13 Дек, 2021

The largest startups in the world in 2021

The most expensive startup in the world this year was recognized by the Chinese ByteDance, which owns, among other things, the well-known social network TikTok — it was estimated at $ 140 billion

Next comes SpaceX with an estimate of 100 billion, and closes the top three fintech startup Stripe with an estimated price tag of 95 billion.

What can you pay attention to? On the dominance of Chinese (and in general — Asian) companies, which are actively crowding out American companies. Another point is the minimum number of European startups in the ranking. The third is the abundance of fintech startups (9 of the 35 largest startups in the world!), Many of which are based in Europe: here is the Swedish Klarna (4th in the world) and the British Revolut (8th in the world)

 

>>> News feed December 13, 2021 >>>

 

In Chukotka, a court ruled to arrest the former chairman of the regional duma, Alexander Maslov, under an article on abuse of office. This is reported by the Chukchi department of the Investigative Committee.

As chairman of the Chukotka Duma, according to the investigation, for two years, from 2019 to 2021, Maslov personally made «illegal decisions on encouraging and rewarding himself.»

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The radical Taliban movement that has seized power in Afghanistan (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation) has banned the purchase and sale of dollars in connection with the recent sharp depreciation of the national currency — Afghani, the Afghan Aamaj News reported.

According to him, in the largest foreign exchange market of the country «Saray Shahzada», which is located in Kabul, the dollar rate has already reached 114 Afghans, although in early August it was about 80 Afghans.

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A Polish soldier was injured while repelling the assault on the Polish-Belarusian border by a group of about 55 migrants, the Polish border guard said. The soldier was hit in the face with a stone.

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Comet Leonard, which has reached its closest approach to Earth, will be available for naked eye observations until mid-December, the press service of the Moscow Planetarium said.

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Ukraine reduced imports of electricity from Belarus on December 12 to 60 MW, compared to December 11, when peak deliveries reached the maximum possible 900 MW in some hours. The schedule for further deliveries has not yet been published.

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Zelensky demands to dismiss the disgraced deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. An official at a checkpoint in the Donetsk region refused to comply with the policeman’s demands, did not stop, and then began to sort things out, get into a fight and prove that the police should know him by sight.

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The head of the Safe Internet League, Ekaterina Mizulina, said that Morgenstern is «financed from abroad.» In her opinion, some organizations give the musician «a file with topics that need to be constantly touched upon.» As Mizulina told in an interview with YouTube blogger Irina Shikhman, this version is confirmed by “artificial intelligence”.

“There are certain artists, if it can be called art, a certain circle of performers, a certain circle of bloggers who constantly and fairly systematically disseminate certain content related to the theme of violence, related to the propaganda of drugs, associated with the so-called“ victoriousness ”- that is, denial the role of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War. There are certain topics that they are promoting quite consistently and we see this as a common coordinated work, ”she said.

Mizulina added that she had read about Morgenstern’s «financing of a certain kind» in the media, but could not remember exactly where.

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In Scotland, the tallest tower in the country was demolished. The country’s first minister, Nicola Strejen, destroyed the chimney of the Longannet power plant in Fife at the touch of a button.

This event marks the complete rejection of coal energy in Scotland. The country’s government plans to switch to renewable energy sources and reduce the level of harmful emissions to zero by 2045

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The second LNG tanker from Russia arrived in Lithuania in December, Sputnik Lithuania reports. The vessel should deliver 9.5 thousand cubic meters of fuel. The LNG terminal in Lithuania began operations in 2014. According to the authorities, he will help the Baltic republic to get rid of the «monopoly» of Gazprom.

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Scientists from Germany and the Netherlands have taught the robot to navigate in space. The experiment took place in a maze, a popular method for testing the learning ability of mice and rats.

The robot was programmed to turn right, but with every error it changed its behavior. As a result, the device took 16 attempts to leave the maze.

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The EU is allocating an additional 30 million euros to aid, among other things, the Belarusian independent media, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said on Sunday.

“The European Union supports the Belarusian people in their struggle for freedom and democracy. Today we are strengthening our support by allocating an additional 30 million euros to help young people in Belarus, independent media outlets, small and medium-sized enterprises that left Belarus, and cultural workers,” she wrote on Twitter.

