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This morning we had a heap of news. Here is the scrubber:
- Pony.ai raised another $ 100 million, Which underlines our growing thesis that there is no amount yet that will produce the technology needed for self-driving cars to work. Maybe we’ll get there, but it’s going to cost a penny or two.
- Sticking to cars, Apple-Kia is tieup fraud, Which we should know became known the moment. Apple had earlier bought the startup Drive.ai in 2019.
- Voom, which had a 2020 IPO, bought a Super Bowl ad. Who would have expected? Its shares, however, are post-advertisement.
- Yet the car was attacked, Tesla bought $ 1.50 billion in bitcoins, And may accept the goods as a tender to purchase its vehicles in the future. The move led to higher bitcoin prices.
- Clubhouse banned in China.
- Phable raised $ 12 million, Nexthink raised $ 180 million, And Bumble is targeting a high share price in its imminent IPO.
- And maybe this is what we are saying about the seed market among investors, and what the data has said in a big way.