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November 2016 archive

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.”

Weekly#192

  • These 3-wheeled nanocars are the size of just one molecule
  • Harvard University researchers have made the first entirely 3-D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing.
  • From mobile first to mobile native
  • 2 billion active Chrome installs
  • Snapchat’s Spectacles go on sale via Minion-like vending machines
  • Amazon’s private label brands are taking over market share
  • A robot fight club
  • Five industries that should take a cue from Netflix and crowdsource parts of its tech
  • Rogue One: International Trailer #2
  • Enter the Digital Dragon, can you really learn karate on the internet? A second-degree black belt investigates
  • The Unicode Consortium on Thursday approved 51 new playful images for emoji
  • Tesla’s Autopilot chip supplier NVIDIA on new self-driving system: ‘It’s basically 5 yrs ahead and coming in 2017
  • YouTube on TV or TV on YouTube? The Blurred Lines of Online Video Consumption
  • Fix iOS 10’s Confusing Email Thread Problem
  • How to Gamify Your Life to Quickly Accomplish Big Goals
  • Twitter traffic doubled, Facebook up by 30% on election night
  • Nintendowned: Amazon sells out of the NES Classic Edition in (null) seconds

Weekly#191

  • Sony Second-Quarter Profit Falls Nearly 86%
  • GoPro Reports Another Loss, 40% Revenue Drop
  • China’s ‘Artificial Sun’ achieves fusion breakthrough
  • Robotics and automation will reduce mining employment by about 50% by 2030
  • Jeff Bezos, Mayo Clinic back anti-aging startup Unity Biotechnology for $116 million
  • A new startup wants to turn drones into guardian angels for our homes.
  • OK, Alexa: A Google Home Versus Amazon Echo IQ Test
  • DeepMind and Blizzard to release StarCraft II as an AI research environment
  • Android just hit a record 88% market share of all smartphones
  • 1.79 billion people logged onto facebook at least once per month,
  • Another quarter, another $3.2 billion in revenue for Amazon Web Services.
  • The space industry’s new bet: putting an “app store” in orbit
  • Play-Doh Brings Kids’ Creations To Life In A Virtual World
  • REPORT : The Future of Automotive 
  • REPORT : Digital Transformation Playbook