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The Republika Srpska has begun the process of leaving the state institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Parliament voted to create autonomous tax and legal systems, army and security services, unrelated to the structures of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Within six months, the government must prepare the basis for the transfer of powers. The creation of a new constitution has also been announced, which is planned to be adopted at a referendum.

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Lego A / S is investing $ 1 billion in a new plant in Vietnam to meet growing demand in Asia. Part of the investment will go towards providing solar energy production.

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43% of Russians do not have any savings, according to a survey of the SuperJob service (RBC has it). 13% of respondents in case of loss of income could live on their savings for less than a month. 18% — from one to two months. 11% — from three months to six months. 8% — from six months to a year. 7% — more than a year.

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The average cost of studios in premium new buildings in Moscow in the third quarter of 2021 reached 22.9 million rubles. This is 4% more than in the previous quarter, and 36% more than in the third quarter of 2020, according to the Metrium experts.

One-room apartments added only 6% in price in 12 months — their average cost increased from 28.6 million to 30.4 million rubles. Two-room apartments have risen in price by 12% (from 44.4 million to 49.9 million rubles). Three-room apartments have lost 14% in price, falling from 78.7 million to 68 million rubles.

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Fans of the Beatles of Liverpool now have the opportunity to purchase interviews with the rock group that have never been published before. The audio recordings were put up for sale by the Voice of Classic Rock (VOCR) digital archive. The auction is held in cryptocurrency on the VOCR website. The minimum step is 1.25 ETH. That’s about $ 4,300 at the time of writing.

Records are sold as non-fungible NFT tokens — one for each record. Each audio recording got its own name: Paul McCartney «Chaos and Creation in the Backyard», John Lennon «A Day in the Life», George Harrison «Abbey Road», Ringo Star «His Lost Medallion».

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According to Synergy Research Group, 67% of the global cloud services market is controlled by only 4 companies — data are provided for the first quarter of 2021. The undisputed leader is Amazon Web Services — 32% of this market. The second place went to Microsoft Azure infrastructure with a 20% share.

Then Google Cloud (9%) and Alibaba Cloud (6%). The rest of the players, which include IBM Cloud (5%), Salesforce (3%), Tencent Cloud (2%), and Oracle Cloud (2%). It is these companies that provide infrastructure support for most of the existing web services.

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How much money do Americans spend on different categories of goods / services. The largest category of expenses for the average US resident is travel — 16.9% of all spending, $ 822 per month. Slightly less is spent on purchases in general stores — 16.7%. The third item of expenses is restaurants — 11.6%, 567 dollars per month, in 4th place are products — only 11.5% of total expenses. 10.7% each goes to clothing and household goods

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Fuel prices in Russia from the beginning of the year to October increased by 4.1-20%, according to a report from the Russian Automotive Market Research (NAPI) agency provided to Gazeta.Ru. Gas prices rose the most, and diesel prices changed least of all. The cost of popular brands of gasoline AI-92 and AI-95 increased by 4.5 and 6.4%, respectively, and AI-98 — by 7.4%.

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Residents of the EU are becoming less interested in pirated content on the Internet. Traffic on pirate websites halved in 2017-2020. These are the results of a study by the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Access to illegal music decreased by 81%, to films — by 61%, and to television content — by 41%.

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Certification of Nord Stream 2 is currently not possible, as the project does not comply with EU standards. This was announced on Sunday by German Foreign Minister Annelena Berbock on the air of the CDF TV channel.

“We discussed this in the framework of the coalition negotiations and prescribed in the coalition agreement that European energy law should be applied to energy projects. This means that at the moment this gas pipeline cannot be approved, ”she said.

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British Foreign Minister Elizabeth Truss spoke in favor of reducing Europe’s dependence on Russian energy.

“We absolutely need to reduce our dependence on Russian gas and energy. And this must be part of an overall strategy to reduce dependence on countries with non-market economies, to reduce dependence on hostile actors, we must ensure that the free world is able to have the strategic independence it needs in order to survive and thrive, «said she was on Saturday in an interview with the BBC Broadcasting Corporation.

