2024

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Nvidia acquires AI workload management startup Run:ai for $700M, sources say

TechCrunch: M&A

Nvidia is acquiring Run:ai, a Tel Aviv-based company that makes it easier for developers and operations teams to manage and optimize their AI hardware infrastructure. Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed publicly, but two sources close to the matter tell TechCrunch that the price tag was $700 million. CTech reported earlier this morning the […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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U.S. Steel-Nippon Steel Merger: A Potent Catalyst for U.S.-Japan Relations and Technological Advancement

JD Supra: Mergers

As the proposed $14.9 billion acquisition of U.S. Steel by Nippon Steel garners global attention, its implications extend far beyond mere corporate gains. This merger symbolizes a strengthening of the crucial U.S.-Japan economic and strategic partnership, promising significant investment in American infrastructure, workforce development, and industrial innovation.

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Buffett says Berkshire sold its entire Paramount stake: 'We lost quite a bit of money'

CNBC: Investing

"I was 100% responsible for the Paramount decision," Buffett said. "It was 100% my decision, and we've sold it all and we lost quite a bit of money.

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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Consumer Watchdog’s Funding

The New York Times: Banking

A decision against the agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have cast doubt on all of its regulations and enforcement actions.

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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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Best part of a trillion dollars pumped into settlement penalties and resolution measures over past decade, finds research

The TRADE

Over the past ten years the industry has poured $914.7 billion in the form of regulatory penalties and resolution measures, new research has found. A report by Firebrand Research worked with a range of key market participants, including buy- and sell-side firms and market infrastructures to collate the first-of-its-kind benchmark data on the true cost of settlement inefficiency.

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Sony and Apollo in Talks to Acquire Paramount

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

After letting exclusive talks with the movie studio Skydance lapse, Paramount’s directors met over the weekend and decided to negotiate with all the suitors.

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Why is the $180bn games industry shedding thousands of staff?

The Guardian: Mergers & Acquisitions

Despite healthy sales, publishers such as Epic Games and Activision Blizzard are making hundreds of employees redundant – which may radically reshape the industry It is widely agreed that 2023 was a stellar year for video games. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom , Baldur’s Gate 3 , Alan Wake 2 , Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 … barely a week passed without some blockbuster hit or independent gem.

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Investing in Tomorrow: Lifetime Value of Financial Education in High School

Tyton Partners

Investing in Tomorrow: Lifetime Value of Financial Education in High School Tyton Partners’ 2024 Investing in Tomorrow research publication focuses on how schools, K-12 providers, and state and local agencies can positively influence the lasting impact of high school financial education on students’ future financial well-being. In March 2023, only 24% of United States high school students were guaranteed that they would take a one semester course in personal finance.

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Why Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon has become an AI believer

American Banker - Investment Banking

The New York megabank is working to deploy artificial intelligence as it seeks to make its own operations more efficient. Solomon also sees an "unprecedented" opportunity in financing clients' needs as they invest in AI.

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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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Yahoo is acquiring Instagram co-founders’ AI-powered news startup Artifact

TechCrunch: M&A

Yahoo is acquiring Artifact, the AI-powered news app from Instagram’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the company announced on Tuesday. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Artifact will no longer operate as a stand-alone app, and its AI-powered personalization technology will be integrated across Yahoo, including the Yahoo News app in […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Accenture to acquire Udacity to build a learning platform focused on AI

TechCrunch: M&A

Accenture announced today that it would acquire the learning platform Udacity as part of an effort to build a learning platform focused on the growing interest in AI. While the company didn’t specify how much it paid for Udacity, it also announced a $1 billion investment in building a technology learning platform it’s calling LearnVantage. […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Brita snaps up smart water bottle startup, Larq

TechCrunch: M&A

Smart water bottle-maker Larq this week announced that it has been acquired by filtration giant, Brita. More specifically, Brita GmbH, the German company founded in 1966, which spun off and sold its North/South American wing to Clorox in 1988. Brita GmbH maintains the brand in the rest of the world, but it currently is barred […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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Nikon buys film camera maker RED

