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November 2015 archive

Weekly#142

  • 100 Notable Books of 2015 (nytimes)
  • Powerwall competitors in Germany. SMA Solar, Daimler Accumotive, Solarwatt (Reuters)
  • Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday (Reuters)
  • LG Display to invest $8.7 billion in new OLED plant (Reuters)
  • Sony’s PlayStation 4 sales top 30 million consoles (Reuters)
  • Samsung starts mass production of industry’s first 128-GB DRAM
  • Amazon Challenger Jet.com Announces $350 Million Investment (Bloomberg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly#141

  • Alphabet Inc.’s Google unveiled technology Wednesday that lets users search inside and use mobile apps without downloading them, its latest effort to extend its search-and-advertising machine on smartphones. (WSJ)
  • Fleets of incredibly large wind turbines could produce a third of all UK power by 2030 (QZ)
  • Sony Considers Making PS2 Games Playable on PS4 (WSJ)
  • Sprint to Get Cash Infusion With Deal to Sell and Lease Back Devices (WSJ)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly#140

  • Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft said artificial intelligence will be crucial for the coming age in which speaking and texting will be “the new U.I.” for software. (WSJ)
  • Companies including Gap Inc., Starbucks Corp and Target Corp.have come under fire for turning workers’ lives upside down with unpredictable hours set by automated scheduling software. Now one of the largest vendors of such software aims to profit from a different approach: prioritizing employee satisfaction. (WSJ)
  • What do Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving cars and old folks have in common? They both get pulled over for driving too slowly. (WSJ)
  • Watchmaker Fossil Group Inc. has agreed to acquire startup Misfit Inc., a maker of wearable fitness trackers, for $260 million. (WSJ)
  • iPad Pro review: Mac-like speed with all the virtues and restrictions of iOS (ArsTechnica)
  • The direction of computing is only going in one way—to the cloud, just 16 years after it first formed.(ArsTechnica)
  • Microsoft Invented Google Earth in the 90s Then Totally Blew It (Motherboard)
  • Visa is exploring using the blockchain to power money transfers (VentureBeat)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly#139

  • “If AWS were to grow at a 40%-45% clip near term and decelerate to 30% in the out years, and Amazon’s retail business was to grow gross profits by 15% over the longer-term, AWS would indeed be larger than Amazon retail (on a gross profit basis) in the year 2024,” said Keirstead and Sandler. (Business Insider) (Twitter link)
  • Qualcomm’s China Struggles Continue as It Fails to Reach Patent Deals (WSJ)
  • Satellite pictures of a remote and treeless northern steppe reveal colossal earthworks — geometric figures of squares, crosses, lines and rings the size of several football fields, recognizable only from the air and the oldest estimated at 8,000 years old. (Nytimes)
  • Nintendo on Friday is launching a popular Japanese videogame in North America, the next chapter for a franchise that has raked in more than $2 billion in sales of games, toys and more. (WSJ)
  • Researchers at Florida State University have developed a new artificial material that functions similar to the process of photosynthesis and can open up new avenues to create a sustainable energy source.