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The largest foreign company of Vladimir Potanin’s group, Interros, Interros Capital, which controls 31.5% of Norilsk Nickel’s shares, changed its Cypriot jurisdiction to the Russian one, registering in a special administrative region (SAR) on Russky Island in the Far East. Potanin announced this on the Interros club’s Facebook page.

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The Polish fashion designer has created «emotional clothing» that reflects the stress level of the wearer. Sensors embedded in clothing respond to heart rate, temperature and galvanic skin response. They also control the LEDs and change the lighting depending on the emotional state of the owner.

The designer compared wearing such clothes to behavioral biofeedback therapy — a method of medical rehabilitation, in which the patient is shown with the help of devices what physiological processes are taking place in his body. Fashion designer hopes tops can help people cope with anxiety and stress

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Poultry farmers fear the shutdown of feed mills. The growing shortage of amino acids and vitamins can lead to the shutdown of feed mills and problems with meat production. First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov was warned about this by the National Meat Association.

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The board of directors of VK (formerly Mail ru Group) voted unanimously to appoint Vladimir Kiriyenko as the company’s new general director, the company told Kommersant. The decision takes effect immediately, it was specified there.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that the United States, China, North Korea and the Republic of Korea «in principle» agree to declare an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War, BBC News reported.

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The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dismissed the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the country Alexander Gogilashvili, who on December 11 made a scandal at one of the checkpoints in the zone of the military operation in Donbass.

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President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has appointed the former head of the Ministry of Education Igor Karpenko as the new head of the Central Election Commission of the republic. He replaced Lidia Yermoshina in this position, who had headed the commission for 25 years — since December 6, 1996.

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IBM and Samsung unveil highly efficient vertical transistor chip layout technology. The technology can increase the battery life of smartphones several times or make some resource-intensive tasks (for example, cryptocurrency mining) more energy efficient.

The vertical structure virtually eliminates the collapse of the current in the system, and also increases the switching speed and thermal stability. As a result, transistors offer twice the performance and consume 85% less power than traditional transistors.

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Lukashenko said that Minsk will be ready to cut off gas transit to Europe if Western sanctions put it in a state of emergency and there is no way out to respond with other measures

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Peskov in connection with Lukashenko’s statements about the possibility of blocking gas transit: we hope that the Russian Federation will remain a reliable supplier

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Putin and Lukashenko agreed to hold a meeting before the new year, the Kremlin will announce the exact date additionally, Peskov said.

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Almost half of the text in the testimony of three witnesses in the Khovansky case is identical and consists of the same phrases or entire paragraphs, writes RBC with reference to the materials of the criminal case, which the editorial office has. Moreover, two of these witnesses may be former police officers

The blogger sang the song about «Nord-Ost» the only time: on the stream in 2012. Then before the adoption of the law on the justification of terrorism, according to which he is being tried, there were still four years left. However, the investigation found three witnesses who allegedly heard the song in 2018. They say that it was turned on by random people: on the street or in a bar. And not just like that, but via Skype.

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Intel Corp. will spend $ 7 billion building a new chip packaging facility in Malaysia, one of the company’s largest investments in Asia to address the world’s semiconductor shortage.

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The European Union has imposed sanctions against PMC Wagner, for «malicious violation of human rights in different countries.» The restrictions apply to four legal entities and eight individuals.

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American biologists have grown in the laboratory a stomach organoid, which has formed smooth muscles, nerve cells, and glands. The researchers achieved a significant increase in the size of the organoid by implanting it in the kidney capsule of the mouse, where it developed in vivo.

Previously, researchers were able to grow only organelles from epithelial cells. As well as the organelles of the brain, the organelles of the stomach are planned to be used to study hereditary diseases and test drugs. The final goal of the scientists is to grow full-sized organs for transplantation, although this is likely to happen soon.

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EFKO, a manufacturer of Sloboda mayonnaise, has developed its own unmanned aerial taxi. It’s called Hi-Fly Taxi. The device can take on board cargo up to 120 kg and fly for up to 20 minutes without recharging.

For added stability and maneuverability, two-tier propellers were made. Engineers installed 16 electric motors at once — the air taxi is capable of continuing the flight and landing even if four of them exit.

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