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6:33 a.m. March 4, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Moderna, IBM explore blockchain tech, AI to support 'smarter' management of COVID-19 vaccinesModerna Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. announced Thursday plans to work together to find technologies to support "smarter COVID-19 vaccine management." The technologies the companies will explore include artificial intelligence, blockchain and hybrid cloud, the companies said. "Moderna is committed to working with a coalition of partners to increase education and awareness of the importance of vaccination to help defeat COVID-19," said Michael Mullette, a managing director of North America commercial operations at Moderna. "We look forward to working with IBM to apply digital innovations to build connections between organizations, governments, and individuals to instill confidence in COVID-19 vaccines." Moderna's stock rose 1.6% in midday trading and IBM shares fell 0.7%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 118 points, or 0.4%. Moderna currently has one of three COVID-19 vaccines granted emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration, the others being from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE and Johnson & Johnson .
3:30 a.m. Feb. 8, 2021 - By Tomi Kilgore
Palantir stock shoots up after IBM partnership on AI offering for businessesShares of Palantir Technologies Inc. shot up 10.9% in premarket trading Monday, after the big-data software company announced a partnership with International Business Machines Corp. on open artificial intelligence applications for business. IBM's stock gained 0.9% ahead of the open. The companies will use IBM's hybrid cloud data platform and Palantir's operations platform for building applications to launch the Palantir for IBM Cloud Pak for Data, which will be available in March 2021. Palantir's stock rally comes after it fell 3.2% last week, to snap a four-week streak of gains in which the stock shot up 49.4%. The stock has rocketed 146.2% over the past three months through Friday, while IBM shares have gained 6.8% and the S&P 500 has advanced 10.8%.
8:53 p.m. Jan. 27, 2021 - MarketWatch
Samsung profit rises 26% on pandemic-driven demandSEOUL-- Samsung Electronics Co. reported a 26% boost in its fourth-quarter net profit Thursday, as the world's largest maker of smartphones and memory chips continues to ride sustained demand for its products amid the coronavirus pandemic.
5:32 p.m. Jan. 10, 2021 - By Tim Rostan
Baidu taps Geely as electric-vehicle partnerThe web-search and artificial-intelligence company Baidu , often described as China's answer to Google, has selected Geely as its automotive-industry partner for a long-anticipated move into electric vehicles. Geely, based in Hong Kong, owns the Volvo and Lotus brands, among others. Baidu shares have surged nearly 50% in the past month and nearly 90% in the past three months . "We believe that by combining Baidu's expertise in smart transportation, connected vehicles and autonomous driving with Geely's expertise as a leading automobile and EV manufacturer, the new partnership will pave the way for future passenger vehicles," said Robin Li, Baidu's CEO and co-founder, in a company . The partnership is reportedly to take the form of a stand-alone company.
6:17 p.m. Jan. 7, 2021 - MarketWatch
Samsung expects 25% gain in Q4 operating profitSEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. expects a 25% rise in fourth-quarter operating profit, indicating continued demand for its tech components amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, the world's largest smartphone and memory-chip maker forecast operating profit of around 9 trillion South Korean won, equivalent to about $8.2 billion, during the final three months of 2020.
7:04 a.m. Nov. 19, 2020 - By Andrea Riquier
These are the ETFs with the most exposure to the year's best-performing stockSemiconductor behemoth Nvidia Corp. is the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 for the year to date, up 127%, heftily ahead of second-place West Pharmaceuticals Inc. , which has only gained 87%. The exchange-traded funds with the most exposure to Nvidia aren't pure-play chipmaker ETFs, however, and they have varying track records. The Global X Robotics and Artificial Intelligence ETF , with nearly 9% of its portfolio in the stock, has gained 41% so far in 2020. Nvidia shares make up a little over 8% of the VanEck Vectors Video Gaming & eSports ETF , which has gained over 64% this year. The Inspire 100 ETF , which says it invests in "inspiring, biblically aligned large companies," has 8% of its portfolio in Nvidia shares, and has returned 17% so far this year. The Pacer BioThreat Strategy ETF has a slightly bigger holding than the Inspire fund, but has only been open since late June.
