Weekly#293

  • The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads
  • Machinify raises $10 million to help businesses use AI to monetize data
  • Google Slides gets real-time automated captions
  • Klarna raises $20M from H&M, will build financing and payment services for the fashion retailer
  • Facebook is audaciously launching a video gadget for your home, called Portal. Is that a good idea?
  • Investors are betting $75 million on AllTrails and its content for hikers
  • Why tech companies need to reinvent themselves every three to four years
  • AT&T will launch another streaming service in 2019, with HBO and other WarnerMedia content
  • Waymo’s self-driving cars hit 10 million miles
  • Kahoot, the educational gaming startup, has raised another $15M, now at a $300M valuation
  • Apple gets critical iPhone technology in $600 million Dialog deal
  • Amazon’s private label sales will reach $7.5 billion this year, analysts at SunTrust Robinson estimate. By 2022, they are expected to hit $25 billion. (Twitter source)
  • The next PlayStation is already in the works, says Sony’s new president
  • FT: “…JPMorgan Chase is putting hundreds of new investment bankers and asset managers through mandatory coding lessons, in a sign of Wall Street’s heightened need for technology skills…”

Weekly#292

  • Walmart plans to acquire fashion startup Eloquii for $100 million
  • Coinbase reached 8 B USD valuation
  • Netflix and Hulu go in for comedies while Amazon sticks to the drama: A look at the original content boom
  • “…Google, which has allowed some publishers to create Stories since February, is going to start using artificial intelligence to create its own Stories that will appear in Google search and image results…”
  • Honda will use GM’s self-driving technology, invest $2.75 billion
  • Nintendo would rather be defined as an “entertainment” company, not a gaming one
  • Wi-Fi branding to get a lot simpler with upcoming “Wi-Fi 6″
  • ‘Presidential Alert’ Goes to Millions of Cellphones Across the U.S.
  • Amazon Announces New Fire TV Stick Featuring 4K Support, and All-New Alexa Voice Remote
  • Tesla’s Model 3 Is Becoming One of America’s Best-Selling Sedans
  • YouTube TV is rolling out a bunch of new features to woo cord cutters away from cable TV
  • Instagram prototyping feature that would share your detailed location data with Facebook
  • Google Assistant can now help book rides from Uber, Lyft, and others
  • Jeff Bezos’s pet aerospace exploration project is planning to send “several metric tons” of unspecified cargo to the Moon in the next five years.
  • Maps for self-driving cars

Weekly#291

  • As Magic Leap preps for its first developer conference, the focus shifts to content
  • Alexa skills can now offer one-time-use purchases, like in-game hints or points
  • Uber drivers and other gig economy workers are earning half what they did five years ago
  • Stripe is now valued at $20B after raising another $245M led by Tiger Global
  • UK cyber security firm Darktrace raises $50M, now valued at $1.65B
  • Google is using AI to predict floods in India and warn users… Google Blog Post
  • Daimler Changes CEO as It Focuses on Electric Future
  • Windows 10 passes 700 million devices
  • A Japanese company has announced a long-term plan to develop the Moon
  • eBay is now selling wireless plans with secondhand phones
  • WEF The Future of Jobs Report 2018

Weekly#290

  • The long list of new Alexa devices Amazon announced at its hardware event
  • Scientists have moved one step closer to RNA editing, which could be the next stage of CRISPR
  • Disney has a million subscribers for its ESPN streaming-only service, which launched in April
  • A Google programmer just published a book of hilarious cartoons that shows what it’s really like to work at the search giant
  • ...This year, according to people familiar with Apple’s production plans, the company prioritized production of its two pricier OLED models…The staggered release gives Apple a month to sell the higher-end models without cheaper competition from itself. It also simplifies logistics and retail demands and could strengthen Apple’s ability to forecast sales and production of all three models through the Christmas holidays, analysts and supply chain experts said… WSJ
  •  Five security settings in iOS 12 you should change right now
  • Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla
  • Germany’s Self-Driving Streetcar Puts Autonomous Tech on Track
  • Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in two — and one part will be led by China
  • Amazon Will Consider Opening Up to 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021