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— Natasha Mascarenhas (Tech Crunch) (3/4) Mar 05, 2021
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Coursera is planning to file to go public tomorrow
"Coursera, an online education platform that has seen its business grow amid the coronavirus pandemic, is planning to file paperwork tomorrow for its initial public offering, sources familiar with the matter say. The company has been talking to underwriters since last year, but tomorrow could mark its first legal step in the process to IPO."
— Natasha Mascarenhas (Tech Crunch) (3/4) (Pocket)
Rekor Systems makes $330 mln cash-and-stock offer for Iteris - sources
"The investment will be announced on Monday, which could be followed by a merger between telecommunications services company Syniverse and a special-purpose acquisition company to take it public, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. There is no guarantee that Syniverse, backed by private-equity firm Carlyle Group Inc will go public, either through a SPAC deal or an IPO, the Journal added. For Syniverse, the Twilio deal involves a commercial arrangement that would send a significant amount of business its way, the newspaper said."
— (Yahoo) (3/1) (Pocket)
The Wall Street Journal: Greensill Capital planning to file for insolvency in U.K. this week
"Embattled financial startup Greensill Capital plans to file for insolvency in the U.K. this week, as it simultaneously moved toward a deal to sell its operating business to Apollo Global Management APO, +2.00%, according to people familiar with the matter."
— (Market Watch) (3/3) (Pocket)
— Nicu Calcea (Commonplace) (2/24) Feb 26, 2021
Pandemic winners and losers: how Big Tech's gains mask a struggling economy
" Our analysis of stock market data for 500 of the biggest public companies in the US gives a picture of an economy now steeply tilted towards technology. Big Tech has grown spectacularly during the pandemic A handful of companies were responsible for much of the stock market growth last year. Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet/Google (FAAMG) had increased their market capitalisation, at the end of 2020, by 52.8 per cent above the end of the previous year. The cumulative year-on-year market cap growth of all the other companies in the S&P 500 index, which tracks 500 of the biggest public companies in the US, was 13.3 per cent. The FAAMG companies now occupy all of the top five spots among US companies by market capitalisation. // ><!*/ "
— Nicu Calcea (Commonplace) (2/24) (Pocket)
Accenture: Leading enterprises are compressing a decade of digital transformation in 1-2 years
"Relying on a strong digital core to adapt and innovate at lighting speed, leaders are growing revenues 5x faster than laggards today, versus only 2x faster between 2015 to 2018, according to Accenture research. The result is a wave of companies racing to reinvent themselves and use technology innovations to shape the new realities they face. "
— (ZDNet) (2/22) (Pocket)
London Markets: Tech selloff hits these London-listed stocks as a Tesla-heavy fund tumbles
"The selloff in technology stocks hit the London market on Tuesday, with the sector dragging down the U.K.’s benchmark index as investors exit companies that have been among the biggest winners through the COVID-19 pandemic."
— (Market Watch) (2/23) (Pocket)
— Neel Patel (MIT Tech Review) (2/23) Feb 25, 2021
Listen to the first sounds recorded from the surface of Mars
"The landing footage: On February 22, NASA released a three-and-a-half minute video that stitched together footage of the rover’s landing recorded by five different cameras (three on the spacecraft’s back shell, one on the descent stage used to drop the rover on the ground, and two on the rover itself. One camera on the back shell failed.)"
— Neel Patel (MIT Tech Review) (2/23) (Pocket)
Experience Seven Minutes of Terror in New Perseverance Mars Rover Landing Video
This still from a longer video shows NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover moments before touchdown in Jezero Crater. High-definition cameras captured unprecedented views of the rover’s atmospheric entry, descent and landing on February 18, 2021.
— Lee Billings (Scientific American) (2/22) (Pocket)
NASA's Mars Perseverance rover provides front-row seat to landing, first audio recording of Red Planet
"New video from NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on Feb. 18 as the spacecraft plummeted, parachuted, and rocketed toward the surface of Mars. A microphone on the rover also has provided the first audio recording of sounds from Mars."
— (Science Daily) (2/22) (Pocket)
NASA Perseverance rover: See 'first of its kind' footage from Mars descent on Monday
"NASA's Perseverance rover is safe and sound on the surface of Mars, ready to survey its new home for signs of past life. We've already seen the fruits of its early labors in stunning images from its descent and landing. Now, NASA is teasing the release of video footage from the landing with the tagline "See Mars Like Never Before!" and buzz is building. The landing was always going to be must-see TV and just a few days post-touchdown, NASA's ready for broadcast."
— (CNET) (2/21) (Pocket)
— Mariella Moon (Engadget) (2/17) Feb 21, 2021
Facebook's Australian news ban took down government Pages
"When Facebook started blocking Australian publishers and residents from posting or sharing news content earlier, government agencies and even non-profit organizations got caught in the crossfire. The social network implemented the news-sharing ban in response to the country's proposed law that would require tech giants like Facebook and Google to pay news outlets for using their content. However, in doing so, it also prevented users from seeing posts on the Pages of entities like Doctors without Borders, St. Vincent's Health, the Bureau of Meteorology, Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA, and the health department Pages for ACT, South Australia, NSW and Queensland -- all of which are clearly non-media accounts."
— Mariella Moon (Engadget) (2/17) (Pocket)
Australia, fighting Facebook, is the latest country to struggle against foreign influence on journalism
"Facebook has barred Australians from finding or sharing news on its platform, in response to an Australian government proposal to require social media networks to pay journalism organizations for their content. The move is already reducing online readership of Australian news sites."
— Vanessa Freije, Assistant Professor, Henry M. Jackson School Of International Studies, University Of Washington (The Conversation) (2/19) (Pocket)
In surprise move, Facebook blocks news access in Australia
"CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a surprise retaliatory move Thursday, Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news stories, escalating a fight with the government over whether powerful tech companies should have to pay news organizations for content."
— Rod Mcguirk, Associated Press (PBS) (2/18) (Pocket)