2:30 a.m. Nov. 11, 2020 - By Emily Bary
IBM and AMD will work together on security, artificial intelligenceInternational Business Machines Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. announced Wednesday morning that they have entered a multi-year agreement focused on enhancing their security and artificial-intelligence offerings. "The joint development agreement will expand this vision by building upon open-source software, open standards, and open system architectures to drive Confidential Computing in hybrid cloud environments and support a broad range of accelerators across high-performance computing (HPC), and enterprise critical capabilities such as virtualization and encryption," the companies said in a release. Confidential Computing is a technology that allows for the encryption of data used to run virtual machines and it helps protect sensitive information. "Confidential Computing for hybrid cloud unlocks new potential for enterprise adoption of hybrid cloud computing, especially in regulated industries such as finance, healthcare and insurance," the companies said in their release. IBM shares are up 0.3% in premarket trading Wednesday, while AMD shares are up 1.4%. IBM shares have lost 12% so far this year as AMD's have risen 70%. The S&P 500 is up 10% in that span, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average , of which IBM is a component, is up 3%.
4:50 a.m. Nov. 9, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
I got a promotion and a raise, but my colleagues undermine me. How do I balance work and my happiness? ‘The role was an addition to my new group with responsibilities taken away from two of the other team members who have been doing this kind of work for quite some time’‘The role was an addition to my new group with responsibilities taken away from two of the other team members who have been doing this kind of work for quite some time.’
4:37 p.m. Oct. 28, 2020 - MarketWatch
Samsung's profit surges as pandemic fuels demandSEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. reported its largest profit in more than 18 months, fueled by a bounceback in smartphone sales and ongoing demand for memory chips. The South Korean giant, like many other technology companies, has largely sidestepped a financial fallout as pandemic-induced shifts to working and studying from home have boosted demand for Samsung's core products.
11:38 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020 - By Emily Bary
Apple has acquired a video-focused AI company: reportApple Inc. has reportedly acquired Vilynx, an artificial-intelligence company based in Spain, . The report, which cites multiple unnamed sources, said that Apple scooped up Vilynx earlier this year and may use the company's AI and computer-vision technologies to analyze video content and improve the way Apple employs artificial intelligence in its apps. Apple told Bloomberg in a statement that it "buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," according to the report. Bloomberg cited the deal price at about $50 million, citing its sources. Apple shares ended Tuesday's session up 1.4%. The stock has risen 23% over the past three months as the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 3.3%.
3:01 a.m. Oct. 13, 2020 - By Daniel Newman
An AMD-Xilinx deal would be fraught with more risk than the Nvidia-Arm tie-up Nvidia’s opportunity with Arm Holdings is clear. At AMD, there are more open questions if it buys Xilinx Nvidia’s opportunity with Arm Holdings is clear. At AMD, there are more open questions if it buys Xilinx.
8:19 p.m. Oct. 7, 2020 - MarketWatch
Samsung predicts highest op. profit in 2 yearsSEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. said it expects around 12.3 trillion won ($10.6 billion) in operating profits for the third quarter, rising on the same period a year earlier and driven by stronger smartphone and consumer electronics sales, as companies adapt to the pandemic's effects long-term.
5:06 a.m. Oct. 5, 2020 - By Emily Bary
Nvidia announces partnership with GSK focused on drug discoveryNvidia Corp. shares are up 3% in Monday trading after the company said it would partner with GlaxoSmithKline PLC to use computing and artificial intelligence for drug discovery. "GSK is leading the industry in defining the next generation of data-driven drug discovery by harnessing genetic and clinical data to bring more precision to research and medicine," Nvidia's healthcare vice president Kimberly Powell said in a release. The companies will work together to "put vast data sources to work to advance the discovery of new medicines and vaccines," she continued. Nvidia announced in a separate release that it was working to build the U.K.'s most powerful supercomputer, "which it will make available to U.K. healthcare researchers using AI to solve pressing medical challenges, including those presented by COVID-19." These announcements come after Nvidia revealed in September that it plans to acquire British chip company Arm Ltd. from Softbank Group Corp. in a deal valued at $40 billion in cash and stock. Nvidia shares have gained 129% so far this year as the S&P 500 has risen 4.5%.
