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Weekly#180

  • a half second difference in page load times can make a 10% difference in sales for an online retailer.
  • Machine Intelligence 2.0 in charts and graphs (Venture Beat)
  • All U.S. Energy Consumption in a Giant Diagram
  • Seven months into the year, videogame deals totaled $25.1 billion, eclipsing the previous full-year record of $14.9 billion in 2014, according to Digi-Capital LLC. Of the deals, 88% have been for mobile-game makers, including three acquisitions totaling $18.9 billion. (WSJ)
  • Every major cable TV company lost subscribers last quarter
    Top pay-TV operators lost 665,000 subscribers in Q2 2016. (Arstechnica)
  • Uber’s route to the driverless future just got a little clearer. In the next few weeks, Uber will begin deploying a 100-car test fleet of autonomous Volvos in Pittsburgh (beating Google to the consumer market in the process). (Recode)
  • Uber paid $680 million for self-driving truck company Otto for the tech, not the trucks (Recode)
  • Uber and Volvo commit $300 million to developing autonomous cars together (Recode)
  • Rakuten buys struggling bitcoin startup Bitnet to create a ‘blockchain research lab (TechCrunch)
  • Tencent, the owner of popular social messaging app WeChat, overtook e-commerce giant Alibaba to become China’s most valuable technology company on Thursday. (cnbc) (2016 Q2 Results pdf)
  • New lithium metal batteries could make smartphones, drones, and electric cars last twice as long. (MIT)
  • DIY Algorithmic programming
  • Onboarding With The IKEA Effect: How To Use UX Friction To Build Retention
  • This is why Walmart is purchasing jet.com
  • Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology
  • Amazon now lets you rent its virtual desktops, Amazon WorkSpaces, by the hour (Tech Crunch)

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