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hTTps:// Bitcoin Loses Almost a Third of Its Value as Libra Hype Fades 17/07/2019 9:22am Dow Jones News By Steven Russolillo Facebook Inc.'s struggle to convince lawmakers it can create a viable cryptocurrency is rubbing off on bitcoin. The world's most popular cryptocurrency has fallen sharply as regulatory scrutiny of Facebook's ambitious plan to release its own digital coin, called Libra, has spoiled bitcoin's big rally this year. The price of bitcoin recently slid to $9,300, according to research site CoinDesk. It has lost almost a third of its value after trading above $13,000 a week ago, which was near its high for the year. Enthusiasm about Facebook's plans drove much of the earlier rally. There was hope that Libra would bring widespread cryptocurrency adoption and legitimize the industry, from which bitcoin would benefit. Then the criticism started piling in. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell last week said he had "serious concerns" about the social-media giant's plans. President Trump criticized bitcoin and said Libra would have "little standing or dependability." During the weekend, the industry was dealt another blow when a popular cryptocurrency called Tether--whose value is pegged to the dollar--was briefly subject to a "fat-finger" error that caused bitcoin's price to drop sharply. On Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin raised national security concerns about Libra and said people in the past had tried to use cryptocurrencies for illegal means. Facebook faced questioning on Tuesday from U.S. senators, who said they don't trust the company to operate a global cryptocurrency. That is partly because there isn't a clear regulatory framework for digital assets. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown compared Facebook to a "toddler who has gotten his hands on a book of matches." Ethan Hou, a 30-year-old cryptocurrency trader in Taiwan, said he woke up in the middle of the night to follow the Senate hearing and the market reaction. He said he sold some of his bitcoin holdings and expects more downside in the short term. "Watching the grilling that Facebook was getting from Congress, there is a lot of negative sentiment around the market," he said. Mr. Hou said he is broadly optimistic about the future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, given Facebook managed to get large companies including Mastercard Inc. and PayPal Holdings Inc. to back its plans for Libra. Others remain skeptical of the benefits Libra could bring for users. "What legitimate corporate or consumer global payments need exists that a Facebook-led crypto consortium can uniquely fill? In our view, none," Morgan Stanley analysts said in a note on Tuesday. Facebook executive David Marcus told the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday plans for Libra won't move forward until the company has "fully addressed regulatory concerns and received appropriate approvals." The company will face more questioning from the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday. Write to Steven Russolillo at
The FCC already has approved nearly 13,000 low-Earth orbit satellites hTTps:// Chasing SpaceX, Amazon Seeks to Launch 3,236 Internet Satellites By Todd Shields 5 July 2019, 17:26 GMT+1 * Bezos company asks FCC to approve Kuiper satellite system * Spacecraft to deliver broadband to millions around the globe Inc. asked for U.S. permission to launch 3,236 communications satellites, joining a new space race to offer internet service from low orbits and challenge the fleet planned by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Amazon in a July 4 filing told the Federal Communications Commission its Kuiper satellites will deliver broadband to tens of millions of consumers and businesses that now lack adequate access to the internet. The agency coordinates trajectories and radio-frequency use. The FCC already has approved nearly 13,000 low-Earth orbit satellites. Those include 11,943 for Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which launched an initial batch of 60 spacecraft in May. At low-Earth orbit -- altitudes of 112 to 1,200 miles (or about 180 to 2,000 kilometers) -- satellites need to race around the globe to stay aloft, completing orbits in as little as 90 minutes. As one moves toward the horizon it will hand off signal duties to the next satellite coming by. Many satellites are needed if continuous, widespread coverage is the goal. Amazon in its FCC application said its satellites would operate at altitudes of about 370-to-390 miles (590-to-630 kilometers). Long-Term Project Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos last month said the Kuiper project will cost “multiple billions of dollars.” The project is separate from Bezos’s space launch vehicle maker, Blue Origin LLC. “This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet,” Amazon said in a statement in April, when the company’s satellite program first became public in a filing with the International Telecommunications Union. In its FCC filing, Amazon said it will help serve U.S. communities “by offering fixed broadband communications services to rural and hard-to-reach areas.” The Kuiper System will help mobile network operators to expand wireless services, Amazon said in its application. It also offered the prospect of “high-throughput mobile broadband connectivity services for aircraft, maritime vessels, and land vehicles.” Amazon cited FCC studies that say 21 million Americans lack fixed, residential broadband and 33 million Americans don’t have access to speedy mobile service. Worldwide, 3.8 billion people remain without fast and reliable broadband service, according to the application. — With assistance by Matt Day
