Weekly#248

  • The U.S. suit against AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner likely won’t end until after May
  • 2017 was the year digital ad spending finally beat TV…“…Digital ad spending reached $209 billion worldwide — 41 percent of the market — in 2017, while TV brought in $178 billion — 35 percent of the market — in 2017. That’s according to Magna, the research arm of media buying firm IPG Mediabrands…”
  • Sony has sold over 70 million PS4 consoles, 2 million VR headsets
  • Compass gets $450M from SoftBank; real estate portal now valued at $2.2B
  • Google’s mobile search results now include videos of celebs answering your questions
  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 focuses on AI, VR and battery life
  • G.E. Cuts Jobs as It Navigates a Shifting Energy Market
  • The Hidden Player Spurring a Wave of Cheap Consumer Devices: Amazon
  • When AI is made by AI, results are impressive
  • a16z next 10 years
  • YouTube to Launch New Music Subscription Service in March
  • Google and Facebook dominate digital advertising — and they now account for 25% of all ad sales, online or off
  • Amazon has opened a new research facility in the British university city of Cambridge with a wall made almost entirely out of Amazon Echo devices…The new “development centre” will be home to about 400 engineers who will work on Amazon’s Alexa assistant and drone innovation
  • Dropbox’s CEO credits his success to a habit he’s passed on to his executive team
  • Amazon may be getting ready to go on a digital media buying spree
  • DeepMind AI needs mere 4 hours of self-training to become a chess overlord…AlphaGo Zero needed three days to train up in Go; AlphaZero needed just eight hours.
  • Japan eyes startup visa program to lure foreign businesses
  • Walmex expands Wi-Fi in Mexican stores, pushing online shopping