WHO says Covid pandemic is growing 'exponentially' at more than 4.4 million new cases a week

Maria Van Kerkhove, the agency's technical lead for Covid-19, said "we're in a critical point of the pandemic."

CEO of a top bitcoin exchange warns a crackdown on cryptocurrencies may be coming

Jesse Powell, CEO of bitcoin exchange Kraken, said there "could be some crackdown" on cryptocurrencies.

JPMorgan sees Asia's sustainability funds doubling in the coming year

Assets managed with environmental, social and governance considerations have soared and are set to double in Asia this year, said Elaine Wu of JPMorgan.

Asia-Pacific stocks edge higher; China trade data for March ahead

China's trade data for March is expected to be out at around 11:00 a.m. HK/SIN on Tuesday.

Intel CEO hopes U.S. can reclaim one-third of chip manufacturing industry

Earlier this year, Intel announced that it would invest $20 billion in new semiconductor factories, called fabs, in Arizona.

Stock futures are little changed ahead of key inflation report

Dow futures were calm on Monday evening.

Europe could be seeing the decline of its gig economy. And new rules could mean higher prices

Deliveroo is just one example of a wider "gig economy" that is coming under increasing scrutiny.

ETF investors say Coinbase listing will cause explosion in crypto investing

The pending Coinbase direct listing is exciting a broad base of the investment community outside the usual cryptocurrency crowd.

Market braces for key inflation report Tuesday that may test the Fed's mettle

Inflation has become a main worry for the market, but the Fed has worked hard to tamp down those concerns.

Asia is the world's most expensive region for the wealthy. Here's how 25 global cities stack up

Asia continues to be the most expensive place in the world to be rich, according to a new report, which saw the region's resilience to Covid hold high prices steady.

Can you mix and match Covid vaccines? Here's what we know so far

The global medical community is considering whether it's possible, and safe, to administer two different vaccine candidates to the same person.    

China's Huawei blames global chip shortage on U.S. sanctions

Huawei said U.S. sanctions on the company are partly to blame for the global chip shortage that's the subject of a White House conference on Monday.

Microsoft buys speech recognition firm Nuance in a $16 billion deal

The deal will give Microsoft a foothold in health-care technology

Middle East investor seeks U.S. opportunities as Biden pushes infrastructure plan

Rishi Kapoor, co-CEO at Investcorp, said there appears to be "bipartisan acceptance" in the U.S. for an upgrade of the country's infrastructure.

In a quest to rein in its tech giants, China turns to data protection

The slew of new regulations is seen as part of a broader effort by China to rein in the power of its internet giants such as Alibaba and Tencent.

The PC market just had its best Q1 since 2015 and fastest growth in 20 years

Monday's report says that PC sales are "historically" strong at the moment and that a work-from-home PC sales boom may not end as offices and schools reopen.

Asian companies are catching up on sustainable practices, says Singapore Exchange

The chief executive of the SGX, Loh Boon Chye, said 2020 was an inflection point as Asian firms gained greater awareness of sustainability issues.

Microsoft takes advantage of antitrust spotlight on rivals to go hunting for large acquisitions

Microsoft acquired Nuance for $16 billion and has held recent talks to buy Discord and TikTok as Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon come under regulatory fire.

Investing in China tech stocks is partly a bet on Beijing's regulatory attitude, says NYU's Damodaran

Investors are "making a joint bet on the company and its relationship with Beijing" when they invest in China's tech giants, says Aswath Damodaran from NYU.

NYSE launches 'First Trade' NFTs of Spotify, Snowflake and more

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are a type of digital asset designed to track ownership of a unique virtual item using blockchain technology.

Uber posts record gross bookings in March as ride-hailing demand picks up

Uber has seen a pickup in demand for ride hailing lately, as states begin to relax their restrictions and roll out vaccines.

UK to investigate Greensill Capital as former PM David Cameron faces criticism over lobbying

Cameron, who led the U.K. from 2010 to 2016, reportedly sent text messages about Greensill to ministers including Finance Minister Rishi Sunak.

Midnight drinkers flock to Britain's beloved pubs as lockdown eases

Perhaps the most keenly-missed social hotspot ? pubs ? are able to welcome customers to their gardens on Monday.

How Asia came to dominate chipmaking and what the U.S. wants to do about it

A global semiconductor shortage and tensions with China have bolstered U.S. scrutiny of the supply chain and created a drive to regain leadership.

Cybersecurity start-up Darktrace plans to go public in London despite Deliveroo's IPO flop

Darktrace on Monday announced plans for an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.

Pandemic has delayed sustainable development goals by decades, says former Unilever CEO

Former Unilever CEO Paul Polman has warned that the pandemic has pushed back sustainable development goals 20-30 years, in terms of exacerbating inequality. 

Alibaba shares rise 6% in U.S. premarket trading after $2.8 billion anti-monopoly fine

Alibaba was fined 18.23 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) by Chinese regulators as a result of an anti-monopoly investigation.

Microsoft in advanced talks to buy Nuance for about $16 billion, announcement could come Monday

Buying Nuance could bolster Microsoft's assets in voice software, where it already has technology for developers.

Covid variant from South Africa was able to ?break through? Pfizer vaccine in Israeli study

The coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa is able to evade some of the protection of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, according to an Israeli study.

Biden declares South Korean battery maker deal a win for U.S. electric vehicle production

The settlement will allow plants in Georgia to move forward with plans to produce batteries for Ford and Volkswagen.

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