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Chinese Fintech Qudian listed at Wall Street

Chinese online small consumer credit provider Qudian debuts on NYSE

Chinese online small consumer credit provider Qudian Inc. made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Wednesday, trading under the ticker symbol of “QD”. Qudian priced its initial public offering of 37,500,000 American depositary shares (ADSs) at 24.00 U.S. dollars per ADS for a total offering size of approximately 900.00 million dollars, assuming the underwriters do not exercise their option to purchase additional ADSs. Each ADS represents one Class A ordinary share. Of the total 37,500,000 ADSs offered, 35,625,000 ADSs are being offered by the Company and 1,875,000 ADSs are being offered by selling shareholders.

http://www.xinhuanet.com…  Thu.,  19  October 2017

Same day delivery competition

Walmart is zeroing in on Amazon’s biggest weakness

Amazon.com has done a lot of things exceptionally well over its 22-year history. The company’s whopping market value and constant growth are testaments to its strategy of customer obsession, breakneck innovation, and its “Day 1” philosophy.

But of all the strategic decisions the company has made in its history, none has had a bigger impact than Prime. Launched in 2005, the all-inclusive loyalty program offers members free video streaming, access to the Kindle Lending Library, music streaming, and several other ancillary benefits from $99/year. But the biggest one is clearly free, two-day shipping on millions of items.

With Prime, Amazon solved the two biggest obstacles to online shopping: it eliminated pesky shipping fees and long delivery times, which were often a week or longer in the early days of e-commerce. Over the years, Amazon has stuffed Prime with more and more benefits, making it a nexus of competitive advantages that no other company, retailer or otherwise, can match.

http://www.businessinsider.com…  Wed.,  11  October 2017

Amazon is a real challenger to Facebook and Google in digital advertising

Amazon An Ad Force To Be Reckoned With

Big-name advertisers are starting to take notice that Amazon is sharpening its assault on the ad business.

The Seattle-based e-commerce giant is increasingly becoming top of mind for advertisers, with product and search ads on Amazon.com, and its data on shoppers being used to run display ads all over the web. Its ad business is already worth over $2 billion.

Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer at JPMorgan Chase, said, “I think that they are a force to be reckoned with, they are excellent with everything they do. You have to do business with Amazon.”

http://www.eblnews.com…  Fri.,  06  October 2017

Uber is one step closer to a massive investment from SoftBank

Uncertain future for Travis Kalanick

A deal between Uber and SoftBank is nearly done. Today (Oct. 4) Uber announced in a statement it would move forward with a proposed investment from Japanese tech giant SoftBank which could close “in the coming weeks,” and also voted in favor of a number of corporate governance reforms. The decisions bode poorly for Uber founder Travis Kalanick, who has sought to retain his influence over the company after stepping down as CEO in June, and could pave the way for broader changes in Uber’s international operations.

SoftBank, which said in August it’s interested in investing in Uber, hasn’t made public the size of its proposed investment, but a person with knowledge of the deal said that SoftBank, along with other investors, will invest $1.25 billion directly in Uber at a $69 billion valuation, and will also purchase 14% to 17% of outstanding shares from existing investors. The person also added that Uber will go public by 2019, something which Uber’s new CEO hinted at in August.

http://www.qz.com…  Wed.,  04  October 2017

Apple shares flirt with correction territory

Suppliers asked to scale back shipments of parts for upcoming iPhone X

Shares of Apple Inc dipped on Monday and flirted with correction territory following a report that the company had told suppliers to scale back shipments of parts for its upcoming iPhone X.

Digitimes, citing unnamed sources, reported that Apple suppliers were shipping just 40 percent of the components originally ordered for the premium phone, which goes on sale in early November.

