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October 2017 archive

Weekly#241

  • Lyft Raises $1 Billion in Round Led by Alphabet’s CapitalG
  • Nokia partners with AWS on cloud migration, 5G and IoT strategies
  • When $100BN is not enough… Softbank is planning Vision Fund sequels…SoftBank could commit as much as $880 billion to tech investments in the coming years
  • LG, Qualcomm 5G & autonomous car partnership boosts share prices
  • Garmin’s Speak puts Alexa-powered navigation in your car
  • TV producers can now see how many people are watching Netflix shows
  • PayPal’s quarter exceeded expectations across the board
  • Microsoft’s Market Value Hits a Dot-Com Era Milestone: $600 Billion
  • Facebook to Test News-Subscription Sign-Up…The program will begin on Android devices only with publishers including Washington Post, the Economist
  • Verizon’s streaming TV service reportedly delayed until spring 2018 at the earliest
  • Blue Origin fires up its next big rocket engine for the first time
  • August Home, one of the buzziest names in smart locks, has been acquired by Assa Abloy, the world’s biggest lock maker and the owner of a multitude of lock brands, including Yale.
  • New neural network teaches itself Go
  • Google Calendar for Web gets its first redesign since 2011
  • YouTube UK Ads Leaderboard: September 2017

Weekly#240

  • Charlie Rose : A conversation with the president of Didi Chuxing, the world’s largest ride-sharing company.
  • Branson’s Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One
  • Decoding the Chinese Internet (BCG Report)
  • How failed OS startup Cyanogen pivoted into self-driving construction equipment
  • Report: Apple to kill Touch ID on all future iPhones
  • …For Advertisers, Amazon’s NFL Telecasts Are a Promising Experiment
  • Alphabet Gets Approval for Giant Balloons to Restore Puerto Rico’s Wireless Service
  • LinkedIn is finally selling autoplay video ads
  • Lyft adds in-app navigation for drivers via Google Maps
  • Spotify launches an app for artists with real-time streaming data, audience demographics
  • Alphabet quietly made its experimental balloon project a full-fledged corporation — a first step to a new Google spinout
  • “…Instead of hiring a professional photographer, models, and a studio, retailers only have to take a picture of the garment laid out on a plain surface. The AI can generate a human figure, then predict how the garment would fit. Since there is no real-life model, the AI can generate any kind of body or skin type…”
  • “…Alibaba will nearly triple spending on research and development, to more than $15 billion over the next three years, as the Chinese e-commerce company seeks to keep pace with Western rivals such as Alphabet Inc. and Amazon.com Inc…”
  • Estonia ‘first country in world able to function without physical land
  • “…Last month a $60,000 flat in Kiev, Ukraine, became the world’s first property to be sold using a blockchain…”

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly#239

  • Why is there no Nobel Prize in technology?
  • Scientists have built a new soft robot that can heal itself
  • LinkedIn to launch Talent Insights, a new analytics tool, as it dives deeper into data
  • Amazon brings Echo and Alexa to India and soon Japan, its first markets in Asia
  • The Pixel market share chart Google
  • Dropbox Redesigned After 10 Years With a Focus on Creativity
  • Satya Nadella – Charlie Rose
  • Google Hardware Event 2017
  • Amazon has hired some 1,000 newly minted M.B.A.s in the past year
  • Facebook quietly launches Mac and PC Workplace Chat apps with screen share
  • Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS
  • …Amazon is on track to sell more than 70 million Echos through 2022, according to BI Intelligence estimates
  • A new app called Dust aims to change that by automatically investing your spare change in bitcoin, litecoin, or ethereum.
  • AIM is shutting down on December 15 after 20 years
  • Netflix shares rise as company announces subscription price hike
  • Google Cloud instances can now use 96 vCPUs and 624GB of memory
  • AI and VR will help students get more from a K-12 education