Netflix plans to offer video games in push beyond movies and TV shows

Netflix Inc., marking its first big move beyond TV shows and films, is planning an expansion into video games and has hired a former Electronic Arts Inc. and Facebook Inc. executive to lead the effort. Mike Verdu will join Netflix as vice president of game development, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Greg Peters, the company … Read more

Flipkart raises $3.6 bn to fund its India expansion

The Flipkart Group, a homegrown consumer internet ecosystem, on Monday said it raised $3.6 billion to fund its digital commerce activities in India. The fundraise seen participation from global investors, including sovereign funds, private equity and crossovers in addition to Walmart. The new investment values Flipkart Group at $37.6 billion. This round of funding was … Read more

Amazon’s Small Business Days sees record sales for over 84K SMBs

Amazon India’s recently held Small Business Days (SBD) has helped more than 84,000 Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) to bounce back from the economic disruptions caused by the second wave of Covid-19, the company said on Sunday. The three-day event was held between July 2 and 4. Of the 84,000, 68 per cent of the … Read more

‘Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft.’ Amazon is said to be worried about rival’s lead in productivity, business apps.

Amazon Web Services’ business-apps team talks a lot about how to catch Microsoft, a person told Insider.  AWS leads in cloud infrastructure but Microsoft dominates the market for business productivity apps. It has discussed forming a “Rebel Alliance” with other software makers to compete with Microsoft. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Amazon is … Read more

A former Amazon executive is quietly building a new $1 billion business inside Instacart that’s trying to rival Facebook and Google

Instacart’s ad business generated hundreds of millions in sales last year. It’s led by an exec who grew Amazon’s ad operation into a Google and Facebook competitor. Some advertisers say Instacart doesn’t share enough strong data to make it worth larger investments. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Instacart is building an advertising business … Read more

Frequent run-ins with India govt cloud U.S. tech expansion plans

Another spat between India’s government and U.S. big tech has exacerbated disillusion among firms which have spent billions to build hubs in their largest growth market, to the extent some are rethinking expansion plans, people close to the matter said. The government on Saturday said Twitter Inc had not indicated compliance with new rules aimed … Read more

Jeff Bezos to fly to space on Blue Origin rocket

Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos will fly to space next month on the first space flight from his rocket company Blue Origin, the billionaire said on Monday. “Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother,” Bezos said in an … Read more

G7 nations reach ‘historic’ agreement over global corporate tax

Finance ministers from wealthy G7 nations on Saturday pledged to commit to a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15 percent, rallying behind a US-backed plan. “We… commit to a global minimum tax of at least 15 percent on a country by country basis,” said a statement at the conclusion of their London meeting. … Read more

Masayoshi Son-led SoftBank Group may invest $700 million in Flipkart

Masayoshi Son-led SoftBank Group Corp is in talks with Flipkart to invest $700 million in the e-commerce giant, according to the reports by The Economic Times and Mint. Japan’s SoftBank is looking to invest in Flipkart, three years after it sold its entire stake in the company to Walmart Inc, the world’s largest retailer.   … Read more

Bezos wraps up Amazon stock sale for $6.7 billion, continues to hold 10%

Jeff Bezos sold $1.7 billion of Amazon.com Inc. stock, bringing the amount he’s unloaded this month to about $6.7 billion.   Bezos sold 521,936 shares under a pre-arranged trading plan, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings. That brings the total sold in three batches in May to 2 million shares. He said in … Read more