it has never been forced by a court to pay fines for stealing secrets That's not quite the same as being innocent. hTTps:// "Huawei Hits Back at Claims It Steals Secrets Chinese technology giant Huawei defended itself against allegations that it violates other companies' intellectual-property rights, saying it has never been forced by a court to pay fines for stealing secrets." hTTps://
$100bn European listing and the wrong envelopes were dispatched to shareholders. hTTps:// South Africa’s Naspers postpones planned $100bn European listing Administrative error forces group to delay Dutch move until September Joseph Cotterill in Johannesburg June 21, 2019 South Africa’s Naspers delayed its planned $100bn European listing of global internet assets, which includes a large stake in China’s Tencent, after the wrong envelopes were dispatched to shareholders. Johannesburg-listed Naspers said on Friday that it would postpone listing what is likely to be Europe’s biggest consumer internet group until September, following the administrative error by an external service provider. The listing on the Euronext Amsterdam, a landmark in the rise of Africa’s most valuable listed company as a global investor, was originally scheduled for July 17. Naspers, which also announced results for the year ending in March on Friday, said that the outside company mixed up names and addresses on circulars sent to shareholders ahead of a meeting this month to consider the listing. “This could in some cases lead to confusion” and the company has delayed the meeting to August “so as to allow all shareholders equal opportunity to fully consider the circular and resolution,” Naspers said. The listing is aimed at reducing a significant discount in Naspers’ share price that is being driven by the sheer size of its investment in Tencent, which it has held since 2001. The company’s 31 per cent stake in the Chinese gaming giant — of which it sold a portion last year — has pushed its value to about a quarter of the Johannesburg stock market. South African investors have been forced to sell the stock to cut down on concentration risk as a result. Naspers plans to retain about 75 per cent of the vehicle, which has been named Prosus, the company said on Friday. It will also include assets such as Russia’s and India’s Swiggy as well as internet classifieds. The free float of about 25 per cent will be offered to shareholders and is also likely to be snapped up by European investors as the company will enter major stock indices. Prosus will have a secondary listing in Johannesburg. Naspers increased trading profits by 10 per cent to $3.3bn during the 12 months ending in March, a year in which it spun off its African pay-TV arm, MultiChoice, in Johannesburg. “Naspers enters the 2020 financial year as a fundamentally different group, with virtually all revenues now generated from online activities, and is well positioned as a global consumer internet group,” the company said. The group invested more than $3bn during the period as it expanded segments including classifieds, food delivery and payments. Naspers reported $6.3bn in cash after it reduced its Tencent stake for the first time ever last year, and sold a stake in India’s Flipkart.
hTTps:// 21 Jun, 2019 Friday newspaper round-up: Monsoon Accessorize, Woodford, Slack, Facebook currency "The governor of the Bank of England has warned Facebook that its planned digital currency would have to meet strict regulations before being adopted by the public. In the annual Mansion House speech Mark Carney said: “The Bank of England approaches Libra with an open mind but not an open door.” – The Times"
Such risks made Apple management nervious that the risks of placing all its eggs in the same basket were too great and rising Makes sense to me. hTTps:// Apple allegedly urges suppliers to move output from China Caoimhe Toman 19 Jun, 2019 Apple has asked its largest suppliers to consider the cost implications of shifting between 15-30% of their output from China to Southeast Asia, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Wednesday. Suppliers urged to consider the costs involved in such a move included Foxconn Technology, Pegatron, Wistron, Quanta Computer, Compal Electronics, Inventec, Luxshare and GoerTek. Not only was China the manufacturing hub for lion' share of its production, it was also Apple's largest overseas market. But Trump’s threats to levy tariffs on another $300bn-worth of Chinese goods risked escalating tensions with Beijing and possible reprisals against Apple products. Such risks made Apple management nervious that the risks of placing all its eggs in the same basket were too great and rising. Hence, even if the trade row with Washington was resolved, Apple was intending to carry through with its plans, several people reportedly told Nikkei. Among the alternative host countries being considered were Mexico, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia, with India and Vietnam the favourites to host future smartphone production, said the Nikkei.
