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Australia unveils laws to make Google, Facebook pay for news Australia unveils laws to make Google, Facebook pay for news
- December 11, 2020

Frydenberg said it was the government's intention "to ensure that the rules of the digital world mirror the rules of the physical world and ultimately to sustain our media landscape here in Australia ". This is a world first. "This is comprehensive legislation that has gone further than any comparable jurisdiction in the world", he said. After decades, of inaction, governments across the world are legislating to level the ground. (more...)
Hungary and Poland drop opposition to European Union coronavirus budget at summit Hungary and Poland drop opposition to European Union coronavirus budget at summit
- December 11, 2020

Ambassadors tentatively agreed to a German-brokered compromise on Wednesday that still ties payments to democratic standards. "Now we can start with implementation and build back our economies", said Charles Michel, the president of the European Council. (more...)
Wall Street falls at open as weekly jobless claims surge Wall Street falls at open as weekly jobless claims surge
- December 11, 2020

Airbnb , the home rental platform, began trading Thursday at $146, well above its initial public offering price of $68 a share. Disheartened by the latest USA unemployment data, investors have driven stocks and ETFs lower, as initial weekly jobless claims spiked to 853,000 last week, beating a Dow Jones estimate of 730,000. (more...)
Daimler sells French Smart factory to Britain's Ineos
- December 11, 2020

The company Ineos said its new 4x4 cars will be manufactured in France , ending hopes that a new plant in Bridgend could be built. The Grenadier will enter production late next year and as part of the deal, Ineos will also continue to make the smart EQ fortwo vehicle and some Mercedes-Benz components totalling roughly 1,300 jobs at the site in France. (more...)
Britain signs free trade deal with Singapore as EU talks falter Britain signs free trade deal with Singapore as EU talks falter
- December 10, 2020

Liz Truss said Britain was re-emerging as a major trade force as she signed a free trade deal with Singapore on Thursday, the UK's latest agreement ahead of the departure from the European Union on December 31. Officials said the two deals bring Britain a step closer to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, a growing regional trade bloc. (more...)
European Central Bank meeting preview: Euro unlikely to reverse despite European Central Bank easing plans European Central Bank meeting preview: Euro unlikely to reverse despite European Central Bank easing plans
- December 10, 2020

Apart from this, Investors will closely scrutinize comments by the ECB President Christine Lagarde, which might infuse a fresh bout of volatility and assist traders to grab some short-term opportunities around the EUR/JPY cross. Mass vaccinations should begin early next year, but it could take many months for enough people to be vaccinated that it properly limits the spread and helps the economy open up fully. (more...)
Quantum Guest Retests Negative for COVID, Next Cruise Called Off Quantum Guest Retests Negative for COVID, Next Cruise Called Off
- December 10, 2020

Annie Chang, director of cruise at Singapore's Tourism Board, earlier said the man had tested negative prior to boarding. "All on-board leisure activities also ceased immediately and passengers were asked to stay in their cabins". The Singapore Straits Times reported that the vessel, which has 1,680 guests and 1,148 crew members on board, returned on the third day of a four-day trip. (more...)
Aurora acquires Uber's self-driving division Aurora acquires Uber's self-driving division
- December 10, 2020

Bagnell left ATG to co-found Aurora . The price tag is a comedown for Uber, whose self-driving division, Advanced Technologies Group , raised money past year at a $7.25 billion valuation. A self-driving minvan built by Aurora. Uber self-driving auto development had slowed down in the past year, but its latest development was a self-driving vehicle with Volvo. (more...)
China Inflation Sinks 0.5% On Year In November China Inflation Sinks 0.5% On Year In November
- December 10, 2020

The consumer price index (CPI), which measures the average change in prices over time that consumers pay for a basket of goods and services, was down 0.5 percent in November from a year earlier. BEIJING-China's consumer price index fell 0.5% from in November from a year earlier as food prices dropped. It is mainly attributed to the sharp lower prices for pork. (more...)
IKEA to stop printing annual catalog after 70 years of publication IKEA to stop printing annual catalog after 70 years of publication
- December 09, 2020

Mr Gruss, an Ikea veteran who took on the new position in June, said he felt emotional about the decision as the catalogue has been a big part of Ikea for him and for other employees, who grew up with it. This is the second time IKEA's catalogue has hit the headlines this fall. Earlier in 2000, a digital version version of the catalogue was also launched, but that too would not be renewed any further. (more...)
Need urgent policy reforms for accelerated 5G rollout, says Mukesh Ambani Need urgent policy reforms for accelerated 5G rollout, says Mukesh Ambani
- December 09, 2020