1:10 p.m. Sept. 29, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
VMware, Nvidia forge partnership to make AI chips easier for business useVMware Inc. and Nvidia Corp. on Tuesday announced a partnership to make VMware's software for managing data centers work more smoothly with Nvidia's artificial intelligence chips. The companies said they would give some customers early access to the technology but did not say when it would go on sale. For years, much of VMware's work focused on making software work better with processors from Intel Corp. , which had a dominant market share of data centers. Separately, VMware said it plans to acquire SaltStack Inc., which builds intelligent, event-driven automation software. Terms were not disclosed. "Nvidia has exploded on the scene, and today there are a whole bunch of AI use-case scenarios," VMware Chief Operating Officer Sanjay Poonen told MarketWatch. "We finally believed it was best for us and our customers to [team with Nvidia], and extend the work we've already done with them." He said the deal with Nvidia expands its total-available market and does not undercut its relationship with Intel.
11:59 a.m. Sept. 25, 2020 - By Daniel Newman
Disappointed by Tesla’s Battery Day? The electric-car maker has been winning by playing the long game Tesla CEO Elon Musk is setting up the company for domination, which requires long-term plans that may disappoint in the short runTesla CEO Elon Musk is setting up the company for domination, which requires long-term plans that may disappoint in the short run.
4:09 a.m. Sept. 15, 2020 - By Emily Bary
Nvidia stock gains after Needham boosts target to new Street high of $700Shares of Nvidia Corp. are up more than 3% in premarket trading Tuesday after Needham analyst Rajvindra Gill upped his price target on the stock to $700 from $600. His new target is the highest listed on FactSet. Gill is increasingly upbeat on Nvidia's prospects after the company announced over the weekend that it would be acquiring Arm from Softbank Group Corp. in a deal valued at $40 billion. "Strategically, we believe the Nvidia-Arm combination will create the leading AI computing platform in the semiconductor industry," Gill wrote in his note to clients. "The combination of three processors under one house - GPUs for accelerated computing, NPUs for networking and security processing, and CPUs for low latency, single thread predictable processing - positions NVDA to become the leading AI platform in the industry, in our view." He argued that a "multi-processor and multi-architecture framework will be paramount" in dealing with the next generation of artificial-intelligence workloads. Nvidia shares have gained 40% over the past three months as the S&P 500 has risen 10%.
12:06 p.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Therese Poletti
Nvidia’s deal for Arm could mean a real challenge to Intel and AMD, but is likely to face opposition The $40 billion merger agreement adds needed components to Nvidia, but will face regulatory difficulty as well as potential backlash from Arm customers who compete with NvidiaNvidia Corp.’s bold $40 billion deal to buy chip designer Arm Holdings could create a major new threat to both Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in the data center market, but the deal may face many hurdles along the way.
11:15 a.m. Sept. 14, 2020 - By Daniel Newman
Nvidia’s deal with Arm paves the path to a trillion-dollar market value Nvidia will effectively enter the smartphone business and be able to create artificial-intelligence technology at scaleNvidia will effectively enter the smartphone business and be able to create artificial-intelligence technology at scale.
10:08 a.m. Sept. 12, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Deepfakes could further complicate social media’s job during election seasonA fledgling, fast-evolving technology threatens the best efforts of social media’s biggest companies to tamp down disinformation during political season. Need proof? Seeing and hearing is disbelieving.
10:36 a.m. Sept. 10, 2020 - Associated Press
Russian military intelligence unit again targeting Democrats ahead of November presidential election, says Microsoft State-backed group known as Hurricane Panda ‘appears to have indirectly and unsuccessfully’ targeted the Biden campaign through non-campaign email accounts belonging to people affiliated with it, says MicrosoftState-backed group known as Hurricane Panda ‘appears to have indirectly and unsuccessfully’ targeted the Biden campaign through non-campaign email accounts belonging to people affiliated with it, says Microsoft.
5:48 a.m. Aug. 28, 2020 - By Jeremy Straub
Trump’s ban of TikTok and WeChat would reduce Americans’ freedom of speech and harm foreign investment in the U.S. The U.S. would join a list of countries that have banned social media platforms, including North Korea, Iran and RussiaThe U.S. would join a list of countries that have banned social media platforms, including North Korea, Iran and Russia.
