Technology

Ukraine conflict could bog down various supply chains: Russia and Ukraine are a significant source for materials and energy supplies, and continued conflict and Russian sanctions will lead to shortages.

Meta puts AI at the center of the metaverse’s foundation: A glimpse into the company’s 10-year quest to build a VR future around AI reveals they are nowhere near finished and still have a long way to go

China mounts ambitious effort to regulate AI: Initiatives to scrutinize and regulate algorithms could spare Chinese consumers from discriminatory algorithms in the short term but could stagnate innovation in the long term.

Russian cyberattack on Ukraine has far-reaching implications: The unprecedented DDoS attack on Ukraine triggers calls for worldwide cybersecurity measures to protect infrastructure.

Volkswagen’s potential purchase of Huawei’s autonomous driving business could force competitors to accelerate AV development: A multibillion-euro investment could help standardize AV technology across VW’s range of models.

Clearview AI’s quest to grab 100B photos could be running out of time, money: The company is raising funds for a database of every person’s face, but investment should go into removing racial bias.

Cloud consolidation continues with Akamai’s $900M acquisition of Linode: Can compressing cloud behemoths become unmanageable?

Chamber aligns with Big Tech: The largest US lobbying group is going against the FTC as Big Tech’s new enforcer. Its involvement could make it harder for the government to enforce antitrust laws.

Chinese companies can learn much about metaverse from US counterparts: Heavy tech regulations in the country have slowed tech firm’s ventures into the virtual world.

UK regulators warn that banks must be able to prove that AI use in loan applications won’t worsen discrimination against minorities.

ES: Mounting tensions between Russia and Ukraine could leave necessary chip components in short supply: The region produces neon and palladium, which could further choke chip supplies if unavailable.

Tesla recalls are mounting: Issues range from the dangerous to the absurd but expose quality-control issues traditional carmakers have long solved. What can the industry learn from the deepening integration of tech?

Twitter invested in Bitcoin payment provider OpenNode’s $20 million funding round.

Nvidia ends quest to purchase Arm for $40B: The merger that collapsed under regulatory pressure and potential lawsuits serves as a cautionary tale in a frenzied Big Tech M&A environment.

Investment soared sevenfold in 2021 for UK-based fintechs—here’s why we expect that trend to carry through 2022.

Google, Meta find themselves in Europe’s regulatory crosshairs once more: As increased scrutiny drives up the cost of doing business, Big Tech tries to fight back.

Google’s EU antitrust woes multiply: Sweden’s PriceRunner sues Google for skewing search results toward its own shopping service. The move could prompt more legal action from European shopping services.

House passes $52B chip R&D and acceleration bill: Tech companies are clamoring for the infusion of funds, which can increase the US’ 12% share of global semiconductor production capacity.

Global climate-related fintech funding surged in 2021 to hit $1.2 billion, according to a CommerzVentures report.

Diversified EV offerings drive Ford forward in 2022: More than 275,000 orders for EVs help Ford grow 4x faster than the overall electrified segment, but can it overcome chip-related delays?