At the same time, Ambani urged the government to take policy steps "to accelerate early rollout of 5G, and to make it affordable and available everywhere". India has over a billion phone users. The other two ideas that Ambani touched upon was the impact of Jio Platforms as a major technological startup that is helping multiple key sectors such as healthcare, education and agriculture, and stated his belief that India is well poised to turn into a semiconductor manufacturing hub. (more...)
Global Stocks Mostly Dip As Virus Restrictions Increase; Sterling Weakens Global Stocks Mostly Dip As Virus Restrictions Increase; Sterling Weakens
- December 08, 2020

The energy sector led the S&P 500 lower, sliding more than 2%. In Europe, stock indexes closed mostly lower, and the value of the British pound fell as negotiators in the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union seemed to remain stuck on the same issues that have prevented a deal for months. (more...)
Oil falls as coronavirus cases soar Oil falls as coronavirus cases soar
- December 08, 2020

OPEC will allow an increase in production of 500,000 bpd from January, hoping that a vaccine will significantly increase demand . Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Alexander Novak, the newly-appointed Russian Deputy Prime Minister who co-chaired the 12th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting (ONOMM), confirmed that participants agreed that market would need to return to producing 2 million barrels a day at some point but any increase would be gradual. (more...)
JD.com becomes China's first online mall to test digital yuan JD.com becomes China's first online mall to test digital yuan
- December 07, 2020

Under the trial, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) and the municipal government will issue a total of 20 million yuan ($3 million). China had previously handed out considerable sums in October when PBOC issued a lottery of 10 million digital yuan (US$1.5 million) to 50,000 randomly selected citizens in the southern city of Shenzhen . (more...)
Pfizer seeking emergency-use approval for vaccine in India Pfizer seeking emergency-use approval for vaccine in India
- December 07, 2020

The pharma company's COVID-19 vaccine candidate has reported an efficacy of 95 per cent in the third stage of trials. It also said that the pricing of the vaccine will depend on the doses ordered and the advance commitments with the government. (more...)
China imports 775000 tonnes of meat in November - customs China imports 775000 tonnes of meat in November - customs
- December 07, 2020

The headline trade surplus thus widened to US$75.4 billion in November from US$58.4 billion in October. The reading also marked the sixth straight month of growth. While a Biden administration is expected to soften some of the diplomatic rhetoric seen in strained US-China trade relations in recent years, there are no immediate signs the President-elect intends to unwind the punitive tariffs introduced under the Trump administration. (more...)
Bitcoiners Moved Nearly 185,000 Dormant Coins during November Price Rally Bitcoiners Moved Nearly 185,000 Dormant Coins during November Price Rally
- December 07, 2020

A daily close below the United States dollars 18,500 support may possibly start a sustained downward move. BTC dived to an intraday low of $18,900 and then shot up to $19,400. Elsewhere, it was a mixed start to the day. Binance Coin (+1.43%), Bitcoin Cash SV (+0.27%), Chainlink (+0.15%), Crypto.com Coin (+0.46%), Litecoin (+0.16%), and Ripple's XRP (+0.19%) saw relatively modest gains on the day. (more...)
Musk Reportedly Told Friends He Plans To Move To Texas Musk Reportedly Told Friends He Plans To Move To Texas
- December 07, 2020

Musk also claims he "will own no house" after he finishes selling his California properties. Musk has been expanding his operations in Texas for years, and the facilities for his tunnel-building Boring Company and aerospace manufacturing company SpaceX are already located in Austin and Boca Chica, Texas, respectively. (more...)
Petrol Prices On Upswing, Poised To Breach All-Time High Across Country Petrol Prices On Upswing, Poised To Breach All-Time High Across Country
- December 07, 2020

The government's oil marketing companies on Saturday increased the price of petrol by 27 paise and diesel by 25 paise per liter, amid the rise of crude oil in the global market. Petrol price in Delhi rose to Rs 83.13 per litre from Rs 82.86. By the end of October 2020, Brent crude oil has fallen by 34%, which is expected to increase demand for recovery from the Coronavirus vaccine. (more...)
Last-ditch post-Brexit talks to resume between EU and U.K. Last-ditch post-Brexit talks to resume between EU and U.K.
- December 07, 2020

The return to the negotiating table followed an hour-long call on Saturday between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in which they agreed on a final push to get an agreement. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for talks in London, Britain December 5, 2020 . He said: "I hope they can make a step forward today, I will be in Brussels tonight and tomorrow and I'm sure we will get a very detailed explanation". (more...)

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