October, 2023

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It’s official: Microsoft closes $68.7B Activision Blizzard acquisition as UK approves restructured deal

TechCrunch: M&A

After a prolonged antitrust tussle, Microsoft’s near-two-year attempt to buy gaming giant Activision is finally happening, after the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) accepted a restructured proposal that addresses the CMA’s concerns about Microsoft dominating the cloud gaming market. The crux of Microsoft’s concession to get the deal over the line lies squarely in […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Warren Buffett on what to do during price swings — 'Volatility is a huge plus to the real investor'

CNBC: Investing

The Berkshire Hathaway CEO believes volatility shouldn't matter to those who view their equity stakes as small pieces of businesses.

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European Commission Signals Increased Scrutiny in Semiconductors, AI, Quantum Technologies, and Biotechnologies

JD Supra: Mergers

On October 3, 2023, the European Commission ("Commission") unveiled a list of 10 technology areas qualified as "critical" to the European Union's ("EU") economic security, out of which four (Semiconductors, AI, Quantum Technologies, and Biotechnologies) are considered as highly likely to present the most sensitive and immediate risks related to Europe's technology security and technology leakage.

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Exxon Acquires Pioneer Natural Resources for $60 Billion

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources, Exxon’s largest since its merger with Mobil in 1999, is a bet that U.S. energy policy will not move against fossil fuels in a major way.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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First base for your gen AI journey? Could be efficiency

Accenture Capital Markets

In my previous blog in this short series on generative AI in capital markets, I gave my perspective on why gen AI is so game-changing for our industry. From the highest level, using gen AI to drive efficiencies could help firms to respond to some of the bigger global macroeconomic challenges currently confronting the industry—not least inflationary and economic headwinds as these shifts may also demand firms to undertake cost transformation programs as part of what Accenture calls Total Enterpri

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Atlassian to acquire former unicorn Loom for $975M

TechCrunch: M&A

Atlassian announced this morning that it is acquiring video messaging service Loom for $975 million, the same company that had a $1.53 billion valuation in May 2021 when it announced a $130 million Series C. That was when companies were still thinking about all work being cloud-based and the future looked oh so bright. As […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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'The bond vigilante is coming back,' UBS strategist says

CNBC: Investing

The "bond vigilantes are coming back" as investors continue to sell amid the prospect of a growing fiscal deficit, according to UBS Asset Management's Kevin Zhao.

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Crypto Goes on Trial, as Sam Bankman-Fried Faces His Reckoning

The New York Times: Banking

The FTX founder’s uphill court battle starts Tuesday, after he has come to symbolize everything that went wrong with the cryptocurrency industry.

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Microsoft Closes $69 Billion Activision Blizzard Deal

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The megadeal could strengthen Microsoft’s standing in the video game industry, after a year and a half of negotiations with regulators around the world.

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.

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A quantum leap in finance: How to boost Europe’s quantum technology industry

European Investment Bank

Quantum technologies offer a vision of a healthier, more sustainable and resilient Europe. They will one day enable disruptive innovations that could transform our societies, economies and almost all industries by solving problems that have eluded even our most powerful computers. From chemicals and life sciences to finance and renewable energy, quantum technologies can speed up the development of groundbreaking new products and improve the ways we do things now.

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Thought leadership AI in security and defence

Global Banking & Finance

Thought leadership AI in security and defence By Lee Eccleshare, Head of Research, AMPLYFI Artificial intelligence (AI) has rapidly spread through virtually every sector, revolutionising processes and augmenting capabilities. From healthcare to finance, from transportation to entertainment, there is hardly an industry untouched by the transformative powers of AI.

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AI-powered parking platform Metropolis raises $1.7B to acquire SP Plus

TechCrunch: M&A

AI-powered parking platform Metropolis today announced that it raised $1.7 billion to acquire SP Plus, a provider of parking facility management services, in a combination of equity and debt.

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Wall Street hikes forecasts for anti-obesity drug sales to $100 billion and beyond. A look at the numbers

CNBC: Investing

Citi notched its estimate for incretin drug sales to $71 billion by 2035, up from its prior estimate of $55 billion. That view seems conservative. Here's why.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.

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China Bet It All on Real Estate. Now Its Economy Is Paying the Price.

The New York Times: Banking

After relying on a borrow-to-build model for decades, Beijing must make difficult choices about the country’s housing market and economic future.

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Rite Aid Files for Bankruptcy, Facing Slumping Sales and Opioid Suits

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The pharmacy chain, one of the country’s largest, faces more than a thousand lawsuits that say it filled illegal prescriptions for painkillers.

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Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: Trick or Treat? 

