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AI and ethics: the challenge of lining up stakeholders
Special report: AI technologies present complex ethical challenges, early hopes for a multilateral governance framework, but delicate balance to avoid hampering innovative AI
Analysis: DoorDash goes public in $3.37bn IPO
The company priced an upsized IPO nearly doubling its valuation six months ago. It is part of a the food delivery space which was given a boost by the pandemic.
Analysis: Salesforce acquires Slack in $27.7bn deal
Cloud-based enterprise software producer Salesforce agreed to acquire Slack, the US-based publicly listed communication platform which previously counted telecoms firm SoftBank, internet conglomerate Alphabet and media group Comcast among its backers.
Analysis: CoStar snaps Homesnap for $250m
Property engine developer Homesnap agreed to a $250m cash acquisition by Real estate data provider CoStar Group. This is a notable exit in the space in which corporates have been actively investing over the past five years but there have not been many exits.
Analysis: Adobe works out a $1.5bn Workfront acquisition
Marketing and imaging software producer Adobe agreed to acquire US-based work management software provider Workfront in a $1.5bn deal, giving quantitative trading firm Susquehanna International Group (SIG) an exit.
Sector report: financial
Sector challenged amid fintech disruption
Analysis: IQM computes a $46m round
IQM Quantum Computers, a Finland-based quantum computing spinout of Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre, attracted a €39m ($46m) series A round from investors, including internet group Tencent.
Analysis: Ant in the balance
China-based financial services provider Ant Group, spun off by e-commerce group Alibaba, intended to float on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock markets.
Analysis: Ant’s double IPO halted and is likely to be…
Ant Group, the financial services subsidiary of China-based e-commerce group Alibaba, was due to raise a targeted $37bn in a dual listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong but the mega-initial public offering was unexpectedly blocked by an intervention from financial regulators in Beijing at the eleventh hour.
Analysis: Ant Group to go public
Alibaba´s financial subsidiary Ant has received approval from regulators which will allow a dual listing on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges and enable it to raise up to $35bn at a reported valuation of $250bn.

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