6:59 a.m. Aug. 27, 2020 - By Emily Bary
Amazon introduces Halo fitness tracker and health subscriptionAmazon.com Inc. is rolling out a new health service called Amazon Halo, combining artificial-intelligence tools with a wrist-worn fitness tracker, setting up competition with Fitbit Inc. and capitalizing on home workout trends amid the pandemic. The Halo app will provide "insights" into sleep patterns, activity, workouts and the like, Amazon said. Amazon will be working with the American Heart Association, the Mayo Clinic, Headspace, and other health organizations on some of the features, it said. The Halo Band has seven days' worth of battery life and fully charges in under 90 minutes, the company said. Amazon is selling an "early access" package to the Halo for $64.99, which includes six months of Halo membership. That membership then renews for $3.99 a month afterward. The package will normally cost $99.99, Amazon said. The announcement comes shortly after Fitbit , which include a watch with stress-management capabilities and an upgraded version of its fitness tracker that comes with a one-year free trial of Fitbit's own premium subscription service for health matters. Amazon shares are off 0.2% in Thursday trading but they've gained 42% over the past three months as the S&P 500 has gained 15%.
3:29 a.m. Aug. 26, 2020 - By Jeremy C. Owens
Palantir plans to go public as it moves away from reliance on government work Company that has generated controversy for work with governments says private sector now accounts for more than half its customersPalantir Technologies Inc. has created controversy by selling its data software to militaries and other enforcement agencies for years, but it has the private sector to thank for revenue growth that is now expected to bring the company to Wall Street.
2:59 a.m. Aug. 26, 2020 - By Tim Rostan
Former Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina is backing Biden but warns Democrats against a ‘deplorables’ redoCarly Fiorina has words of cautions for the Biden campaign, which she’s supporting, and its Democratic backers
1:59 a.m. Aug. 26, 2020 - By Jeremy C. Owens
Palantir takes swings at Silicon Valley on its way to Wall Street Secretive surveillance software company ‘s CEO says ‘we seem to share fewer and fewer of the technology sector’s values and commitments’ while defending work for governmentPalantir Technologies Inc., a software company founded in Silicon Valley to help governments and companies collect and parse data, used its Tuesday filing for a direct listing to confirm a move away from the California technology hub and declare that “we seem to share fewer and fewer of the technology sector’s values and commitments.”
11:36 a.m. Aug. 21, 2020 - By Daniel Newman
Qualcomm investors are underestimating the impact of the chip maker’s legal victory Ninth Circuit’s ruling opens up more business opportunitiesNinth Circuit’s ruling opens up more business opportunities.
11:09 a.m. Aug. 17, 2020 - By Wallace Witkowski
Nvidia hurdles $300 billion market cap, which Intel hasn’t topped since the dot-com bust Nvidia heads into earnings with stock up more than 100% this year, while Intel’s has slipped nearly 20%Nvidia Corp. is worth more than $300 billion for the first time as 2020 continues to be a watershed year in the semiconductor industry for companies not named Intel Corp.
8:48 a.m. Aug. 17, 2020 - By Wallace Witkowski
IBM tosses hat into AMD's ring with 7-nanometer CPUInternational Business Machines Corp. appears to be going after a piece of the 7-nanometer central processing unit market currently dominated by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. with its own chip. Late Sunday, IBM said it was launching its Power10 chip, a 7-nm CPU to focus on the enterprise hybrid cloud computing market. In chip parlance, nanometers, or nm, refers to the size of the transistors that go on a computer chip, with the general rule being that smaller transistors are faster and more efficient in using power. All year, AMD has been releasing new versions of its 7-nm chip, which is fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. . Back in July, larger AMD rival Intel Corp. said it was to at least late 2022 because of manufacturing issues. IBM said Samsung Electronics Co. fabricates the Power10. IBM shares were down 0.3% at $124.87 at last check.
6:06 a.m. Aug. 17, 2020 - Associated Press
‘They spy on us’ — Trump imposes new round of restrictions on Huawei “We don’t want their equipment in the United States because they spy on us,” Trump told Fox on MondayThe U.S. is imposing another round of restrictions on China’s Huawei as President Donald Trump renewed accusations that the company’s telecommunications equipment is used for spying.
