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Microsoft plans to buy Discord for US$ 10 million

Still in early talks

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Throughout the pandemic and post-pandemic world, telecommuting and communications apps have risen in popularity throughout the online world. Though most workers have turned to Zoom or Google Meets, Discord has also gotten quite a boost between gamers and more casual users. Unfortunately, the boost might not be enough. According to a new source, Microsoft is planning to purchase Discord for US$ 10 billion.

Earlier today, VentureBeat reported that the communications platform is already exploring a sale to other companies. However, at the time, the report did not reveal who is in the lead to purchase the company. A frontrunner didn’t take long, though.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is the likeliest candidate for a purchase. The company will likely buy the platform out for over US$ 10 billion. The deal is still in its early stages, though.

Based on the same report, Discord can still choose to go public, rather than sell the company outright. Given how early the discussions still are, it might take time before we get a conclusion to the deal.

Despite how the world is starting to treat the pandemic, telecommuting will still be an essential part of the post-pandemic world.

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Nokia and Sony have pulled out from MWC 2021

Joining Ericsson

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This year, the world is trying to go back to normal. With an impending return to normalcy, formerly delayed tech events are testing the waters for an actual in-person event this year. For example, MWC 2021 has confirmed such an event his year. Unfortunately, the traditional exhibitors have doubts. Nokia and Sony have pulled out from MWC 2021.

Reported by CNet, both companies are participating in the event virtually, as opposed to their usual physical exhibitions. According to both statements, Sony and Nokia are prioritizing the health of both their employees and the event’s attendees.

Though the threat of COVID-19 is slowly waning as the vaccine rolls out all over the world, in-person events are still keeping things safe. For one, MWC 2021 is reportedly limiting attendance and maintaining proper social distancing rules. Of course, doing so isn’t enough to completely stave off the virus without full vaccination rates yet.

Further, tech companies are slowly realizing the economic brilliance of launching their products online. Last year, various brands have upped the ante on how to release products digitally. Apple, for example, created incredibly cinematic launch experiences throughout the year.

Sony and Nokia are joining Ericsson in the online-only party. As the months roll on, who can tell if other brands will follow suit? Last year, more and more tech companies eventually followed suit when a few brands initially pulled out of events.

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Women still not a priority for global companies, IBM survey finds

It’s time for a change

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It’s already 2021. Following the political climate recently, you’d expect better gender parity in the workforce. Unfortunately, the world is still reckoning with inequality. According to an IBM study, gender parity is still not a priority for global companies. Women don’t have as much high-ranking positions as they did in 2019.

In the study, IBM surveyed various businesses all over the world. According to their findings, 70 percent of global companies still don’t prioritize creating parity between men and women in the workforce. In fact, 62 percent of women and 60 percent of men don’t believe that their respective companies will improve the situation in the next five years.

Unfortunately, the disparity exists even with various parity programs created within the past few years. These initiatives have not translated into anything tangible for the workplace. Despite the initiatives, the world’s mindsets still have not changed throughout the years.

Currently, there are fewer women in high-ranking positions compared to 2019. Further, there hasn’t been any positive change for lower positions. In terms of salaries, women, especially women of color, still don’t enjoy the same salary as men.

If anything, the recent upsurge of Black Lives Matter can cause another rise in parity. Unfortunately, regardless of any initiatives at this point, gender parity is still a major problem. If equality wants to improve, the world still has a long way to go.

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