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Apple to offer trade-in program for LG smartphone users in S. Korea [Yonhap]
The South Korean unit of Apple will run a trade-in program to woo LG Electronics' smartphone users. The company’s smartphone exchange scheme with local mobile carriers will pay the trade-in value of a mobile device and an additional ₩150,000 ($135) to those who replace their LG smartphones with iPhones. Customers who have used LG's 4G and 5G smartphones for more than a month will be eligible to apply for the program scheduled to run through September 25th. They can exchange their LG smartphones for Apple's iPhone 12 or iPhone 12 mini. This is the first time that Apple has decided to launch a trade-in program, which will run exclusively in South Korea, for users of other smartphone brands.
 
Amazon launches ECS Anywhere in general availability, whereas, AWS launched Redshift ML to let developers train models with SQL [VentureBeat, VentureBeat]
Amazon announced the general availability of Amazon ECS Anywhere, an extension of its Elastic Container Service (ECS) that allows AWS customers to deploy native Amazon ECS tasks in any computing environment. The service includes the traditional AWS managed infrastructure, as well as customer-managed infrastructure and a fully managed control plan running in the cloud. Meanwhile, AWS announced the general availability of Redshift ML, which lets customers use SQL to query and combine structured and semi-structured data across data warehouses, operational databases, and data lakes. The company said that Redshift ML can be used to create, train, and deploy ML models directly from an Amazon Redshift instance.
 
Baidu debuts updated AI framework and R&D initiative [VentureBeat]
At Wave Summit, Baidu’s bi-annual deep learning conference, the company announced version 2.1 of PaddlePaddle, its framework for AI and ML model development. Some of the major highlights of the framework include a large-scale graph query engine; four pretrained models; and PaddleFlow, a cloud-based suite of ML developer tools that include APIs and a software development kit (SDK). The company also unveiled ‘Age of Discovery’, a 1.5 billion RMB (~$235 million) grant program that will invest over the next three years in AI education, research, and entrepreneurship.
 
Google launches Datashare to help manage financial services data [VentureBeat]
At the Google Cloud Financial Services Summit, Google Datashare for financial services, a new product designed to help organize third-party data from market data publishers like exchanges and other providers, as well as data consumers. The company said that Datashare, which is built on Google Cloud analytics services like BigQuery and leverages the recently announced Analytics Hub, is designed to let publishers and consumers share market data more easily and securely. The product features batch data delivery, a feature that helps publishers deliver reference data, historical tick data, alternative market data sources, and more via BigQuery.
 
Twitter's iOS app confirms $3 'Twitter Blue' subscription [Engadget]
A $2.99/month in-app purchase for “Twitter Blue” was added to Twitter’s App Store listing, though the feature doesn’t seem to be fully enabled yet. The update was spotted by app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who has previously uncovered details about “Twitter Blue.” As per the images shared by Wong, the service includes an “undo tweet” feature as well as a “reader mode” that makes it easier to view long threads. It also adds additional customization options, like new app icons. The addition of the in-app purchase in the App Store, is the first official sign that the service might be close to launching. Twitter declined to comment.
 
PayPal and Venmo will let users send cryptocurrency to third-party wallets [Engadget]
PayPal and Venmo users will be able to move their digital coins to third-party wallets in the near future. Currently, users can buy and sell cryptocurrency on the platform, but they can't send it elsewhere. However, it is not clear when the platforms will enable transfers to external wallets. PayPal into cryptocurrency late last year, when it added support for bitcoin, ethereum and litecoin. The company essentially treated them as investment assets rather than currency.  
 
Google is now embroiled in a full class-action lawsuit over whether it underpaid women [TheVerge, Bloomberg, BNN Bloomberg]
Google failed to persuade a judge to block class-action status for a gender-pay disparity lawsuit brought on behalf of almost 11,000 women. The trial is expected to start sometime next year. The lawsuit alleges that Google pays men more than women for the same work, in violation of California’s Equal Pay Act, and that Google paid its female employees nearly $17,000 less per year than male counterparts in the same roles. The plaintiffs weren’t the only ones accusing Google of systematically underpaying female employees in 2017. The US Department of Labor also sued Google that year for withholding compensation data, and concluded three months later that Google was responsible for systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce. Google agreed to pay $2.5 million to employees and job applicants earlier this year over alleged pay and hiring discrimination.
 
Amazon Prime Day sale reportedly planned for June 21st and 22nd [Cnet, Yahoo Finance]
Amazon's annual Prime Day sale event will reportedly run June 21 and 22 this year, as the company tries to get its big summer sale back on schedule after postponing it last year due to the pandemic. Reports suggest that Amazon has notified employees about the dates and asked them to keep the information confidential until an official announcement in the coming days. The company has traditionally held the event in July, but pushed it to October last year. It previously announced Prime Day would be in June this year, without disclosing the specific dates.
 
Amazon antitrust risk deepens as more State AGs weigh action [Yahoo Finance]
AGs from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have reportedly joined the list of officials looking at Amazon for potential antitrust violations, which already included California, New York, Washington state and the FTC. The mounting state inquiries, including a lawsuit filed by Washington, D.C., on May 25th, suggest that the e-commerce giant will be fighting a multi-front legal war in the months ahead. Amazon has been accused of using its market power to crush rivals and vie for business against third-party merchants who pay to sell through its platform, among other allegedly anticompetitive behavior.
 
Google, Shopify extend ties in commerce blitz against Amazon [Yahoo Finance]
Google is pushing further into e-commerce with new tools and partnerships with Shopify, Square and others to generate more shopping on its web properties. The company announced on May 27th that merchants using Square, GoDaddy and WooCommerce will be able to sell products more easily on Google search, Maps and YouTube. Last week, Google introduced that feature for Shopify merchants and is now adding the Canadian company’s payments product, Shop Pay, as an option for consumers. With its new tools, Google will let retailers sell directly on Google Maps and list product features, availability and ratings on the Shopping tab. The company will also add more buying features to its Image search page. In addition, it is testing a service to put more buying functions directly inside its YouTube video platform as well.
 
