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Japan showing signs of strain

on August 16, 2016

New statistics show Japan’s economy nearly stalled in Q2, reveals Ameera David. RT’s Anastasia Churkina reports on the delay of an official Brexit. Bianca Facchinei looks at where Google Fiber went wrong. RT’s Marina Portnaya reports on how much Olympians make for bringing home medals. Ameera sits down with Max Wolff, chief economist at Manhattan Venture Partners, to talk about Apple. And in the Big Deal, Ameera and RT’s Ashlee Banks discuss the growing threat of data breaches at hotels.

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Google video chat app joins the battle for your homescreen

on August 16, 2016

It comes as video and text messaging apps, like Google’s new Allo and Duo, increasingly play the role of the one-stop shop that was once the job of the operating system, Wolff told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Tuesday. Google originally announced the app at its developer conference earlier this year, where the artificially intelligent connections between the new apps was the highlight of the event.

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Has Uber maxed out on private financing?

on August 2, 2016

“Uber China hit its max,” said Max Wolff, chief economist at Manhattan Venture Partners, which swaps cash for stock with shareholders in closely held firms. “Uber China went out for a higher valuation and couldn’t get it and then sold [to Didi] for its last valuation at $7 billion. That implies some substantive head winds.”

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Pro: Microsoft-LinkedIn Merger Is A ‘Win-Win Proposition’

on June 14, 2016

“However, Santosh Rao of Manhattan Venture Partners thinks the acquisition is a “win-win proposition” for both companies. Speaking as a guest on CNBC Tuesday morning, the professional researcher explained why he likes the deal.”

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Bubble warning: High valuations and late-stage rounds tell of coming trouble

on April 12, 2015

“We see the rage around messaging apps and delivery services as emblematic of valuations way out on the skinniest of skinny branches. Ironically, the last great bubble ended with frothy excitement about an army of delivery services. Then again, that was back in the dark ages before smartphone apps dispatched drones.”

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