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Weekly#195

  • Rise of the robot music industry : AI is transforming music streaming, talent spotting, promotion and even composition
  • The Next Fashion Trend: Weather Forecasting
    At a recent class at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, students were asked—and promised a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card for the right answer to—the question: When should a Los Angeles store stock swimsuits?
  • Twitter Names Keith Coleman as Product Chief
  • Fitbit Set to Acquire Smartwatch Maker Pebble (Fitbit interested in Pebble’s operating system, intellectual property, will likely shut down brand)
  • AWS re:Invent 2016 Keynote: Werner Vogels (Youtube)
  • AWS re:Invent 2016 Keynote: Andy Jassy (Youtube)
  • AWS re:Invent 2016: From Monolithic to Microservices: Evolving Architecture Patterns (ARC305)
  • AWS re:Invent 2016: How JPL Leverages Alexa to Further Space Exploration (ALX301)
  • GeekWire re:Invent Special Coverage
  • How Amazon Gets Its Holiday Hires Up to Speed in Two Days (Touch screens and robots help to prepare new hires for warehouse jobs)
    ... shrink the time it takes to train new hires to as little as two days, compared with up to six weeks for a conventional warehouse job …The shorter training period saves Amazon money, and could give the company room to offer higher wages as it seeks to expand its workforce about 40% by adding 120,000 temporary workers at its U.S. warehouses for the peak sales season that runs roughly from November through December.
  • Netflix Now Lets You Download, But Many Top Shows Are Off Limits
  • Atlassian has opened an engineering office in Mountain View in a bid to attract talent from the area’s tech giants.
  • Indian Startup Plans to Land on the Moon in January 2018
  • Meet Starbucks’ next CEO: Here’s what former colleagues say about tech vet Kevin Johnson (…$84 billion global coffee corporation prioritizes new technology opportunities at more than 25,000 stores in 75 countries…)
  • Starbucks has more customer money on cards than many banks have in deposits
  • Forget personal assistants, The real battle is for voice UIs
  • “We are as much a tech company as we are a pizza company,” he told the audience, pointing out that of the 800 people working at headquarters, fully 400 work in software and analytics
  • Twitter: @justinshanes : Amazon thinks my recent humidifier purchase was merely the inaugural move in a newfound hobby of humidifier collecting.
  • On Writing Product Specs

Weekly#194

  • Between 2011 and the third quarter of 2016, the percentage of tech deals with Chinese investment grew from 1.7% to 4.1%
  • Airbnb in Talks to Buy China Rival Xiaozhu
  • Amazon in Talks to Buy Dubai’s Souq.com in $1 Billion Deal
  • Skyscanner acquired for £1.4 billion by China’s Ctrip
  • Twitter: The % of mobile-only shoppers is astonishing. 50%+ for many of the top 15 retailers.
  • Twitter: Two-thirds (CEOs) said they believe technology will create greater value in the future than their workforce will, and 44% believe that automation, artificial intelligence and robotics will make people “largely irrelevant” in the years to come.
  • Twitter: Friday through Dec 25, estimated 1,500,000,000 packages will be delivered in the US by UPS+FEDEX+USPS (source: @parcelpending via @CNBC)
  • Stripe Inc., whose software is used by businesses to accept and track digital payments, will be valued at $9.2 billion in a new funding round that is being completed, the company said.
  • Universities’ AI Talent Poached by Tech Giants (Google, Baidu, Facebook lure away top computer science researchers responsible for training students)
  • Google Brain AI is now using its own language to translate between languages
  • Apple raked in a record 91 per cent of all smartphone profits in the third quarter
  • Japan plans supercomputer to leap into technology future
  • In the future, will farming be fully automated?
  • Tesla hires HoloLens designer, second Microsoft employee from the augmented reality program
  • Voice search has created a huge vulnerability at the heart of Google’s business

Weekly#193

  • Samsung Charges Into Auto Tech With $8 Billion Deal for Harman
  • Jaguar Shows Its Concept for a Luxury Electric SUV
  • Siemens to Buy Mentor Graphics Amid Push to Digitize Heavy Industry
  • China Internet Giant Tencent’s Profit Jumps on Games Gains ($1.55 billion net profit in latest quarter)
  • Airbnb moves beyond accommodation into tours and immersive trips
  • Airbnb’s share of London lets triples in a year, agents say 7.6% of overnight stays in capital now via gig economy website
  • Skype Users Make Around 3 Billion Minutes Of Calls Every Day
  • You’re probably shopping for the most nutritious produce in the wrong aisle
  • Amazon is going to sell cars onlineAccording to Reuters, Fiat Chrysler will sell three models — the 500, the 500L, and the Panda — on Amazon’s Italian site at a price that is up to 30% cheaper than other dealerships. The service will only be available in Italy.
  • Tesla, SolarCity Merger Gets Shareholder Approval, Here’s everything you need to know about the solar roof Tesla plans to build with SolarCity
  • Amazon Challenges Netflix by Taking Video Service Global
  • Starry, an internet service provider (ISP) that promises to deliver super-fast internet access wirelessly, launched its first closed beta in the Boston area this week.
  • Apple has a secret team working to make the iPhone’s camera a portal to augmented reality
  • French technology group Sigfox, which is building a wireless network for connected devices, has launched a new funding round to raise €150m for further international expansion.
  • “The feeling when you realize the robots will steal your job.”

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