Technology

NFTs come to the fore in China: However, the country’s regulatory scrutiny could add complexities to engaging with them.

Uber will call you a cab: Driver shortages and rising ride prices drive Uber to embrace the cab industry. The shift into localized services could accelerate Uber’s transformation into a super app.

Spotify could break away from Google and Apple’s payment duopoly: Google’s alternative payments pilot program might only serve higher-profile apps, leaving smaller developers in the lurch.

Learn about some of the most important updates in Big Tech regulation. "In Other News," we discuss how consumers feel about email marketing and some of the leading social impact programs. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Daniel Konstantinovic and Briefing director Jeremy Goldman.

Alphabet’s Quantum technology spinoff seeks fortunes in business, health, and telecom applications: Sandbox AQ could optimize existing hardware and software, ushering in an era of enterprise quantum computing solutions.

Biden administration raises alert on retaliatory Russian cyberattacks: The White House has briefed hundreds of American companies on potential threats, but municipal utilities and power companies could be most vulnerable.

Insider Intelligence spoke with Cathy Lewenberg, COO of online alcoholic beverage delivery platform Drizly.

New challenges for Russia’s tech émigrés: Big Tech closed its offices, and thousands in the industry have fled. Financial isolation and anti-Russian sentiment could impede their attempts to restart businesses.

New chips, same old supply chain: Light’s speed and efficiency make it a powerful foundation for semiconductor innovation, but swapping old chips for new ones won’t solve tech’s systemic challenges.

Matter rollout delayed because of growing adoption: More smart home manufacturers want in on the industry standard, but could delays stop larger manufacturers from releasing products?

Crypto infrastructure builder ConsenSys snagged $450M, reaching a $7B valuation.

In the US, software startups attracted $121.2 billion in venture capital investments last year, more than triple what those in commercial products and services received, at $39.1 billion. Pharmaceuticals and biotech raised the third-highest amount, with $37.8 billion in venture capital.

Intel is planning for its future as a key EV chip supplier: A $19B investment in Germany brings it closer to a burgeoning automotive industry looking to pivot into EVs in the next decade.

Meta uses fitness data to tap into Apple’s ecosystem: Bringing the metaverse’s fitness stats into Apple Health via Oculus headsets helps Apple users close their activity rings and gives Meta synergy with a larger user ecosystem.

Computers don’t need brake pedals, feds say: AVs are changing the vehicle regulation landscape, but driverless cars still lack the necessary training wheels.

Companies need to innovate to attract and retain IT talent: The Great Resignation has hammered the tech industry as a shortage of qualified workers and rise in competition for talent come to a head.

While banks work to fight fraud, customers are bristling at some of their security measures. Around the world, 35% of banking customers said what irritates them most is that the authentication factors keep changing. Another 24% are most annoyed by their card being declined for legitimate purchases.

EVs could become a lifeline in emergencies: EVs doubling as home backup power could alleviate their strain on electric grids and entice customers, but only if EV prices don’t skyrocket.

List of Big Tech companies, carmakers shunning Russia grows longer: Services and apps go dark, putting pressure on Russian consumers. But will continued sanctions influence the Russian government?