Softbank Vision Fund Attracts $93B From Gulf States, Apple, Others


The Softbank Vision Fund has closed its first major funding round raising more than $93 billion in capital from the Gulf states, as well as tech stalwarts Apple, Qualcomm and others. Softbank, which last fall launched the fund with backing from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, said it has received new commitments from the Mubadala Investment Fund from the United Arab Emirates. The Softbank Vision Fund, which has targeted a $100 billion close within six months, also received commitment pledges from Foxconn and Sharp.

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Google tugs at heartstrings with adorable pangolin-themed Valentine's doodle

Google and the World Wildlife Fund are casting a spotlight on the plight of the pangolins with an incredibly intricate and cute Google Doodle.

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How technology is helping catch nighttime poachers in Africa

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is harnessing sophisticated technology to catch nighttime poachers in Eastern Africa.

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White House Proposes $3B IT Update Fund


The Obama administration is seeking $3.1 billion for a fund to update federal IT resources that need to be replaced with more efficient systems. The fund would bolster the government’s annual spending on IT, which is set for a modest increase to $89.8 billion in the administration’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal. Upgrading older systems has been a concern for some time, but the administration chose to present the IT fund idea as part of a separate $19 billion cybersecurity initiative within the 2017 budget, perhaps to generate more support.

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Apple buys 36,000 acres of forest to create sustainable eco-friendly product packaging

Apple and The Conservation Fund are partnering to purchase more than 36,000 acres of vulnerable forestland in Maine and North Carolina, and will use the land to sustainably harvest materials that can be used for paper and packaging.



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Starboard to Yahoo's Mayer: Our Way or the Highway


Activist hedge fund Starboard, which has been expressing dissatisfaction with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s strategy for some time, on Thursday sent a letter advising her to toe the line or expect to be ousted. Starboard expressed concern over recent media reports that Mayer has been considering the acquisition of CNN or Scripps Network Interactive.
Starboard also appears worried about what Yahoo will do with its remaining shares of Alibaba, now that more than 60 days have passed since its IPO.

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Dota 2 prize fund now over $10 million: Not bad for a free-to-play PC-only game

Dota 2, The International 3
Early this morning, the prize fund for the Dota 2 International tournament crossed the $10 million mark. Remarkably, just $1.6 million of the prize fund was provided by Valve; the rest was contributed by members of the Dota 2 community who are eager to get their hands on some in-game items, and to support their favorite teams and the nascent esport as a whole. With a prize fund of over $10 million, The International 4 is now larger than The Masters golf tournament.

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Apple preparing $17B bond sale to help fund massive share buyback

A year after it turned to the bond markets to fund its capital repurchase program, Apple is planning to do the same yet again, with a sale price that would reportedly be the second highest in corporate history.



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