TechCrunch: M&A

Ever heard of Oakley Sunglasses? The guy who founded that – Jim Jannard – became a billionaire after selling a lot of sunnies, then went on to found RED digital cinema, one of the first major digital cinema camera brands. Today, Nikon announced that Nikon Corporation has announced its agreement to acquire the camera manufacturer, […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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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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Inside Amira Yahyaoui’s Claims about Mos, a Student Aid Start-Up

The New York Times: Banking

Amira Yahyaoui, a human rights activist, promoted the success of her student aid start-up, Mos. Some of her statements do not add up, according to internal data and people familiar with the company.

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Warren Buffett says AI scamming will be the next big 'growth industry'

CNBC: Investing

Artificial intelligence has both "enormous potential for good and enormous potential for harm," the investing guru said during Berkshire's annual meeting.

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Berkshire cuts Apple investment by about 13%, Buffett hints that it's for tax reasons

CNBC: Investing

Berkshire reported that its Apple bet was worth $135.4 billion, implying around 790 million shares. That would mark a decline of around 13% in the stake.

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Stocks Climb to Record, Lifted by Big Tech and Rate Cut Hopes

The New York Times: Banking

The S&P 500 crossed above its January 2022 peak after weeks of wavering. Investors have been buying stocks after homing in on signals that the Fed’s campaign of raising interest rates is over.

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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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A Strong U.S. Dollar Weighs on the World

The New York Times: Banking

Two-thirds of the roughly 150 currencies have weakened against the dollar, whose strength stems from high interest rates because of stubborn inflation.

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'Big Short' trader Danny Moses is still betting against Tesla, says core business is 'falling apart'

CNBC: Investing

"Everything is kind of falling apart in their core business," Moses Ventures founder Danny Moses told CNBC's "Fast Money.

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‘Big Short’ investor Michael Burry piles into physical gold fund, making it his biggest bet

CNBC: Investing

Burry, who now manages hedge fund Scion Asset Management, bought more than 440,000 units of the Sprott Physical Gold Trust (PHYS).

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Fundstrat’s Tom Lee sees small-cap benchmark Russell 2000 surging by 50% in 2024

CNBC: Investing

The Fundstrat head of global research told CNBC's "Last Call" the environment on Wall Street is shaping up to be a positive one for small cap stocks.

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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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AI needs to keep cool—literally. That's driving demand for these infrastructure companies

CNBC: Investing

The advent of AI has sent demand for data centers skyrocketing, along with industrial components to keep all the AI chips from overheating.

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Former Twitter Executives Sue Elon Musk for $128 Million

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

The plaintiffs, including Parag Agrawal, the former chief executive, are asking for severance after they lost their jobs during Mr. Musk’s 2022 takeover of the company.

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The stock market debate is trapped in the '90s with both bulls and bears drawing comparisons

CNBC: Investing

The market skeptics are busy flagging what they see as parallels between today and 1999, the year the '90s bull market went parabolic and sentiment came unhinged.

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Jacob Rothschild, Banker, Financier and Philanthropist Dies at 87

The New York Times: Banking

The fourth Baron Rothschild, he left the family banking business to start his own company, becoming a powerful financier, patron of the arts and philanthropist.

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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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Forced to Change: Tech Giants Bow to Global Onslaught of Rules

The New York Times: Mergers, Acquisitions and Dive

For years, Apple, Google, Meta and others operated unfettered. But new laws and regulations have finally compelled them to make major shifts to their products and businesses.

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First Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting without Charlie Munger: What to expect from Warren Buffett

CNBC: Investing

The absence of Charlie Munger will be on everyone's mind when Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholder meeting kicks off Saturday in Omaha.

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Microsoft signs deal to invest more than $10 billion on renewable energy capacity to power data centers

CNBC: Investing

Microsoft and Brookfield Asset Management will develop 10.5 gigawatts of renewable energy, in a deal they describe as the largest of its kind.