5th June WIR

  1. Cable boss John Malone, who has already engineered a combination between Time Warner Cable and Charter, wants more consolidation: His Liberty Global is talking about merging with Europe’s Vodafone.
  2. Sonos is a music streaming app.
  3. A dinosaur has been named “Hellboy”.
  4. Moky puts an invisible touchpad on the keyboard.
  5. Late on June 04, Nestle (Swiss) India announced a nationwide recall of its popular instant noodle brand, Maggi. It had high dosage of monosodium glutamate and lead. Nestle flew in global CEO Paul Blucke to address the worsening issue.
  6. A scathing report from Amnesty International (UK based NGO) claims to have unearthed a culture of human rights abuses by the Nigerian Army against Boko Haram suspects and civilians alike will put newly sworn-in president Muhammadu Buhari (ex-army officer) under intense scrutiny.
  7. British grocery giant Tesco (largest in UK) is running a trial to give away all of its edible food waste to charities, including homeless hostels.
  8. Wahanda, the StyleSeat-esque European salon and beauty booking platform has acquired Treatwell for $38 million (€34 million).
  9. That basically means that our clothes are increasingly made of plastic. Polyester is a polymer, or a long chain of repeating molecular units. The most common variety is polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, a plastic derived from crude oil that’s used to make soda and ketchup bottles. When melted, it has the consistency of cold honey, and if you squeeze it through a spinneret, kind of like the shower head in your bathroom, you get long, continuous filaments. Draw those filaments out into thin fibers, weave lots of those fibers together, and you have a fabric. DuPont, 1st American company to introduce Polyester clothing line.
  10. Baidu to lead an $11.5 million investment in Qianhai Mobile, a company that provides internet access for commuters.
  11. The capsized Yangtze cruise ship was righted. Only 14 of the 456 people on board the Eastern Star are known to have survived before the the ship was brought upright.
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