Footwear giant Nike witnessed a 3% dip in its shares as supply chain problems worsened. About three-fourths of Nike’s shoes are manufactured in Southeast Asia. Over 50% of them are made in Vietnam, where factories are shut due to Covid resurgence.
There is a common misconception that deteriorating brain function, such as cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and dementia, is a natural and inevitable part of aging. While genetics do play a role, the majority of people living with dementia, in fact, do not have a strong and known genetic link.
On September 14, 2021, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) launched an investigation into Bytedance-owned TikTok, the popular video sharing app. This investigation comes as TikTok is already facing backlash regarding data privacy concerns. To know more about the app’s highs and lows in 2020, check out this article.
On September 13, 2021, Wall Street Journal (WSJ) came out with a detailed investigation surrounding Facebook’s content policies titled, “The Facebook Files”. Learn more about the incident here. What jumped out from this investigation was that the “X-check” or cross-check program used by Facebook, which allegedly gives some of the company’s high-profile users special treatment.
Every minute, nearly US$3 million is lost to cybercrime. And by 2025, cybercrime is set to cost the world over US$10 trillion. That cybercrime demands our immediate attention is evident. Cybercrimes are becoming easier and more prominent than ever before. A 2019 Global Data Risk Report revealed that, on average, only 5% of companies have properly protected their folders.
Deep technology is the latest addition to the startup universe and to the world of innovative problem-solving. The term “Deep Tech” was coined by Swati Chaturvedi, the founder of the digital investment platform PropelX. It refers to startup companies based on substantive scientific or technological innovation.
Veganism is an ideology that discourages the consumption of any animal products in diet or daily life. This ideology is gaining massive popularity as startups explore the market for vegan products and services. The boom in easily available vegan products is making veganism a more achievable lifestyle than before. Thousands of people across the world have adopted such a lifestyle for various reasons in recent years.
The beauty industry has been actively making strides to adopt sustainable practices in recent years. Skincare companies have dominated this shift towards clean beauty, with sustainable skincare brands making up 28.5% of the global clean beauty market.
In August 2021, Uber began showing ads in its core app in an attempt to find new avenues for revenue generation. The company aims to earn US$300 million in revenue from ads by 2022. The first company to be featured in Uber’s core app advertisements is Marriott Hotels. The ads pop up on user screens after they book a ride with the app.
Your WhatsApp chats are anything but private, as per a new report by ProPublica. Facebook pays over 1,000 contract workers across Austin, Texas, Dublin and Singapore hourly to sift through millions of private messages, images and videos. The workers can only access the messages that users report.
In a day and age when the average person spends more time scrolling through social media than reading a newspaper, influencers, also known as internet celebrities, have become household names. The fact that their massive followings trust their opinions on various topics, from beauty products to online courses, is constantly transforming the dynamic landscape of marketing and entrepreneurship.
Around 42% of wood harvest across the world goes into making paper. The paper industry is a significant contributor to deforestation and consumes 4% of the world’s energy reserve. To mitigate the environmental impact of the paper industry, the Australia-based company Karst has come up with an eco-friendly solution to the world’s paper needs.
Imagine this: you’ve won the lottery and you are going to space, accompanied by a billionaire, in Elon Musk’s aircraft. It sounds like a dream. However, it became a reality for air force veteran Chris Sembroski who won this trip to space in a lottery. Inspiration4”—was launched from Florida and represents the first all-civilian crew heading to space. The journey aims to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
In 2021, internet penetration across the Asian continent has rapidly increased. The Asia-Pacific region (APAC) has the largest number of internet users worldwide. The surge of internet penetration has fueled the growth of Over-the-Top (OTT) platforms in the region. OTT content refers to paid or unpaid media services offered to users directly over the internet.
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes’s journey shows that not all Ivy League-dropout stories are those of success. At 19, Holmes dropped out of Stanford to start Theranos, a health-tech company that set out to revolutionize healthcare by detecting diseases with a single drop of blood. The idea was innovative and promising, so much so that Vice President Joe Biden called it “the future of laboratory science”. Seeing its potential, investors poured over US$400 million into the business.
According to a report by Financial Times (FT), China is planning to break up Ant Group’s online payment platform Alipay. The group has been instructed to create a separate application for its loan payment business. Ant Group’s shares have fallen by more than 4% since the news of the break-up first broke.