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Kodak’s Blockchain Adventure

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Editor’s Remarks: Yesterday Kodak announced a partnership with Wenn Digital to build a “photo-centric cryptocurrency” that would enable photographers and agencies to have greater control over rights to their images. On the news, Kodak shares jumped 44% following a recent trend in the stock market that has seen virtually any company that mentions cryptocurrencies or blockchain technology immediately witness a strong rally. The KODAKCoin, once minted, will operate on the KODAKOne platform, where rights to photographs are digitised before being registered, licensed or sold. Perhaps 2018 will see more companies leverage the blockchain to upgrade their business models.

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Tencent Extends Facebook Lead

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Tencent has shot past Facebook to become the world’s most valuable social network.

Editor’s Remarks: Although Tencent briefly overtook Facebook in terms of market cap in November, the recent selloff of Facebook shares prompted the Chinese tech titan to regain the lead. Facebook investors responded negatively to news that Mark Zuckerberg’s plans to highlight family and friend-based content on the newsfeed would reduce the amount of time people spent on the site. Shares in Facebook have fallen 5% since that announcement, enabling Tencent to gain a $19bn lead over the US company. Tencent’s growth has been spurred on by its diversification away from its flagship messaging app, WeChat, and into video games.

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Apple Returns Overseas Cash

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Apple has agreed to invest $30bn in the US and pay $38bn in tax to the government. 

Editor’s Remarks: The tech giant announced that it will repatriate hundreds of billions of dollars that it currently holds in various offshore accounts. A total of $38bn in tax will be paid by the company on the sum, with a further $30bn pledged towards domestic jobs, manufacturing and data centres. The capital expenditures will be rolled out over the next five years and are estimated to create around 20,000 jobs. On the news, Apple’s share price rose 1.7% as it was widely perceived that the move would reduce the flak the company has recently been receiving for its tax avoidance schemes.

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Saved: Emirates Places Order for Airbus A380

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The Dubai-based airline, Emirates, has announced an order for 36 A380s worth $16bn, saving the superjumbo after Airbus threatened to stop production. The deal places a firm order for 20 planes with the option of ordering another 16. Deliveries are scheduled for 2020.

The two-decked superjumbo has faced declining sales as more airlines opt for smaller, cheaper aircraft.deal is said to be worth $1.6bn. Emirates is by far Airbus’ largest customer, with Thursday’s order taking their commitment to 178 aircraft.

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