ChatGPT sets record for fastest growing user base – analyst note

Feb 1 (Reuters) – ChatGPT, OpenAI’s popular chatbot, is estimated to have reached 100 million monthly active users in January, just two months after its launch, making it the fastest-growing consumer app the fastest in history, according to a UBS study on Wednesday. The report, citing data from analytics firm Similarweb, says around 13 million … Read more

Philippines grants US better access to bases amid China concerns

Philippines and USA agree to add four locations under EDCA Deal comes amid South China Sea tensions over Taiwan EDCA allows US access to Philippine military bases MANILA, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The Philippines has granted the United States expanded access to its military bases, its defense chiefs said on Thursday, amid growing concerns over … Read more

Honda will start producing a new hydrogen fuel cell system co-developed with GM

TOKYO, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor Co (7267.T) said it would start producing a new hydrogen fuel cell system jointly developed with General Motors Co (GM.N) this year and increase gradually its sales this decade, into an offer to develop its hydrogen activity. Honda will target annual sales of around 2,000 units of … Read more

Exclusive: Electric vehicle maker Rivian to cut 6% of jobs amid price war – internal memo

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Rivian Automotive (RIVN.O) is laying off 6% of its workforce in a bid to cut costs as the electric vehicle maker, already struggling with dwindling cash reserves and an economy weak, is preparing for a full-scale industry-price war. The company is focusing its resources on ramping up vehicle production … Read more

Adani drops $2.5bn share sale in blow to Indian tycoon

NEW DELHI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Gautam Adani’s flagship company on Wednesday called off its $2.5 billion share sale in a dramatic reversal as the rout sparked by criticism from a U.S. short seller erased billions more of the value of the Indian tycoon’s shares. The withdrawal of the Adani Enterprises (ADEL.NS) stock offering marks … Read more

Gautam Adani loses Asia’s richest crown as stock rout worsens to $84bn

BENGALURU, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Indian tycoon Gautam Adani lost his title as Asia’s richest person on Wednesday as the rout of his conglomerate’s biggest companies worsened to $84 billion following a a report on short sellers. A Hindenburg Research report last week alleged the group’s misuse of offshore tax havens and stock manipulation, as … Read more

Intel cuts employee and executive salaries amid slowing PC market

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Intel Corp (INTC.O) said on Tuesday it had made sweeping pay cuts for employees and executives, a week after the company released lower-than-expected sales guidance in due to a loss of market share to rivals and a slowdown in the PC market. The cuts will range from 5% of base pay … Read more

AMD revenue beats targets, Wall St relieved after Intel’s bleak outlook

Jan 31 (Reuters) – U.S. chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD.O) reported revenue above Wall Street targets on Tuesday and said it expected business to improve in the second half, giving excitement investors who saw the company win over rival Intel. The shares rose about 1.5% after hours trading. Although AMD’s predictions lagged behind expectations, … Read more

US seeks Tesla driver assistance documents; the company increases its investment forecast

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) disclosed on Tuesday that the U.S. Justice Department has requested documents related to its fully autonomous driving assistance (FSD) and Autopilot systems as regulatory scrutiny is intensifying. The automaker said in a filing that it “has received requests from the DOJ for documents related to Tesla’s Autopilot … Read more

Crucial sale of Adani shares 85% subscribed as institutions inject funds

MUMBAI, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Indian billionaire Gautam Adani’s $2.5 billion share sale edged closer to full subscription on Tuesday as investors pumped in after a tumultuous week for his group in during which its shares were ravaged by a scathing report on short sellers. The secondary sale of shares in flagship Adani Enterprises (ADEL.NS) … Read more