The popularity of Bitcoin has given way to concerns surrounding its ecological impact. As of writing this article, Bitcoin is trading at US$45,106. The global impact of Bitcoin has been so tremendous that El Salvador adopted it as legal tender and Ukraine legalized Bitcoin exchanges.
Twitter has been grabbing headlines for the past few months. First, it was 140 free non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as a giveaway. Now, it is the shareholder lawsuit against the social media giant. On Monday, Twitter Inc said that it would pay US$809.5 million to settle a shareholder class-action lawsuit which alleged that the company misled investors about its user base growth and user engagement.
Over the last couple of years, tech giant Google has been getting caught up in antitrust lawsuits across the world. From 2017 to 2019, the tech company has been fined US$9.4 billion in Europe alone. In 2021, Google has been hit with a US$177 million fine in South Korea and is undergoing an investigation by the Competition Commission of India (CCI).
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.
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.
In August 2021, the cryptocurrency market hit the US$2 trillion mark. The NFT market has been doing equally well, with sales volume surging to US$2.5 billion in the first quarter of 2021. The common thread between these figures is the use of blockchain technology and smart contracts.
This autumn Sotheby’s is collaborating with the K11 group on Sotheby’s highly anticipated Autumn Auctions Preview at K11 Musea between September 18-21. This exhibit will be the grand reveal of over 40 art pieces that the auction house will have for sale between September and October.
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.
In the latest addition to China’s cryptocurrency crackdown, the government of Sichuan province halted all crypto mining activities in the region. The efforts to restrict cryptocurrency mining have also spread to China’s northwestern province of Hebei. The cyberspace commission of Hebei announced on September 14, 2021 that it will cooperate with the central government’s efforts to curb crypto mining and trading.
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.
The global inflation rate in 2020 reached 3.2%, well above the acceptable rate of 2%. This rise in prices is known as inflation, and this was an issue heavily discussed at the Central Bank Jamboree Conference 2021. It indicates that the prices of most everyday products and services, such as food, clothing and housing, increased, as did their demand due to the pandemic.
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.
NFT’s or Non-Fungible Tokens have been surging in popularity in 2021. Much like other NFTs, CryptoPunks have also been seeing a rise in popularity and value. They make up 3 out of the top 5 most expensive NFT’s ever sold. (For more details on this, check this out here).