Well, this is also nice. Jun 17 16:30 Globaldata PLC Share price change +60.00p % change 8.60% Share price 760p Market Cap £777.0m
Well, that's nice. 7 hours ago Globaldata hit an upwards 5 year price breakout.
the UK's freedom to negotiate its own trade deals, including with Washington, is a key positive aspect of seeking a divorce from the EU Well, the US is the world's biggest economy. hTTps:// Trump wants deal with UK post-Brexit 29 May, 2019 16:07 US President Donald Trump wants to strike a trade deal with the UK post-Brexit his ambassador to London, Woody Johnson said on Wednesday. “It’s foremost in the president’s mind and he would get it done as quickly as possible,” Johnson told BBC Radio 5 Live on Wednesday. “It would be front of the line for the U.K.” “A comprehensive free-trade deal between our countries would be a huge positive for both the US and the U.K.,” Johnson said. More information on the subject could come from President Trump’s state visit to the UK next week, just days before Theresa May is set to step down as Prime Minister on 7 June. The comments come at a time when the UK government is in chaos following the announcement of her resignation last week. Tories are working to appoint a new leader. It is expected that the new leader will take a harder stance on Brexit. According to those who have defended Brexit, the UK's freedom to negotiate its own trade deals, including with Washington, is a key positive aspect of seeking a divorce from the EU.
It brings in to question whether Huawei can survive as a handset maker hTTps:// Huawei's Android license has been revoked; here's what Huawei has to say about it tech2 News Staff May 23, 2019 16:13:10 IST Google announced that they will be suspending all business interactions with smartphone manufacturer Huawei. This meant Google won’t be conducting any kind of business involving hardware or software with Huawei, apart from the components covered by open source licenses. While Google already clarified earlier that services like Google Play and Google Play Protect will continue working on existing Huawei devices, it was still unclear how Huawei was handling the situation. As reported by Android Central, Huawei has released a statement on the same. The company says that it will continue providing security updates and after-sales services to existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products. It will cover all the products that are currently being sold as well. However, whether it will be receiving security patches and updates after Android Q in the future is still unclear. Huawei also confirmed that the trade blacklist isn’t going to affect the launch of its upcoming Honor 20 Series smartphones, which are scheduled for 21 May (tomorrow). Here’s Huawei’s full statement: "Huawei has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. As one of Android's key global partners, we have worked closely with their open-source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefitted both users and the industry. Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally. We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally. Plus, nothing has changed for HONOR. We will be having our exciting launch event tomorrow in London for HONOR 20 Series." hTTps:// "Huawei has been working on its own operating system for some time, so it was ready for this eventuality, but by forcing them to use it, the US could well be creating an all-new rival to iOS and Android that could prove more popular in Asian markets. Meanwhile, the decision will cause havoc for the millions of existing Huawei and Honor handset owners. Google has said that it will continue to supply security updates to these devices, which will continue to work, but are now unlikely to receive updates to Android Q - making them instantly less attractive to potential buyers. New devices from Huawei/Honor will be required to use only the open source (AOSP) version of Android, which means no Google Play Services, no Play Store, no YouTube, no Google Pay - in fact, most of the killer features of Android will disappear. It brings in to question whether Huawei can survive as a handset maker, despite threatening to become the biggest in the world in the coming few years, with two best-in-class handset releases last year and the well-received P30 range introduced only last month."
this seems on a cursory glance very expensive and an acquisition driven company operating in competitive markets eg analysing global pharamaceutical developments up against evaluate there, I guess, but Amati has bought in so must see some potential, wonder if anyone can put the bull case eg size and scale to be weighed against the negatives, loads of intangibles, an inevitable LTIP and need to dish out options to keep the staff.
