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Russian c.bank proposes banning cryptocurrencies, crypto mining

By |January 20th, 2022|

Representations of virtual cryptocurrencies are seen in this illustration taken November 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoRussia's central bank on Thursday proposed banning the use and mining of cryptocurrencies on Russian territory, citing threats to financial stability, citizens' wellbeing and its monetary policy sovereignty.The move is the latest in a global cryptocurrency crackdown as governments from Asia --> READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE TikTok owner ByteDance's revenue growth slowed to 70% in 2021 – sources

By |January 20th, 2022|

Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoTikTok owner ByteDance saw its  revenue grow  70% year on year to about $58 billion in 2021,  slower growth than a year earlier as China tightens its regulation of big tech companies.According --> READ MORE

Microsoft-Activision deal gives merger speculators a new darling

By |January 20th, 2022|

Microsoft logo is seen on a smartphone placed on displayed Activision Blizzard logo in this illustration taken January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationHedge funds, which make profits by speculating on precarious takeovers, got a treat this week when Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) agreed to buy "call of duty" maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for US$68.7 billion dollars in --> READ MORE

AUSTRIA ADDS A LOTTERY TO COVID VACCINE MANDATE

By |January 20th, 2022|

A doctor vaccinates a person with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Vienna, Austria April 26, 2021. REUTERS/Lisi NiesnerAustria's conservative government said  Thursday it was launching a national lottery to encourage holdouts to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, hours before parliament passed legislation that would introduce a national vaccination mandate. About 72% of the --> READ MORE

CHEAP VERSION OF MERCK COVID PILL TO BE MADE FOR POORER NATIONS

By |January 20th, 2022|

An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill, called molnupiravir and being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters May 17, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERSA UN-backed agency has struck a deal with nearly 30 generic --> READ MORE

Tesla investors urge judge to order Musk repay $13 bln for SolarCity deal

By |January 19th, 2022|

 REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoTesla Inc (TSLA.O) shareholders on Tuesday asked a judge  to find that Elon Musk forced the company's board of directors into a  deal for SolarCity in 2016 and wanted the CEO convicted, the electric vehicle maker one of the largest judgments in history paid $13 billion. "This case was always  about whether the --> READ MORE

Microsoft to gobble up Activision in $69 billion metaverse bet

By |January 19th, 2022|

 (Mike Blake, Reuters)Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) is buying "Call of Duty" maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI.O) for $68.7 billion in the biggest gaming industry deal in history as global technology giants stake their claims to a virtual future.The deal announced by Microsoft on Tuesday, its biggest-ever and set to be the largest all-cash acquisition on record, will --> READ MORE

WHATSAPP FOR ANDROID, DESKTOP TO GET NEW FEATURES

By |January 19th, 2022|

The Android app will get new pencil and drawing  tools in a future update, while WhatsApp Desktop will get new chat bubble colors. The desktop app  also gets a new dark blue color that is only visible in dark theme mode.The instant messaging app is also testing a new emoji message reaction info tab and --> READ MORE

WHO says no evidence healthy children, adolescents need COVID-19 boosters

By |January 19th, 2022|

Photo Credit: Fabrice Coffrini | ReutersAt present, there is no evidence  that healthy children and adolescents need booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,  World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Tuesday. Speaking at a news briefing, she said that while there seems to be some waning of vaccine immunity over time against the fast-spreading --> READ MORE

Apple confirms that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not support noise cancellation during phone calls

By |January 18th, 2022|

Photo credit: Gadgets Now Apple has confirmed that  iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro do not cancel noise  during phone calls, including  iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Apple included the feature in the iPhone 12 series and earlier models to improve call quality in noise environment. No reason was given to remove this feature --> READ MORE