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Spotify Buys SoundBetter Music-Production Marketplace for an Undisclosed Amount

On September 12, Spotify announced that it has acquired SoundBetter Music-Production Marketplace. Through that acquisition, the company has increased its suite of tools for music artists aiming to diversify itself. The company seeks to invest away from the model founded on paying music streaming royalties to labels.SoundBetter, founded in 2012, is a Brooklyn-based audio production that also doubles up as a collaboration marketplace. It caters to mixing engineers, mastering engineers,...

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Voyage Pulls in $31 Million Funding Aimed at Deploying More Self-Driving Taxis

Photo: ShutterstockVoyage, a startup in the business of autonomous vehicles has just announced that it successfully raised $31 million in a recently concluded series B funding round. The round was led by Franklin Templeton but with other players like Chevron Technology Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Jaguar Land Rover’s InMotion Ventures were also in participation.Voyage was birthed out of education start-up Udacity, based in Silicon Valley back in 2017. The company quickly joined the long...

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Huobi Reportedly Plans a Backdoor IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Photo: ShutterstockOver the last one month, cryptocurrency exchange Huobi has been flexing its muscles to launch its IPO. The latest filing documents suggest that Hubo is planning for a backdoor entry to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX).The filing dated September 10, mentions Hong Kong-based electronics manufacturer Patronics Holdings Ltd. Huobi acquired this company last August and has renamed it to Huobi Technology Holdings Ltd. Upon its acquisition, Patronics transferred over 220...

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Peloton Plots IPO With the Stock That Could Be Worth $8 Billion

Photo: Peloton / TwitterMaker of stationary bikes Peloton finally revealed some more info of the company’s plan to go public. The fitness startup famous for their on-demand workout programs on exercise bikes, announced they are planning to raise $1.33 billion in an initial public offering (IPO).Peloton filed to become a public company in August and now, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, they plan to offer 46 million shares at a price range between $26 and $29 per...

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Google Express to Close Down and Merge with Google Shopping

As part of an email sent to customers recently, Google has now announced that it will be closing down its online shopping platform, Google Express, sometime in the next few weeks. The functions available on the platform will now be on-boarded with a new version dubbed Google Shopping.Back in May, the company announced a new and redesigned Google Shopping platform which will include a universal shopping cart of sorts, embedded with the company’s other offerings including Images, Search and...

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Web Performance Platform Cloudflare Increases Their IPO Range

Californian digital content delivery and Internet security company Cloudflare announced they have raised their IPO price range from a previous $10 to $12 interlude to $12 to $14 per share.This company seems to believe in themselves because it’s quite unusual for a unicorn like this to adjust the number of shares it expects to sell in its public debut. However, it seems that at the new prices they have set up, Cloudflare could be valued between $3.5 billion and $4.1 billion.Let’s just remind...

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Santander Makes History Solely Settling a $20M Bond Trade on Ethereum Blockchain

Santander, one of the largest banks in the world based in Spain, has issued a blockchain bond and started using a public blockchain to manage all aspects of debt issuance.According to the Spanish banking giant, they used a token on Ethereum to represent the $20 million debt issuance and what is more, settled it with another set of ERC-20 tokens representing cash held in a custody account. As Coindesk has reported, the transaction conducted was a plain-vanilla bond with a one-year maturity,...

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Tesla Announces New Supercharged Model S With ‘Plaid Powertrain’

Recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested that the new Tesla pickup truck will be available most likely by November. Now, Musk has made another promise about the Model S, Model X and Roadster Tesla Productions in the future. Musk tweeted that “the only thing beyond Ludicrous is Plaid”, suggesting that the new models will have a much stronger and impressive performance range than the current Ludicrous.In a separate tweet, Musk gave further details, however vaguely, about the “Plaid powertrain”...

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McDonald’s (MCD) Acquires Startup to Add Artificial Intelligence to Its Drive-Through Restaurants

McDonald’s (MCD) is one of the oldest and most popular fast food restaurant chains in the world and as with any other establishments that have been around as long, the company is constantly seeking ways to improve its service and the experience it gives customers. The 79-year-old restaurant has now announced the acquisition of Apprente, in a bid to improve its service using automated voice commands.Founded in 2017, Apprente is a Silicon Valley startup which focuses on the use of artificial...

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FAANG Stocks Seem to be Dropping the Ball, Could This Company Pick It Up?

Over the years, many investors have used several different methods and strategies, to ensure they have a strong enough position in the stock market. One sure way that pretty much guaranteed a significant passive income, was to buy FAANG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google/Alphabet) stocks and just watch them grow, as they are wont to do.This method has driven not just profits, but a generally positive sentiment among investors for a few years. However now, it seems those glory days...

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