That added to concerns on Wall Street about demand for Apple’s new devices after the launch on Friday of the iPhone 8, a less expensive model than the iPhone X, drew smaller crowds than previous launches.

http://www.reuters.comTue.,  26  September 2017

Social Rights for ‘gig economy’ workers

EU seeks more protection for Uber-style jobs

The European Commission wants more social protection and rights for casual workers, such as those in the “gig economy”, and others with non-standard contracts to try to tackle growing social inequality.

The Commission’s consultation document on these plans, seen by Reuters, is part of a broader reworking of the EU’s economic priorities, after pressure from populist forces that accuse Brussels of having pursued ultra-liberal policies to the detriment of wo

http://www.reuters.comMon.,  25  September 2017

The bright future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in China

Machine learning is the key

The present global verve about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies has resonated in China as much as anywhere on earth. With the State Council’s issuance of the “New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan” (新一代人工智能发展规划) on July 20, China’s government set out an ambitious roadmap including targets through 2030. Meanwhile, in China’s leading cities, flashy conferences on AI have become commonplace. It seems every mid-sized tech company wants to show off its self-driving car efforts, while numerous financial tech start-ups tout an AI-driven approach. Chatbot startups clog investors’ date books, and Shanghai metro ads pitch AI-taught English language learning.

The surge of showmanship and investment in the private sector is paralleled by a new focus among officials and policy thinkers in academia, civilian and military sectors of government, and major companies. Questions about how to regulate AI, and how to develop and use it ethically, have become a major topic for China’s digital policy brain trust in recent months.

http://www.newamerica.org…  Mon.,  18  September 2017

Trump tries to protect US high-tech firms from China’s buyers

Trump bars Chinese-backed firm from buying U.S. chipmaker Lattice

U.S. President Donald Trump blocked a Chinese-backed private equity firm from buying a U.S.-based chipmaker on Wednesday, sending a clear signal to Beijing that Washington will oppose takeover deals that involve technologies with potential military applications.

Canyon Bridge Capital Partners’ planned $1.3 billion acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corp was one of the largest attempted by a Chinese-backed firm in the U.S. microchip sector and was the first announced deal for the buyout fund, which launched last year with a focus on technology investment. U.S. regulatory scrutiny grew after Reuters reported in November that Canyon Bridge was funded partly by capital from China’s central government and had indirect links to its space program. U.S. defense officials subsequently raised concerns about the Lattice acquisition by a firm backed by the Chinese government.

http://www.reuters.com…  Thu.,  14  September 2017

Norway’s sovereign fund intervenes at year’s annual meeting of Apple, Facebook

Norway’s sovereign fund becomes activist 

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund has stood up to some of the biggest names in technology at this year’s annual meetings, sanctioning the likes of Apple, Alphabet and Facebook over issues from the idea of one share per vote to the gender pay gap.  Norway’s $975bn oil fund has voted against management proposals at the AGMs of seven of its 10 largest equity holdings, also targeting Amazon, Novartis, Roche, HSBC and Johnson & Johnson, according to a review of its voting records.

Its biggest protest was against Alphabet, the parent company of Google, where the oil fund went against management recommendations no fewer than six times including over stock options, executive pay, and a move to ensure each share has one vote. At Apple, the oil fund’s biggest holding at $7.4bn, it voted to allow proxy access — where shareholders can propose their own directors — while at Facebook it voted in favour of one share/one vote as well as a push for an independent chairman and reporting on the gender pay gap.

http://www.ft.com…  Thu.,  07  September 2017

China’s crypto crackdown


Wording of edict makes all cryptocurrency trading illegal, according to eToro China exec

China’s crackdown on “initial coin offerings” may be much wider than first thought, with the wording of the crackdown potentially making all cryptocurrency trading illegal. However, other watchers of the space say the government is not looking to crackdown on digital currencies like bitcoin and ethereum.

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) on Monday outlawed ICOs, a method of raising money by issuing new digital currencies. The trend has become hugely popular, with over $1.5 billion raised using this method in 2017 alone.

http://www.businessinsider.com…  Tue.,  05  September 2017