4:17 a.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Vivek Wadhwa
Microsoft’s Nadella is making a smart bet with TikTok — there’s more to gain than some realize Microsoft has long pined for more of the under-25 group, and TikTok may fulfill that aspiration most clearlyMicrosoft has long pined for more of the under-25 group, and TikTok may fulfill that aspiration most clearly.
8:20 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Jon Swartz
Antitrust questions bruise but don’t break Big Tech CEOs in historic hearing After three hours of questions, expert calls hearing ‘a mix of antitrust ambush and political grandstanding’It was a bruising day tech’s biggest names on Capitol Hill.
1:28 a.m. Aug. 3, 2020 - MarketWatch
Apple faces $1.4B suit from Chinese AI companyAn artificial-intelligence company recently awarded a Chinese patent for a voice assistant similar to Apple Inc.'s Siri has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple that, if successful, could prevent the American tech giant from selling many of its products in the world's second-largest economy.
11:54 a.m. July 27, 2020 - Associated Press
Trump needs to go public with threats to election security, top Democrats say ‘We sent that letter because we believe that our electoral system is in jeopardy,’ Nancy Pelosi says in Monday television interviewDemocratic leaders in Congress are dialing up pressure on President Donald Trump’s administration over foreign election interference, saying it’s time for officials to make a “concrete and specific statement” to inform voters ahead of the 2020 contest.
8:44 a.m. July 25, 2020 - By Philip van Doorn
These 2 stocks will profit from transformative tech trends Look ahead to critically important technology as the traditional cloud isn’t fast enough to do what people will wantLook ahead to critically important technology as the traditional cloud isn’t fast enough to do what people will want.
1:14 p.m. July 23, 2020 - By Wallace Witkowski
Intel stock falls as next generation of chips delayed, sending AMD shares higher Intel delays 7-nanometer chips, which AMD already sells, may use a third-party foundry as a contingency planIntel Corp. shares dive and rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. shares gain in after-hours trading Thursday, when Intel reports that its next generation of semiconductor technology will be delayed.
3:07 p.m. July 15, 2020 - Associated Press
U.S. to slap Huawei employees with travel bans for China’s human rights abuses Pompeo says plan also near on reducing data theft from TikTok The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on employees of the Chinese technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies the U.S. determines are assisting authoritarian governments in cracking down on human rights, including in China’s western Xinjiang province.
7:08 a.m. July 14, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
U.K. plans to ban Huawei from 5G technology by 2027 Ban could mean 2 to 3 year delay to 5G rollout, costing up to £2 billionChinese telecoms company Huawei will be banned from supplying new equipment to the U.K.’s 5G networks from the end of 2020, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Tuesday.
11:43 a.m. July 8, 2020 - By Jurica Dujmovic
A great technology wave is cresting over America because of the pandemic — and it’s largely a good thing The use of artificial intelligence, robots, and remote learning and shopping will make industries more efficient and effectiveThe use of artificial intelligence, robots, and remote learning and shopping will make industries more efficient and effective.
3:13 a.m. July 8, 2020 - By Tomi Kilgore
IBM to buy Brazil's WDG Automation to boost AI-infused capabilitiesInternational Business Machines Corp. announced Wednesday a deal to buy Brazil-based provider of robotic process automation software WDG Soluções Em Sistemas E Automação De Processos LTDA, referred to as WDG Automation, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is part of IBM's aim to advance its artificial intelligence-infused automation capabilities, which IBM believes is now more essential given uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic. "IBM already automates how companies apply AI to business processes and IT operations so they can detect opportunities and problems and recommend next steps and solutions," said Denis Kennelly, general manager of cloud integration as IBM's cloud and cognitive software unit. "With today's announcement, IBM is taking that a step further and helping clients accelerate automation to more parts of the organization, not just to routine, but more complex tasks so employees can focus on higher value work." IBM's stock, which rose 0.2% in premarket trading, has slipped 1.4% over the past three months, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 10.5%.
11:22 p.m. July 6, 2020 - By Lina Saigol
Huawei products could be banned from 5G networks in the U.K. as government considers policy U-turnBritish culture secretary says a decision to phase Huawei out of 5G networks could be made ‘within weeks.’
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