hTTps:// NASA fingers the cause of two bungled satellite launches, $700m in losses, years of science crashing and burning... Aluminium manufacturer accused of running 19-year supply quality scam By Iain Thomson in San Francisco 3 May 2019 at 05:56 Scientists at NASA have accused one of their metal suppliers of lying about the strength of its aluminium in a 19-year scam that caused $700m in satellites and other parts to go up in smoke. The space agency eggheads pointed the finger of blame at the aluminium manufacturer after probing two failed science missions: the February 24, 2009 fruitless launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, and the March 4, 2011 doomed launch of the Glory satellite, designed for monitoring atmospheric pollutants. In both cases, the rocket fairing, which is the nose cone protecting the satellite payload, failed to separate after liftoff. As a result, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) plunged into the ocean off the Antarctic, and Glory swiftly crashed into the Pacific, after their rockets fell back to Earth, the satellites still attached. The blunders were traced back to the fairing release mechanism, and specifically the aluminium (or aluminum in Freedom Language) used in this component. It was supplied by Sapa Profiles Inc, of Oregon, USA, now renamed Hydro Extrusion Portland, Inc. NASA's boffins said the metals used were not up to specification, and called in the Feds. Subsequent checks appeared to show that Sapa had been falsifying its materials testing reports for profit. The metal was supposed to have a particular tensile strength, however, company employees fudged the tests to increase profit margins, investigators said. “NASA relies on the integrity of our industry throughout the supply chain,” said Jim Norman, NASA’s director for Launch Services, earlier this week. "While we do perform our own testing, NASA is not able to retest every single component. That is why we require and pay for certain components to be tested and certified by the supplier. "When testing results are altered and certifications are provided falsely, missions fail. In our case, the Taurus XLs that failed for the OCO and Glory missions resulted in the loss of more than $700 million, and years of people’s scientific work. It is critical that we are able to trust our industry to produce, test and certify materials in accordance with the standards we require. In this case, our trust was severely violated." The Feds said they uncovered thousands of falsified records relating to the breaking point of Sapa's metal. And it wasn't just NASA that got stiffed, we're told: the same plant supplied the US military and hundreds of other customers in America and around the world. The blame was specifically pinned on Dennis Balius, Sapa's testing lab supervisor. Prosecutors said he forced lab technicians to falsify testing results, recertify failed parts, and violate testing standards by speeding up examinations and using incorrect parts. He pleaded guilty to charges of fraud in July 2017, and was sentenced to three years in the cooler, and forced to pay over $170,000 in restitution. In an out-of-court settlement, the company formerly known as Sapa agreed to pay $31.4m in restitution to NASA and the US military, and forfeit $1.8m in "ill-gotten gains," as the Dept of Justice put it. That ended a criminal fraud case against the biz. To settle a related civil case, in which the manufacturer was accused of breaking the False Claims Act, the company agreed to pay $6m to NASA and $5m to the US Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency. It is also barred from selling to US government agencies in the future. “Our partners at NASA and in the military – as well as hundreds of private businesses – put their faith in the integrity of this supplier and the structural integrity of its products,” said Special Agent in Charge Loren ‘Renn’ Cannon of the FBI’s Portland Field Office. “For almost two decades, this company’s greed violated that trust." 158 comments
hTTps:// Microsoft's Satya Nadella uses a subtle fear tactic to win cloud business away from Amazon Julie Bort 18 hours ago * Amazon seems like an unstoppable force in the cloud computing market. * But No. 2 cloud player Microsoft is gaining ground. * Here's the story of how Microsoft CEO met with the CEO of advertising giant WPP and subtly reminded him of the risk of choosing the wrong cloud company. * Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Advertising agency giant WPP has been a partner with Microsoft for years. So when it came time to meet and pitch WPP's new CEO, Mark Read, appointed last September, Microsoft brought out the big gun: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Flanked by about 20 people from each of their organizations, Nadella marched straight up to Read the moment introductions were over, reports Businessweek's Austin Carr and Dina Bass as part of a profile on Nadella. He politely listened to Read talk about WPP's digital needs for nearly a quarter of an hour before gently saying, "We don't want you to think of this as just building an app on our platform. We want to enable you to build your own platform." The words were a code. Nadella was reminding Read that unlike giant cloud provider Amazon, Microsoft isn't competing with WPP. It isn't a retailer competing with WPP's customer's either. And although it does have Bing and does sell ads, it also has an ad sales partnership with WPP. Nadella's sales pitch is simple, and one used not just with ad agency giant WPP but with retailers, an industry Amazon has really clobbered: Do you trust a technology partner to store their data, handle their transactions, know the most intimate details of their business, if that tech partner is also a competitor? This fear is one of the reasons why major retailers like Walmart and Kroger have chosen Microsoft over Amazon. And Microsoft isn't alone in using it. Google's cloud has deliberately gone after the retail market as well, with the same argument. The message wasn't lost on Read, Businessweek reports. WPP's famous billionaire founder Martin Sorrell (who resigned last year over allegations of personal misconduct leading to Read's promotion as CEO), spent much of last year warning the world that Amazon's advertising business was underestimated. He called Amazon names like "tentacles" and said its advertising business was a growing "pimple" or "boil"in various interviews. WPP began offering brands creative services to help them advertise on Amazon back in 2017. And, like he predicted, Amazon's advertising business has been growing. He saw it as a direct threat to Google and Facebook but also one to WPP, admitting that Amazon "kept him up at night." That's because digital ad companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon all have their own enormous sales forces and work with brands directly, cutting out the need for creative agency. Amazon is also working to build out its ad sales force. It's currently looking to hire nearly 1,700 people for advertising sales jobs, according to its website. Nadella's fear tactic clearly doesn't work on everyone. Amazon remains the market share leader in cloud, with plenty of companies, especially outside of retail, choosing AWS. Ironically, one of Amazon's Web Services biggest customers is Netflix. It began using Amazon back before Amazon began competing with it. This even though, as Bloomberg reveals, Netflix's co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings was Nadella's mentor back when Hastings was a Microsoft board member. Hastings left the board in 2012. And despite his close relationship with Nadella, and the fact that Amazon now has its own movie studio and streaming services, it has yet to ditch AWS for Azure. Still, Amazon's willingness to compete with its partners and customers could be AWS's achilles heel and one that Nadella seems ready to exploit.
