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Jeremy Herron / Bloomberg:
The stock of a small fintech company, Longfin, surged 2,400% in a week after acquiring Ziddu, a “blockchain-empowered global micro-lending solutions provider”   —  LongFin buys microlender that transacts only in digital coins  —  Latest small company to see gains based tied to bitcoin mania
Dec 18, 2017, 3:00 PMIn context
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Tencent Music plans IPO in 2018, is expected to raise $1B+, valued at $10B   —  Internet giant is said to plan music-business IPO next year  —  Katy Perry, local artists exploit messaging, karaoke apps  —  One of China's most-anticipated initial public offerings next year …
Dec 17, 2017, 10:20 PMIn context
Justina Lee / Bloomberg:
Male-dominated cryptocurrency industry is slowly starting to open up to women; four out of 30 largest ICOs this year through October had female co-founders   —  Two largest ICOs yet are by companies co-founded by women  —  ‘Very welcoming to anyone who drinks the Kool-Aid:’ Morales
Dec 16, 2017, 8:50 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Sources: Huawei and Xiaomi are in talks with US carriers, including AT&T and Verizon, to start selling smartphones in the US as soon as next year   —  Huawei, Xiaomi in talks with carriers to expand to U.S. market  —  Apple has lost significant China marketshare to local makers
Dec 15, 2017, 12:05 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Unsealed docs from 2015 class action lawsuit against Microsoft show staff skepticism about company's equal pay claims, sexual assault allegations, more   —  The woman was an intern when her Microsoft colleagues took her out for drinks in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Dec 14, 2017, 2:35 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Sources: Samsung plans to launch a smart speaker for ~$200, running Bixby and focusing on audio quality and connected device management, in first half of 2018   —  Company considering undercutting Apple with price around $200  —  Speaker to run Bixby and focus on sound quality, home devices
Dec 14, 2017, 2:00 PMIn context
Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg:
Source: General Atlantic to invest $200M in Squarespace, to be used for stock buybacks, at a $1.7B valuation; CEO says firm has $300M annual revenue, up 50% YoY   —  $200 million will mostly go toward cashing out early backers  —  Website builder generated $300 million in revenue this year
Dec 14, 2017, 11:25 AMIn context
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
How activist Ma Jun aggregates data on China's worst water polluters, causing some to be banished from Apple's supplier list, in an effort backed by Alibaba   —  Online database records at least 830,000 cases of pollution  —  Western brands among customers using app to monitor suppliers
Dec 13, 2017, 4:40 AMIn context
Bloomberg:
Microsoft releases a free preview of its Quantum Computing Development Kit, which includes the Q# programming language, compiler, and simulator   —  Software giant releases a quantum programming language and simulator, but still has no working computer  —  In the race to commercialize …
Dec 11, 2017, 10:55 AMIn context
Bloomberg:
Mindful of smartphone patent wars, automakers, now among top US patent filers, work together on self-driving IP issues via industry associations to avoid suits   —  Automakers are learning the mistakes by smartphone companies  —  Ford, BMW among those looking for licenses without lawsuits
Dec 9, 2017, 5:15 PMIn context

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