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Analysis: Aurora merges with Uber ATG
Ride-hailing service Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) subsidiary agreed to merge with self-driving technology developer Aurora with Uber investing $400m in the latter.
UK leads in quantum academia-industry ties
The UK moves to second phase of quantum initiative, programme links universities to industries at tech hubs, ‘Ion traps’ alternative to superconductors are a key focus
AI face-off: China battles the US while EU plays catch…
China is benefiting from its government’s focus on artificial intelligence (AI) with unlisted companies having raised RMB203.7m ($30bn) in venture capital since 2016, according to Nikkei Asia Tech and 36kr.
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.

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