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Lyft is expected to IPO in the first half of 2019. Photograph: Getty

Ride-hailing company Lyft beat bigger rival Uber Technologies in filing for an initial public offering that will test investor appetite for high-prof(...)

Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma. The Chinese ecommerce giant’s Alibaba’s pullback from US investments coincides with escalating tensions between the US and China. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

Alibaba is scaling back its presence in Silicon Valley – a sign that the Trump administration’s crackdown on Chinese investment in US companies is cas(...)

Travis VanderZanden, the founder of Bird, with one of the startup’s electric scooters in Santa Monica, California Photograph: The New York Times

A fresh fund-raising storm is whipping up on the US west coast as investors scramble to take part in a war for scooter domination. Bird, an electric (...)

Spotify had 71 million subscribers at the end of 2017

Spotify’s unusual route to becoming a public company is a test case for other multibillion-dollar tech companies that are looking to sell their shares(...)

File image of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal  in the West Bank city of Ramallah. File photograph: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed

Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been released from the luxury hotel where he has been held since November, according to three of his a(...)

The deal also firms up ties between Lyft and Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle division Waymo

CapitalG, the investment arm of Google parent Alphabet, led a $1 billion investment in Lyft that values it at $11 billion, the ride-hailing start-up s(...)

A Deliveroo worker goes about his business. As the law tries to catch up with the technology, a couple of companies dig their heels in – Air BnB, Uber, Lyft, Deliveroo, TaskRabbit, Deliveroo. Photograph:  Mikael Buck/Deliveroo

In the 2011 bestseller The Master Switch, author Tim Wu argues that, throughout history, communication technologies tend to move from at first being a(...)

Masayoshi Son, CEO SoftBank, during a news conference in Tokyo,  on August 7th. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Japan’s SoftBank is set on making a bigger impact in the US, seeking stakes in the leading car sharing services and pushing for consolidation in telec(...)

Mr Kalanick’s departure was linked to some Uber shareholders’ desire for an IPO. Photograph: Bloomberg

The upheaval at Uber will leave the next chief executive facing an even bigger challenge in how to solve one of the main conundrums about the company:(...)

John Holden: “Now pushing 40, I’m still as defiant as ever when it comes to joining the rat race.”

The gig economy is liberating millions of workers around the globe from the shackles of traditional, rigid shift-based working conditions. Drivers for(...)

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