Weekly#294

  • Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at age 65
  • Winamp returns in 2019 to whip the llama’s ass harder than ever
  • Twilio acquires email API platform SendGrid for $2 billion in stock
  • 10 qualities you need to develop to improve your emotional intelligence
  • Tesla deploys massive new Autopilot neural net in v9
  • Adobe launches Premiere Rush CC, a video-editing app made for YouTubers
  • Amazon requires one minute of human labour to get a package onto a truck, but that number is headed to zero. Autonomous warehouses will merge with autonomous manufacturing and delivery to form a fully automated supply chain. (Twitter source)
  • Netflix Reports Strong Growth in New Subscribers
  • Uber Proposals Value Company at $120 Billion in a Possible IPO…”Uber would be worth more than Detroit’s Big Three automakers combined. GM $45.3 B, Ford $35.1 B, Fiat Chrysler $31.8 B”

 

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