How China Systematically Pries Technology From U.S. Companies

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Then, 20 investigators from China's antitrust authority showed up. For four days this past December, they fanned out through DuPont's Shanghai offices, demanding passwords to the company's world-wide research network, say people briefed on the raid. Investigators printed documents, seized computers and intimidated employees, accompanying some to the bathroom. Beijing leans on an array of levers to pry technology from American companies--sometimes coercively so, say businesses and the U.S. government. Interviews with dozens of corporate and government officials on both sides of the Pacific, and a review of regulatory and other documents, reveal how systemic and methodical Beijing's extraction of technology has become--and how unfair Chinese officials consider the complaints.


Audi (AUDVF) on Annual Press Conference 2017 - Earnings Call Transcript

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In the consumer report, we are number one once again and just like the Q7, in the consumer report it also occupies the first position as the best luxury SUV. And I think this power of the brand makes it possible for us to grow significantly. There are couple of models which have not even be launched yet in this market, models which we already know here, for instance the S4, the A5, and the entirely new A5 Sportback. They are now being launched in the United States. All new models for this market, and I assume that this year once again we are going to experience very solid growth in the United States. And the question so whether we spend more money for this? I can tell you we even spend less money in form of sales discounts because of the powerful brand and the relatively young product portfolio. So you would take the second part?


Twitter CEO Dorsey Snaps up Shares Worth About $9.5 Million

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File Photo: Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square and CEO of Twitter, speaks during an interview November 19, 2015. Dorsey bought 574,002 Twitter shares in multiple transactions at prices ranging between $16.47 and $16.74 per share, according to the filing. That adds to the roughly $7 million worth of Twitter stock Dorsey bought earlier this year, bringing the total number of shares he has purchased this year to 1 million, the CEO said in a tweet. According to the filing, Dorsey now owns about 16 million Twitter shares, which equates to a stake of about 2.2 percent in the company he co-founded. Dorsey's disclosure comes a day after Twitter reported better-than-expected user growth for its first quarter, following several quarters of stalled growth.


Elon Musk hits out at Apple saying the firm 'doesn't 'blow people's minds anymore'

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Elon Musk doesn't think Apple is quite the innovator that it used to be. In a wide-ranging interview with Recode, the billionaire tech mogul talked about his often controversial Twitter behavior, how 2018 has been the'worst year of [his] entire career' and Tesla's intense Model 3 manufacturing process, among other things. Musk briefly touched on his thoughts about Apple when talking about which gadgets he feels are making the biggest impact on consumers. In a wide-ranging interview, Elon Musk talked about his controversial Twitter behavior, Tesla's Model 3 manufacturing process and where he sees SpaceX heading next, among other things The Tesla CEO admitted he's an iPhone user, noting that'Apple makes great phones.' But they aren't as mind-blowing as before, Musk said.


Alation raises $50M series C round amid rising demand for data catalogs

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Alation's AI-driven SmartSuggest feature, invoked in the Compose query interface Alation, whose product mashes up enterprise collaboration, SQL querying and staple data catalog functionality, is today announcing it has successfully closed its $50M Series C funding round. The company says cash from the new round, which was led by Sapphire Ventures (the growth investment arm of SAP) and Salesforce Ventures, will let its team accelerate research and development to extend the product's capabilities. Existing investors Costanoa Ventures, DCVC (Data Collective), Harmony Partners, and Icon Ventures participated as well. In a telephone interview earlier this week with Satyen Sangani, Alation's CEO, and Stephanie McReynolds, the company's VP of Marketing, I got some insight into how Alation's business has been evolving. We also got a chance to discuss the data discovery versus regulatory compliance side of data cataloging and the way they mix together in Alation's deal flow and customer implementations.