Zero One Group Newsletter #6 - Zero One Technology

Zero One Group Newsletter #6

By Joanna N., Business Development Associate at Zero One Group

January was a wild month in the news sphere, with everything from pandemic to politics making wacky headlines at the start of the year (did any of you have Viking Man storming the Capitol on your 2021 bingo card? No? Me neither).

On that note, here are three topics we think deserve your attention and discussion at your next (virtual) water cooler chat.

Redditors take on Wall Street

Sending $GME to the moon.

Diamond hands hold the share price of GameStop high. | The Guardian

A recent trading frenzy has sent the share price of GameStop ($GME) to astronomical levels, reaching a peak of $483 per share. $GME’s 52-week low stands at $2.57 per share.

Redditors of r/WallStreetBets saw that large investors had bet billions that GameStop’s stock would fall. These Redditors then decided to penalise Wall Street by banding together to drive the price up.

As the actions of these retail investors went viral, $GME rapidly rose in price, forcing the large investors to spend billions of dollars to cover their losses. One hedge fund sustained a 53% loss in assets within the last month.

Follow-up events:

What is going on with WhatsApp?

Privacy concerns — as usual.

WhatsApp faces another slew of criticism for its actions. | The Verge

WhatsApp has been in hot water recently over its updated privacy policy.

The core issue lies with users’ concerns that the updated policy will mandate the sharing of sensitive profile information with Facebook, WhatsApp’s parent company.

Users are required to “agree” to share data with Facebook by February 8 — or lose access to their accounts.

Turns out the update has nothing to do with consumer chats or profile data. It has to do with messaging business profiles on the platform.

Follow-up events:

The Disappearance of Jack Ma

And the mysterious circumstances surrounding his comeback.

Experts say the case of Jack Ma is significant both commercially and politically. | ABC News

Jack Ma had resurfaced in mid-January after rumours of him going missing first broke at the start of the year.

After nearly three months in which his whereabouts were unknown, Ma appeared in a 48-second clip — of which many likened to a “hostage video”.

Many have speculated that he decided to lay low after he had publicly criticised the Communist Party and spoke out against regulators, who he perceived to be “stifling innovation”.

Ma’s speech went viral on social media for being the antithesis of the regime’s rhetoric.

Follow-up events:

That wraps it up for January’s news recap! Keep the discussion going and tune in next month to see our summary of February’s buzzing topics.

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