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Weekly#245

    • Eric Ries was in London at Cass Business School for talking about his new book. You can watch his inspiring talk from this periscope link. His new book is “The Startup Way” about entrepreneurial management transforms culture and drives growth. Below is the visualisation by Alli McKee. 

  • Meet Boston Dynamics’ electric powered SpotMini
  • Amazon is making a ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel series
  • Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sale amassed $25.3 billion, doubling 2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined…a 40 percent jump from last year’s figures…
  • Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot is a parkour master

  • Tesla’s big new all-electric truck – the Tesla Semi…The Tesla Semi will go 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, which is incredibly fast compared to a diesel truck…”… the truck that will do everything in its power to avoid a jackknifing incident, automatically, without requiring any driver intervention. And, it’ll do it regardless of what trailer or load is attached to the back. “Jackknifing is impossible,” said Elon Musk on stage at the Tesla Semi unveiling…”
  • Hours before launch, EA strips micro-transactions from ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Google’s chatbot analytics platform Chatbase launches to public
  • Comcast wants to buy Fox’s international, but it’ll have to wait for AT&T-Time Warner approval first
  • Philo streams pay TV — without sports or broadcast channels — for $16 a month
  • Facebook will live stream 47 college basketball games for free this season
  • Williams-Sonoma is buying a 3-D imaging and augmented reality startup for $112 million
  • Musical.ly, the lip-syncing video app, is going to sell for at least $800 million
  • The UK Government is investing an extra £21 million in Tech City UK
  • A breakdown of iPhone manufacturing costs over time
  • Amazon rolls out Alexa, Echo in Canada
  • Amazon is transforming Whole Foods into a tech store
  • Alexa integration with Kimpton Hotel (Source: Twitter)
  • This easy hack lets you create a virtual ‘Home’ button on the iPhone X
  • Google Maps adds color to help you hone in on points of interest
  • Amazon’s Cashierless Store Is Almost Ready for Prime Time
  • MariaDB coming to Azure, as Microsoft joins the MariaDB Foundation
  • Apple plans to add a 3D sensor to the back of the iPhone, too
  • Amazon Music app for Android quietly gets Chromecast support

 

Weekly#244

  • China’s Tencent bought 12 percent of Snap — and everything else we learned from Snap’s earnings report
  • Uber is asking drivers if they want to provide other on-demand services
  • Razer to raise upwards of $504 million in Hong Kong IPO
  • 70 years of VC innovation
  • New Stars Wars and Marvel TV shows planned for Disney’s streaming service
  • Project Loon delivers internet to 100,000 people in Puerto Rico
  • UPS is converting ‘up to 1,500 delivery trucks’ to battery-electric in New York
  • A hospital without patients
  • Logitech to shut down “service and support” for Harmony Link devices in 2018
  • ‘Stranger Things’ is a real hit: 16 million Americans watched  Season Two premiere, according to Nielsen
  • Spotify has brought in a new head of PR as it gets ready for a 2018 IPO
  • Selling a House to Millennials?
  • Disney Fleshes Out Its Streaming Plans
  • Skyscanner acquired London social media startup Twizoo
  • The 3.8 billion hours of content streamed on Roku’s platform in the third quarter equates to 2.5 hours of daily watch time per user.
  • US smartphone shipments dip in Q3
  • Disney tried to hide the Millennium Falcon with shipping containers — but it’s on Google Maps
  • Amazon brings the Echo to Japan

 

Weekly#243

  • Broadcom plans $100bn unsolicited bid for Qualcomm
  • iOS 11 vs iOS 10: Comparison Review in UI and Interaction
  • iPhone X order status: Apple is predicting a record holiday quarter…Apple says to expect record sales, between $84 billion and $87 billion…helped its market cap briefly hit $900 billion
  • YouTube Kids update gives kids their own profiles, expands controls
  • Pandora made $80M in U.S. app store revenue in Q3, booting Netflix from the top grossing spot
  • How the top four cloud companies fared in Q3
  • Humans Are Still Better Than AI at StarCraft—for Now…A StarCraft gamer won 4-0 in the world’s first contest between AI systems and professional human players.
  • Generation Z is creating a $5 billion market for fake meat and seafood
  • Applying blockchain technology to online reviews
  • The space industry will be worth nearly $3 trillion in 30 years, Bank of America predicts
  • Facebook’s revenue per user topped $5 for the first time
  • BMW Says Its 2021 i Flagship Will Be Level 5 Autonomous

Weekly#242

  • A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. John le Carré
  • HBR: 3D Printing Gives Hackers Entirely New Ways to Wreak Havoc
  • HBR: Selling Products Is Good. Selling Projects Can Be Even Better
  • Amazon will start delivering packages into the homes of Prime members. The program is called Amazon Key.
  • …Amazon will own the bigger piece of e-commerce sales this year owning about 44 cents out of every e-commerce dollar spent in the U.S., up from 38 cents the previous year, according to new estimates from public companies from research firm eMarketer
  • Hulu’s CEO is going to run Sony TV, and another Fox exec is going to run Hulu
  • Delphi is one of the first automotive suppliers to acquire a self-driving software startup. Delphi has bought nuTonomy for $450 million.
  • …The average price for a smartphone in North America rose 4 percent to over $400 in the third quarter of 2017 compared with a year earlier. In China, it rose 15 percent to $327 in that same time
  • Square is expanding its lending business through partners to try to reach millions of more small businesses. Merchants using delivery service Caviar will also be eligible for Square Capital loans.
  • Most Netflix customers don’t pay for other streaming services. But Hulu and HBO Now subscribers do.
  • Microsoft finally kills off the Kinect, but the tech will live on in other devices
  • Apple lowers Face ID specifications to ramp up iPhone X production, report says
  • Amazon debuts Cloud Cam and Key to take on Nest, August and others in home security
  • Apple purchased a company with technology that would allow an iPhone to charge without being plugged in
  • Apple drives native AI adoption in smartphones
  • Russia will Require Cryptocurrency Miners to Register With the Government in 2018
  • Daimler unveils heavy-duty all-electric truck concept with ‘up to 220 miles’ range
  • Singapore aims to be 25% solar-powered by 2025
  • Balloon navigation breakthrough helps extend cell service in Puerto Rico
  • LinkedIn plans to teach all its engineers the basics of using AI
  • Amazon rolls out cash payments in Mexico
  • A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world.
  • Saudis Are Talking to Amazon, Alibaba Over New City, Prince Says…in talks with some of the world’s biggest companies to develop technologies that will power life in the $500 billion city he’s planning to build on the Red Sea.