Final dividend paid today (equivalent of 40% of my initial investment).
Oops! hTTps:// SpaceX rocket falls overboard By Chris Forrester April 16, 2019 SpaceX lost a core rocket on April 15th. The rocket fell overboard from its floating drone barge in rough Atlantic seas off Florida. The rocket had formed the central portion of a 3-rocket assembly which launched Arabsat 6A last week, and had landed on the barge in a textbook operation. The two side boosters, themselves in essence complete Falcon 9 booster stages, were successfully landed just a few minutes after lift-off from Cape Canaveral. However, the barge was waiting for the main rocket a few hundred miles down range and suffered extremely bad weather in the days following the lift-off. SpaceX, in a statement said, “Over the weekend, due to rough sea conditions, SpaceX’s recovery team was unable to secure the center core booster for its return trip to Port Canaveral. As conditions worsened with eight-to ten-foot swells, the booster began to shift and ultimately was unable to remain upright. While we had hoped to bring the booster back intact, the safety of our team always takes precedence. We do not expect future missions to be impacted.”
hTTp:// Facebook asks governments for help policing internet April 1, 2019 Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has asked governments and regulators to play “a more active role” in policing the internet and the standards of big online companies. Zuckerberg said firms such as his had huge responsibilities, deciding matters such as which content is harmful and what constitutes political advertising. “If we were starting from scratch, we wouldn’t ask companies to make these judgments alone,” he said in an open letter. “By updating the rules for the internet, we can preserve what’s best about it – the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things – while also protecting society from broader harms,” said Facebook’s CEO. Facebook has been criticised for not doing enough to quickly take down harmful content and hate speech, for example after the New Zealand terror attack, and for not being transparent enough over who is paying for political ads. This week, however, it responded to some of that criticism by announcing a ban on content promoting white nationalism and separatism. It is also looking at restrictions on live video streaming. What does Zuckerberg want? In brief, Zuckerberg calls for the following things in the letter: •Common rules that all social media sites need to adhere to, enforced by third-party bodies, to control the spread of harmful content •All major tech companies to release a transparency report every three months, to put it on a par with financial reporting •Stronger laws around the world to protect the integrity of elections, with common standards for all websites to identify political actors •Laws that not only apply to candidates and elections, but also other “divisive political issues”, and for laws to apply outside of official campaign periods •New industry-wide standards to control how political campaigns use data to target voters online •More countries to adopt privacy laws like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force last year •A “common global framework” that means these laws are all standardised globally, rather than being substantially different from country to country •Clear rules about who’s responsible for protecting people’s data when they move it from one service to another The open letter, which will also be published in some European newspapers, comes as the social network faces questions over its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal around data misuse during election campaigns. Read the open letter here hTTps://
08:49 Europeans double UK investment since Brexit vote By Tim Wallace 3 March 2019 • 7:00pm "European investors are taking major bets on the UK economy, more than doubling investment in Britain over the past three years. Uncertainty around Brexit has not stopped companies on the continent from embarking on a major deal spree in the UK, indicating faith in the economy’s long-term prospects among foreign money managers. Buyers in the EU have snapped up 553 UK assets through mergers and acquisitions and private placements in the past year, according to S&P Capital IQ data. Purchases of companies, property and stakes in fast-growing firms totalled $31.1bn over the past 12 months."
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