Robert Cyran, U.S. tech columnist, joined Breakingviews in London in 2003 and moved four years later to New York, where he continues to cover global technology, pharmaceuticals and special situations. Robert began his career at Forbes magazine, where he assisted in the startup of the international version of the magazine. Before working at Breakingviews he worked as a market researcher and reporter covering the pharmaceutical industry. Robert has a Masters degree in economics from Birmingham University and an undergraduate degree from George Washington University.
With no vaccine, finding Covid-19 cases is key. But it’s not lucrative. Extra revenue is being offset by falls in other tests for Quest and rival lab companies and in unrelated businesses for test makers like Abbott. There's little time to cash in and plenty of competition.
The $60 bln videoconferencing service had an astonishing first fiscal quarter as revenue surged 169% and profit rocketed. Zoom’s ability to rent thousands more servers daily from Jeff Bezos' company shows the flexibility and earnings leverage possible from operating in the cloud.
The $9 bln video-game company is buying the Turkish maker of Toon Blast and Toy Blast for $1.8 bln, its biggest deal ever. Zynga is partly financing it with stock puffed up by the pandemic. But the high price and its mixed acquisition record should give investors pause.