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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…”