Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Softbank’s Investments: Chaos or Clarity?

Estia Ryan My first phone in middle school was a pastel blue solar hybrid flip phone made by Softbank. That was in 2009, when the Japanese technology company’s stock price wavered around a mere 2,000 yen. From 2016, prices have shot upwards, peaking at 10,295 yen in October 2017 and stabilising at 8,485 yen after…

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Social Media Junkies

Estia Ryan Social media – we all take part in it, some way or another. Whether it’s the recurring ‘ping’ from Messenger, Snapchat, or Instagram, the social-validation feedback loop is ruining productivity and attention spans. 50% of parents and 70% of teenagers feel urged to respond to these notifications immediately. Social media executives themselves are…

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The digital Gold Standard?

Richard Holland Amongst the backdrop of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, a London-based FinTech company has teamed up with Lloyds Banking Group and MasterCard to bring the world’s oldest currency back into the digital age: gold. In November 2017, Glint launched its multi-currency account, app and card that allows customers to use gold to buy goods and…

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Macron’s Blooming Tech

Estia Ryan ‘Choose France’ was Macron’s memorable slogan at the World Economic Forum last week. ‘GAFAs’, the French name for FANGS, are looking to invest significantly in artificial intelligence with France making headway in becoming Europe’s next startup hub. It isn’t only the Web Giants that are responding to Macron’s policies; startups in Station F…

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Australian Anti-Competitive Regulators Eye Tech Giants

Estia Ryan Google and Facebook have been under scrutiny by Australia’s competition regulators. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently analysing whether Google and Facebook have been abusing their influence online. Other media companies have seen a significant drop in advertising revenue, but is this due to anti-competitive practices? It is estimated that…

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Tesla production slump — Can they stay afloat?

Olivia Warwick The electric car maker Tesla has hit snags in its attempt to become a mass market player through production of affordable Model 3 automobiles. Quarterly results released 1st November showed a rise in post-tax losses by 67% to $671m. Tesla’s shares fell by 6.8% on the 2nd November partly due to US government…

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Uber Data Breach Scandal

Olivia Warwick Uber revealed last Tuesday that it paid a $100,000 ransom to hackers in an attempt to cover up a data breach that impacted 57 million accounts in October last year. Uber said they had identified the hackers and ensured they had destroyed the stolen data. The names, emails, and phone numbers of millions…

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Disney and Fox M&A Whispers

Estia Ryan Disney and 21st Century Fox have been holding M&A talks behind closed doors. Walt Disney Co (DIS) could be buying shares from the mass media company to increase competition with ever-growing rivals Netflix and Amazon. Moving away from their traditional business model into a digitized, modern company could end Disney’s profit dry spell.…

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Smart(er) Personalised Marketing

Estia Ryan Pop up ads have been around for quite some time now, but only now are they becoming more enticing. Welcome to the age of smart personalised marketing, where ads and services are tailored to suit your online identity. One Canadian startup, Vidyard, is at the forefront of personalised marketing. It creates individual video…

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The largest technology M&A in history: stranded?

Jim Lee Singaporean-American semi-conductor giant Broadcom offered Qualcomm, a Silicon Valley semi-conductor giant, a $105 billion acquisition deal, involving a 28% premium on Qualcomm’s closing price. Although potentially the largest ever technology acquisition, both Qualcomm’s investors and its board declined Broadcom’s offer. Behind this potentially historical deal there are various problems, and possible conflict between…

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