Russian hackers launch major cyberattack through US aid agency’s email system, Microsoft says [CNBC]
Microsoft warned that Russian hackers are thought to be behind the catastrophic SolarWinds attack last year have launched another major cyberattack. The warning came three weeks before President Joe Biden is to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The company said that the hacking group, known as Nobelium, had targeted over 150 organizations worldwide in the last week, including government agencies, think tanks, consultants and nongovernmental organizations. Organizations in at least 24 countries were targeted, with the US receiving the largest share of attacks, Microsoft added.
 
Industry Innovations
 
NVIDIA, NERSC claim Perlmutter is world’s fastest AI supercomputer [VentureBeat]
NVIDIA and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) showcased Perlmutter, billed as the world’s fastest supercomputer for AI workloads. Named after astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter, the new supercomputer features 6,144 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs and will be tasked with stitching together the largest ever 3D map of the visible universe, among other projects. NVIDIA claimed that Perlmutter is the fastest system on the planet at processing workloads with the 16-bit and 32-bit mixed-precision math used in AI applications. Moreover, later this year, a second phase will add even more AI supercomputing power to Perlmutter. The supercomputer will give NERSC’s approximately 7,000 supported researchers access to four exaflops of mixed-precision computing performance for AI-assisted scientific projects.
 
BlueOcean unveils sentiment analytics API for tracking brands [VentureBeat]
BlueOcean, provider of a platform for analyzing brand sentiment, announced its plans to release an application programming interface (API) that will let third-party applications access analytics data. The goal is to make it easier for financial services firms to, employ a public BlueScore API to incorporate brand sentiment analytics created in real time within their financial forecasts, for instance, the company said. The BlueOcean platform aggregates data from hundreds of sources, including social media platforms, business and financial data, forums, product review sites, and website traffic. The company then analyzes this data using a set of proprietary sentiment algorithms it has developed. The BlueScore API provides access to time-series data that enables financial institutions to continuously track specified investment categories, such as food and beverage, automotive, health care, energy, and computer software in a way that aligns with how they invest in baskets of stocks, BlueOcean added.
 
Acer and SpatialLabs team up for glasses-free 3D for professionals [Engadget, TheVerge]
Acer has announced SpatialLabs, a new 3D technology that will debut on the company’s ConceptD laptops. The technology is a set of tools that makes 3D work look very realistic without requiring special glasses to see it. It delivers content in Stereoscopic 3D, which presents a pair of nearly-but-not-quite-identical 2D images (one to each eye) that combine in a user’s brain to look like one 3D picture. SpatialLabs uses a combination of three things to perform this, including a stereo camera, consisting of two image sensors, in the laptop’s top bezel, which tracks the position of eyes and head. The second one is an optical lens bonded to the top of the display; the images for each eye are projected through this lens, then refracted to the eyes. Finally, there is a real-time rendering technology inside, which allows users to rotate and move 3D models in certain applications.
 
Investment and M&A
 
SoftBank is backing buy-now-pay-later firm Klarna in funding round that values it at over $40 billion [CNBC]
Klarna is reportedly close to securing a new funding round at a valuation of more than $40 billion. Reports suggest that the investment is being backed by SoftBank and multiple other investors. The exact size of the investment round is unknown. However, it is expected to be less than the $1 billion that Klarna raised in March, 2021, when it was valued at $31 billion. The company is already listed as a portfolio company on SoftBank’s website through the firm’s Vision Fund 2 and is also backed by investors such as Snoop Dogg and Ant Group. If the deal goes through, Klarna will cement its place as Europe’s most valuable private tech unicorn.  
 
JD Logistics gains on debut after $3.2 billion Hong Kong IPO [Yahoo Finance, CNBC]
JD Logistics rose as much as 18% on its first day of trading after raising $3.2 billion in Hong Kong’s second-largest IPO this year. Shares surged more than 18% to as high as HK$47.75 at one point, after opening at HK$46.05. Much of those gains were later pared, with the stock ending its first trading day in Hong Kong 3.32% higher than its issue price. JD Logistics priced its IPO at HK$40.36 per share, the lower end of the expected range. The listing will allow JD Logistics to expand its network of more than 900 warehouses into less-developed regions of China and new markets overseas, while adding to the $782 million it’s spent on technology between 2018 and 2020.
 
Paytm targets $3 billion IPO in what would be India’s largest debut [Yahoo Finance]
Digital payments provider, Paytm is reportedly aiming to raise $3 billion in an IPO late this year. Reports suggest that the company, which is backed by investors including Berkshire Hathaway, SoftBank Group and Ant Group, plans to list in India around November and its offering could coincide with the Diwali festival season. Moreover, Paytm is targeting a valuation of around $25 billion to $30 billion and the board plans to meet on May 28th to formally approve the IPO. The public market debut will include a mix of new and existing shares to meet regulatory obligations in India. The country’s regulations require that 10% of shares are floated within two years and 25% within five years.
 
Online healthcare platform ClouDr mulls $500 million IPO [Yahoo Finance]
Digital healthcare platform ClouDr is reportedly considering an IPO that could raise about $400 million to $500 million. Reports suggest that the company, formally known as Hangzhou KangSheng Health Consulting, has been holding talks with potential advisers about the offering, which could take place as soon as this year. ClouDr has been considering Hong Kong and the U.S. among potential listing venues. Established in 2014, ClouDr provides software-as-a-service systems for chronic disease management, connecting hospitals, pharmacies, insurers and patients.

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