh Defense, a unit of Oshkosh Corp, will finalize the production design, testing and vehicle tooling required prior to…

U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence told SolarWind hack affected 60 Microsoft customers

During a U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Microsoft Corp’s president Brad Smith stated, the company has notified 60 customers that their data was most likely compromised by hackers during a hacking campaign revolving around Texas-based software firm SolarWinds Corp. In prepared remarks, Smith told members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that…

Bugatti and Rimac Automobili are good technology fit: Porsche AG’s CEO

In a development that further fuels speculation of an impending deal between Volkswagen’s supercar brand Bugatti and electric hypercar maker Rimac Automobili, Porsche AG’s CEO told German weekly Automobilwoche that both companies make a good technological fit. Last year, British automotive magazine Car had reported that VW was on the brink of selling Bugatti to…

Volkswagen weighs potential listing of Porsche AG, in push towards electric vehicles

According to a source familiar with the matter at hand, Volkswagen is weighing options which includes listing of its luxury car division Porsche AG which will provide it sufficient liquidity towards electrification of its vehicles. “Those considerations exist,” said the source said while cautioning that they are still not being actively discussed in committees; any…

Chip shortage likely to impact nearly 1M vehicle production during Q1: IHS Markit

In a significant development, data firm IHS Markit stated, the shortage of chips in the auto semiconductor sector is likely to impact around 1 million units of global light vehicle production during the first quarter. The announcement sees a major jump from its previous forecast. On February 3, in a report HIS Markit had stated,…

Clear crypto currency rules urgently required: Hester Peirce

According to a top official from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a clear cryptocurrency regulatory regime is urgently required with major companies, including Mastercard Inc, Tesla Inc, and BNY Mellon Corp embrace the digital asset class. During an interview, Hester Peirce, a Republican commissioner at the SEC said, while it may be too soon…

SolarWinds hack was the largest and most sophisticated cyber attack to date: Microsoft president

In a statement, Microsoft Corp’s President Brad Smith said, the SolarWinds hacking campaign that used the U.S. tech company as a springboard to compromise many U.S. government agencies is “the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen”. The hacking campaign, identified in December 2020, was allegedly orchestrated by China and Russia, had…

Department of Energy launches $100 million tech funding in push towards clean energy

In a statement the Biden Administration announced that the U.S. Department of Energy will “offer $100 million in funding to support low-carbon energy technologies”; it will also create a working group to aid their development and sale. The announcement was made by National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy at the White House’s first meeting of the…