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Spotify says it paid $340M to buy Gimlet and Anchor
Spotify doubled down on podcasts last week with a double deal to buy podcast networks Gimlet and Anchor. Those acquisitions were initially undisclosed, but Spotify has quietly confirmed that it spent €300 million, just shy of $340 million, to capture the companies. That’s according to an SEC filing — hat tip Recode’s Peter Kafka — which deals the transactions which were “primarily in cash,” Spotify said. Kafka previously reported that Spotify paid around $200 million for Gimlet, which, if correct, would mean Anchor fetched the remaining $140 million. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

China ride-hailing giant Didi to lay off 15 percent staff this year:
Didi Chuxing will lay off 15 percent of its staff or about 2,000 people this year, a source said, marking the ride-hailing firm’s first major cut back as it grapples with regulatory scrutiny and public backlash over the murder of two of its users. Didi Ceo Cheng Wei said at a meeting with management that the firm would focus on core mobility services and cut business units considered not critical to its main ride-hailing business in 2019, according to the source familiar with the matter. (Fonte: Reuters)

È italiano il robot che consegna riso a domicilio in Giappone
Un robot totalmente made in Italy ha effettuato la prima consegna a domicilio in Giappone, portando un pacco di riso a una coppia di anziani per conto di Japan Post. Il robot in questione è Yape, un postino robotizzato nato nel centre della milanese e-Novia, la Fabbrica di Imprese. E la prima consegna risale allo scorso 31 gennaio, nella città giapponese di Minami Sōma, nella prefettura di Fukushima, dove sono in corso dei test. (Fonte: Il Sole 24 Ore)