Tyton Partners

If you have been at any higher education events lately, AI has been the top item on conference agendas. Reactions throughout the academy have ranged from, “the sky is falling“ to “AI is the solution to everything.” So, as a leader at your institution or organization, how should you be thinking about the potential or AI as one of the items in your “bag of tricks” to achieve better institutional outcomes and efficiencies at your organization?

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Britain pulls rules aimed at applying lessons from Carillion, BHS, collapses

Global Banking & Finance

Britain pulls rules aimed at applying lessons from Carillion, BHS, collapses By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) – Britain on Monday unexpectedly scrapped “burdensome” draft rules is has already put to parliament for approval just 13 weeks ago to apply lessons from the collapse of builder Carillion and retailer BHS.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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The TRADE announces the Rising Stars of Trading and Execution 2023

The TRADE

For the first time, The TRADE is announcing the 2023 Rising Stars of Trading and Execution ahead of the gala awards ceremony, Leaders in Trading on 8 November. Now in its ninth year, the Rising Stars awards scheme, in partnership with Instinet, is designed to recognise the very best up-and-coming buy-side trading professionals, and to shine a spotlight on those who have the potential to be the future leaders of the buy-side community.

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‘Big Short’ Michael Burry takes a victory lap after calling the tech-led market correction

CNBC: Investing

Michael Burry, best known for calling the subprime mortgage crisis, added a new notch in his belt by predicting the latest market correction.

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Wall Street’s Most Hated Regulator Faces a Fundamental Threat

The New York Times: Banking

Rohit Chopra, who leads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, says he is simply enforcing the law. Bankers call him reckless — a “regulator gone rogue.

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S.E.C. Sues Elon Musk to Compel Him to Testify on Twitter Purchase

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The agency said Mr. Musk was subpoenaed to testify last month about his purchases of Twitter’s stock last year, but he failed to appear.

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How to Leverage AI for Actionable Insights in BI, Data, and Analytics

In the rapidly-evolving world of embedded analytics and business intelligence, one important question has emerged at the forefront: How can you leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance your application’s analytics capabilities? Imagine having an AI tool that answers your user’s questions with a deep understanding of the context in their business and applications, nuances of their industry, and unique challenges they face.

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WordPress.com owner buys all-in-one messaging app Texts.com for $50M

TechCrunch: M&A

WordPress.com and Tumblr owner Automattic is adding another company to its portfolio with today’s news that it has acquired the all-in-one messaging app Texts.com for $50 million. The app brings all your messaging apps together in a single dashboard, including iMessage, Slack, WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, Messenger, LinkedIn, Signal, Discord and X, with plans for more […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Russian car sales jump in September as Chinese brands expand market share

Global Banking & Finance

Russian car sales jump in September as Chinese brands expand market share (Reuters) – Car sales in Russia jumped by 148.6% year-on-year in September, continuing to rebound from a huge slump in 2022, analytical agency Autostat said on Wednesday, with Chinese brands expanding their market share.

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FILS Europe 2023: Human traders still hold the cards amid continued automation

The TRADE

Data and automation were unsurprisingly central to Tuesday’s Fixed Income Leaders Summit Europe 2023 panel exploring the direction of travel for market structure in fixed income for the coming years. The fixed income markets have undergone a total transformation as of late, with more volumes than ever being executed electronically, particularly for smaller sized flow.

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The next AI winners may be these old economy companies embracing the revolution

CNBC: Investing

Investor Nancy Tengler says a search for more traditional companies embracing digitization could help investors find less ovious beneficiaries of the AI boom.

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Embedded Analytics Insights for 2024

Organizations look to embedded analytics to provide greater self-service for users, introduce AI capabilities, offer better insight into data, and provide customizable dashboards that present data in a visually pleasing, easy-to-access format. To better understand the factors behind the decision to build or buy analytics, insightsoftware partnered with Hanover Research to survey IT, software development, and analytics professionals on why they make the embedded analytics choices they do.

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Africa Needs Its Debts Paused So It Can Prepare for Climate Catastrophe

The New York Times: Banking

Instead of receiving funds to address the climate crisis, Africa is borrowing money at a cost up to eight times higher than the rich world to rebuild.

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Chevron to Acquire Hess for $53 Billion in Latest Major Oil Deal

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The acquisition marks further consolidation of the oil industry and highlights the confidence that energy companies have in the future of fossil fuels.

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Exxon Mobil to sell majority stake in Italy LNG terminal to BlackRock

Global Banking & Finance

Exxon Mobil to sell majority stake in Italy LNG terminal to BlackRock By Sabrina Valle HOUSTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp chose BlackRock as the potential buyer for its majority stake in Italy’s main liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, the U.S. oil producer said in a statement.

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