Xiaomi is world’s No. 2, beats Apple

Xiaomi has become the world’s second biggest smartphone maker over the past quarter following an 83% jump in shipments, according to preliminary estimates by Canalys. This marks the first occasion that Xiaomi, the Chinese maker of everything from rice cookers to gaming monitors, has broken into the top two, historically dominated by Samsung and Apple. … 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

Apple taps debt markets to raise $14 billion for future shareholder payouts

Apple is taking advantage of the low interest rate environment to raise $14 billion in debt, according to Bloomberg. The debt offering will include 40-year bonds and proceeds from will go towards buying back stock and dividend payments. Apple ended its most recent quarter with $196 billion in cash, and $112 billion in debt. Sign … Read more

OneWeb launches 36 satellites; to offer hi-speed internet from 2021 end

Bharti Global and UK government on Friday said their joint venture OneWeb — a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications operator — launched 36 satellites from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia. This takes the total in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites, part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity, a … Read more

Paytm takes the challenge to Google, launches its own mini app store

Paytm has taken the challenge to Google’s Play Store by launching its Android Mini App Store, through which it seeks to help developers take their applications to the masses. This is the start-up’s latest move to break Google’s monopoly over distribution of Android applications. Paytm is providing listing and distribution of these mini apps from … Read more

‘Embrace the coming crash’: A notorious market bear who called the dot-com bust warns big tech stocks are on the verge of succumbing to the economy’s downturn

Societe Generale’s Albert Edwards says tech stocks face a downfall similar to the dot-com bust he forewarned about in the late 1990s. While acknowledging their market leadership so far during this pandemic, he warns that their prices are rising at an unsustainable pace relative to profit growth. He likened the appeal of tech stocks today to … Read more