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Weekly#184

  • Your First 10 Hires Must Be All-Stars (Jackie Xu)
  • Apple is loading up talent for its push into Google Glass territory (BI)
  • 3 of the biggest Android smartwatch makers aren’t launching new devices this year (LG, Huawei, and Lenovo) (BI)
  • MIT website makes you decide who a self-driving car should kill in an accident (BI)
  • Fidget Cube: A Vinyl Desk Toy (Kickstarter)
  • Machine-Learning Can Read Your EEG and Uncover Your Habits (Futurism)
  • Canva raises $15 million at a $345 million valuation for its online design tool (VB)
  • Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Debut in Pittsburgh
    Up to 1,000 Uber customers in the city will be part of the first real-world tests for regular people (WSJ)
  • Apple has fully autonomous vehicles on closed routes, but is rebooting its Car project again (9to5Mac)
  • Samsung Plans Software Update to Cut Galaxy Note 7 Fire Risk
    The software would limit the battery to a 60% charge (WSJ)
  • Twitter Arrives on Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox One
    Company shifts into video with new app as it seeks to revive user growth (WSJ)
  •  Alexa and Amazon Echo Now Available in the UK and Germany (VB)
  • The 10 best launch partners for Amazon Echo’s Alexa (Wired UK)
  • Raspberry Pi just sold its 10 millionth computer (The credit card-sized computer sold 100,000 on the first day it went on sale in 2012) (Wired UK)
  • Apple is likely to continue making iPhones without headphone jacks, and next year’s iPhone will have a full-screen face with the virtual button built directly into the screen, according to two people at the company who spoke on condition of anonymity because the product details are private. (NYTimes)
  • Unearth millions of years of natural history in new @GoogleArts exhibit: http://g.co/naturalhistory
  • Atlas robot adds high-wire balancing to its list of human tricks (Mashable)
  • The combined revenues of AWS, Microsoft Azure, and GCP are still less than $15B for a market penetration of just 1%-2% of the Total Available Market (TAM).
    (Forbes)
  • Technicians are now using Microsoft Hololens to repair elevators.
  • Google acquires Urban Engines to bring its location-based analytics to Google Maps (VB)
  • Germany’s first smart bridge to open next month (RW)
  • Spotify hits 40 million paying subscribers, up 10 million in 6 months (VentureBeat)
    • Spotify, 40 m, Sep 2016
    • Apple Music 17 m, Sep 2016
    • Pandora 3.9 m, Jun 2016
    • Rhapsody, Napster  3.5 m, Dec 2015
    • Tidal 3m, Mar 2016
    • Deezer 3m, Jun 2015 (Source:Business Insider and Company Announcements)
  • Tesla Motors has new Autopilot Software, primary information will be derived from radar.
    To understand the update, it is important to know how AutoPilot previously worked. A rear-view mirror camera, front bumper radar sensor and 12 ultrasonic sensors developed an image of the car’s surroundings. AutoPilot looked at the image from the camera, to recognize signs, obstacles, and movement and react accordingly.
    In AutoPilot 8.0, Tesla has moved the primary information sensor from the camera to radar. The benefits of this move include six times more information per object, ability to work well in fog and heavy rain, and longer range. (ReadWrite)
  • This pioneering tech company figured how to make work-from-home work (QZ)
    Automattic, the maker of WordPress.com
    With a staff of 450 spread over 45 countries, Automattic is often regarded as one of the largest and most successful examples of a fully distributed workforce.
  • Report : Ten Digital Ideas, Oliver Wyman [PDF]
    • MOVE AT CLOCK SPEED
      Companies need to behave like digital disruptors | p. 4
    • BEWARE OF DIGITAL BUZZ
      What it takes for complex innovations like blockchain
      to work out | p. 6
    • SHARE OR SHRIVEL
      Why no business can ignore the rise of the sharing economy | p. 8
    • BECOME DIGITALLY LEAN
      German manufacturing is leading a digital industrial revolution | p.10
    • BE MODULAR
      A lesson for financial services | p.12
    • PREPARE FOR THE NEW DRONE DATA WAVE
      Companies are turning drones into a competitive advantage | p.14
    • DON’T JUST DIGITIZE, HUMANIZE
      Companies’ digital futures will depend on emotional bonds as
      much as functional superiority | p.16
    • STAY AHEAD OF SMARTER APPS
      Make way for uber-trucking | p.18
    • LEARN FROM ONLINE RETAILERS
      Personalized recommendation engines are coming to healthcare | p. 20
    • GO TO CYBER EXTREMES
      What to do when digitalization goes wrong | p. 22

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